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Mk7 R - The Dynaudio Retrofitting Thread


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OK. So, I thought I'd start this thread to hopefully build up a knowledgebase on what it takes to retrofit Dynaudio to the 7R for those unfortunate souls who either have a car built before it became available or who simply forgot to tick the option box.

 

And before someone says "but it can't be done" - well chaps, apart from that not being the attitude that won us two World Wars, the fact is that they said the same thing about retrofitting Dynaudio to the R32 and I went and did it (admittedly with a lot of help). And I want to do it again, this time to my forthcoming 7R.

 

The fact is that anything like this is possible, subject only to constraints of practicality, time and cost. The simple fact that VW are offering it on new cars proves it can be done. The trick is to:

 

1. Work out the differences between the parts used for the standard sound system and those in the Dynaudio set up;

 

2. Identify what additional or replacement parts and wiring are required and the parts numbers involved; and

 

3. Establish fitting procedures.

 

We can easily achieve all the above through our shared knowledge on this forum (which is what it's all about really).

 

I'm hoping that this thread will take off in the same way that similar threads on this topic have on other forums. Like on other forums where I have been a member, I am hoping that people will eventually feel moved to post step-by-step instructions on removal/fitting procedures, with lovely Technicolor photos. Who knows, if it does take off, this thread may even become a "sticky" (gasp!)

 

I'll kick things off by sharing what little I think I know:

  • The standard sound system on the 7R is pretty good, and having the same number of speakers as the OEM Dynaudio set-up seems to be an excellent starting point for a Dynaudio upgrade;
  • The standard sound system amplifier under the passenger seat can potentially be swapped out for the appropriate Dynaudio amp (though God knows how much this will cost);
  • The appropriate Dynaudio subwoofer (again, God knows how much for the part) can be added to the spare wheel well like in the OEM installation, with the appropriate additional cable to plug it into the Dynaudio amp - as such this item being effectively "plug and play";
  • For the full experience, the standard speakers can be replaced with the correct upgraded Dynaudio speakers (again probably £££...)
  • To complete the job and provide full access to the settings, the head unit can be recoded with VCDS;
  • If enough of us want to do the upgrade, the possibility of group discount on the parts comes into play.

... and there you have it (I think). Simples :wink:

 

I stand to be corrected on the outrageous assertions above by those lucky souls who already have the Dynaudio system in their cars and are therefore "in the know".... but then, that's what this thread is all about! 

 

So, come on - who will join me in this great endeavour?

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I admire the can-do attitude, but I've got one question: does Dynaudio offer the best bang for the buck? There's a lot of pound signs in your description - if there's a better (sound, features, appearance), more easily installed third-party option, surely there's no point doing the difficult thing.

 

Of course, if Dynaudio is the best hi-fi upgrade available, then I wish you well, god-speed, etc. etc.

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I admire the can-do attitude, but I've got one question: does Dynaudio offer the best bang for the buck? There's a lot of pound signs in your description - if there's a better (sound, features, appearance), more easily installed third-party option, surely there's no point doing the difficult thing.

 

Of course, if Dynaudio is the best hi-fi upgrade available, then I wish you well, god-speed, etc. etc.

 

 

I would guess it will be one of the best as it is specifically made to fit the R7.

 

Most off the shelf stuff like pioneer etc wont be as good quality. 

 

Although i found that dynadio wasn't that good on my previous car.. there was hardly any bass and although the sound quality on good quality audio was good it wasn't any louder which is sometimes what you need!

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A lot of work and a new car that will be ripped apart.

Exactly why I waited nearly 12 months before I ordered so Dynaudio was available - smug I know

There are some great after market options which if done properly could easily equal or better the Dynaudio for reasonable cost if your prepared to do the work.

quite a few threads on here

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I admire the can-do attitude, but I've got one question: does Dynaudio offer the best bang for the buck? There's a lot of pound signs in your description - if there's a better (sound, features, appearance), more easily installed third-party option, surely there's no point doing the difficult thing.

 

Of course, if Dynaudio is the best hi-fi upgrade available, then I wish you well, god-speed, etc. etc.

 

Fair comment, but for some only OEM will do ...

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I would be quite interested in this!

 

Can anyone get hold of a golf parts breakdown list? When I had my civic type r I had the entire car broken down with all parts numbers etc in a pdf file. It was like something they would use at your local TPS (Trade parts specialists) to pin point what you wanted to order. Like the Honda's own parts manual or something!

 

 

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This is what I mean. We need the 2015 one for the car....

 

 

Spook, I shall do some digging, as I've bought a fair few bits at my local TPS for my audi and a few bits for the mrs golf, so will send the bloke behind the counter an email and ask if he's knows if it's possible to get hold of the software he's uses.

 

Any VW employees on the forum?

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I would be quite interested in this!

 

Can anyone get hold of a golf parts breakdown list? When I had my civic type r I had the entire car broken down with all parts numbers etc in a pdf file. It was like something they would use at your local TPS (Trade parts specialists) to pin point what you wanted to order. Like the Honda's own parts manual or something!

 

 

B__0200.jpg

 

This is what I mean. We need the 2015 one for the car....

 

 

Spook, I shall do some digging, as I've bought a fair few bits at my local TPS for my audi and a few bits for the mrs golf, so will send the bloke behind the counter an email and ask if he's knows if it's possible to get hold of the software he's uses.

 

Any VW employees on the forum?

 

Good stuff, that's the spirit. Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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Mr Spook:

I commend you for your efforts, but I have this feeling that it will be an uphill struggle and therefore possibly impossible or excessively expensive to fulfil in installing Dynaudio. I hope I am wrong. I wish you the very best of luck.

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Mr Spook:

I commend you for your efforts, but I have this feeling that it will be an uphill struggle and therefore possibly impossible or excessively expensive to fulfil in installing Dynaudio. I hope I am wrong. I wish you the very best of luck.

 

Funny, that's what they said on the R32 forum. Let's see ....

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