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Old 01-18-2022, 10:05 PM   #1
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Boston or Bose

I've had the Bose system in a couple of Corvette's. They have the good and the bad. Such as each speaker has it's on amp. If i remember the Bose system you can't just change out the speakers if you wanted too.

What about the Boston is it just a cheaper version of the Bose. I'm past trying to bust out the back window. Any ideas on the Boston unit, pros and cons.... Thanks...
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Old 01-18-2022, 11:44 PM   #2
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I'd like to hear some feed back on this as well. Unimpressed w/the Boston. We had a 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII and the Bose was the best car stereo I've ever heard, especially considering it was factory equipment. Granted the Lincoln was whisper quite rolling down the road and of course the Camaro is loud as hell even w/factory exhaust. Still, the sound quality is clearly different even sitting in car w/engine off.

Any CD sounded great in the Lincoln and it would crank w/no distortion and the bass was fabulous. What I've noticed w/the Camaro is radio is meh, store bought CD's not much better, however, home made CD's crank big time! I keep a few home made CD's of some of my favorite stuff so I can get the sound I want when I really want quality.
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Old 01-19-2022, 06:18 AM   #3
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After 260,000 miles living with the Boston Acoustics system, I'm still not very happy with it. I replaced the door speakers with some Kickers years ago. Small improvement there. I subsequently replaced the rear speakers with Kickers but because the originals had separate bass and treble inputs, I had to splice the wires. I cut the leads going to the treble on the speakers and connected the proper wires from the car feed to them. Sounds a little better than the stock Boston Acoustics. My 1997 Grand Cherokee is what I drive when I want quality sound. I installed a full aftermarket system in that vehicle.
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Old 01-19-2022, 08:28 AM   #4

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Boston is terrible. I replaced all my speakers and amp not long after I got the car. I’ve had vehicles with Bose in them and they are tremendously better. We currently have a suv with the Meridian that makes the Bose not sound as good.
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Old 01-21-2022, 11:40 AM   #5
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Out of the various cars I've had in recent years, the Boston system was the least impressive. I first changed out the front speakers and it made a little but not huge difference. The best upgrade I did was to add a power subwoofer which was a nice improvement. Last year I replaced the Boston amp with a Rockford Fosgate unit and again, it was better but I haven't been able to fine tune it with my aftermarket radio.
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Old 02-06-2022, 06:40 PM   #6
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I have never understood why these manufacturers will build these 35,000 to 75,000 sports cars and put these trash units in them. It must be the bean counters or Boston low bids everyone and we all get what we paid for. Most people would check the box for a damn good system in their cars. Why else spend all that money...
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Old 02-06-2022, 07:07 PM   #7
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Both are trash in my opinion. I’ve never heard a good factory sound system. My Duramax had a bose system which was extremely underpowered and the Boston acoustics system in the Camaro is just plain bad. Best route is to just to buy the least expensive stereo system from the factory and upgrade it yourself. The fancy factory systems usually complicate the system and make it harder to upgrade so the cheaper ones are better when planning to upgrade. Case and point, the Boston acoustics system with the DVC rear speakers and center speaker.
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Old 02-07-2022, 08:06 AM   #8
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Of course there are "better" speakers than stock, be it Boston or Bose. I found that the head unit makes all the difference. Being able to customize the sound be it through equalization, loudness, addition of a sub, etc. truly is the way to go. I have a Kenwood DNR876 and there's literally a half a dozen ways to manipulate the sound of my stock Bostons.....
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Old 02-07-2022, 10:58 AM   #9
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They are both terrible ! Replace if you want good sound
I was a high end installer for 18 years
Never heard a good factory sounding Bose or Boston Acoustics system!!
Boston did make great Pro series separates back in the day but that’s long time ago
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Old 02-11-2022, 08:59 PM   #10
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I concur with all that have said the Boston Acoustics is sub-par. When I bought my car used, the door speakers were blown. I replaced them with brand new OEM (Boston Acoustics) speakers because they were cheap. While they don't rattle anymore, they still sound like crap. You get what you pay for.

If you want good sound, aftermarket is the only way to go.
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Old 02-14-2022, 03:47 PM   #11
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Just bought my wife a 2016 Traverse with the Bose. The stereo sounds way better than my Camaro's ever did.
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