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Re: Audi Sound Systems
> Having never heard the Bose sound system in the Audi, does anyone have
> a reaction, positive or negative, concerning it versus the standard
> Audi sound system? Is it worth the upgrade or are you better off
> upgrading on your own... Thanks!
I have a major negative reaction to the Bose soundsystem. I've got the
latest incarnation of the Bose system in my '95 A6.
My complaints are
1) muddy sound. I like to listen to voice as well as music.
No amount of tweaking the bass and treble controls would
sharpen the voice material (books on tape). For music
the system is only 'ok' and certainly nothing that
makes you sit up and take notice (as I've had in other cars).
2) indifferent reception (possibly a powered antennae would help)
3) Very difficult to upgrade to CD. On this note I actually
complained to Audi and they agreed to buy back the
option. One would think that with $500 I could solve
the problem but integrating a CD player cleanly
into the Bose system is not easy. Last time I checked
Audi offered no CD player so one would need to buy
an after market CD-ready head unit and an adapter
unit ($140) that would drop the signal levels to
something the powered speakers could handle. However
looking specifically at the Denon line, I would have
to buy the top of the line $700 head unit, if I wanted
front/rear fader control (it relates to how many
outputs the unit has and at what level, i.e. amplified
or not. And I still would probably have the same muddy
If you don't get the Bose system, you buy any old CD head
unit, wire in the changer and go. If you get the Bose unit
you realistically have to replace speakers and head unit.
This gets expensive.
What I like
1) The radio station currently playing is displayed in the
center of the instrument cluster. This may also
be true of the non-Bose system though.
2) Factory installation- less likely to get ripped off (this
is all theory but it seems to me that factory
radios don't have the high theft value that an Alpine
or Blaupunkt have.
Unfortunately 95's were coming highly loaded. Audi may claim for 95
that they have dropped prices (they have) but some of that is phantom.
If every car comes with leather option, comfort and convenience, and
Bose, then it's not really an option. You may have difficulty
finding the right equipment level to match the color you want.
If you are looking to buy an Audi and decide whether to get that option,
I would recommend against it. If you already have an Audi and
would consider upgrading, I definitely would recommend against it.