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How is the standard sound system in the car?
I ask because i can see that many have ordered the Seat Sound system.
Are the Original sound speakers bad? I listen to radio while Im driving, but not like maximum. So its not like Im a young guy who drive with alot of bass :D
 

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It's a bit like 17 / 18 / 19" wheels. if you can't afford them it's better not to have them...

The Seat Sound System is better you get better bass sound and the front speaker is also an extra mid range / bass speaker so the overall impression is of a fair bit of bass. I did listen to the standard system and it was fine but if you put both together you would prefer the Seat Sound System. Considering you get a spare tyre it's not that expensive. The speakers are suppose to be made by Canton since that is what Skoda fit to their more fancy sound systems.

As for changing the speakers yourself I did say I would have a look at mine before I got the car so one could check to see whether the ones fitted in the door were the same between the standard system and the Seat Sound System. However taking delivery, the door speakers to me look pretty sealed unless I've missed something, so whilst previous Seat's (not sure of the Leon Mk3) you could easily do a DIY on them, these look to me pretty well sealed in. I suspect you would end up taking the door apart if you tried to upgrade them yourself rather than just pulling the panel off and undoing four screws on each speaker.

As for the power amplifier and a debate I had with Freddie as to whether the Seat Sound System uses one or not. That is connected via the MOST connector if it did use one. The technical manual says that the MOST is not used. The Seat Sound System link I posted up on a German review recently, didn't review the Ateca but another recent Seat said their was a six channel feed through the Quadlock, so bottom line is, there is no power amplifier used in the Seat Ateca but once VW VAG Dunn has taken the glove box out if he was kind enough to look at the back of his system could check to see whether there is nothing connected into the MOST socket. We would no for definite. Golf Mk7's with their fancy speaker systems do have an additional power amplifier. Saying all of this unless you want to really annoy your neighbours you probably don't need the power amp.

If you run this Google

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=163+ateca&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b&gfe_rd=cr&ei=67N-WJmJAazS8Aew6LmABw

or just Google 163 Ateca

Take the first link to the Russian site, that's your PDF VW company training manual that is used for staff development etc. You will find technical details on the speaker sizes etc. It's very detailed on technical aspects of the Ateca and which VW parts go into it.
 

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If you like your music I'd try and stump up the bit extra for it.

Tell I do wonder if the Seat Sound system is exactly the same system that is used on the standard Audi A6. My step dad has just bought a nearly new A6 S Line and it comes standard with a 180W 10 speaker sound system.

The description is remarkably like the Seat Sound upgrade.
 

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If you don't need to much bass I think the standard speakers are good enough, but as it comes with a spare wheel it's definitely a good joice.
To be honest I'm not very happy with the Seat Sound system. I'm a 'Bass-kinda-guy' but can't be satisfied by this so called upgrade.

My previous car was an A3 with standard speakers and it feels like it did the job as good as this Seat Sound upgrade.
 

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Nate

Did you cut your mid range down at 1kHz like I did in this picture

http://atecaforums.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=343&p=3054&hilit=sound#p3054

Certainly as far as the Navigation Plus is concerned and I expect the same for the standard it was overloading too much treble on the front dash speaker. Sounded awful. Concluded there was a problem with the crossovers to that. The positioning control did nothing about that. After that it sounded alot better.
 

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I was not impressed by the Seat sound upgrade. I am putting in an aftermarket system. Hertz speakers, amplifier and external subwoofer.
for the average person it will be enough, but if you love audio or demand better, than the standard sound upgrade comes up short.
 

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The basic sound system is very good fur a standard one, and has a fair amount of bass, but if you crank it up to full, it's not really 'that' loud.
If you like full volume blasting choons, it won't be enough.
 

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I found the sound in the demo model we drove too fuzzy, the Seat Sound is a definite improvement, the extra bass is fun. For the audiophiles, our home system is a Rega Planar 3 deck, Naim pre and power amp and Linn Tukan speakers...
 

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Think your home system could be brand named ;). Mines a Sony STR DB900 surround sound processor amplifier, four British speakers, Castle Trent, left right front and back. Mordaunt Short sub woofer and Wharfdale centre speaker. 12 cones in total. Then it's fed with assorted digital stuff.

I had to out my other sub woofer since it made random thudding noises turned out my cats playing had messed up the connection by crashing out the joint. I did subsequently read never user a connector on them. They are always active so will thud if loose.... pitty my neighbour at the time.
 

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Nice. Getting well off-topic now, lol... the AV surround is an ageing Kenwood AV amp, B&W Solid sat & sub, the Tukans double as rear speakers if I can be bothered to swap the leads over. Can't remember what the centre speaker is!
 

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The old ones are the best...
 

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I was not impressed by the Seat sound upgrade. I am putting in an aftermarket system. Hertz speakers, amplifier and external subwoofer.
for the average person it will be enough, but if you love audio or demand better, than the standard sound upgrade comes up short.
Did you upgrade your sound system? I'm thinking of test driving an Xcellence but as I'm used to having an amp and subwoofer (custom fitted to my Fabia)I think I might be disappointed with Ateca's stock system (and I don't like the Seat Sound system because of the centre speaker. No doubt the upcoming Beats Audio will be similarly handicapped).
 

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The SEAT Sound system is not as good as the BOSE in my previous car. However it's more than acceptable and a definite improvement on the standard set up. Do also remember that excluding the £110 for the spare wheel the upgrade cost just £330. There is a limit to what can be expected for £330. Take £330 to an after market car hifi retailer and see how far it takes you.
 

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I think the standard sound is poor. Actually too poor compared to the car in general.
I haven't had any chance to hear the upgraded sound system, so I went with standard when ordered.
So maybe I will upgrade with an aftermarket system.
 

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Full Linn aktiv hi fi system. LP12 recoed deck fully specced to the max feeding 3 linn power amps into Linn Keilidh loudspeakers.

Having worked and setting up hi fi systems running into the tens of thousand pounds, contrary to others opinions, the Ateca standard system isn't bad. Bear in mind, for £300 for the "upgraded" system, of which £150 or so is a spare wheel, you get a plastic enclosed sub woofer and a 70mm cone for centre fill in the dash. Don't think £150 really provides additional "hi fi". In question, for example, what signal does the centre speaker get? It has to be either left or right signal because it'd blow the amp if it's fed left and right outputs from the head units amp. I remember Tell stating there was too much volume from the centre speaker which couldn't be attenuated. Anybody played with balance or fader controls to see what effect these controls have on the centre speaker.
If you want boom boom, buy a specialised amp and sub and have it fitted professionally Sometimes, less is "more"
 

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DavidP said:
The SEAT Sound system is not as good as the BOSE in my previous car. However it's more than acceptable and a definite improvement on the standard set up. Do also remember that excluding the £110 for the spare wheel the upgrade cost just £330. There is a limit to what can be expected for £330. Take £330 to an after market car hifi retailer and see how far it takes you.
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£330 spent at the factory would be the equivelent of spending well over £1000 at your hi fi retailer!

But even with that in mind, give me £330 and I'll improve the sound no end. Assuming the signal from the head unit is a good 'un, all it takes is a couple of tweeters, a couple of mid-range, a solid base/chamber in the doors for thos mid-range's to sit in (which most VW group cars have in abundance) and a modest powered sub for the system to sound fantastic.

Unfortunately the marketing people would have you believe the more speakers and the more power... no I take that back, the higher the number of watts a system can produce, the better. (they never quantify what their 1000w system actually means)

This subject has already been done to death when TELL was around - but I do laugh when people pay £££££'s for manufacturer system upgrades and 'think' the sound is better when the reality is you have the double whamy of using the same headunit power to drive even more speakers, and all the internal cabling is exactly the same 'cheap as chips' unshielded 'bell' wire to connect them together. :lol:

But as long as they're happy, that's all that counts.
 

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I'd love to know what speakers were in the 2014 Cupra 280 I tested at a dealers recently. No subs, just amazingly deep sounding door speakers. Best factory system I've ever heard in a car.
 

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As stated above Seat found is disappointing compared to my previous Bose in the Exeo. I was hoping it would be similar the the Skoda's Canton system which they offer as an upgrade but I don't think it is.
I like a complete system that upgrades all aspects not just the bass and would rather have paid more for a better factory upgrade option as I feel the previous Bose that Seat offered gave better vocal clarity, although could be I haven't got the equaliser fully adjusted in the right way, but feel this just complicates things for those of us that like a better sound but do not have the experience of setting this up correctly.
 

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......But even with that in mind, give me £330 and I'll improve the sound no end. Assuming the signal from the head unit is a good 'un, all it takes is a couple of tweeters, a couple of mid-range, a solid base/chamber in the doors for thos mid-range's to sit in (which most VW group cars have in abundance) and a modest powered sub.....
Just wondering.... my lease car was already built so i didn't have any choice for a sound upgrade.

Bearing in mind it's a lease, would you think an underseat powered sub would be easy to have installed discretely so I don't have any issues on return or removal when the car goes back.

I guess my question is does the head unit have a su b out connection?

Cheers
 
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