The below blog post will inform about the best practices for upgrading the audio on the
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
(2013 – Present)
Range Rover Evoque (2013-Present)
The Range Rover Evoque is a good compact SUV for a premium audio upgrade. The car has a total of between 11 speaker slots (depending on variant) which are evenly distributed and staged for an excellent stereo response. This is mainly in front to give the driver and co-passenger a rich and clear music experience. The 14 speaker, Meridian audio setup on the Evoque reproduces a clear and natural sound output. The Meridian factory amp is paired very well with the speakers in the car, 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. However, anyone seeking a higher end sound quality are the ones who consider upgrades over the Meridian setup. The Meridian audio setup is a good benchmark to match or to improve upon for an audio upgrade on the Evoque .
The speakers in the Evoque do sound good to passive listeners, but, the sound response just does not work for anyone who is used to higher level of sound quality at home, in their AV rooms or in another one of their premium cars with a higher end OE audio like Bang & Olufsen or Burmester.
Land Rover have installed large 6.5” speakers in the front doors in a way that brings acceptable lows (bass) right up front in the Evoque . There is a Subwoofer / Bass speaker installed below the driver seat to add lower frequencies, creating a roomy feel in bass reproduced in cabin. 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 an audiophile.
Standard Speaker slots / locations of equipment in Meridian variants:
10 speakers in four doors, (4 mid-woofer / speakers on all four doors, 4 tweeters / high-frequency drivers on all four doors, 2 mid-range drivers / speakers on the front door) and a OE subwoofer in front. These variants come with an amplifier which powers all the speakers in the car.
Due to the compact build and overall cabin volume, the Evoque does not need very powerful speakers in order to produce a clear and balanced music experience. The doors are built quite strong and sealed off with full acoustic foam damping, which produces deeper bass response compared to other cars in the same category. On the Meridian variants speakers are placed in locations to emulate a surround sound effect.
Almost all Land Rover 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 crop up in some cars. The rear parcel shelf inside which the factory fitted subwoofer is mounted jarr at higher volumes, though it can be rectified with some damping and sound proofing.
Full Upgrade on Meridian 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-Meridian variants is to start with installing an aftermarket sound processor / signal processor connected to the Land Rover entertainment unit acting as the master controller for the rest of the equipment to be added. The next step is to select sets of speakers and matching amplifier(s) staying well within the provided space in the car, which in case of a Evoque is a medium amount of clearance (4 to 10mm). The final speaker configuration is a front 2Way (Mid-bass speakers and tweeters in front doors) and Rear 2Way speaker setup (Tweeter and Mid-bass speakers in doors). An 8” Subwoofer replacement is to be placed in the stock location in the rear parcel tray 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 as per individual listening preferences.
“ Some Tech Gyaan-
A Digital Signal Processor sums up the signals from the Land Rover Main Entertainment Unit to flatten the input signal to provide a clean and controlled output signal to the aftermarket amplifier(s) to reproduce a very clear audio experience in cabin. “
Now, this variant of the Evoque already has a decent sounding setup but lacks depth and headroom. What is needed is a compatible pre-amp unit which will allow the existing Meridian amp to operate seamlessly with the aftermarket equipment we plan to add. Tuning and Room / Cabin analysis has to be performed extensively to recognize the points at which the Frequency responses have to match and merge. The installation is very similar to the Non-Meridian variants, however certain source wiring configuration changes based on whether the Meridian OE amp is retained or not. Room / Cabin Analysis and Tuning of the audio takes some time and patience in order to achieve a perfect balanced sound. A stunning sound stage can be achieved with the right equipment and setup.
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