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Old 06-28-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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Is the Boston Acoustics System good?

Do you like it? Good sound quality?

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Old 06-28-2009, 01:22 PM   #2
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Do you like it? Good sound quality?

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Old 06-28-2009, 01:26 PM   #3
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got to play w/ demo car EQ..not bad(slope cut-offs too steep IMO)..
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:18 PM   #4
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Eh, only been listening to XM and radio broadcasts.. I'm disappointed with the quality and sound levels of it. Just not that impressed.. :(
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:29 PM   #5
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I've driven about 300 miles and listened to a CD and my iPod. I think the sound is very good for a stock unit in this price range car. I haven't checked any of the settings, however my '08 Enclave sounded much better after I adjusted the bass/treble from the factory settings. XM isn't a good test since the source quality isn't real great. It has plenty of bass for what I listen too, country, '50-'60 and jazz. If you want the window vibrating bass it isn't there, but most of the unit I've heard with that overwhelm the other tones.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:37 PM   #6
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Eh, only been listening to XM and radio broadcasts.. I'm disappointed with the quality and sound levels of it. Just not that impressed.. :(
Do not judge the quality of the stereo system from XM or the radio.... XM has garbage quality from all the compression they use....
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:27 PM   #7
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I am very particular about sound systems. I find the upgraded BA system slightly above average. Mid and high range is good. The low end is fine until you drive into decent power (less then half) of the volume level. Clipping starts to degrade your low. Of course if you almost eliminate the bass setting you can achieve a decent db level but you sacrifice a strong low. Just my taste in sound and opinion.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:07 PM   #8
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Save your money! The upgrade isnt all that. If you love music and your particular about the sound quality dont get it.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:01 PM   #9
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I would say to that, maybe maybe not. Depending on how deep your pockets are and how much you like your steering wheel functions. Comparing the top BA stereo here with a ford shaker 1000 (top) and the older GM bose system, this one will give you a wider frequency response. So if you listen to aggressive fast music strongly bass or beat driven you'll likely want more. If not this system will work well for you. I would put it ahead of the GM bose system and pretty equal with the shaker 1000 with a slight advantage. I want a bit more but it was worth the price for me. An amp and sub should make me happy.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:00 PM   #10
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I would say to that, maybe maybe not. Depending on how deep your pockets are and how much you like your steering wheel functions. Comparing the top BA stereo here with a ford shaker 1000 (top) and the older GM bose system, this one will give you a wider frequency response. So if you listen to aggressive fast music strongly bass or beat driven you'll likely want more. If not this system will work well for you. I would put it ahead of the GM bose system and pretty equal with the shaker 1000 with a slight advantage. I want a bit more but it was worth the price for me. An amp and sub should make me happy.
Good enough for me, I'm trading in my 05 mustang gt with the shaker 1000.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:06 PM   #11
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I think it sounds good for me. But it's not nearly as loud as the Bose system that was in my H2. I was actually surprised they didn't go with the Bose system in here. But I don't listen to my radio loud so it's more than enough for me. But for people who like to jam I think they will be a little dissapointed.
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Old 06-28-2009, 11:42 PM   #12
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I am very particular about sound systems. I find the upgraded BA system slightly above average. Mid and high range is good. The low end is fine until you drive into decent power (less then half) of the volume level. Clipping starts to degrade your low. Of course if you almost eliminate the bass setting you can achieve a decent db level but you sacrifice a strong low. Just my taste in sound and opinion.
I would have to agree. Once I hit 30-35 range on volume, bass starts clipping. I think my '04 Traliblazer system sounded better.
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:43 PM   #13
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Do you like it? Good sound quality?
Yes. If your source is good then the sound is good.
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:13 PM   #14
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I think it sounds good for me. But it's not nearly as loud as the Bose system that was in my H2. I was actually surprised they didn't go with the Bose system in here. But I don't listen to my radio loud so it's more than enough for me. But for people who like to jam I think they will be a little dissapointed.
For me,my 05 H2 SUT bose system fell short. The bass clipped at medium levels of volume, the lack of mid adjustment can't compare with the mid clarity of the upper BA, and I had to max the treble and it was still flat. It was a little louder, but it also clipped/distorted more.
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Old 06-30-2009, 12:43 AM   #15
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Personally I am not a fan of the BA sound. I like the liveliness of JL Audio products.

Now that I know where the amp is located, I will probably upgrade the speakers and amp, and add a small (10") sub with maybe a 500w amp. The interior of the car is so small that you really don't need a lot of power to make it loud. But you need *good* power.

I am thinking JL Audio C2 or C5 speakers all around. I will try them with the embedded amp to see how it sounds before shelling out more for a new amp. That center speaker throws a spanner in the works, because now a 4-way amp isn't enough.

For the sub I'm thinking a 10w6v2 sub with a 500/1v2 amp.

Total cost without a new 5-way amp will be around $1500 + installation (which should be minimal because the amp and battery are already in the trunk.
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:10 AM   #16
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how is it compared to the R/T and SRT8 BA sound system, the Challenger has the premium eight speaker Boston Acoustic set ... 368 watts
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:22 PM   #17
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Personally I am not a fan of the BA sound. I like the liveliness of JL Audio products.

Now that I know where the amp is located, I will probably upgrade the speakers and amp, and add a small (10") sub with maybe a 500w amp. The interior of the car is so small that you really don't need a lot of power to make it loud. But you need *good* power.

I am thinking JL Audio C2 or C5 speakers all around. I will try them with the embedded amp to see how it sounds before shelling out more for a new amp. That center speaker throws a spanner in the works, because now a 4-way amp isn't enough.

For the sub I'm thinking a 10w6v2 sub with a 500/1v2 amp.

Total cost without a new 5-way amp will be around $1500 + installation (which should be minimal because the amp and battery are already in the trunk.
This is not a flame, just an example of taste difference. Personally I think JL and BA are almost identical in sound and quality. Now that being said, I talking home audio. I've not heard much of JL's car stuff.
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:54 PM   #18
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A few thoughts on the stereo:

I like it as a factory installed product. It does the job, BUT -

It's underpowered to begin with, but if it had more power, the speakers couldn't take it anyway. When you turn it up you can hear lots of distortion across the enire range. The speakers in the back are not in any enclosure. So when you turn the music up the speakers move too much and fall out of sync with the actual music being sent into them. Instead of a "Punchy" "thump thump thump" sound, you get bababababooom babababababooom.

XM Radio sounds TERRIBLE if you're an audiophile, or "ok" if you don't care. XM Compresses many of their stations so bad that you can actually hear the aliasing going on. Some stations are better than others though. The metal stations sound the worst.

I plan to keep the radio, but replace the speakers, build a tuned subwoofer enclosure, hand-pick my driver and amps and upgrade the helll out of the sound myself. Wish me luck!
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This is not a flame, just an example of taste difference. Personally I think JL and BA are almost identical in sound and quality. Now that being said, I talking home audio. I've not heard much of JL's car stuff.
JLs ok, but unlike BA systems 'natural' sound. Luv the older Rallys, Kappas, and Quart. Like JLs mid level subs(w4,w3,w6), high end just too boomy. The w0 are good bang for the buck...
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:03 AM   #20
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I like it. It sounds great for a stock system. However, I WILL be adding in my JL's and amps.
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:46 PM   #21
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:37 PM   #22
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So, I've had the camaro for a couple of weeks now, and listened to variety of material. XM, radio, CD...mp3 playback via flash drive. I think the speakers are starting to sound better. I judged it first only on the sound of the XM which is a bad idea considering the heavy compression they use. The speakers are now getting broken in, and it should only start to sound better and better. Although its not reference sound quality or sound level, it does fine. Plan on adding a small 8-10" powered sub eventually since the bass is very muddy and boomy sounding, and distorts at high levels.

I give the system at this point a 7.5 out of 10, and that is pushing it.
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So far I am not that impressed with this system. I should not be surprised, my stereo in my 02 Silverado HD was terrible also. I guess with the BA name on it I was expecting more, oh well the car is still awesome
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:50 PM   #24
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how is it compared to the R/T and SRT8 BA sound system, the Challenger has the premium eight speaker Boston Acoustic set ... 368 watts
according my my buddy, the challenger system sounds better. he's heard both and i haven't. he is a dodge fan, so i dunno if he's looking for ways to make the chally better than camaro, or if that's the truth. lol

overall i'm not impressed with the BA system anyways.
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:26 PM   #25
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I listen to Rock / Metal / Alt / Pop, and I would rate it at an 8 / 10. If you like a lot of bass, you are going to want a sub.

As some of the comments above said, it sounds good with CD's or streaming over my IPOD. It does not sound that great over XM or FM.

As a side note, you should adjust the EQ for each music source. If you set it up for 1 music source, (like CD's) it will go back to the default flat when using any other mode like FM XM or USB.

I think some people are only setting up the EQ once, and thinking it will stay the same on all the modes.
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