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> On Jul 18, 9:12am, Charles Elkan wrote:
> > Subject: CD player for A4q
> > Would these be compatible electronically with the existing antenna
> > and Bose amplifiers and speakers?
Antenna, yes, although it sucks. Plan on installing a power antenna
in the LR fender. Use a Hirschmann with a replaceable mast, and buy
an extension for the antenna lead, as the stock one will not reach.
As for the Bose speakers - they will NOT work with your radio as they
are. You will have to disconnect the amplifier built into each
speaker and wire directly to the speaker contacts. As much as I like
Crutchfield, their adaptors for this are NOT adequate. I hear there
may be a $200 adaptor out there, but for $200 you can replace all the
speakers with better ones.
Once you wire directly to the Bose speakers and have the amps
disabled, you will find the sound is still bassy and lacks trible.
This is because the Bose amps also have EQ built in. You will then
either add/change speakers in the dash to restore the high end and
leave the rest alone, or change ALL the speakers.
I found that there were NO dash speakers in my 1990 200 with Bose, so
I am going to add them...after I get the mounting plates. Right now
with the Bose amps bypassed, the only way to get adequate (not great)
sound is to leave the "Loudness" control on at all times to boost the
Brand of player: although there are many fans of Alpine, I have used
both Sony and JVC stereos in my cars with no real problems, and with
long service. The longest service I have had is from Pioneer stereo in
my 1977 Chevy Monza Spyder - 18 years and counting. Their Supertuner
circuitry is good if you live in a fringe radio reception area.
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