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Old 05-24-2010, 03:39 PM   #51
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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.
I disconnected at the speaker, now the scratchy noise is gone and the system sounds a lot cleaner at higher volumes.
I also followed norty717's instructions and ended up with the treble set at +1, midrange at +2 and bass at +3. I should mention I have hearing damage from many yrs of listening to high frequency rock drills.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:25 PM   #52
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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.
I just left it where it was.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:39 PM   #53
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i just did the disconnect and its exactly as wolfclan said "I disconnected at the speaker, now the scratchy noise is gone and the system sounds a lot cleaner at higher volumes.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:17 PM   #54
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I just left it where it was.

That works well too. lol
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:45 PM   #55
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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.
WOW, I did that today, you are right, I can do 35 and clear as a bell!!
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:49 AM   #56
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WOW, I did that today, you are right, I can do 35 and clear as a bell!!
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Yeah I forgot to mention I did that today too. Not sure if it was that or losing the center speaker, but I find that I need to crank it up about 2 notches higher to get to my favorite volume. But the clarity is a whole heckuva lot better. Thanks for pointing this out to us IAS. You're becoming a real Yoda for me on this forum
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:33 PM   #57
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:20 PM   #59
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So are you guys saying to just pry or pull the center speaker up from the dash? Or am I mis-reading the posts? Would like to give this a shot, but would also want the option to reconnect if I decide too.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:22 PM   #60
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So are you guys saying to just pry or pull the center speaker up from the dash? Or am I mis-reading the posts? Would like to give this a shot, but would also want the option to reconnect if I decide too.

First you have to remove the center dash piece, you dont even need a tool, I was able to lift it up with my fingers and push up to release the clip from the dash. To get the speaker out there are (2) 7mm's you gotta take out, after that its smooth sailing. Once you get the speaker out, there is a clip you push in, then just pull the connector out. Totally reversible.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:47 PM   #61
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i just disconnected my center speaker as well, and it sounds really good now! a lot better sounding, not as muffled... if that makes sense. also, my settings are 3,1,1
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:03 AM   #62
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Any problem with an amplified signal with no output device that may damage the amplifier? You will have a yellow wire to nowhere. Would you disconect your home audio speakers and crank up the volume?
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Any problem with an amplified signal with no output device that may damage the amplifier? You will have a yellow wire to nowhere. Would you disconect your home audio speakers and crank up the volume?

There is no effect on the amp. the Yellow and Blue wires are fine as long as they to not come in contact with each other or anything metal in the vehicle (that would cause a short and this could damage the amp.)

disconnecting a speaker from your home system would not have a negative affect on the amplifier either.. as long as there is not short in the wiring. would be very similar to the outlets in your home that have electrcity running to them all the time whether there is anyhting plug into them or not.
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Old 05-26-2010, 01:59 PM   #64
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First you have to remove the center dash piece, you dont even need a tool, I was able to lift it up with my fingers and push up to release the clip from the dash. To get the speaker out there are (2) 7mm's you gotta take out, after that its smooth sailing. Once you get the speaker out, there is a clip you push in, then just pull the connector out. Totally reversible.

Thanks Bro, I will give it a shot tonight & report back
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:48 PM   #65
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Done! Great video of the removal process here:

took all of 5 minutes. Definite improvement in "stereo" sound & also my bass seems to
have increased, had to turn the EQ down a bit Love it though, now to just get a sub in the trunk & I will be set.....Thanks for all the help
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:02 AM   #66
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Who knows how "sophisticated" the amp in the trunk is considering how small it is. For all we know, removing the center speaker could free up a few more watts that the amplifier can now push to the other speakers in the system.

Most amplifiers don't act this way, but you never know...

I'm not entirely sure how to "test" how many watts are being pushed to each speaker, but it might be an interesting check if anyone with the tools and know-how was bored
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:15 PM   #67
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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.
I don't either? Since the BA amp is a 5 channel its not going to add any dB

to the level of sound. I do understand that it will make the "Stereo"

effect better. I guess I will try it after I install my sub tomorrow.

I don't understand why a center is in there anyway.

Now in my Acura TL Type-S the DVD-Audio true 5.1 system kicked

A$$. What an awesome system, just wish it had more juice.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:12 PM   #68
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Well, I removed mine and there is a difference, for the better. Drastic improvement? No, not IMO. You can tell stereo separation better. Such an easy thing to try though, might as well give it a shot. I disconnected the connector from the center speaker - no wire cutting in the trunk
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Simple mod, did this in my garage in my PJs in 5 mins then listened to Rush Moving pictures Sounded SWEET!
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Humm...Now that the center speaker is gone, that would be a great location for
a dual gauge pod, instead of the A-pillar location that some have concerns about
interfering with the airbag.
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Simple mod, did this in my garage in my PJs in 5 mins then listened to Rush Moving pictures Sounded SWEET!
I will give it a try and put the same CD in My first CD I bought in 1982 was that album. It cost $24.00 and it still plays. Well it should it was made in Germany
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First you have to remove the center dash piece, you dont even need a tool, I was able to lift it up with my fingers and push up to release the clip from the dash. To get the speaker out there are (2) 7mm's you gotta take out, after that its smooth sailing. Once you get the speaker out, there is a clip you push in, then just pull the connector out. Totally reversible.
This is what I did. Don't cut it. Just take the five minutes to carefully remove.

Recommend highly.
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:57 PM   #73
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Humm...Now that the center speaker is gone, that would be a great location for
a dual gauge pod, instead of the A-pillar location that some have concerns about
interfering with the airbag.

Excellent idea. Some other gadgetry could also find a home there? GPS, Detector mount, ???
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I have added the JBL MS-8 which is logic 7 surround sound now so I don't need nor want to rid myself of the center channel, I just upgraded it to a JBL 560gti woofer.. Its PHENOM!
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You put a subwoofer in that little spot?? Wow! What are the specs of that thing? just curious...
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