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    [Jan 1, 2007]
    My new B7 A4 is fitted withe BOSE and the Audi 6 disc CD player. My old B6 A4 also had BOSE but the single CD player.

    Can anyone tell me why the sound quality from my new car is "pants" compaired to the older single CD unit? I am extreamly disapointed with the audio performance from what should be a premium system! The iPod link seems naff in terms of quality as well.
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    [Jan 2, 2007]
    It's nothing to do with the head unit, as they're all the same across the range. It'll be the Bose setup on the new model, i.e. the amps and speakers. I had thought the system would be identical but obviously not.
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    [Jan 4, 2007]
    Hi thanks for your reply.

    I played a CD in my old A4 (B6) with all the bass and treble set to 0 then tried the same with the new A4 (B7) and the sound is totally different. Sounds daft but the "sound stage" sounds a lot lower in the new A4. I keep thinking it's
    the head unit but as you say they should be the same???

    I ALWAYS fade the sound to the front by +2 but even with this it still sounds poor for a premium system.
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    [Jan 4, 2007]
    Well it's been said before, Bose is not really a premium system or a premium brand, it's just average at best. With the likes of Volvo providing DynAudio kit in their cars it's time Audi wised up as things have moved on a tad.
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    [Jan 4, 2007]
    So the long and short of it... Don't pay extra for BOSE it's not worth it!!!

    Many thanks Andy for your comments
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    What amazes me is that loads of people think it's pretty good, even on the old A3 (which is the worst Bose system I've heard). Even the Bose system on my mates Cayenne (yes I know, don't go there) sounds average to me & certainly not worthy of a £50k car. They're very good at innovation, their Acoustimass system is good for what it is, their Wave radio & PA speakers likewise. But it's all at a compromise to sound quality, or maybe to be more accurate sound flexibility. There is definately a Bose sound, and if you don't like their take on what it should sound like then tough. Certainly in a car you need lots of sound flexibility to overcome road/engine noise and even more so today with MP3/iPOD sources providing further quality variations from the original recording. Every notch on the Bass or Treble should make an audible difference and ideally you want adjustable EQ even if it's just a range of presets, anyway I'm ranting as usual, nurse?
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    yep couldnt agree more lots of car audio companies out there whom are perfectly capable of putting together good sounding systems for car companies vovlvo and dynaudio is a perfect example
    bose is a very well known name throughout the world as most people have seen or heard the lifestyle home systems

    bose ran a competetion a few years ago to come up with a catchy slogan
    for promotion of there products

    "no highs no lows is must be bose "
    "not even god knows why you choose bose "

    funnilly enough these two didnt win
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    [Jan 5, 2007]
    I'm sure this has been asked before but are there and companies who do a higher grade replacement speaker pack for the A4? I'm sure someone must do one, it could be called the "Audi B7 **** BOSE upgrade kit"!

    Any ideas what "BOSE" stands for? Lets just wait for the answers to flood it...
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    [Jan 5, 2007]
    " Blatently Overpriced Stereo Equipment "
    at a guess

    my advice would be to seek out a car audio specialist as opposed to buying a kit from one manufacturer
    choose the components and equipment wisely and youll end up with a system which not only sounds better than the bose but is also cheaper
    than it is from the dealer
    heres a link for you also which may help with many of your questions about kit and such http://www.talkaudio.co.uk/vbb/
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