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11-19-2014 11:08 PM
ThaSurgeonGeneral FYI, as it turns out, the frequency issue I wrote about above is a little narrower (only 37hz-43hz) but just as devastating of a problem. To reduce the EQ issues in the rear mids and highs, I opted to send the front full range signal to the rear also. This vastly improved high end harshness and boomy low end. I also decided to send all rear signal to subwoofer input only so that I could fade the stereo to the front for no sub bass or to the rear for sub bass only (test tone adjustments).

So, to counteract the dip in the 40hz range, I've opted to switch from the LCQ-1 to the DQ-61 for the one addition of a 40hz nob on the sub EQ section.

I'll post my findings as soon as everything is installed.
11-19-2014 12:28 AM
ThaSurgeonGeneral
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That's awesome!
Thanks... Took some time though because I also sound dampened all my doors, trunk floor and trunk lid or whatever you wanna call that...

Some info FYI (from a post I posted on another forum):

"The Audio Control Unit has performed better than I expected honestly. I can definitely say the same about about the MBQuart OA800, which I picked up on sale for $115 (now back up to $159.99).

The only draw back is the stock HU from Ford in the Focus' sends a very weird signal to the rear channels. Very harsh and over exaggerated highs around 4-6khz compared to the front stage which is RIGHT betwixt the 2khz - 8khz Audio Control EQ knobs on the LCQ-1. There is also a huge bass dip in excess of 12db from about 42hz down to around 32ish-hz. Then a huge boomy bass response from 32hz to under 20hz. If you need a solid bass response from 42hz - sub 20hz, you'll definitely need a way to sum the channels. I was ok with correcting for 25hz and up coming from the front stage. I can hear down to around 18hz but I have no use for sub 25hz.

In the event that you want that sub 25hz bass, you'll likely want to spring for the JBL-MS8 or the Soundstream Synthesis for their summing features. In either case, you will lose the ability to "effectively" fade because, as you fade, you will be fading out one of the summed signals going to the subwoofer output. It matters to me because when I have my 5 year old in the car with me and he wants to hear something I don't, I can fade to the rear which cuts out the sub bass, fades away from the front of the car and leaves him happy to be riding along.

Before you blast me for the Hifonics Brutus 1606D, I have had it since brand new and its been a work horse. I've managed to have it tested for a little under 1700watts at 14.4v.

I'll post when the YouTube is finished in the next couple days. It'll be a tutorial for others but it will include video, instructions and pictures.
11-18-2014 08:59 PM
geneticjim
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Originally Posted by ThaSurgeonGeneral View Post
Newbie here but not new to the audio realm. Just usually read for answers and never post.

I just got through with a complete rebuild if anyone cares. Included the Audio Control LCQ, MBQuart OA800, Hifonics 1606D, Image Dynamics Component and coaxial Mids n Highs, Soundqubed HDC3 12, custom built 2.7 cubed box at 33hz I built and coated myself.

Stock unit with OEM intergration and successfully have been able to get a full signal from 25hz (Accubass correction with a 25hz test tone) to about 22khz. I can post pictures if anyone cares to see them.

I plan on making a YouTube tutorial but haven't gotten around to it...
That's awesome!
11-18-2014 10:43 AM
ThaSurgeonGeneral
Just finished my build

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I have Sync in my car with the basic stereo, 2012 Focus SfE. What would you recommend, I would like to keep my SYNC system and some Chinese head units claim they already have SYNC installed. I have seen some online selling there MyTouch systems from a crashed vehicle, some claim they are NEW. But the prices are ridiculous.

What brands do you recommend to get a nice screen on my car and still be able to use
the VOICE button on the steering wheel. I would like to be able to talk to the car or
maybe even be able to use the VOICE button to activate any Google Now or SIRI features on the units. I know some adaptor boxes let you program the steering wheel
controls on a PC first, so you can assign extra features to each button.
Newbie here but not new to the audio realm. Just usually read for answers and never post.

I just got through with a complete rebuild if anyone cares. Included the Audio Control LCQ, MBQuart OA800, Hifonics 1606D, Image Dynamics Component and coaxial Mids n Highs, Soundqubed HDC3 12, custom built 2.7 cubed box at 33hz I built and coated myself.

Stock unit with OEM intergration and successfully have been able to get a full signal from 25hz (Accubass correction with a 25hz test tone) to about 22khz. I can post pictures if anyone cares to see them.

I plan on making a YouTube tutorial but haven't gotten around to it...
10-31-2014 03:56 AM
KevinW42 What is the sales page link for this, where are the factory buttons, does it keep them on the car? I knew there was another one like this but I lost track of the website I saw it on. Metra's buttons people say are cheap compared to factory and that backlight is pretty bright and not the blue as the dash lights.
10-29-2014 11:17 AM
Elchess I am thinking on getting the dashboard kit, there is another one similar to the metra but better locking and even cheaper and get a 2 din screen with all the functionality, when I replace the car I can even put the stock unit back and use this stereo for the new car

Here is the dashboard kit

http://i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/8...Kit-b-font.jpg
10-29-2014 04:41 AM
KevinW42 There is a Florida company that builds Head Units like you can do with Raspberry Pi. He uses Windows CE I think, but he charges around $1200 they are called Car PC's. If his prices were not ridiculous more people would probably buy them. He has SSD hard drives inside so you can store a lot of music and videos.

My brother had a Windows 7 Head Unit on his Kia Spectre 5 a few years ago, everytime the car turned on it would load up and play the Windows tone.
10-29-2014 04:39 AM
KevinW42 A dude in Hungary who married a Hungarian woman, he used a Raspberry PI and a LCD screen in his dash kit drawing power from the factory wiring radio harness and he has a whole lot of features on it. His car does not have any steering wheel controls though. If someone would make one of those I know a guy made a VOICE feature for Raspberry Pi where you can talk to it and command it what to do. We need someone to do something like that so we do not have to buy junk from China.
10-29-2014 04:36 AM
KevinW42 Guys in Germany get these Chinese units and set them up on a table in there house. I have no idea how you would give one power but they do Youtube videos in there house showing the features and usually plug at least one speaker to it so you can hear it as well. I watched Ryan from West Coast customs, he installed a head unit with a name brand I never heard of into a 2012 Fiesta but the dash kit he used made the head unit sit higher on the dash. I would prefer factory look in the center on my 2012 Focus.
10-29-2014 04:34 AM
KevinW42 Have you tried the systems where it is a box you can connect to any Pioneer or Kenwood head unit and it basically replaces the built in OS with it's own OS? I can not remember the guy but it was a little black box, they showed that it takes over the OS on the head unit and replaces it with there own software. He said any cheap head unit would do, as the box shows there own version of software instead of what you get stuck with on the OEM brand head units. I can't remember the guys company and might have a bookmark saved, if I can find it easy enough. I heard Metras dash kit the buttons are cheap quality even though they claim laser cut, and the backlight is the wrong color. Some have stated at night time driving, the back light is way to bright and is annoying.

If I did replace the small SYNC screen with something else, can I install a head unit touch screen kit without removing a SYNC module anywhere in the car? I think it is under the center console, but I am not sure. It would be nice if the OEM Kenwood and Pioneer head units would have SYNC already installed or at least if we can keep the steering wheel controls and use the VOICE button for something like activating Google Now or SIRI Hands Free.
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