This Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label is the cream of the Amarok crop, with some very special highlights. The owner wanted to make sure the sound system matched the premium feel of the rest of the vehicle, and after a consultation, we arrived at the following spec:
- Factory RNS310 touch screen satellite navigation unit
- Mosconi 4to6 processor
- DLS CC 4 four channel amplifier
- DLS CC 500 mono amplifier
- Morel Hybrid 6.5″ component set – actively ampified
- JL Audio 10TW3 subwoofer – supplied by customer
- Dynamat sound deadening
Speakers were installed in factory locations, with solid MDF speaker mounts coated for moisture resistance. In this dual cab, there is less than 125mm of space behind the rear seat, so fibreglass was used to construct a slimline subwoofer enclosure, and an MDF facia was cut to house the amplifiers and form the subwoofer baffle, wrapped in carbon-fibre look vinyl to complement the interior of the Dark Label.
With full active tuning from the Mosconi 4to6 DSP, we get great control over sound in this cabin. Imaging focus for vocals and instruments is fantastic, with a large sweet spot. Normally a subwoofer in close confines like this would be less than ideal, but with careful time alignment bass appears up-front with the sound stage and extends well to contribute to a very coherent overall listening experience.