Bose with aftermarket head unit, using factory amps?
b.benz at charter.net
Thu Nov 20 20:51:43 PST 2008
On Nov 20, 2008, at 8:30 PM, Ben Swann wrote:
> The Bose systems can only be wired to a head unit that uses common
> speaker ground - some do and many newer don't as they have
> independent amplifier circuits for each of the speakers. If you
> can find a unit that shares the ground for all the speakers then it
> would be relatively easy.
> I just installed a stereo in a V8 Quattro with a Clarion that had
> indepaendent amps per channel and flating ground and had to
> completely rewired everything. None of the Bose stuff was
> retained, although those speakers can be rewired directly to the
> speaker and remove or bypass the amplifiers. This is fine if you
> don't mind removing the speakers from the door and redoing them and
> removing the ones in the trunk. Still you need to run the wires to
> them - that is the major PITA.
> Why on earth Audi let this type of wiring go into their cars is
> beyond me. It really turns aftermarket stereo installation into a
> nightmare. You cam't even readily break out the power wires for
> reuse as speker wires since they are relay control wires -
> overengineered to obsolete.
> [Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 06:57:08 -0800
> From: Bernie Benz <b.benz at charter.net>
> Subject: Re: Bose with aftermarket head unit, using factory amps?
> To: "Kenneth Keith" <auditude at gmail.com>
> Cc: 200q20V mailing list <200q20v at audifans.com>
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> On Nov 19, 2008, at 9:14 PM, Kenneth Keith wrote:
> > Anyone interested in some brand new Bose speakers in case I
> convert to
> > a regular setup? The head unit apparently has some preset buttons
> > that are stuck down and they said they couldn't enter the security
> > code that was activated when I bought the car with a dead
> battery. If
> > I can't fix that or put in another free one, I'll put in an
> > aftermarket head unit which I don't think I can use with the
> > Bose speakers (right?).
> You can drive the Bose speakers with an aftermarket head unit, BTDT.
> The easiest head unit to install is Blaupunkt, inasmuch as the
> connectors are plug and play with the Audi harness, just two pins
> to move in the power connector. With a little rewiring at the Bose
> amps you can use the Audi harness wiring to the speakers.
> > I thought I would give the stock Bose system a try since I
> haven't had
> > a working setup before, and I think the station frequency display in
> > the instrument cluster (which I have to pull to repair an apparent
> > ground problem, btw) is pretty cool. My last 200q20v got totalled
> > before I could respond to the Bose recall postcard, so I never found
> > out what that's like (since it had aftermarket speakers in it when I
> > got it).
> > Cheers,
> > Kenneth]
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