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Discussion in 'In-Car Entertainment' started by aagallarini, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. aagallarini

    aagallarini Member

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    I'm looking into upgrading the Bose Concert system in my 2001 S4. I can't really afford to spend $1000+ all at once, but can drop a couple hundred every month or so. Should I start with a head unit first or a subwoofer and amp? I know I'll loose the little screen in the gauge cluster with any head unit mod, but can probably adapt to that if I'm able to get all the other features I want /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    I'm itching to get started, just need to know where I might run into the least amount of trouble.
     
  2. AndyMac

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    Personally I'd add a sub first. This will transform the sound and is the easiest upgrade to do as all the connections are already on the sub loom (apart from a decent power lead). If you upgrade the HU first you'll achieve a minimum improvement in SQ (if any) & you'll need to buy adapters to hook into the Bose wiring (which will be redundant when you upgrade other bits).
     
  3. aagallarini

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    I was figuring I'd need to start at one end or the other. So if I build a box, load a speaker or four, an amp or two and run a decent power supply, I should be able to improve the SQ pretty easily. Sounds good to me.

    What is a good path for the power lead to pass through the passenger compartment? Does Audi run a channel through the door sills for most of the wiring to the rear of the car? I've seen that with most cars I've done this kind of work to.
     
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    Power is best taken from battery through the ECU box (under the windscreen), which drops staight into the drivers footwell, then under the sill trim to the boot.
     
  5. aagallarini

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    Driver's side UK or US? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif The ECU itself is on the left side of the car.

    On another note... The Bose system uses 2 ohm speakers, correct? I should be able to install amps for them as long as the amps are stable for a 2 ohm load, correct? The reason I ask is because I may install amps for front and rear as well as a sub and amp in the first stage of this operation. The next stage would likely replace the head unit and all the component speakers.

    Thanks for your input.
     

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