[200q20v] Was RE new 20v owner questions, now RE Bose Stereo

Derek Pulvino dbpulvino at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 17 17:44:41 EST 2001


Ya, I've been down that road before.  First GTI in High School had the
stereo setup.  Sounded great! Infinit amp, mids, and rockford tweets, then
ran two tens for bass.  Dont' remember what I used to fill in the back.  A
later incarnation then ran with a Soundstream amp.  It'd be interesting to
compare side by each how the sounds stack up, but I probably wouldn't put
all that junk in my trunk again.

My most recent install was a couple of years ago in an A2 GTI.  Decided to
run off deck power for the full range speakers and a powered bazooka for
low.  Ran Boston Acoustics all around for the full range with 2-piece
seprates up front (mids in door and tweets in dash), and 5x7 full range in
the back deck.  I had the same issue with the Boston highs, I thought it was
overpowering and very hissy.  Could have probably used some caps to lower
the output level.

I was anal as hell about that install, and it didn't happen overnight.  I
wanted to set it up so you couldn't tell anything was in the car; pulled it
off.  I was a little dissapointed with the sound quality though; too much
high, and the sound stage really didn't seem to envelope you.  I think the
right speakers were alway predominant.  Thought about purchasing a 4x20 or
4x30 amp to run the full range but...I'd already spent enough money.  Hell,
still got the Bazooka in my closet...in the box it came in.

Derek Pulvino

>From: "TM" <t44tq at mindspring.com>
>To: "'Derek Pulvino'" <dbpulvino at hotmail.com>, <200q20v at audifans.com>
>Subject: RE: [200q20v] Was RE new 20v owner questions, now RE Bose Stereo
>Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2001 17:10:00 -0500
>No offense taken- if this is not important to you, so be it. It _is_
>a lot of work to replace the whole stereo system- believe me, I did
>it over 3 days in 20-30 deg. F weather after X-Mas. Not fun at all.
>After seeing two supposedly reputable shops hack apart several cars,
>I won't have a car stereo shop ever work on my car again. Doing it
>yourself is far more time consuming, although I really enjoyed the
>of my labor.
>Even with my very modest amplification (6x40W), I get plenty of volume
>and no clipping or other problems. I plan on replacing my speakers with
>some a/d/s or Focals later on down the road to get rid of the sibilance
>that is present in my tweeters- not nearly as bad as the MB Quarts, but
>bad enough. The a/d/s amp helped a lot in that regard already, compared
>to my old Sony Xplod amp, even though that one was supposed to be 4x60W.

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