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Old 06-11-2013, 04:46 PM   #326
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I too just did this three minute mod to my beast this morning. I am from the old school days of db competitions and clarity tests etc. I have had a problem with my music sounding distorted from day one. This cleared the mids and highs up very nicely. In fact I had to turn down the highs a lil bit and it sounds much better. Now I just need to add a sub and this thing will be slamming.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:05 AM   #327
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I just got my Camaro a few days ago and this was the first "mod" I did. Taking out the cover from the center speaker was pretty easy, it just pops off. The instructions were clear and it's much better than cutting the wire.

Now for the review.. IMO it sounds way better without it. But I think it depends on your music source and what you listen to. I listen to majority of today's modern music which includes rap, pop, acoustic etc (what a normal teenager would listen to (; ). The sound staging and bass improved & was better in my ears. Without the center speaker I can set the volume up to 30+ without distortion. But this was only when it was connected via bluetooth with my iPhone. Pandora streaming was great but not better. FM radio wasn't the best. I think I'll stick to music on my iPhone and Pandora. I also sat in all the seats of the car with the doors closed to hear the sound staging. From there I adjusted the tone. +4, 0, 0. Then for the fade front I set it at -2, then 0 for the left/right. Sounds a lot better to me!
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:11 AM   #328
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Include me in the camp of disconnected it. I much prefer the stereo separation that the center speaker was walking over.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:42 AM   #329
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you are right just disconnecting it at the amp made it sound way way better!! thanks for the advice. If any of you are looking at a woofer box and think the JL Audio on is too much (I think it is). I just bought this one off ebay, it worked great, and I get to keep almost my whole trunk. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Camaro-Sub-w...item3383337879

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Old 06-28-2013, 03:54 PM   #330
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Really? I find it hard to believe that removing a speaker can make a stereo louder and better.... Does the power get diverged to the other speakers or something?
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:31 PM   #331
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not louder - just better separation which gives you a bit of perceived volume....
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:39 PM   #332
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Well I just tried this and decided to leave the center speaker connected. I left the radio on and did a back to back comparison for XM, FM and iPod. What I did find out is you can set the tone independently for each band in MyLink which I didn't know.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:43 PM   #333
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Well I just tried this and decided to leave the center speaker connected. I left the radio on and did a back to back comparison for XM, FM and iPod. What I did find out is you can set the tone independently for each band in MyLink which I didn't know.
Many radios are like that.

Not that it matters here, but the same applies to your TV.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:44 PM   #334
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Upgraded my door spreakers/tweeks and rears to Alpine RS's with a Kenwood Excelon amp few weeks back..........I might have to disconnect the middle one and see how it sounds. It's as simple as pop off the cover and disconnect right?
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:46 PM   #335
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Upgraded my door spreakers/tweeks and rears to Alpine RS's with a Kenwood Excelon amp few weeks back..........I might have to disconnect the middle one and see how it sounds. It's as simple as pop off the cover and disconnect right?
Yes. Although depending on how you added your replacement amp, it may already be disconnected.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:51 PM   #336
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Yes. Although depending on how you added your replacement amp, it may already be disconnected.
Yeah was thinkin of that. I had the shop use some connectors I got from subthump so I'll have to check it out tomorrow and see whats up
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:09 PM   #337
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I think the problem is the center speaker tends to distort easier at higher volumes. I've noticed that at lower volumes the stereo sounds pretty darn good but when I crank the volume into the high 20's and above I notice pronounced distortion.

I find myself cranking the stereo louder in order to achieve more bass impact but the very act of cranking the stereo causes distortion in the mids and treble. I believe the problem will solve itself once I can install an after market amp/sub to augment the lower frequencies. This should allow me to keep the stereo in the lower 20s but still have the hard hitting bass I'm used to. As a result, the stereo should be operating without distortion resulting in a better overall listening experience.

I'd bet next month's mortgage payment that my upcoming amp/sub solves my distortion problem due to the fact I won't have to turn up the volume as loud in order to get some ass shaking bass.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:52 PM   #338
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Well I just tried this and decided to leave the center speaker connected. I left the radio on and did a back to back comparison for XM, FM and iPod. What I did find out is you can set the tone independently for each band in MyLink which I didn't know.
I did this too, I like the sound system better with the center speaker connected. I don't know what you guys hear so GREAT by disconnecting it.

By the way, where is the factory amp located?

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:17 AM   #339
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I tried this for about a week. I put the center speaker back in. It sounded more full with center in.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:37 AM   #340
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I did this too, I like the sound system better with the center speaker connected. I don't know what you guys hear so GREAT by disconnecting it.

By the way, where is the factory amp located?

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The amp is in the trunk. Left rear behind the plastic trim panel.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:40 PM   #341
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I just the unplugging on a 2010 and 2 of the 3 tabs on the side toward the windshield broke. Probably because it's older and the plastic had more time to become brittle and broke a lot easier. Once reinstalled, it didn't rattle or look like it didn't fully seat, so I'm not worried about it. I know it's broken in there so I'm slightly miffed, but oh well. It's not worth the expense to replace since it's not rattling or popped up in any way.

I did find that it sounded better. For all those that did not like the new sound, keep in mind, technically, the disconnect is not the whole mod, you have to retune your EQ to have your highest setting at 0 and all others in the negatives. It might actually sound better if you did this to further clear up the sound. For example, I went from Treb2, mid0, bass4; to -2, -4, 0. Some of you who didn't like it may still be way up in the positives.

I used a twist-tie to hold the unplugged wire to the bottom of the speaker to keep from losing it into the dash. No rattles from the cover or the wire after a quick test drive. I might try to do the G8 resistor thing later to lower the volume and reconnect the center when I have time, but for now, it's staying disconnected.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:16 AM   #342
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did it, love it
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:47 PM   #343
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Ths system is superior to my 09 G8 GT with the "premium" stereo. After I installed infinity kappas in the doors, disabled the rear subs and put in an infinity basslink, the G8 sounded pretty good. Oh, I also changed out the front speaker for a 8 om speaker and then it didn't dominate.

On the camaro, I just unplugged the front speaker and I felt the sound needed some fill in. I'm going to replace the front speaker with an 8 om speaker, and hook up my basslink and see what it sounds like.

I haven't looked at the stock amp yet. Does any one know if you can adjust the bass boost on the stock amp?

If this works, I'll only spend about $20 to make it sound decent. If It doesn't work, I'll spend a little more and get infinity kappas in the doors. If that doesn't work, then I'll get a new amp.

I'm hoping exchanging the front speaker and adjusting the bass plus adding the basslink works, then I will spend the money on a solo axleback and a range afm delete
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:26 AM   #344
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I just the unplugging on a 2010 and 2 of the 3 tabs on the side toward the windshield broke. Probably because it's older and the plastic had more time to become brittle and broke a lot easier. Once reinstalled, it didn't rattle or look like it didn't fully seat, so I'm not worried about it. I know it's broken in there so I'm slightly miffed, but oh well. It's not worth the expense to replace since it's not rattling or popped up in any way.

I did find that it sounded better. For all those that did not like the new sound, keep in mind, technically, the disconnect is not the whole mod, you have to retune your EQ to have your highest setting at 0 and all others in the negatives. It might actually sound better if you did this to further clear up the sound. For example, I went from Treb2, mid0, bass4; to -2, -4, 0. Some of you who didn't like it may still be way up in the positives.

I used a twist-tie to hold the unplugged wire to the bottom of the speaker to keep from losing it into the dash. No rattles from the cover or the wire after a quick test drive. I might try to do the G8 resistor thing later to lower the volume and reconnect the center when I have time, but for now, it's staying disconnected.
Well that makes sense, dang now I have to try it again.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:50 AM   #345
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Not sure about the EQ settings. I don't know how you can get any bass with it set to -2. I use the 'rock' preset, but I bumped the bass up a few notches and fade 2 to the rear. So I think my settings are:

Treb: 0
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Not trying to sound like a smarta$$ but setting it to -2 isn't going to suck 2 bass units out of the air, but it trims it down so that you can turn the speakers up more before the bass starts to distort the stock speakers.

In the end though, if you tried it the other way, and still like it at 0, 0, 8, then it's all good.

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Not sure about the EQ settings. I don't know how you can get any bass with it set to -2. I use the 'rock' preset, but I bumped the bass up a few notches and fade 2 to the rear. So I think my settings are:

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Old 07-24-2013, 08:26 AM   #347
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Run a sub, Center is disconnected, stock BA system, but amp is JL XD 400


I like bass 0,mid 0, treb +1or 2
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:37 AM   #348
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Not trying to sound like a smarta$$ but setting it to -2 isn't going to suck 2 bass units out of the air, but it trims it down so that you can turn the speakers up more before the bass starts to distort the stock speakers.

In the end though, if you tried it the other way, and still like it at 0, 0, 8, then it's all good.
Yeah, it could depend on how high you normally turn the volume. I rarely go over 20, so it doesn't distort. Depending on the source, or song, I might have drop the bass down a notch or two.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:26 AM   #349
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Run a sub, Center is disconnected, stock BA system, but amp is JL XD 400


I like bass 0,mid 0, treb +1or 2
I am close to this...

XD 400/4 replaced stock amp. Crossover points on amp are at about 85 on front and 80 on rears.

My radio settings are at Bass 1, mids at 0, and treble at 1.

Not perfect but decent enough. Amp gains are at about 25% on front and rears a little less ...say 10-15%.

I also have a secondary amp running the subthump stealth box with a single kicker 12" in there on a Kicker 400.1 amp.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:34 PM   #350
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Ive been reading about this for a while now, I decides to give it a try... i went the cutting of the yellow wire, very easy to find and get to. My preference is for sure leave it cut.. Music to me sounds crisper in all aspects! Sounds like premium sound now!
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