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Old 05-19-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
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Got rid of the center spker... WOOWWW!!!

I have the BA and didn't really like the sound of it. It did not compare to my Alpine with Imprint technology that I have in my SUV.

Like most, I started by adding a couple of 10" subs (kicker) that I purchased from Subthumb, great product by the way. That took care of the low end frequencies and improved the system by a ten full but I was still not happy with the overall sound.

I started to feel that my center speaker was responsible for the poor quality, in my opinion the reason is that the center takes away the stereo effect and contributes to an overall excess of high frequencies even after adjusting the treble to -9db.

Well tonight I said, enough is enough, out comes the tools and diagram. 20 minutes later the yellow wire is cut, hence no more center speaker. Wowww, I tell you, with all honesty, this was absolutely the right thing to do.

The system is 20 times better, the stereo effect is superb, the cabin is perfectly balance between the highs an the lows and i don't have to play with the tone settings anymore unless i change CD or source. i am finally happy with the BA system.

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Old 05-19-2010, 05:42 PM   #2
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:22 PM   #3
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true stereo FTW
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:33 PM   #4
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I had planned on putting an Alpine PDX-4.100 4 channel amp in next week and reading your post just made me think of something. When I get rid of the center channel, am I going to loose my OnStar capabilities?
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:06 PM   #5
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no they will still play throught the rest of the speakers.
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:16 PM   #6
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:46 PM   #7
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Interesting, sounds worth a try.
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:49 PM   #8
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very interesting
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:50 PM   #9
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Still not sure why anyone would put a center channel in a STEREO system.
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Old 05-19-2010, 11:37 PM   #10
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Any way to do this without cutting?
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:51 AM   #11
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Still not sure why anyone would put a center channel in a STEREO system.

so it looks like it has surround... to fool the noobz
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:53 AM   #12
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Any way to do this without cutting?
Why couldnt you carefully pop up the center grill and unhook the wire harness?

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Old 05-20-2010, 08:56 AM   #13
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The issue I have with the BA system is the lack of treble. The tweeters must really be poor or severly underpowered. I like a lot of highs in my system and I'm not getting it. I'm very disappointed in the BA system. I too have an Alpine Imprint system in my Jeep and going from it to the Camaro is a world of difference, understandable of course with the money I have in the Alpine system. But it's really difficult to listen to the Camaro's stereo. :(
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:52 AM   #14
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So I just cut the center speaker wire. Wish I woulda just disconnected it from the speaker terminal but to late for that. Everything works as far as I know and the sound quality is night and day. OMG!!!! You may have just saved me $1400 on new Amp and Speakers upgrade. The sound is so much better I am seriously considering it. Good call.
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:52 AM   #15
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So, does anyone know WHY we have the center speaker? Other than to fake surround sound...Did you lose anything else as far as audio?

Where did you cut the "yellow" wire from?

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Old 05-20-2010, 10:01 AM   #16
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I didn't loose anything. I cut it about 1 inch away from the amp.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:09 AM   #17
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Is the amp the one in the trunk? Or is there another?

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Old 05-20-2010, 10:13 AM   #18
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Just the one Amp. It's behind the rear tail light on the drivers side
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:19 AM   #19
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Going to give it a try this afternoon, i havent yet added a sub, so I will see how this effects just the standard BA sound.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:29 AM   #20
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Seems a lot easier through the grille.

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Old 05-20-2010, 12:28 PM   #21
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Great video. Simply unplugging is a better solution than cutting the harness.

Any idea what that black box is on the side of the center speaker?


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Old 05-20-2010, 12:58 PM   #22
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Great video. Simply unplugging is a better solution than cutting the harness.

Any idea what that black box is on the side of the center speaker?
The black box is just the plastic shourd (molex) around the connections for the speaker. what hold the plug inplace.

at the end he mentions possibly cutting out somethign to make room for a deeper speaker.... for anyone thinking about this I would advise against cutting out that plastic as it is part of the climate control duct work. you will lose some air flow there.
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:35 PM   #23
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Guys, the reason I went with the wire instead of un-hooking it at the speaker is because I did not want to pop the speaker grill and removing it than putting it back together. The plastic is delicate and if not careful you can break it. In addition, we all know from experience that once you start taking plastic panels apart, there is more chances of getting rattling noise. Cutting the wire may seem radical to some, but to me (I'm a elec technician) it's an easy and quick fix if I ever want to put it back the way it was. At the end of the day though, god the sound is soooo.. much better, it's simply awesome.
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:48 PM   #24
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Sounds like a simple thing to try! I assume there's only 1 yellow wire?
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Is there really that much of a difference? Im thinking about doing this, but I just dont understand why there would be such a drastic improvement.
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