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ICE Installation with detailed pictures : Volkswagen Polo GT

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A very dear friend of mine bought a new Volkswagen Polo GT recently and since hes a hard core Audiophile he decided to get a custom install done in the car. He was happy enough to share it with me and I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread on his installation which could be useful to other members in the future. So here goes..a detailed pictorial of the installation process

Focal Utopia Be (Berylium series) 165W-RC component speakers ready to be shipped

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Dynamat Xtreme damping mat lines up the door panel to seal off any acoustic leaks

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Endorsed by Chip Foose! The price per sq/ft justifies his mugshot on the Dynamat box!

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Fabricating speaker rings that enable a 6.5inch midrange to be mounted on the door panel, behind the stock grille

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Masking tape being applied to set the fibreglass mould for 8inch Focal 21WX subwoofer

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Fibreglass mould being made to fit in the rear wheel-arch notch

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6.5inch Focal Utopia midrange gets mounted on the door panel with mount rings

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Additional Dynamat damping on the insides of the door cards. Suppresses road noise, stops water leakage to protect the speaker drivers

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Cured Fibreglass enclosure being readied with extra reinforcement

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Power cables being run from battery to the rear seat back panel

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Final assembly of Focal FPS-2160 (105 watts RMS x 2, Class A/B ) amplifiers and Utopia Be crossovers on 1inch plywood panel behind rear seat

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Damping for rear doors to mount the Focal Access 6.5inch 165 coaxial speaker

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Close-up of Focal 21WX Utopia series 8inch subwoofer with its flower magnet assembly and 'W' sandwich cone

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Installed subwoofer and amplifiers

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DHC Pro interface to enable use of steering mounted controls with new head unit

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Focal Utopia Be tweeter (back)

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Focal Utopia Be tweeter (front) to be mounted in the supplied angled case on dashboard

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Final tuning by Mr. Ajay Kamath of 4S Audio, Tardeo, Mumbai

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Additional sealing/damping of front speakers after tuning for further tightening the response

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Finished installation of tweeter on driver side

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Sony XAV-601BT head unit and speakers in place

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Crossover slopes that can be adjusted for HPF and LPF in the Sony head unit

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Time alignment in relation to listening position a great feature to get an outstanding front soundstage

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Shafiq and his brother Raeez are the craftsmen behind the nuts and bolts of the install, part of Ajay Kamaths expert team at 4S Audio

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Special thanks to Preeti Trading Corporation (Distributors for Focal Audio home/car/professional speakers) for enabling this state-of-the-art install with Focal Utopia speakers and cabling

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Though I can't differentiate between many brands of speakers (Illusion , RF , Hertz, Rainbow, Boston etc SQ speaking - my ears are bad) I can say that the installation is NEAT. One point which I didn't like is the mounting od tweeter ,you could have mounted them on A pillar using fibreglass and it would have looked neat (though cannot judge about the visibility afterwards). Did you damp the spare wheel-well too? Also if you are using parcel tray then damp it using smal rubber tubes to prevent vibration. Love the feature to adjust HPF and LPF through the HU but it can be a pain to adjust it often .

Also did you opt for navigation box?

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Though I can't differentiate between many brands of speakers (Illusion , RF , Hertz, Rainbow, Boston etc SQ speaking - my ears are bad) I can say that the installation is NEAT. One point which I didn't like is the mounting od tweeter ,you could have mounted them on A pillar using fibreglass and it would have looked neat (though cannot judge about the visibility afterwards). Did you damp the spare wheel-well too? Also if you are using parcel tray then damp it using smal rubber tubes to prevent vibration. Love the feature to adjust HPF and LPF through the HU but it can be a pain to adjust it often .

Also did you opt for navigation box?

Mounting tweeters on the A-pillars was an option but it does restrict some visibility, is a complicated and time consuming process and restricts flexibility in "aiming" the tweeters for the best front soundstage. thank you for the tips on additional damping.

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Do volkswagen not provide an upgrade option for the speakers themselves?

That would be prove to be a much easier option imo, although the work carried out here has been very neat.

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ur speakers are really good choice but the amount of work detail is not good....dynamat is not a good damping material......thr r bttr brnds ..then the way ur 3 way mid placed nd the tweeter is not syncing with the car it should be placed in a btter place jus look at the installations done in my cars!!!!!!!these were done in chennai technokrat!!!!!!!they deal with high end cars and do accordig to our needs watever u ask they will do it.........latest my passat is being upgraded fully with kos processor will upload the potos in some time with detailed review!!!!!!!

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can you tell me from where did u get those video monitors from....i would like to have a set of those in my car

i installed it in chennai.... technokrat chennai did this to my A6!!!! if u want their details lemme know...they are the best in job for high end cars which require alot of attention coz we cant install anythin on these cars without proper guide!!!

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dynamat is not a good damping material......thr r bttr brnds ..

Can you please name some? And since they are better I assume you have tested them, so can you please throw some performance figures for comparison as well?

then the way ur 3 way mid placed nd the tweeter is not syncing with the car it should be placed in a btter place jus look at the installations done in my cars!!!!!!!

What are you gabbing? The Focal 165W-RC is a 2 way speaker! As already stated, the guy above wanted a clean A pillar, and there is nothing wrong with his install.

Your install is very distracting, and your A pillar has more red paint than a fire truck. I don't get the logic in putting the midbass driver in front and the tweeter to the side. Can you explain this?

Who uses plexiglass for speaker cabinets especially subs? The cabinet resonance is going to kill any sound quality. But I guess your audio setup is more for 'show'.

these were done in chennai technokrat!!!!!!!they deal with high end cars and do accordig to our needs watever u ask they will do it.........latest my passat is being upgraded fully with kos processor will upload the potos in some time with detailed review!!!!!!!

Tecnokrat just caters to the uber rich folk with more money than brains. Their high prices do not reflect in the quality of work. I've heard better sounding installs in Chennai, which cost much less. I remember a couple of years back they were pushing sub-standard chinese brands like Audible Dynamics for budget installs, when you could get a Blaupunkt setup instead. Whats this KOS processor? I don't agree with the idea of compromising audio by passing it through so many processors.

P.s.: Can't an Audi A6 owner type proper english? SMS lingo is for kids.

Note from Mod: Lets not get personal on the forum and talk about the topic at hand only , Thanks

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heavy music system..........

Does this polo come with ear insurance or anything of the sort...... :)

Sir, you won't require ear-insurance to listen to your music in this Polo. It's more like therapy, so definitely not for SPL dB drags that require 4 x 18" subs in plexiglass :) This system is tuned for sound quality that approaches studio quality monitoring.

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