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Old 05-20-2010, 02:03 PM   #26
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I think I'll go with the unplug solution just so it's reversible for me. So I'd pull the speaker like in the video then just unhook that harness on this side right? That the easiest way to do this?

Edit: Ok I'm going to go wash my car, I better have answers by then I'm looking forward to trying this later today, but I will not be cutting any wires.

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Old 05-20-2010, 02:04 PM   #27
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Sounds like a simple thing to try! I assume there's only 1 yellow wire?
YES , Center plug (X2). I would suggest leaving enough room between where you cut and the plug just in case you want to revert back. You'll love the sound. Good luck!
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:19 PM   #28
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I have been unhappy with the BA system since day one, so I may try unplugging the wire and see if there is any improvement.
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:47 PM   #29
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I experienced the same deal long ago with home surround sound. Muffled loss of clarity all from that center channel. No matter how good that speaker is or how high you bump the high end it cant clear out. I cant believe I didn't already do this in the camaro. Thanks for lighting a fire under me! Good call!!
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:54 PM   #30
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I'm glad somebody finally did this. I can't hear any other speakers unless I fade it way to the back, even then the center channel still makes the system sound like crap. I will be disconnecting the speaker ASAP.
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:06 PM   #31
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I will be doing this on Saturday after I wash her.
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:47 PM   #32
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OK I have an update. After reading this I went out and did it both ways. At the amp and at the speaker. Now if you can work with the plug on the amp snug up to the rear fender that would be the easiest. I contend pulling the plug on the speaker is far easier. Even with the custom dash mat I have velcro'd down. Now for the results. This is the weird thing. Some songs on my mp3 were more muffled with the speaker pulled. This seemed to be the case more then not with the mp3. With xm,it sounded better 90% of the time unplugged. Considering I listen to the mp3 more often I opted to leave it plugged.
*********I suggest DOING THIS AT THE SPEAKER FIRST. Why cut a wire before you know what YOUR ear prefers?
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:02 PM   #33
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OK I have an update. After reading this I went out and did it both ways. At the amp and at the speaker. Now if you can work with the plug on the amp snug up to the rear fender that would be the easiest. I contend pulling the plug on the speaker is far easier. Even with the custom dash mat I have velcro'd down. Now for the results. This is the weird thing. Some songs on my mp3 were more muffled with the speaker pulled. This seemed to be the case more then not with the mp3. With xm,it sounded better 90% of the time unplugged. Considering I listen to the mp3 more often I opted to leave it plugged.
*********I suggest DOING THIS AT THE SPEAKER FIRST. Why cut a wire before you know what YOUR ear prefers?

Very interesting indeed. Great post!
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:36 AM   #34
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I did the speaker unplug this morning before i left for work, literally took 3 minutes. I agree, do this at the speaker, soooo simple. I am not exactly sure i notice a huge difference like some are stating, but the stereo effect is much better. I am curious for the guys that saw such a dramatic difference, what are your EQs set to? Mine are treble: 9, mid:7, bass: 11
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IAS - thanks for the black box info.

I think the center speaker will work great for my 9500ci. At least thats my plan for it.
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:20 AM   #36
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SS Drift... it should work perfectly.
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:24 AM   #37
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I am curious for the guys that saw such a dramatic difference, what are your EQs set to? Mine are treble: 9, mid:7, bass: 11

9,7,11???? WOW and you guys wonder why you speakers distort out so quickly. try bringing eveything down equally, to where nothing is abvoe zero. try -2, -4, 0 you will not be boosting the signal so badly and will be easier on the speakers.
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:58 AM   #38
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I did the speaker unplug this morning before i left for work, literally took 3 minutes. I agree, do this at the speaker, soooo simple. I am not exactly sure i notice a huge difference like some are stating, but the stereo effect is much better. I am curious for the guys that saw such a dramatic difference, what are your EQs set to? Mine are treble: 9, mid:7, bass: 11
Pretty much the same settings I have mine at.
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I know if you have your bass set over 5 and run the volume over half way your likely clipping. I''ve got my treb's maxed,mostly because I lost most of my high end hearing from the military. My volume is never under half max. So I keep the bass at 4 if it's not distorting. Mid will be between 3 and 5 depending again on distortion. I ride that fine line of clarity/clipping. Running around zero and negative is so flat you may as well throw a cerwin vega spaker and a marshall amp. There isn't any fidelity in those settings.
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I know if you have your bass set over 5 and run the volume over half way your likely clipping. I''ve got my treb's maxed,mostly because I lost most of my high end hearing from the military. My volume is never under half max. So I keep the bass at 4 if it's not distorting. Mid will be between 3 and 5 depending again on distortion. I ride that fine line of clarity/clipping. Running around zero and negative is so flat you may as well throw a cerwin vega spaker and a marshall amp. There isn't any fidelity in those settings.

Thanks, I'll give it a try
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Old 05-21-2010, 03:11 PM   #41
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9,7,11???? WOW and you guys wonder why you speakers distort out so quickly. try bringing eveything down equally, to where nothing is abvoe zero. try -2, -4, 0 you will not be boosting the signal so badly and will be easier on the speakers.
Interesting. I need to do that then. I usually keep mine at treble 9, bass 4-5, mid 6. So I'll go treble 0, bass -4, mid -3.


Edit: So I just went and undid the wire at the speaker. First of all let me say I've never really been that unhappy with that BA system. I am a musician and I could hear the faults in the system, it's just that I thought it was pretty good compared to the crappy systems I'd had before. So my testing protocol went like this. 1) Listen to two songs with the stock configuration. 2) Unplug the wire 3) Listen to the same two songs with the center unplugged.

My results: Definitely not night and day quality-wise. Slight improvement, certainly no worse. One thing is that you do get that true sense of stereo. As a musician, I can say that there is a reason we record one guitar track on the right channel and another on the left. You don't want it to blend together when you worked hard to get them separate. Some of the tracks I recorded never sound right on "surround systems" and never worked well in the Camaro.

So here's my verdict: Do it.

You don't lose anything by doing it and you do gain that sense of stereo. Is it going to knock your socks off in a "night and day" fashion? Nope, but it will at least bring the music across the way it was recorded.

Anyway that's my .02, take it or leave it.

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Old 05-21-2010, 08:25 PM   #42
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Interesting. I need to do that then. I usually keep mine at treble 9, bass 4-5, mid 6. So I'll go treble 0, bass -4, mid -3.


Edit: So I just went and undid the wire at the speaker. First of all let me say I've never really been that unhappy with that BA system. I am a musician and I could hear the faults in the system, it's just that I thought it was pretty good compared to the crappy systems I'd had before. So my testing protocol went like this. 1) Listen to two songs with the stock configuration. 2) Unplug the wire 3) Listen to the same two songs with the center unplugged.

My results: Definitely not night and day quality-wise. Slight improvement, certainly no worse. One thing is that you do get that true sense of stereo. As a musician, I can say that there is a reason we record one guitar track on the right channel and another on the left. You don't want it to blend together when you worked hard to get them separate. Some of the tracks I recorded never sound right on "surround systems" and never worked well in the Camaro.

So here's my verdict: Do it.

You don't lose anything by doing it and you do gain that sense of stereo. Is it going to knock your socks off in a "night and day" fashion? Nope, but it will at least bring the music across the way it was recorded.

Anyway that's my .02, take it or leave it.
Nice call..appreciate it..
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:43 PM   #43
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does the LS model have the center speaker?
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:40 AM   #44
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By getting rid of the center speaker you don't loose Onstar. I just contacted them and everything works fine. I noticed some of you have your bass, treble and mid turned way up. Try this, turn all of them down to -12, turn your volume up to 35 then turn up the bass, treble and mid in +1 increments. I believe after doing this you will get the sound you want. To everyone else by all means disconect the center speaker before you spend alot of $$$ on upgrades. It just may change your mind.
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Well said CamaroDreams07
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How about relocating the front center speaker somewhere else.... like the trunk?
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How about relocating the front center speaker somewhere else.... like the trunk?
for what purpose?
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for what purpose?
I don't know. I was hoping you could tell me.

Hate to see a perfectly good speaker go to waste.
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once disconnected from center... no use for the speaker. put in a box for just in case you get rid of the car.
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