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    Getting new speakers

    I want to buy new speakers for my dash and front 2 doors, probably focals or JL. I'd prefer to install these myself but not sure on how to do it. Does the bose speakers have brackets that won't fit standard sizes ? & do would I need adapters of any kind ? To Anyone that has done this, the more information the better.

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    It's not going to sound very good if you have the Bose system & you want to just replace the speakers. Bose impedance is different from your regular 4 or 8 ohm replacement speakers.

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    Re: Getting new speakers

    If your current speakers have flaws, repair or replacement with the like may be the most cost effective route. If you're set on an upgrade, be prepared. Bose may use inexpensive components but their designs are anything but industry standard. I think the STS Bose 15.1 is an outstanding system.

    Consult with experts or start from scratch.

    Opinions vary.

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    Re: Getting new speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by EChas3 View Post
    I think the STS Bose 15.1 is an outstanding system.
    Agreed, for OEM it is damn good...FAR better than the Bose setup's I've had in the Cadillac's I've had in the past.

    Unfortunately for the OP you can't just throw aftermarket speakers into a Bose system, they just don't play nice together...If you insist on replacing the speakers you are going to have to piggy back an aftermarket amp to power them.
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    Damn thats no fun. If I had the bose 15.1 I'd be happy but unfortunately I only have the standard 8 speaker system. I might look into getting an aftermarket amp but for now I'll stick with what I have. Thanks guys

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    Those 15.1 setup is loud AF when you're inside but step outside the car and you will not hear squat! I love Em, helps with the stupid wind nose that comes through B-pillar on the drivers side


    How in the world do you fix that?

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    "No highs, no lows it must be Bose"
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    Re: Getting new speakers

    changing the speakers and matching impedance(or getting close) isn't overly difficult. I agree that the 15.1 system is a pretty good OEM system. Tweaking it to increase the highs or lows and/or shifting the imaging higher with new speakers isn't a bad idea either.

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    Re: Getting new speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkMingBlueSTS View Post
    "No highs, no lows it must be Bose"
    .. or XM radio

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mullah88 View Post
    I love Em, helps with the stupid wind nose that comes through B-pillar on the drivers side

    How in the world do you fix that?
    I don't have any noise in mine.
    I would check the rubber door seals.
    Look to see if the top of the door is pushed out (happens easily if someone locks their keys in the car and calls someone to break in and open it).

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    I would admit that the highs and lows might not be the best from Bose. However a quick EQ tweak and it's just fine. I drop the midrange about 50% and bump the bass and treble about 75%.
    The 15.1 system is really good I think for OEM setups. I'd only change the sub if I did anything. Find another free air sub that's the right size that is the right ohm rating and call it a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludacrisvp

    Look to see if the top of the door is pushed out (happens easily if someone locks their keys in the car and calls someone to break in and open it).
    That would never happen with our cars, they're smarter than that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EChas3 View Post
    If your current speakers have flaws, repair or replacement with the like may be the most cost effective route. If you're set on an upgrade, be prepared. Bose may use inexpensive components but their designs are anything but industry standard. I think the STS Bose 15.1 is an outstanding system.

    Consult with experts or start from scratch.

    Opinions vary.
    I love the way it sounds but would it be an issue adding another 8 inch aftermarket powered sub. Just to increase the bass a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludacrisvp
    I would admit that the highs and lows might not be the best from Bose. However a quick EQ tweak and it's just fine. I drop the midrange about 50% and bump the bass and treble about 75%.
    The 15.1 system is really good I think for OEM setups. I'd only change the sub if I did anything. Find another free air sub that's the right size that is the right ohm rating and call it a day.
    Yes that's how I have mine set too. Don't get me wrong Bose sounds great if your only listening to Bose but when you go from aftermarket for a few days to Bose you'll be "deaf" to the Bose for a couple of days. That happens to me every time after I drive my ole lady's truck for a few days and go back to my car. And Bose is great for old ppl too as our hearing changes over time, some hear too many highs and some hear too many lows making Bose perfect for them.

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