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Having moved from an Evoque with the 825 Watt system to the Fpace I found the Fpace system not to quite cut it compared to the Evoque's similar system, having had an issue with the Subwoofer from new not working and now having a fully working system I was surprised by the difference.

So I thought lets look into the system and what you have and what it does so I went to see a friend of a friend who used to build competition cars for the SPL scene a few years back and get his expert opinion.

Now he did state that it is only his view and in no way means his view is right but I was happy to listen to his view.

So having popped round and seen him this morning he has come up with the following,

The Subwoofer position is poor, to get a even balance of low down bass within the vehicle its not possible from the position its in, if you wanted the level to feel even across the car then it needs to be more central to the car otherwise people In the rear will get too much bass feel for people in the front to get what they think is a suitable level, if you only have people in the front then it really does not matter but if you have people in the front and rear a more central position is best.

The door speakers are getting drowned with the bass going through them, anything above half way on the volume and they are starting in his expert ears to distort the sound, he said for a factory system the Fpace is not bad but if you want to play music at a high level he would look to either find suitable replacements for the doors or look to fit filters where you can adjust the amount of bass level going to the doors while keeping the bass high on the equaliser, in a professional system this would be done via a equaliser where it would filter the sounds to each amp before the amps provided the sound to the correct speakers but this is not a competition car but he did say you can get little ones you can fit inline to the door speakers.

Now moving to the music settings on the car, he said the Bass adjustment does increase the bass level and the Treble adjustment does increase the Treble, he called them gain controls but he said surprisingly the Subwoofer does not do the same he said the sub woofer adjustment is more of a frequency level adjustment then a gain control, he played one of his frequency discs in the cd player and it made sense what he was saying, he said the subwoofer was adjusting this area more then if it was a gain control, this appeared to make sense.

Overall he said as a setup from factory in the car the system is one of the better balanced systems to listen to and with some outlay on components as he liked to call them it could be better then the Evoque system, he said the single biggest improvement would be to look to either add a second subwoofer in a similar location to the Evoque which was under the seat if you like to feel the low level frequencies.

As he no longer works in the car audio design business, he said it just is not what it was like back in the late 80's and 90's where SPL competitions happened around the country run with car magazines like Fast Car and Max Power he has moved on and recommend some companies to call and get a second opinion.

He did say he would need to take the door cards off to make a better judgement on the door speakers and what's possible.

As he said its just his opinion and it would be good to get a second opinion as no two peoples ears are the same and the equipment he used he admits is in todays world out of date but it gave me a little more insight into the Fpace sound system.

Just thought you may be interested in what was found and I will update you once I have visited a car audio shop.
 

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Cheers for that and it does follow and support our theories. Let us know how you get on at the audio specialist.
 

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The most telling point is he says it's one of the better balanced systems

So I'm taking from that it's a good sound system as a stock device
it isn't a bad system and is an improvement on my last one so I'm generally happy with it
 

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Mbadger77 said:
The most telling point is he says it's one of the better balanced systems

So I'm taking from that it's a good sound system as a stock device
it isn't a bad system and is an improvement on my last one so I'm generally happy with it
Yes he said it was not a bad system at low levels but if you like to push your music and levels he said that's when it started to get a little out of balance and strained and the sound field was not right and this is down to placement and speakers.
 
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