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Factory fitted BOSE, speakers can't take the bass, sound flat?

Rip Jan 28, 2018

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    Rip Member TFSI Owners Group Audi S3 quattro S tronic

    The BOSE amp in my car has just been repaired due to water damage, it was damaged when I bought the car so this is the first time I've been able to listen to the stereo with the amp installed and working (yes I fixed the water leak first).

    I've noticed it doesn't take much bass at all to overwhelm the speakers, hard to explain but when a speaker is given too much bass it makes that unmistakable flappy flat sound.

    I've tried fading and balancing the sound just to see if any one speaker is worse but I can't really pinpoint it so I assume they all sound a bit dodgy when any bass is applied. Currently all the equaliser settings are set at the default (12o'clock) position and if I turn the bass up much more than that it does not sound that great at all.

    I currently have some 320kbps mp3's on the SD card so I'll try some proper CD's over the next few days as well.
    A mate of mines Bang an Olufsen in his similar age A5 sounds much much better and handles bass brilliantly, I guess that's because he has a factory sub in there somewhere and as far as I can see the TTS does not have a sub. But still, I would have thought I should have been able to get bass that doesn't sound all distorted and flat.

    Could I replace the main door speakers and the speakers in the rear for aftermarket and keep the factory tweeters in the dash? Would that help?
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2018

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