2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Replacing Entertainment System in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Has anyone ever replaced the stereo/nav on a CTS with a double DIN head unit? I love the CTS-V, but ...
I'm just not looking to drop large coin on a performance automobile with a second-rate sound system. Under current anti-racing laws in Ontario I'm far more likely to crank the tunes than the engine. If that makes me spoiled, you bet. Cheers, Twoputt.
The Bose system in the 2008 CTS (and thus the 2009 CTS-V also) rocks pretty hard. I have the Bass in my 04 maxed out and still wish for more, but I find the 08 to have plenty even at the "neutral" setting. The highs are also a lot more crisp in the 08 than my 04.
Try taking your favorite CD to a Dealer and trying it out before you write it off as junk.
Correct me if I am wrong, but you can probably get some good pre-amp outputs from the stock head unit with afermarket Bose gizmo's and use aftermarket amps and speakers with the stock head unit to good effect couldn't you?? Really the stock nav and entertainment setup is probably better than what would come in any aftermarket head unit anyhow. I could see aftermarket amps and speakers being better than the bose setup if you spent a lot of coin though.
You know what's funny? It doesn't excuse the muffled BOSE system in the 04-07s, but when I installed my iPod kit I found I could greatly increase the sound quality by using the iPod's equalizer. The "Rock" setting added more Bass and Treble than the stock system at max, so my iPod songs sound pretty darn good now. XM still sounds like ass, but it's something, right?
Seriously though- the 08 BOSE system is 10x better than the 04-07. I've tried a few of my CDs in the 5.1 system (which all the Vs will have), and I found myself turning down the Bass from the factory setting.