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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-20-2015, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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How's the Bose speakers

Since I opted for the MT, the Bose/moonroof package was out of play.

Wondering if I am missing out on some incredible sound that even non -audiophiles can appreciate.

Anyone with a GT or the package care to share their impressions on the value of the 11 speaker system and whether it's a juggernaut of some sort?
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I have the bose system in a norwegian car...I'm very unimpressed...its kinda hurting for the ears...boomy and unclear sound....its the worst sound system i have ever had in a car tbo. 2014 model. It helps when I unchecked the centerpoint option....but still. Its piss poor tbo. If you like good sound i would opt for the standard system and then get someone to put in a new one....
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It's ok. Just slightly above what any other car has standard. But I have a friend that drives a really old toyota and he says it's pretty good. It all depends what you're used to. Tbh I doubt I could tell the difference between a bose and non bose mazda 6


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I like my bose. It could use more lowend bass. The good thing about the non boese system is that its easier to upgrade.

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It's ok. Just slightly above what any other car has standard. But I have a friend that drives a really old toyota and he says it's pretty good. It all depends what you're used to. Tbh I doubt I could tell the difference between a bose and non bose mazda 6
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I've been driving Hondas my whole life and the bose system is a nice step up. I'm not ashamed to roll around the 6 wit my woes...
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The Bose system in my 2015 GT is marginally clearer than the base setup in my 2015 Touring with upgraded nav. I agree that the Bose is definately weak in the base department. It seems to me that the head unit does not have enough power to drive Bose speakers.

My 2004 6S wagon (Bose) 2006 i (base model) had a bigger difference in quality.

I don't think you are missing out much.

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You aren't missing much. For me its the lack of mid-base that is the problem. You've got three 3.5inch speakers in the dash to recreate all the vocals. The door speakers are actually the subs. They play clean down to 41 Hz. There's just a giant gap in between.
Much more difficult to upgrade the Bose system too.
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The Bose is certainly better than the stock radio, I compared them with a CD. I found the stock radio has no clear highs. The Bose is better with that, but still not a WOW system.

The ideal would be to upgrade the amp and speakers in the stock radio. Upgrading the Bose becomes more difficult as the system is balanced for speaker locations and what type of speaker (tweeter/woofer) is located where.

I got the Bose and it's fine, but the highs could be better and the bass can get boomy.
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I think i remember that i saw a tuning guide somewhere....for the bose system...a guy had used the sound options to optimize the sound..bass, discant etc...

Anyone have the link to the guide?
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The Bose is certainly better than the stock radio, I compared them with a CD. I found the stock radio has no clear highs. The Bose is better with that, but still not a WOW system.

The ideal would be to upgrade the amp and speakers in the stock radio. Upgrading the Bose becomes more difficult as the system is balanced for speaker locations and what type of speaker (tweeter/woofer) is located where.

I got the Bose and it's fine, but the highs could be better and the bass can get boomy.
I spent a lot of time in my car this weekend and toyed around with the settings. Once I turned off the Centerpoint, the sound quality is MUCH better. I really enjoyed the system this weekend.

The reason I originally turned it on was I did not like the lack of stereo separation with that center speaker. The Centerpoint helped with that. However, it adds a bit of boomyness and lack of clarity. With it off, the sound is much clearer, instruments are more clearer heard. I still don't like the lack of separation, but after attending a Heart concert this weekend, there was no stereo separation there either. Guess I've gotten used to listening to music with earbuds, which give you a lot of stereo separation, I guess it's unnatural.

The other thing I've concluded is that the quality of the music on Sirius XM is not as good as a CD or USB stick with decent MP3s. That's disappointing, even Pandora has better quality. I really like the variety on Sirius, but this may doom that subscription.

So, the Bose ain't perfect, but it's pretty good. Also, maybe there is something to the "aging" of the speaker cones that means better sound as they "settle in".
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