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Sad old OEM non-Bose Gen1 rear door speaker next to the EVL-65 for some comparison:cool:






Still have plenty of room behind the monster magnet after install with windows rolled down.
Suppose I may have gone ham w/the sound deadening:rolleyes:


Just finished dropping these into my non-Bose base Gen1. Had ordered these earlier this year but was waiting on the temps to warm up a little bit more before I could install.


I paid a bit more when I bought these, the cost of a pair of these subwoofer(s) that can be successfully installed in both rear doors of the Gen1 with room to spare (see pics above) is currently @$120 via amazon: (2) Skar Audio EVL-65 D4 6.5" 400 Watt Max Power Dual 4 Ohm Car Subwoofer

Considering the rather cheap cost of these sub(s), think I may eventually splurge on a halfway decent 2-channel amp to drive these puppies with.

https://www.audiocontrol.com/car-audio/power-amplifiers/acm-2300/

What do you guys think of the rather newish acm-2.300 above!? Can you guys think of any issues I could have using this amp to drive these subs?

Although these speakers sound just OK at lower volumes being driven by the Gen1 OEM radio, the sound quality drops significantly at any real volume since the stock radio amp is just so weak!:(
 
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'Dropping puppies?!' - The ASPCA frowns on that . . . . I surely wouldn't admit it in a public forum :p

The specs on the amp look good - I think it would do the job for you. What's it cost?

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The specs on the amp look good - I think it would do the job for you. What's it cost?

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Not cheap at $300 for this micro-amp that is avail from a couple of vendors since it was released only about a month or two ago.:eek:

May just suffer thru the rather weak OEM amp sound (OK to listen to at lower volumes) until this amp pops-up on amazon and hopefully this price may fall somewhat as well if I'm lucky!:p
 

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I have the Bose system. Would this still work in my car without issues?
 
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If you're going to go to the trouble of replacing speakers (I replaced all of mine last year), you should definitely get rid of the Bose amp, it's trash. I'm running a minidsp processor, 2 Sony amps (tweeters, f/r doors) and an Alpine amp for an 8" sub (probably getting upgraded later).
 

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If you're going to go to the trouble of replacing speakers (I replaced all of mine last year), you should definitely get rid of the Bose amp, it's trash. I'm running a minidsp processor, 2 Sony amps (tweeters, f/r doors) and an Alpine amp for an 8" sub (probably getting upgraded later).
Swapping a pair of speakers is less hassle than doing all you did. I just want a little more, nothing amazing, I have other cars for that. Having a carbon fiber cargo cover means no real subs as I imagine it would rattle like crazy with lots of air moving.
 
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Swapping a pair of speakers is less hassle than doing all you did. I just want a little more, nothing amazing, I have other cars for that. Having a carbon fiber cargo cover means no real subs as I imagine it would rattle like crazy with lots of air moving.
What exactly is the sound quality improvement achieved by replacing these speakers?
 

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Not cheap at $300 for this micro-amp that is avail from a couple of vendors since it was released only about a month or two ago.:eek:

May just suffer thru the rather weak OEM amp sound (OK to listen to at lower volumes) until this amp pops-up on amazon and hopefully this price may fall somewhat as well if I'm lucky!:p
Is there something special about that amp that you like? There's plenty of ~$100 amps on amazon that would work fine. You should be able to mount it where the bose amp normally goes, so space shouldn't be a big concern.

IIRC, the Volt sound system was specially designed to use less power (I assume so it wouldn't affect range, which seems a little silly if you do the math), so I'm not surprised they can't really drive subs like that. Though really, I don't think any base stock radio would. Are you just plugging them directly into the factory harness? I really wouldn't expect much without an amp/crossover. You may get better results in your current setup by unplugging one.
 

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What mounting plates did you use for them? Mounting Depth : 3.561" is what it says on the website. That's a lot of magnet for sure.

This looks like a pretty nice micro amp. I also know it fits under the back cargo area to the top right where there is some free space. Would be a pretty clean install. https://www.nvx.com/mvpa4-4-channel-compact-car-amplifier-400w-rms/
[video=youtube;kFBW9BLZ7RM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFBW9BLZ7RM[/url][/video]

Thanks for the link. Although I would prefer to have a smaller 2-channel amp in order to hide this install like the nvx or similar, kinda surprised that a cheap less than $60 class-d amp thru walmart in the video linked above tested as being decent and I may just go this direction instead.

Metra 82-3006 6" to 6-3/4" Speaker Adapter for GM Multi 05-Up are the mounting plate(s) used for the subs. Had to use the dremel to shave a couple mm off the inside ring to properly fit the sub(s) diameter. They are a snug fit into the rear doors (wouldn't even think about trying in the front doors since not nearly as much room) but is sitting flush and not touching anything behind them...
 

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[video=youtube;kFBW9BLZ7RM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFBW9BLZ7RM[/url][/video]

Thanks for the link. Although I would prefer to have a smaller 2-channel amp in order to hide this install like the nvx or similar, kinda surprised that a cheap less than $60 class-d amp thru walmart in the video linked above tested as being decent and I may just go this direction instead.

Metra 82-3006 6" to 6-3/4" Speaker Adapter for GM Multi 05-Up are the mounting plate(s) used for the subs. Had to use the dremel to shave a couple mm off the inside ring to properly fit the sub(s) diameter. They are a snug fit into the rear doors (wouldn't even think about trying in the front doors since not nearly as much room) but is sitting flush and not touching anything behind them...
The NVX is 4 channel but it's bridgeable so basically you are able to combine channels to get double the power out of it. When they sell a 4 channel bridgeable amp there's really not much reason to make a 2 channel one. The Dual amp there might fit in the same spot as the NVX. This guy is making custom subs for the Volt. If you fast forward through the video you can see where the NVX amp can be mounted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl_ynKVueuM
 
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