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Old 01-17-2006, 12:28 AM   #1
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Default My system is done :)

Here's a few shows from my stereo install.

W7 ProWedge box from JL. Simple and can pop out easily.

<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/96333/trunk_sub.jpg">

What's in here?

<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/96333/amps_hidden.jpg">

That's what :P.

<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/96333/amps_open.jpg">

Kenwood HU in light. Head has a custom billet powder coated bezel to fit in place.

<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/96333/hunit.jpg">

Illumination matches reasonably well.

<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/96333/hunit_dark.jpg">

Total system components:
Kenwood DDX8017 (w/ Sirius and ipod addins..more on this shortly).
Focal 130KP 5.25" seperates (front)
Focal 130CV1 5.25 coaxial speakers (rear fill)
JL Audio ProWedge sub box with 10W7
JL Audio 300/4
JL Audio 500/1

Install done by Sound Innovations in Hayward, Ca. Ernie is an awesome guy to work with.

My only gripe is that I have funky line noise with the Ipod adapter but with nothing else. After searching the net a bit it turns out that people are seeing issues when connecting the ipod adapter inline with the Sirius addin for the Kenwood head units. I don't know what I'll do about this just yet. The ipod control seems to blow anyhow . I may get rid of it all and get the Kenwood keg and modify the drive with something huge .

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Old 01-17-2006, 06:39 AM   #2
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Default well done. the HU/faceplate is very sharp. I assume it was custom built. Good stuff!!

- C5 Avant - "the Beast" (Ha!!)
- 2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring (Nav, Sirius, Bluetooth, Xenon, TPMS, ParkSense, DVD Changer - basically loaded)
- 2003 Vespa ET2 (modified exhaust and carb -- so I can max out at 45MPH)
- John Deere Gator (4x2) for the boy

As of November 2006:

Accessory Add-ons:
(Definition: An item that provides a specific function - in a cyclical nature - and can be removed very..very easily.)
1) OEM winter floor mats
2) OEM rubber trunk mat and cargo net
3) VW Touareg cigarette lighter flashlight
4) Thule roof bars with Evolution 1200 roof box

(Definition: A [bolt-on/bolt-off] item that enhances the appearance, performance or misc function of your car.)
1) OEM front/rear Euro black Recaro Seats (from a Euro 2003 S6 Avant)
2) OEM HID/Xenon (complete) housings (car never came with the Xenon option from the factory)
3) OEM Euro front/rear (avant) beam-style wiper blades/arms (available via www.vagparts.com)
4) OEM B6 S4 Interior auto-dimming black mirror with compass and on/off button
5) OEM Euro blindspot exterior mirrors
6) OEM S6/4.2 exterior lower door trim
7) OEM S4/S6/S8 aluminum mirror housings
8) OEM Euro rear license plate panel from 2002+ facelift avant (slight MODification to US plate required)
9) ?
10) OEM Euro RNS-E DVD Navigation system with MP3, SAT control and TV input
11) Dietz 1417 A/V input to RNS-E
12) Blaupunkt ME3 DVD/CD/MP3/TV Tuner with aftermarket amplified TV antenna in windshield
13) OEM Sirius tuner (special version to work with RNS-E)
14) OEM Phatnoise Phatbox MP3 player (trunk mounted) with custom interface cable to allow Sirius tuner and Phatbox to work together -- cool!!
15) ?
16) BBS RC 17x8 ET35 with Michelin Pilot Sports (summer tires)
17) 2002+ Rear bumper with valance openings for Magnaflow 3" exhaust tips
18) OEM submarine fin roof antenna for SAT / GPS / Cellphone (GSM)
19) OEM Euro gunmetal black avant roof rails
20) 2002+ Climate control faceplate to match faceplate color of RNS-E
21) Walnut wood trim near hazard button (above RNS-E) to match rest of interior wood scheme
22) OEM Euro Avant door panels with integrated sunshades (imported from Germany to match the black leather in my Euro Recaro interior)
23) OEM Euro blacked out front grille (no chrome perimeter)
24) OEM gunmetal black lower rear hatch strip (specific part# for avant vs. sedan)
25) OEM RS6 gunmetal black interior door latches; no need to add any RS6 badges in my car (Thanks Nelson!!!)
26) OEM Euro four spoke walnut wood and black leather (special order via Audi GmbH) multi-function wheel with tip buttons and OEM phone (BT) control
27) Upgraded "618" MF/Tip control module

Coming soon:
- rear mounted removable 7" LCD panel

(Definition: Any permenant change to a part or component of your car that you cannot reverse)
1) Tray under armrest to add aux. cigarette lighter
2) OEM avant CD changer bracket MODified (to fit two large CD changers etc) - now I just use it for Phatbox, OEM SAT tuner and OEM BT module.
3) Exhaust tips MODified to add Magna Flow (#35163) 3" dual walled tip
4) Factory wiring behind Sym I to simplify installation/removal of RNS-E
5) MODified glovebox to support fitment of Blaupunkt ME3 (a biatch to install!!)
6) MODified headlight switch bezel for fitment of GALA switch for "video-in-motion" for playing Blaupunkt ME3 through RNSE
7) MODified stock exhaust and had magnaflow 3" tips welded on (see above)
8) MODified rear Euro license plate surround to house 2nd rear foglight (2001 model only came with one from the factory); US license plate needed to be MODified a bit to fit inside the narrow Euro opening.

RNS-E for C5 A6/S6/allroad/RS6 - your quest starts here - (regularly updated)
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Old 01-17-2006, 12:39 PM   #3
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Default Thanks man. This was a custom install with the HU's mounting bezel and the amp install.

I'm just less and less impressed with Kenwood's implementation of IPod controls. They really blow.

Also, the quality of the Sirius music is crap. I may cancel the service if I don't listen to Howard Stern enough.
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Old 01-17-2006, 01:09 PM   #4
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Default regarding the Ipod controls, I can say the same for my Pioneer AVIC-D1

they suck big time. But I bought this unit for the Navigation (GPS). I'm very happy with the unit as far as sound quality, Sirius is as clean as MP3 (192bps). I have only one amp JL 500/5 that powers a 10W6V2 and 4xJL door speakers. Plenty for my ears. I prefer the bigger W7 which I had in my previous S4.

Congrats on the custom face plate, I like it. I'm thinking about getting something else, mine is mdf covered with vinyl. Shop tried to make a faceplate of carbon fiber then black ABS, but it broke all the time at the top where it thin. Maybe the Kenwood unit is a bit smaller or your installer has more skills.

hey where is your Sirius Antenna located? mine is on the roof, near roof rail.


more pics in my pic poster

<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/31255/pioneer_avic-d1.jpg">
<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/31255/s4_avant_trunk_sub-amp.jpg">
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Old 01-17-2006, 01:29 PM   #5
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Default My sirius ant is on the passenger side near the pillar.

I don't find the Sirius sound quality to be as good as my ipod or CDs. It's my understanding that if the signal is weak, I'll get skipping or pausing and not bad quality sound. It sounds less than a 128k sampled mp3 to me but it could be that I'm used to most of my MP3's being sampled at 320k.

The installer is pretty reputable so they have some neat tricks for various installs. They have a fabricator they work with that makes the faceplate to their spec. If you wish, maybe they can make something for you if you provide some measurements.
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Old 01-17-2006, 07:14 PM   #6
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Default Update on Ipod issue.

I borrowed a couple of other Ipod mini's to see if the problem was with my 6GB Ipod mini and it turns out that it is :*(. I've never had any other issues with it before but I guess I'll go ahead and sell this unit and pick up one of the newer 60GB guys so I can store most of my stuff and have no more noise .
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