[A4] Help: Installing a Bose Symphony head unit in a non-Bose A4

sdewitt at stx.rr.com sdewitt at stx.rr.com
Mon Jul 25 15:49:58 EDT 2005

Reman radios aren't that expensive from the dealer (I bought a symph II
radio for 150.00 rebuilt with 1 year warrant) However the core was worth
500 bucks to them. Your probably looking at a minium of an hour to do
any diagnostic/reprogram which will be around a hundred bucks.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ray Boyce <rayboyce at comcast.net>
Date: Monday, July 25, 2005 1:29 pm
Subject: [A4] Help: Installing a Bose Symphony head unit in a non-Bose A4

> Hello from a long-time lurker and infrequent poster.
> I own a 2000 A4 1.8T Avant with the non-Bose Symphony head unit. 
> The CD
> player went dead a couple of months ago (very common, apparently), 
> so I just
> bought a used Symphony head unit off eBay (same part number as mine).
> However, it appears that the Symphony unit that I just bought has 
> the "Bose"
> option (it displays "Bose" upon startup). So, I'm having compatibility
> problems (only the rear speakers work). Here are my questions:
> 1. Is this behavior (only the rear speakers working) expected if 
> you install
> a Bose Symphony unit in a non-Bose car?
> 2.If so, is this because the "Bose" cars use a seperate power amp 
> for the
> front speakers?
> 3. Is it true that I can re-program (using a VAG tool) the Symphony 
> headunit that I just bought so that it will NOT use the "Bose" option?
> 4. If so, how do the front speakers get power in a non-Bose system? 
> From the
> head unit itself?
> 5. What should I expect (in terms of price and attitude) from an Audi
> service department if I ask them to re-program my new radio?
> 6. Does anyone have any recommendation as to an independent 
> shop/mechanic in
> the Boston area that can reprogram my new radio?
> Any knowledge and experiences that people can share would be greatly
> appreciated.
> TIA,
> ray
> Ray Boyce
> 2000 A4 Avant 1.8T 5sp
> rayboyce at comcast.net
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