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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Complete lack of bass in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; While I was installing the PA15 tuner, I wanted to check the subwoofer. My car has very poor bass output. ...
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    Complete lack of bass

    While I was installing the PA15 tuner, I wanted to check the subwoofer. My car has very poor bass output.

    Now, I saw this as someone who isn't a 'bass person' at all--I drove my last car for five years with the subwoofer unplugged entirely and couldn't tell the difference until a passenger said something--it's just the CTS-V seems even weaker in that department.

    So when I had the rear tray off, I felt the subwoofer--it's moving, and I can hear it...just not like I'd think I should. I've played with the EQ on the head unit and that improves it, but it's still not impressive.

    So I thought I'd ask--is this a common thing on the CTS, or have I turned into a thump-lover? And is there a common replacement that performs well?

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    Common issue = Bose garbage. I've heard Chevy Aveos with better bass response.

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...placement.html

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    Blose. Ugh. Replace asap. That will be one of the first things done when I get my V. And exhaust.

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    Ditched the sub in the deck for the 2 Polk Momo 8's I had in the Toyota before trading for ctsv. Much better now with the subs in the trunk. Nice and tucked off to each side out of the way and finally some bass after nearly a year without any. Added the PA15 for IPod also really missed that part. Not sure what took me so long to change it all out.

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    Quote Originally Posted by ctsvoom View Post
    Ditched the sub in the deck for the 2 Polk Momo 8's I had in the Toyota before trading for ctsv. Much better now with the subs in the trunk. Nice and tucked off to each side out of the way and finally some bass after nearly a year without any. Added the PA15 for IPod also really missed that part. Not sure what took me so long to change it all out.
    Pics voom? would love to see it.

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    Not to sure how to post pics in here is all. Very simple setup for 2 boxes to not take up much space, tucked the amp into the fake spare tire hole. The door speakers actually sound ok when you can tweak it a bit and the sub stuff in back.

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    I have a great sub I'm looking to install into my V soon. To those of you with a real sub in the trunk - does the bass transfer into the cabin well? I thought I would leave the bose sub in there but the rest of the rear deck looks sealed up.

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    Take the Bose sub out. I threw a 12" sealed box in the trunk just to test it out and I almost couldn't hear it at all until I pulled the old sub out of the deck (or folded the seats down).

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    Quote Originally Posted by piening2150 View Post
    Take the Bose sub out. I threw a 12" sealed box in the trunk just to test it out and I almost couldn't hear it at all until I pulled the old sub out of the deck (or folded the seats down).
    I put a JL12W7 in my trunk and am only powering it with a JL500/1 and it sounds AMAZING in the trunk, seats still up, with almost no rattle (you have to wrap your reverse lights). Hid the amp down in the cargo spot where the spare would go if we had them and ran my "bass control" or bass boost knob into the ash tray. I bought a custom box off Ebay since the JL "power wedge" is wayyyyy too big and now I still retain a lot of trunk space. I never, ever, even kind of thought about taking the old sub out of the deck.. you sir, you might be on to something. Definitely got to try that soon!

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    Pulled the sub out of the rear deck also. Bass is easily heard in the cabin, kinda makes the trunk a big ported enclosure.

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    Can anyone recommend a good 10-inch free-air subwoofer? That seems to be what the thread above says would be easiest to use.

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    Quote Originally Posted by fre1102 View Post
    Can anyone recommend a good 10-inch free-air subwoofer? That seems to be what the thread above says would be easiest to use.
    Get either an Image Dynamics ID or IDQ. Great subs and many use them free-air. I have not personally but I use an IDQ 15 in a very small sealed box with 1,000 watts on it. Sounds awesome. A ten incher free-air setup would need only a fraction of that power though.

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    I've got to figure out what to do with my Image Dynamics just laying around...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho
    I've got to figure out what to do with my Image Dynamics just laying around...
    How much Jimbo i tried to pm you but ur box is full

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    Re: Complete lack of bass

    I just had my rear deck out to get the windows tinted and tried to talk myself into pulling the stock sub out and creating the port now, living without blose bass until I built a box, etc. Considering the rear diff issues I *may* be having, I decided that I'll just pull the rear deck out after I build a new box. Some bass is better than NONE and the sub I want to use simply will not fit between the glass and the metal rear deck frame, so an undermount box is the way I'm going.

    If you pull the stock sub, it does create a giant port from the trunk into the cabin covered by the stock sub's mesh screen - excellent design by accident? The mesh screen over the stock sub WILL come out of the rear deck so you don't have to pull the entire deck to access the sub, but there are 6 or 7 clips on the bottom of it and prying them open to get the screen to lift up may do more damage than just pulling the deck off. Many people have mentioned that sound deadening and anti-vibration material will need to be added to the rear deck to prevent rattling if you put anything stronger than the blose sub back there.

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