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Old 02-19-2004, 10:55 PM   #1
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Got a 2000SSEI and love my stock Bose stereo. The only thing I don't like is that it ain't loud enough! Is there an easy way to retain the stock system and add an amp or something? I don't want to butcher nothing just get a little more sound.
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I don't believe you can do that with BOSE. They use a special amp of their own. You can put in aftermarket speakers and an amp though.
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If it'* not loud enough it would be best to go aftermarket. Get some good speakers and an amp.
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if you go aftermarket and only get an amp for the speakers, it will be ALL treble, unless thats what you're going for...
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if you go aftermarket and only get an amp for the speakers, it will be ALL treble, unless thats what you're going for...
Any decent component set in front, and 6x9 in the rear amped will change your mind on speakers 100%.
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if you go aftermarket and only get an amp for the speakers, it will be ALL treble, unless thats what you're going for...
Any decent component set in front, and 6x9 in the rear amped will change your mind on speakers 100%.
really? learn sumtin new every day dont component sets cost a lot of $$$ though?
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SSEi95 had his setup mostly stolen so he went all out. Got speakers and amped them before the subs arrived, after having previously used subs, he was quite surprised how much bass they put out.
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I have a 2000 SSEi too, and had the same desire to bump up the performance w/o giving up the Bose system. I just upgraded the rear 6x9'* to Pioneer, plus installed two 10" Pioneer subs driven by a second small MTX amp. The only major problem that I ran into was that I thought I could find a preamp output from the Bose head unit as a source for my new sub amp. After I tore into it, I found out it can't be done. So, "Plan B" was to tap into the rear speaker connections to provide the source for the sub.

Most people say that this type of setup will produce awful results...but I have to say that it sounds pretty good with deep bass. The trade off is that the bass is overpowering sometimes, and I blame the connection for that. But overall, for an easy way to add some much-needed kick...I can't complain too much.
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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:
www.bose.com
click under Automotive and call them or email them.
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1st, you'll want to upgrade your speakers to something that can handle, preferably, 50 watts RMS. that means 5.25" front, 6x9 (or 6.5" with adapters) in back (I believe those are the sizes). See how that sounds.

2nd: If you don't like the new sound, you'll have to either a) butcher your current harness or b) get a bose harness female to bose harness male to cut into. then, run the outputs (from radio) into a 4 or 4.1 channel amp and the the amp output to your speakers , keeping all of your wiring at the harness level. you might have room in the front to put the amp, behind & underneat the console area if your bonnie is like mine. I haven't really been inside the 2000'* yet.

You can also run power to your amp from your harness, but that presents a new set of problems and is a new thread that can be started if there is interest.

IMPORTANT: when you buy an amp, make sure it has bass controls, or bass gain, for your 4 channels. Then you'll get bass, and it won't be all treble, a very common problem when people put aftermarket amps in. Keep in mind, also that a few companies make a 4.1 channel amp....4 channels for mid range and highs, and 1 channel dedicated for a sub. always nice for expansion later in the game.

I would recommend this amp, or something similar: http://www.crutchfield.com/*-1RmZvoG...fo&i=158XM4060
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