The below article will inform about the best practices for upgrading the audio on the AUDI Q3
(2013 – 2016) Model 8U
AUDI Q3 8U (2013-2016)
The Audi Q3 is a good compact mini-suv / crossover for a premium audio upgrade. The car has a total of between 9 to 13 speakers (depending on variant) which are evenly distributed for a clear auditory experience, mainly porisioned well in front to give the driver and co-passenger a rich and clear music experience. Being positioned in appropriate slots and tuned to deliver crisp and clear audio response to the cabin occupants. Though this audio setup sounds quite balanced, it lacks head room at higher volumes, which is not really a problem for most listeners. The Bose audio setup is a good benchmark to match or to beat in case of an audio upgrade on a Q3.
The Bose setup’s basic built speakers do sound good to passive listeners. But, just does not work for anyone who is used to a higher sound quality at home in their video room or in another one of their premium cars.
AUDI have installed large 6.5” speakers in the front doors in such a way that brings good lows (bass) right up front in the Q3. There is an 8” Subwoofer / Bass speaker installed in the spare wheel well in the boot to add lower frequencies, creating a roomy feel in bass reproduced. The problem actually lies in the actual build of the speakers and OE amplifier, which are purpose built and are meant to sound average to the experienced listener or music lover. This could be a strategy to push audio lovers to their costlier variants / upgrades.
Standard Speaker slots / locations of equipment:
8 speakers in 4 doors, 1 subwoofer / bass driver in the spare wheel well in the boot and a center channel speaker up front in the dash board. These variants come with an amplifier which powers all the speakers in the car and is located next to the factory subwoofer in the car’s boot. Some more basic variants of the Q3 do not come with a Factory amp or subwoofer.
Due to the compact build and overall cabin volume, the Q3 does not need very powerful speakers in order to produce a clear and balanced music experience. The doors are built quite strong and often sealed off with a plastic cladding or aluminum cladding which produces strong bass response compared to other cars in the same category. On the Bang & Olufsen variants speakers are placed in locations to create a 3D surround effect. In order to get the right amount of detail, placement of speakers and especially tweeters is very vital in any car. The B&O variants are acoustically very good compared to the Non-B&O variants.
Almost all AUDI cars suffer plastic creaking and degradation on Indian roads due to the poor condition of the road surfaces, pockmarked with pot holes and ridges. Though this problem can be addressed with damping and soundproofing, some minor creaks here and there still crop up in some AUDI cars.
Full Upgrade on Q3 basic or Bose Audio Variants:
The cleanest method of upgrading the audio on any premium car is to follow the least invasive wiring method. The right way of upgrading the audio on the non-B&O variants is to start with configuring an aftermarket sound processor / signal processor connected to the AUDI MMI acting as the master controller for the rest of the equipment to be added. The next step is to select set of speakers and matching amplifier(s) staying well within the provided space in the car, which in case of an A6 is medium amount of clearance. The final speaker configuration is a front 2Way or 3Way setup (Mid-range speakers and Mid-bass speakers in doors, tweeters in the A pillars) and Rear 2Way (Tweeter and Mid-range speakers in doors) speaker setup. An 8” Subwoofer replacement is to be placed in the stock location in the spare wheel well in the boot or a Subwoofer in an enclosure for a deeper and more powerful bass response. All of this has to be powered by amplifiers with matching power and sound signatures.
“ A Digital Signal Processor sums up the signals from the AUDI MMI and flatten the input signal to provide a clean and controlled output signal to the aftermarket amplifier(s). “