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Old 01-18-2007, 11:37 PM
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Good upgrade to the Bose Stereo System...?

Best sounding system for under 5K... ?

I have the stock Bose system (stock dash/speakers/woofer)...want to upgrade but not looking to spend over 5K...any reasonable options....?

Also do I need to touch the speakers at all or is it just the Dash and Subwoofer that need replacing ?

Thanks in advance

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Old 01-19-2007, 12:31 AM
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I have a Pioneer DEF 780 head unit, Audison LRX Amp, 2 sets of top of the line MB quart speakers and a custom subwoofer box w/ 2 little 7 inch subs (can't remember the names, but guys at stereo shop swore by them....they sound better than the 12 inch Polk). All for under 4.5 K w/ install.

System is absolutely incredible. BOSE is generally regarded as inferior by audiophiles since they spend way more on advertising than researching and producing good products.
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I'm with Jitsu on the bose. But if you want to keep most of the system, I understand that replacing the factory Bose subs with some quality subs (in the factory sub enclosure) and a decent AMP will fatten the bottom end and improve sound quality. Of course nothing will sound like a complete replacement system with quality components.

There is test mode or something that says somtehing about output on/off. I wonder if that's a low impedance output (RCAs)?

For the most part I am done with full systems (I've had quite a few in my cars) and find better subs suit me OK.
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Looking to replace the screen/head unit with something a little more up to date...maybe a touch screen or something (none of those popout retractable screens tho). Something that also works with Ipods, Sirrius, GPS etc.

Also want better overall sound quality...and a decent Sub to match... nothing ridiculous...

Wanna stay under 5K

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can't go wrong with Focal/MB Quart separates and JL Audio subs....you can get a nice 5 channel amp which should be able to power your whole car if kept simple.
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Find a good quality audio shop. They should be willing to give you a significant discount of each individual component if you get everything from them. Look at their recommendations and check for the best prices on the internet for each component and get them to match.

You should get a fantastic system for under 5K.

I am extremely dissapointed w/ Porsche audio....of course Porsche is about racing.
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I'm with Jitsu on the bose. But if you want to keep most of the system, I understand that replacing the factory Bose subs with some quality subs (in the factory sub enclosure) and a decent AMP will fatten the bottom end and improve sound quality. Of course nothing will sound like a complete replacement system with quality components.

There is test mode or something that says somtehing about output on/off. I wonder if that's a low impedance output (RCAs)?

For the most part I am done with full systems (I've had quite a few in my cars) and find better subs suit me OK.
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what is the size of the Bose subs? and what did you replace them with?
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I had the focal seperates and 2 8 inch image dynamic subs on my previous 996. Worked great!
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hate to be the bearer of bad news but if you have the Bose in a 2003-2005 996, then you have the MOST fiber optic system. what that means is that you cannot simply take out the Bose amp and replace it with a better amp, change out the speakers, etc BECAUSE all this crap communicates via this fiberoptic stuff instead of the traditional wiring.

pre 03 cars are golden. i looked into doing a system overhaul with pretty basic stuff and the quotes were $4-5K IIRC. there's a company out of CA or maybe Washington St that does alot of high end auto work - several people here have used them but can't remember their name. i'd call them and have a chat so you know what to tell the 16 yr old kid at Best Buy how to hook it up
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you cannot simply take out the Bose amp and replace it with a better amp, change out the speakers, etc BECAUSE all this crap communicates via this fiberoptic stuff instead of the traditional wiring.
So what does this mean exactly ???
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So what does this mean exactly ???
I think it means

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Wanna stay under 9-10K
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Look into a Reus Audio Bose enhancement system.
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It means that you have to re-wire the whole soundsystem to completely bypass the MOST fiber optic.
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check out www.signatureaudiousa.com if you live SW
or check out http://www.benchmarkmotoring.com/ for PNW
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both of them are two of the best shops in the country at high end cars and high end audio.. alot of people ship thier cars to them to have it done right
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For a 2002 996 Turbo with the Bose system... is there a good head unit to replace the original with? Something for ipod and/or satellite radio? I am just looking for the headunit. Not looking to replace anything else. Thanks.
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