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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V? in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; I think we would all agree that the sound system in the V isn't up to par for the price ...
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    Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    I think we would all agree that the sound system in the V isn't up to par for the price of the car. The V is an amazing car for the money but what should GM do to make the V's sound system on par with other luxury brands?

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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    Works fine for me.
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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    It isn't loud enough for me and no, I am not deaf.
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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    IMO there are MANY other low quality items I would prefer upgraded before the Bose sound system.

    How about upgrading the black plastic junk trim or the fake carbon fiber trim?

    Or upgrade the Recaro seat mounts that rock forward and back in my car?

    Or upgrade the supercharger isolator that sounds like a can of marbles at idle?

    The sound system works just fine in my V.

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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    I agree. The sound system is not great. As bad as the system is, the lack of bluetooth audio and the hideous speech system are worse. I don't have the issue with the Recaros creaking and rocking nor do I have any issue with the isolator (yet). I actually don't mind the trim. I knew I was not buying a BMW or Mercedes. I just wanted the brute power combined with decent luxury that the V offered. No car is perfect. Not even a 100K car.

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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    Although the V's Bose sound system could be better, it's a sonic beauty compared to the Bose POS in my '11 Z06. That system sounds like the speakers are in a hollow barrel, and an insult for a $90K list car. The factory Harmon/Kardon unit in my wife's '06 Mini Cooper sounded so much better than the Vette's. When will GM learn that BOSE stands for "Buy Other Stereo Equipment?"

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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal Red CTS-V View Post
    Although the V's Bose sound system could be better, it's a sonic beauty compared to the Bose POS in my '11 Z06. That system sounds like the speakers are in a hollow barrel, and an insult for a $90K list car. The factory Harmon/Kardon unit in my wife's '06 Mini Cooper sounded so much better than the Vette's. When will GM learn that BOSE stands for "Buy Other Stereo Equipment?"
    I agree! I have an 08 Corvette and after a couple of weeks I ripped the whole system out and replaced everything. The V is superior to the Corvette system. Probably because the system in the V has a semi real subwoofer. At least in the vette you have the option of replacing the stock system. With the V, you don't have that option due to the pop up screen. I guess someone might have swapped this system out but I won't attempt it and I'm fairly competent with system swaps. Here is what I did to my vette.









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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    I also agree.....the Kicker sound system in my Challenger puts the V's to shame!

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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    i don't think many of you have played around with the sound configuration long enough. mine sounds superb (after 3 hrs of dialing it in) "driver" mode works best for my taste. btw, captain slow, dont you have the sofa seats? =]~ maybe they absorb to much acoustics and leave little reverberation.

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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    Quote Originally Posted by captain slow View Post
    I think we would all agree...
    Uh... No, 'We' don't

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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    I'm no audiophile, but not tone deaf either. System sounds fine to me. Some people could have top of the line everything and still complain. And for what we get in terms of performance and luxury, I still think this car is a bargain. No buyer's remorse or nitpicking all the little quirks here.

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    Because you get a value packed missile for $70G. How about the Bose system in a V1. That was an atrocious stereo. The V2 is worlds better. And that car was $50G and still a bargain.

    Believe me, I'm hoping to replace my Bose with JLAudio amps, a JBL MS8 and some Dynaudio MW182s and Esotar tweets. Someday, maybe it shall happen.

    But for now, this audiophile is at least not ripping his ears out compared to his V1.

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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    Quote Originally Posted by captain slow View Post
    I think we would all agree that the sound system in the V isn't up to par for the price of the car. The V is an amazing car for the money but what should GM do to make the V's sound system on par with other luxury brands?
    This thread is about the sound system. It sucks. Bottom line. Bose is a joke. GM has stuck with them, like Goodyear tire's, for ever. (thank god they switched to Michelen's on the V) Probably for brand messaging...... but in the real stereo world Bose is a joke. They have no real credibilty. I have spent numberous hours trying to tune the system. It is typical Bose. My stock Prius system blows away the V's.
    The V is a mighty fine care. GM is gaining ground on the foreign companies. Details though. Stereo, seats, trim, rattles, etc.......What could this actually add tho the final price? Not much. At least offer upgrades and yes charge for them!

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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    I'm no automotive journalist but I have had the opporitunity to drive many cars and the bose system lacks substance. While music plays through the speakers it is far from great. The new 2013 Lexus GS sound system sounds like a concert hall while our system sounds like your in the hallway. I think they could have made the recaro's standard and made a $2000 sound/Technology package. Maybe bigger amp w/better speakers, and blindspot monitoring.
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    Re: Why doesn't GM upgrade the crappy sound system in the 70k CTS-V?

    I realize the head unit can't be replaced, but what about maybe just swapping the speakers? Is there any value in that?

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