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Does anyone have this and if so, how do you find it?

I've had my F-pace now since the weekend and I love the car - its a joy to drive and the large boot really comes in handy with two young kids. The one thing that's really bugging me is the Jaguar sound system.

As it happens, I made a bit of a balls up here. I really don't know whether I misread something, missed it on the configurator or just assumed that because my fairly bog standard Evoque Dynamic had a Merdian system the marginally more expensive F-Pace (R Sport) would also. Completely my cock-up, but either way I thought my car was specced with a much better audio system than it actually is (a mistake I only realised as I was on my way home from the dealership).

In particuar, I've noticed:

  • The sound in general just seems very 'tinny' with respect to vocals (even speech on the Radio) appearing to have a subtle, yet noticable 'echo' to it. I've tinkered with some of the settings a little and managed to improve this slightly, but it's still not great.
  • Bass - as soon I turn the volume up to anything approaching loud the bass becomes distorted and resembles the sound of an unwanted bowel movement. This is noticeable even on tracks which aren't particularly 'bassy'.
It's a shame, because I do a lot of long distance journeys and I find music helps to soften the monotony of the motorway, but I just find the lack of sound quality distracting and frustrating. Even if it is only the 'basic' system, it seems really poor for a £45k car.

So, what are my options (if any)? I'm guessing the sound system's not an easy (nor cheap) thing to retrofit, so should I just get over it and move on or is there something I can do to improve it? Bright ideas welcome.
 

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Oh crikey sorry to hear that. Yes the basic system is dreadful. I had an XKR with the basic system. I took it to a car audio specialist and they worked wonders. To be honest the 825W Meridian you had in the Evoque is better than the £2200 upgraded version in the FP so don't despair. For less that half of that a decent specialist will sort you out.
 

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Hi mate I'm gutted for you, nothing worse than finding you or the dealer missed something. I guess there are three options,
1. Put up with it.
2. Ask dealer can they retro fit anything.
3. Consult your local car audio specialist. They may be able to knock out a really decent system for half the cost of the JLR one.

A few of us have commented that the 825 watt system might have the breadth of frequency but increase the volume above midway and the definition seems to go a little. It certainly doesn't sound as load as the 825 watts in my RRE.
 

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Absolutely you can improve things, as for price this is all relative to how much you like your music .... I'm guessing not that important otherwise you'd have went for one of the other options on offer from Jag.

Anyway you'll be able to swap the door speakers and I'd recommend dynomatting these panels as this will improve their ability to product the bass and control it without the rattling normally associated with upping the volume, I'd also recommend adding an amp to power these speakers.

Now if you are a bit more adventurous and willing to spend a bit more you could also add a sub in the boot, most quality audio shops with workshops can build the sub enclosure into the side panel just like Jag do in theirs and even add a centre speaker as the enclosure is already in place but that might be well beyond what you are willing to throw at this project.
 

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Or buy some Dr Beats for you, the Doris and the Rug rats!! You can listen to your own music on your iPods/ pads/ phones.
 

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I did think about taking it to an audio shop but I'm a bit nervous about modifying a brand new car with non-standard equipment (rightly or wrongly, I've never really done that before). Is there a chance it could hurt me when I come to sell?
 

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i have a local audio specialist company looking at a few options,

One is to add a subwoofer like the Evoque and place it under the drivers seat so having two subs.

Have all the speakers leave the audio unit and enter into a crossover where the speakers will be able to be adjusted not only on their output but also the frequency they get.

They say the speakers in the 825 watt system may be OK once they get the correct and certain frequencies.

Will keep you posted but they told me it was a couple of weeks for them to look into whats possible as the Fpace is new.

Some of whats being done may help you but if you have the 80 watt version your going to need a amplifier as well as no doubt speaker replacement.
 

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JPA said:
I did think about taking it to an audio shop but I'm a bit nervous about modifying a brand new car with non-standard equipment (rightly or wrongly, I've never really done that before). Is there a chance it could hurt me when I come to sell?
I think it would be a selling point!! People may not want a car with standard 80 watt system. I had my new Disco 4 stripped when I had my 3 screen Alpine TV DVD games consul fitted. Trust me you don't want to see it being done! I nearly cried!! Thought great gonna be loads of rattles now!! Was good as gold!!! I'd do you research in local companies try to get word of mouth references. Sometimes dealers use them too, why?? Because they know more than the dealers.
 

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^ agree. A decent car audio specialist will do a professional job. Ask around.

Personally I think you've done yourself a favour. The upgraded units in the FP leave a little to be desired (for the money certainly)
 

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JLRnumber5 said:
^ agree. A decent car audio specialist will do a professional job. Ask around.

Personally I think you've done yourself a favour. The upgraded units in the FP leave a little to be desired (for the money certainly)
Have to agree, i think you could have a better setup for less then the extra money Jaguar want.
 

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Unfortunately you are starting from the worst point meaning the basic 80w system meaning everything apart from the headunit will probably need replacing, so if you want decent quality sound you will be north of £500.... £120 for a full set of door speakers... component fronts and co-axial rears with a further £120 for a sub, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a £300 installation and this price will continue to use the headunit's existing amp to power the replacement speakers. For many this would be enough and might well be enough for yourself but the beauty is that adding an additional amp to power those new speakers won't need to cost the earth but dramatically improve the clarity and punch delivered by those door speakers.

I installed one of those under seat powered subwoofer units in one of our work vans and considering the van in question has rear seats so open right from the front to the rear it's amazing the kind of bass on offer. I've never checked what space is available under the front seats in the F Pace but if it would fit then it would be a great starting point to decent sound. Our is an Alpine but Phoenix Gold make one that I would reckon is even better.

 
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