lucidd wrote:Well... I'm not looking for "neighbor complaining" bass, or china breaking and shaking highs...
I only want what I was sold on and paid for. . . Which is like I sed b4- claims from Bose/Infiniti: a system that compares to a $100k system .
And flat sound??? Flat curve for sound_ acurate sound is what I'm looking for... And trust me, Bose plays with the sound more than any other company to force their BUDGET paper scones to "sound pleasing" and "sound accurate" - when it really isn't!
Perry. Here's the thing... U just got ur car, and inknow how u feel... That this car is "perfect" for u.
But no one has to take my words... Cuz yes. Ur rite, sound accuracy can b subjective... So I challenge anyone to compare this Bose system to any or all of the above competition . Take a mp3 cd and listen high,low volumes, play with settings etc... And if you don't think Bose has to go!... Then I'll take all my words back.
You see, it's all relative- it's like comparing photos printed from printer A- then u may think- wow looks good!---- then you get presented another photo from printer B--- and now u can say which is better... And if the 2 printers are about the same price-- you'd go with the better one---IRRegardless of how the manufacturers explain why their product is choice...::::;;::;;;; well furthermore, because I already have the pos bozo s***on wheels... And had no other choice at time of purchase, ---I feel ripped off...and a victim of false advertising.
So if I get this right you think you have been ripped off for not having a 100k sound system in a 40 k car. The fact is I didn't bother even researching the sound system before testing out the car. I have however been putting sound systems in cars for the best part of the last 40 years. No this one isn't the best that could have been put into the car but when you consider the price point of this car with everything it has to offer the sound system is actually fairly good.
When I said flat I didn't say flat curve which doesn't exist except in the time fabric of space. What I stated was that you would find that the system is probably fairly flat if you used a studio quality mike and observed it.
Basically if I injected a signal of this frequency and amplitude that it would come out pretty close in regard to its input. Input signals across the spectrum and it would pretty much follow in a flat plane. Many like to hear a little bit higher highs and lower lows, but that doesn't mean that is how the sound was when it was recorded. This is typical of Bose, the comment about no highs and no lows, must be Bose is pretty close to what the perception of what I hear from most Bose systems if that is what you are looking for. What you will typically find is very low THD, in fact far lower than what the typical user can hear. What you will also find is a very good dynamic range, in this case it appears to be about 100 db.
The fault I see with this system compared to aftermarket is the inability of tweaking this which becomes even more important the older you get. How many with this capability do no use it to boost something.
The fact is mp3 is not the best example of a sound source for testing purposes, it already has been degraded to a certain extent. I was raised on quality vinyl and the best of which were direct to disk recordings and I haven't heard anything that compares to those in the way of cds, let alone mp3s.
Yes the speakers are probably fairly cheap in comparison to aftermarket but that is typical of stock units. Save 10 bucks on a car and you save 100 million and that is how the business works. We may state we would pay more and 'we' may, but the fact is that with the features this car has, most will jump in, crank up the system and state, 'you know it sounds pretty good'. The best sound comes when you turn the sound system off and listen to the real music.
The fact is that it would not have taken me a year to find the system to be poor, in fact it would have taken me a few minutes since one thing I do go to a dealer with is a pack of about 5 cds to see how the system responds to various reference pieces. Basically I use something like The Beatles White album, Dark Side Of the Moon, Fresh Aire II, Steve McDonald, and some country so you can see a wide representation.
It came out pretty good, not as good as my system in my other car which consists of (2) 5 channel amps for a total of about 1000 watts rms, with a 200 watt rms sub wolfer, a set of Infinity components for each door, and equalizers. But then that would have added a couple of grand to the car and would most likely cut sales. On the other hand I could if I desired to take these same components and put them in the 'G' with no more effort than it took me for that install.
Modified by pfarmer at 10:10 PM 4/30/2009