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Old 01-22-2004, 03:23 PM
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How can I make the Bose sound better...

...without spending a fortune? I'm really disappointed with the sound quality of the Bose stereo that came with the premium package. The bass is OK in a muddy, thumpy sort of way, but the mid-range and highs are terrible. I don't want to spend a lot of money or tear the car apart, but its gotten to the point that all I listen to anymore is talk radio. I've pretty much stopped listening to CDs because the sound quality is so disappointing. Will replacing the door speakers or deck speakers help? Or do I need a power amp, or god forbid, a new head unit? I would think that 200 watts on a side should be adequate for my needs, so the amp in the Bose should be enough. Any suggestions would be appreciated. God, I miss my Alpine!

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

lower the bass to around -2 or -3 and boost the treble to around 3 or 4



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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

replace the tweets in the front doors with something better. I went with the Polk EX3500 - $68.00 shipped.

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

get you some coaxle speakers or install a resistor-cap on the front door speakers.
Upgraded tweeters will work also.

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

If I go to Circuit City lets say...

what can I tell them to add to my Bose system to make it sound better? Amp? new tweeters?

I have absolutely no audio experience....

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

I know exactly what you mean! Here's my solution and I'm listening to CD's again $650 and some change:

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

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replace the tweets in the front doors with something better. I went with the Polk EX3500 - $68.00 shipped.

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Will the Polk tweeters make a difference? The price is definitely right. I'm like Tupak, not much audio experience, at least on the mechanical side. Are they difficult to install? Could I go down to my local audio store and have them do it, or is it easy enough to do myself? I would kill to hear some crisp highs and separation between the highs and mids again.


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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

This is from a post I did earlier.
also for more info search this phrase: upgraded my bose.


My biggest problem with the Bose system is the lack of clarity. So I decided to upgrade the tweeters in the f/ doors.
I used some tweeters I had laying around. I tried a set of McIntosh tweeters (6 ohm) and a set of Boston Acoustics Neo 1 (5 ohm)tweeters. I settled on the BA's.
I removed the crap Bose tweeter and Crossover (capacitor) The stock tweeter is a 4 ohm load. The crossover was a 4.7 uF capacitor which made the crossover point 8457 hertz. VERY high. (most speakers have a crossover point of 2500 to 4000 hertz)
I installed the BA's using the factory mount and wire harness. I used a 10.0 uF capacitor in line on the positive wire which made the crossover point at 3180. The capacitor is small, but there is plenty of room for it.
If you do this mod and are concerned about the lower x-over, then use a 6.8 uF cap which would change x-over point to 4676 on a 5 ohm load or 5845 on 4 ohm.
Again, most good speakers crossover at 2k to 4k.

The sound quality is now so much better and smoother. I am hearing so much more detail and crispness. I highly recommend everyone to get rid of the crap Bose tweeters and swap them for the 4 to 5 ohm tweeter of your choice. It will really wake up the system and make it much more listenable.

I just drove home from work, and was delighted to listen. It is so much less fatiguing.


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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

Thanks for the info. I'll talk to my local sound guy about changing out the tweeters in the door speakers. It sounds like that will do the trick.

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

tweeters seem like a very reasonable upgrade. but my concern is that once you change the tweeters, will the highs be way too good for the rest of the system causing you to have to change everything else?

I guess it depends on how picky you are.

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

BillR, do you notice any problems with the slight change in impedance from the stock tweeters to the new ones?

Also how difficult is it to actually remove the stock tweeters?

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

Here is more info from an exhaustive thread on FA:

http://forums.freshalloy.com/ubbthre...umber=67522249

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

Just my 2 cents, I changed the tweeters and the front door
speakers and crossovers with Infinity speakers of course
and was really pleased at the clarity and the highs. Was so excited that I decided to change the rear door speakers but because of the bose setup it did nothing, to take it up another
notch I would need to change the amp but I'm really happy the way it is..so....sticking with it...

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

I thought that the BOSE system didn't allow mods. Someone told me that the system "communicates" with itself. Is that crap? I'd like to replace the tweets, if I can.

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Re: How can I make the Bose sound better...

Rofl. I don't think so. Anyway. If you buy a nice set of speakers for ur front doors, it will sound soooo much better. It's the front speakers which are destroying the audio quality.

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