True high end sound upgrade for Volkswagens
2000 Volkswagen Jetta
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I've only installed the woofers so far. They are a great success. I've been an audiophile nerd since high school. My current home system includes Parasound preamp and power amps, Rega turntable and Audiophysik Tempo IV speakers. I've been upgrading my 2000 Volkswagen Jetta Mk.4 VR6. (Check out offerings at 034 Motorsport, ECS Tuning and Urotuning.) I tried Infinity component speakers from Crutchfield - not an easy fit. The VW factory speakers have a baffle raising the speaker cone up about 1-1/2" from the door mount. The riser is also the woofer spider, with crossover components built in. While returning the Infinity's (very easy) I received an email from Crutchfield suggesting the Focal component speakers for Volkswagens. The woofer with mounting baffle and integrated crossover looked right. I called customer support to confirm the Focal's would work. The website indicated otherwise. Sam was assisting me, and consulted a tech. They confirmed the dimensions are right. They are. The Focal woofer magnet is twice as massive as the factory unit, the kevlar cone and rubber surround superior. They sound faster, tighter, more detailed. I ordered two more VW tweeter mounts so I can take my time installing the Focal tweeters. Caveat: the washer/nut clips included with the mounting hardware will not clip onto the speaker hole flange. I used Gorilla tape to fix the clips beneath the mounting holes, and pulled up on the screw heads as I turned them until tight.
Pros: Excellent quality speakers from Focal, a true high end manufacturer, purpose built for hard-to-fit Volkswagens. Sounds like a high end system in your car. The speakers cry out for high end electronics to power them.
Cons: Care must be used with the supplied mounting hardware, but with care works fine and woofer fit is perfect, completely turnkey. More of a custom fit for the tweeter, requiring removal of factory tweeter from tweeter mount and replacement with the Focal unit. I am getting a second set of tweeter mounts so I am not without music while I carefully install the focal tweeters. Can't wait to hear them.