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Old 03-03-2004, 02:02 PM   #11
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You'll get a noticeable improvement in your bass. It won't necessarily make the sound louder, but it will sound much deeper...and you'll think it is louder. You'll feel the lows vibrate in your seat.

If you want "rattle the windows" loud, then you really have to go with an aftermarket amp and sub setup.
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I ENDED UP SPEAKING WITH THE BOSE MFG. TODAY REGARDING THEIR SYSTEM IN THE 2000 BONNEVILLE SSEI. I STATED TO THEM THAT OTHER FOLKS ALSO WISH THE SYSTEM TO BE SOMEWHAT MORE POWERFUL. THERE IS NOT A LOT BOSE CAN RECOMMEND TO MAKE IT LOUDER AS ALL COMPONENTS WORK TOGETHER AND CHANGING ONLY CERTAIN THINGS COULD HURT THE SYSTEM. THEY RECOMMEND HOWEVER FOR FOLKS IN THE BONNE CLUB TO CONTACT BOSE SO THEY CAN RECORD THE COMPLAINTS AND GET ENGINEERING INVOLVED AND POTENTIALLY OFFER A SOLUTION. TO CONTACT BOSE GO TO:
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click under Automotive and call them or email them.
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Several people over on the Audio board have spoken with Bose about the issue. I'm not sure if anyone has ever gotten anywhere with them or not. I spoke to them myself recently, and they sent me to a dealer.

I think the basic problem is that the Bose system on a 2000+ Bonnie was not designed to be loud. That coupled with the early-fading of the 6x9 speakers seems to translate iinto a universally bad opinion of the system.

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Hi Jim,

What do you mean there by "early-fading"... freq response, age, or something else perhaps
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Lots of people have reported that their BOSE 6x9'* sounded fine new, but quickly lost their ability to produce good bass. This apparently is the result of a problem with the speakers not being able to handle the sustained output of the BOSE amp (not sure why). They don't technically fail...they just don't sound great. This is where you get into a dispute with Bose, which feels if the speakers haven't failed, then there isn't anything they can do.

I'm pretty sure that Bose has heard about this issue from a lot of GM owners.
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First, before going the subwoofer route, you might first try replacing your rear 6x9 Bose speakers with something better. The BOSE units have developed a reputation for unsatisfactory sound. I put in a pair of $150 Pioneer 4-way TSA6980 '* that I found online for about $55...made a world of difference.
Will the pioneers fit into the existing rear slots or will one need to change some things around. I wouldn't mind slipping in two better sounding speakers if was a no brainer. I have zero experience with audio systems.
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They fit right in the existing holes. Even the screw holes match up. I did find it easier to pull the rear package shelf up to work with the speakers, rather than trying to work through the 6x9 holes under the grilles. The package shelf is held down by two snaps behind the back seat that pop right out...then you can lift it up and easily access the speakers.

FYI, you can also buy a set up connectors from Best Buy or Circuit City for about $6 that will allow you to connect any aftermarket speakers into the existing factory speaker wire connectors....ie no cutting or soldering connections. It makes installation a lot easier, plus you can quickly reconnect the original speakers if you ever want to sell the car.
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Cool, thanks!
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