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InCar Entertainment  - - 2015 VW GOLF R - Story Da­mon Green­wood Im­ages Ben Hoskins

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...

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