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Old 08-14-2012, 07:29 PM   #18
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If you have a '12 BA, try setting your EQ at 2 0 2. Keeping the equalizer low, lets you crank the volume with no distortion. My '12 sounds great compared to my '10. I think they tweaked an improvement in the '12's balance. The center speaker is no longer overpowering. I've been in peoples cars that sounded horrible, and then checked the settings - they had the equalizer cranked way up.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:26 PM   #19
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I just want to say the problem with the stereo set up in the Z's are the following:

The tweeters aren't tweetN, and the bass just aint thumping...

I feel like i'm listening to music in a can with the bass rattling.

The volkswagens with the monsoon hd unit and 8spkrs in a GLX passat sounded alot better.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:04 PM   #20
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I'm looking at adding the ******** FARK harness and a JL Audio XD700 5 channel amp in the factory location to see how much it improves. Apparently, the amp is the weakest link in the system and a must change before changing speakers. If I think it needs further improvement I'll add a single 10 inch sub in a driver's side rear enclosure.
I added that amp with a sub, cut out the center channel and left the rest of the speakers factory. It improved the system 10 fold. Sounds great now and has plenty of thump. JL's XD and HD 5ch amps fit in perfectly where the factory amp is.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:45 PM   #21
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It's also well known that the Boston Acoustics sound system falls quite short quality wise, but that can be attributed to the head unit...
Its the amplifier that's the issue. The head unit puts out an extremely clean signal.

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I added that amp with a sub, cut out the center channel and left the rest of the speakers factory. It improved the system 10 fold. Sounds great now and has plenty of thump. JL's XD and HD 5ch amps fit in perfectly where the factory amp is.
What he said. Swap out the stock amp and this system really lights up and the sound quality radically improves.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:29 PM   #22
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I added a 10" Boston Acoustics Sub and a Boston Acoustics Amp and it made all the difference in the world. The rest of the system is stock and it now very good. The whole system just needed some bass. Also, the better the source, the better the sound. CDs and good recordings on the ipod really help.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:36 PM   #23
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I have a MTX sub box that I bought through Chevy for $1000.00. It has 2 10" subs and a built in amp. It is perfect if you want to boost your stock stereo to get more bass without vibrating your car apart. I have a buddy that just opened up a shop and he talked me into putting a complete new set up in my Camaro for nothing if he could use it as advertising. If your interested in the MTX sub box make me a offer. PM me..
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:36 PM   #24
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I'm unimpressed with it too. I wish they would've had at least the option for a better stereo.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:38 PM   #25
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By the way, it sounds the same as the one in my former SS. Which is to say, lackluster.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:01 AM   #26
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WTF.. Where are the 9 speakers as advertised on the B.A. sound system on cheverolet.com? LOL

I only see two tweeters, two mid range on lower door, and two on the back deck.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:07 AM   #27
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Are you crazy? I would die for this thing. Compare it to a regular Camaro stereo and you will like it
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:15 AM   #28
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WTF.. Where are the 9 speakers as advertised on the B.A. sound system on cheverolet.com? LOL

I only see two tweeters, two mid range on lower door, and two on the back deck.
The rear tweeters are counted separately as are the door tweeters. There is also a separate center channel, which messes up stereo separation.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:23 AM   #29
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The rear tweeters are counted separately as are the door tweeters. There is also a separate center channel, which messes up stereo separation.
where are the rear tweeters.. and the mid channel speaker? I don't see them.

front door tweeters=2

front door mid= 2

rear deck speakers = 2 I see only 6 speakers
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:27 AM   #30
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hey ZL1 folks,

I'm disappointed with the sound quality of the stereo .. although I did purchase this car because of its performance attributes; but i would have expected the stereo to have sounded better for a car in the 60k's . Just wondering what you guys think of the boston acoustic sound system?
it's the same package you can buy in a 2lt or SS.

It's a great sounding stereo compared to the normal speaker system.

HOWEVER, it does need a little bump.. so i added a few subwoofers to give it the low end it was missing.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:32 AM   #31
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Dunno why there's so much hate on the BA system. It's easily on par with the MACH series that Ford uses. I think it sounds great.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:31 AM   #32
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When are people going to turn their audio car systems down? Does no one ever think about hearing damage from loud stero systems? My car with a usb drive playing a song starts to vibrate the rearview mirror so much so that the image is blurred! And that is at 25 on the radio display. Clearly the roof is vibrating and causing this,so are lots of parts of the car prone to add some unwanted sounds. If some drivers would realize being able to hear things going on around them they would turn the audio down. Think emergency traffic and other problems on the road. I also suspect some who complain have hearing damage so they must turn up the volume. Just give your hearing a break and turn the sound down!
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:43 AM   #33
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where are the rear tweeters.. and the mid channel speaker? I don't see them.

front door tweeters=2

front door mid= 2

rear deck speakers = 2 I see only 6 speakers

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The rears are 2 way components so add another 2 for the tweets in them.

+1 center channel in the dash

=9
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:52 AM   #34
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When are people going to turn their audio car systems down? Does no one ever think about hearing damage from loud stero systems? My car with a usb drive playing a song starts to vibrate the rearview mirror so much so that the image is blurred! And that is at 25 on the radio display. Clearly the roof is vibrating and causing this,so are lots of parts of the car prone to add some unwanted sounds. If some drivers would realize being able to hear things going on around them they would turn the audio down. Think emergency traffic and other problems on the road. I also suspect some who complain have hearing damage so they must turn up the volume. Just give your hearing a break and turn the sound down!
No one said anything about loud.....it's about quality. A subwoofer adds bass to music played at lower levels as well. Typically the component speakers in the car have to be turned up a bit before they will add any amount of decent bass. With a sub, you can add more thump at lower volumes to compliment the levels at which the smaller speakers have a hard time reproducing any bass. As far as the amp goes, again it's not about loud. The factory amp IMO is not as "clean" as a quality aftermarket unit and therefor takes away from the true output of the head unit. I don't listen to music any louder in my car now that the stereo is twice as powerful, it just plays with a higher quality of sound reproduction which I think is what most people here are upset with.
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