The Golf R stirs memories of the old-school ‘Hot Hatch Rabbit’ and their owners’ passion for taking things to the extreme. So what to do when you find yourself the owner of such a fleet-footed and noble machine?
When I think of the term ‘VW’ I think of two cars — the “Thing” (look it up people), and the Rabbit, which I remember from my youth. Over the years I have grown to revere and respect the Golf (through several unfortunate meetings on the street if you, ahem, get my drift).
In particular the Golf R stirs memories of the old-school Hot Hatch Rabbit and the passion of their owners for taking things to the extreme. So what to do when you find yourself the owner of such a fleet-footed and noble machine?
I’m sure all our Incar readers will have the answer to this question — you fill it with the best car audio gear possible and then install it so well that even the cars designers themselves would be impressed! Introducing: Alex Martin’s 2015 Golf R.
Where to begin? Let’s go nuts and start at the beginning, where every quality audio system should start — the bones. These consist of all of the ancillary items necessary to get the most out of the high-end goodies producing the tunes. And dem bones be very good indeed in this vehicle — Optima Yellow Top battery, RF cable throughout, Dynamat sound deadening throughout, and a Rockford 10-farad capacitor to feed the hungry Audison amps with clean, instant power.
Form and function are equally standout qualities immediately apparent here — from the dash right through to the boot. The Alpine Perfect Fit 9-inch kit (this was the first one installed in Australia) looks like it was born there, along
with the DVE5300 handsomely installed OEMstyle in the glovebox. From here the signal goes to the Audison Bit Play HD, which allows for pretty much any type of audio file known to man and enhances connectivity.
From here the Audison Bit One takes over; and a very impressive piece of kit it is. All incoming digital signals are processed with precision and timing that pushes sound quality to the utmost.
Sound adjustment is near to infinite, with all possible crossover types possible: low pass, high pass and band pass, even the configuration is selectable between Linkwitz and Butterworth. There are 70 crossover points from 10Hz to 20kHz, and adjustable slopes between 6 and 48dB per octave. Time alignment of each individual driver is achievable in the fully active system — very handy when tweaking for perfect sound stage.
But the cat’s meow is the 31-band EQ — not just for the eight output channels but for each individual input channel. This means that if your iPhone tends to output music that is a little flat yet your CDs emerge bass heavy, then no problem; even it out with the EQ assigned to that specific source input. There’s versatility for you.
It’s no surprise to find all-Audison amplifiers in this install; the only way to do it, really, so that from source and right through to the amplifier output stages the signal stays digital. Indeed the whole music path is entirely digital — crossovers, time alignment and equalisation all in the digital realm, thus avoiding the issues of analogue EQ in terms of phase reeponse and noise. Only at the very end of the path is the signal converted and then amplified to drive the speakers. In addition, there is the benefit of brand synergy — products designed to work with each other, maintaining signal purity through the component chain.
The amplifiers have been chosen to swing clean power in bulk virtually instantly — the keystone for dynamic sound. Most of the time, of course, these amps will be idling on playback, but
when the music becomes more complex and demanding, these amps have the power to produce eye-blinking transients with the utmost precision, allowing the drivers to turn on a dime. The front and rear Focal 165W-RC Utopia drivers have impedance of only two ohms for this very reason — to maximise the available amplifier power (700W RMS to each corner) while still retaining enough resistance for the amplifier to control cone movement. When mounted in the doors solidly and with the tweeters directed properly, their sound is impressive indeed.
Finally the subwoofer — a Focal K2 Power 27 KX 11-inch subwoofer rounds out the sound with the all-important bass. A further 700W RMS is fed into the sub, in its custom enclosure and firing rearward to maximise horn loading.
Finally, it would be remiss of me to neglect the installation prowess of the lads at Life Style Paramatta. Have a squizz through the images and you’ll see what I mean — attention to detail, quality materials throughout and many man-hours for a car that has you saying to yourself “Just one more song...” as you find yourself sitting in the car half an hour after you’ve arrived home from work...