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I am looking for some advice about getting better sound from my car. I currently have the mfd2 but will be upgrading to RNS510 this month, but I also want to improve the amount of bass and sound quality from the speakers.

Does anyone have any recommendations about the best route to take?
 

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Nick you could look at upgrading the speakers to focals mate this will improve the sound quality alot. You will probably also notice a small difference from swapping the mfd2 to a rns510 anyway!

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I will be having my install done this weekend, To keep the standard nav units you will need to buy a line output converter. Depending on the type of install you want to do. To help break it down here is the install for my vehicle.

Upgrade all four speakers with components - 6.5" 2 Way components (The MKV has 3 way speakers upfront and finding a good set up for 3 ways is a bit difficult, Im going 2 ways as we did the same in a friends MKV a while back and the set up sounded great when all four speakers were upgraded with components)

6 Channel amplifier, 4 channels for speakers and 2 channels to power the subwoofer.

I will be keeping my MFD unit in the car so to source a signal from the headunit i will need to use a 6 channel lineout converter.
i opted for the following:
http://www.audiocontrol.com/222456/products/Line-Output-Converter----LC6i.html

Depending on how many channels you need you can buy 2 channel/4 channel etc.

Im opting to fit the amplifier and processor under the front seats and then have the subwoofer in the boot. I will post photos of the install once complete.
 

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Nick you could look at upgrading the speakers to focals mate this will improve the sound quality alot. You will probably also notice a small difference from swapping the mfd2 to a rns510 anyway!

Nick

RNS510 Video in motion, V9 Maps, Speed Cameras, FW2760, FW3980, FW4020 FW4120 With Radio Text, R32 Boot Up Logo & Can Gateways £90 Coded
Agree on the Focals, I went for focal 165v30 components. Generally focals lack a bit of bass from the speakers but are great for highs (treble and clarity) To make up for this i went for a smaller subwoofer which would be more punchy - JL Audio HO108RG
 

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I haven't done anything to my R but my previous car (Clio) i was running Apline Type S door speakers front and back and tweeters with 2 Apline amps one running speakers and other running two 10" Alpine type S subs, the sound was complete crisp, with enough bass added, the quality of music i had never heard better, Even when a mate of mine was running stupid amount of bass in his civic, all i could hear was bass and no music, terrible quality.

If you don't mind spending a bit extra, i can highly recommend a full Alpine Type R setup.
 

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Nick you could look at upgrading the speakers to focals mate this will improve the sound quality alot. You will probably also notice a small difference from swapping the mfd2 to a rns510 anyway!

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RNS510 Video in motion, V9 Maps, Speed Cameras, FW2760, FW3980, FW4020 FW4120 With Radio Text, R32 Boot Up Logo & Can Gateways £90 Coded
Did I see somewhere you had some more rns units for sale mate?
 

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Did I see somewhere you had some more rns units for sale mate?
I certainly do mate

2 x version H
3 x version C

Drop me a pm if your interested and il send you my number and we can have a chat


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People on other forums are recommending I go for an Alpine double din head unit instead of of the RNS. I haven't a clue now lol
 

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Go take a look at the alpine and have a play with it and see what you think. At the end of the day its ur call

RNS510 Video in motion, V9 Maps, Speed Cameras, FW2760, FW3980, FW4020 FW4120 With Radio Text, R32 Boot Up Logo & Can Gateways £90 Coded
 

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I kind of like the OEM look too but if i'm spending that amount of money I want to make sure I get the best sound for my money.
 

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The alpine units are amazing, Depending on costs i would factor in a few things. Usually with alpine you will need to start adding all the other goodies as well. Bluetooth Modules/Sat Nav etc.

They can start to get very expensive, I think a good quality line out converter would fit in well and retain good sound quality. My install will be finished hopefully today and i can get photos up of my set up.
 

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What is the best speakers out there for changing over from the OEM speakers in the doors? Is it the Focal's as stated above, or is it JL's? Maybe someone will have a different alternative to these brands.
 

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Been checking up on the Focal speakers, and in the 2 way components there seems to be two options: Focal Access 165 A1 SG or Focal Expert PS 165FX. Has anyone any experience with this speakers?
 

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Focal and JL audio are not the way forward in these cars...I have done extensive research into what works and what doesnt...BUT, the brands ill suggest will probably be unheard of so you may dismiss them straight away...but believe me when I say they are the best kits out there...

In the Mk5, you generally have a 3 way component kit in the doors, consisting of a tweeter, a midrange speaker, and a mid bass unit. Most people tend to just put a component kit in the door and use an adapter to allow fitment of a 6.5inch midrange in the stock midbass unit location. This is bad on a few counts....the component 6.5inch speaker is not a midbass unit, its a midrange unit. The midrange unit will be firing into the side of your body, when ideally, you want it firing infront of you (down by your legs or in the corners of the door closest to the a-pillar).


The Gladen Audio ONE 200 Golf kit comes with a pair of 8inch mid-woofers, 4inch midrange, and tweeters for OEM fitment and a GREAT sounding OEM upgrade. I have heard reports of people not requiring subwoofers as the front doors sound so good.

To push this further, add a four channel amplifier, a pair of channels can be driving the midrange and the tweeter, and the remaining channel can drive the midwoofers.

I have extensive experience with Gladen Audio and fitting their kits into mainly BMWs, and man, they are simply jaw dropping...I have seen people change from Harmon Kardon, Logic 7, Bose etc to the Gladen kits and not looked back!

When we find the right car, I will be installing the following (its bound to change but a rough idea will look like this)

Gladen ONE 200 Golf 5 kit
iPad mini or some form of Pioneer stereo
Mosconi amplifier for the components
Tru Tech Hammer amplifier for sub
Gladen Audio Zero Pro 12" or 10" subwoofer

Should make for a jaw droppingly sweet sounding system!

If you have a Mk4 Golf R32, then there are also 8" components available for that...


Again, provide AWESOME mid-bass, and if you have a 5 door, then you wont need a subwoofer with 4 8's in the doors!
 

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I had a set of Focal 165VR3's powered off a Alpine head unit and a 12" amped Sub in the boot in my MK V sounded great.
 

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Long post bump - Is the Nokia boot amp in the MK4 up to the task of driving a pair of the MK4 Gladen 200s or will I need to upgrade to something larger?

Running a Becker Indianapolis Pro HU but other than that have the std Nokia DSP sound system for now.
 
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