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I just did a back to back comparison this weekend at a dealership in a couple of used Gen1's, and honestly I couldn't tell the difference. I was expecting the bose to WOW me, but it didn't.

Anyone else think the bose upgrade is wasted money?
 

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I personally probably wouldn't spend the extra JUST for the bose upgrade, but I know in the Gen 1 it was required for the navigation system. I've seen a couple used models when I was shopping for mine with just the bose upgrade but by far more common to find other upgrades over the bose only (safety 1 usually).
 

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Bose audio systems are typically tuned for clarity over anything else. Unfortunately in our cars the road noise din takes the edge off that clarity.
 

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Did you check the tone settings? When I first bought mine, the tone was set for talk radio, which pulls out the low frequencies
 

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Did you check the tone settings? When I first bought mine, the tone was set for talk radio, which pulls out the low frequencies
Yeah I messed with the very basic tone adjustments in both the stock and bose systems, but it still didnt make the bose impress me. All I could find were bass, mid, and treble controls. It just didn't seem to have much "punch" or "sparkle".

I hoped for impressive car audio because listening to great music on a great car stereo is one of the best ways to enjoy any music. But I'll prob just try to overlook that in a volt. I'd be wary of putting any aftermarket stereo into a complex electrical system like the volt. I added one to my G35 and have been chasing electrical ghosts through my car every since.
 

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I just did a back to back comparison this weekend at a dealership in a couple of used Gen1's, and honestly I couldn't tell the difference. I was expecting the bose to WOW me, but it didn't.

Anyone else think the bose upgrade is wasted money?
I agree and did the same before I ordered my 2014 with the base speakers!
 

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I don't think many of us have actually compared Bose to non Bose as it would mean moving back and forth between two cars to make the side by side comparison. I've never even seen 2 volts side by side at any of my local dealerships. I like my Bose system, but if I didn't have it, I probably wouldn't notice much difference.
 

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My wife had a '13 and I have a '14. Mine is with Bose and hers was without. I could definitely tell a difference in the fullness of the sound with my bose. It just had more Ummpf.
 

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The subwoofer will provide more low end over a non-subwoofer system every time.
 

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I've given up expecting "excitement" from auto company installed sound systems. They're always a compromise due to space. Only a full custom system will make your car ROCK!
 

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I firmly believe that Bose really targets the middle age crowd with some hearing loss already in place, AND with little to no experience with real nice audio systems. Then tunes their audio in a way that it sounds "better" to those folks. My Dad has bought several of their Acoutimass set ups for the house and garage since the 90's, and thinks they sound AMAZING!! To me, the bass always sounded boomy yet without decent punch, the midrange was muddy due to it being split between the sub and small drivers in the cubes, and significantly boosted treble.

He has said many times that those systems bring out parts of the music that he's never heard before, though it's not the systems are better at reproducing the sound, but rather that they are tuned in a way that his lack luster hearing can pick up on it now.

Granted, what's going on with the home theater systems don't necessarily transfer over to a mobile installation, but I still feel like the Bose stuff in cars is targeting towards the same kinds of people. It makes sense in something like the Volt as well, as I don't see many younger folks in their 20s and 30s buying these cars. I also had the Bose system in my Camaro, and while it was better than the base Delco stuff, it certainly wasn't anywhere near impressive to me either. Pulling it all out, and replacing it with a mid range Pioneer head unit, Boston Acoustics speakers all around, a single 10" Infinity sub and a small amp just for the sub made a WORLD of difference to me. On the other hand, aside from the additional low end fill, and considerably higher volume, Dad really couldn't tell the difference between the stock stuff in his Ranger and my set up.

In my '13 Volt, I wouldn't consider the factory set up to be junk or garbage as I've seen a few refer to it as, but I certainly wish I could get some more volume out of the thing...there's just some days I want to roll down all the windows, crank up the volume, and rock on down the road.
 

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In my old Prius I installed a large Bazooka subwoofer. I could see the back hatch vibrating during the pedal notes in Bach's organ Toccata in d.
 

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Bose is not that great and not that powerful in my opinion. My understanding is that a big part of the Bose is a little bit of energy savings. Anyone else here that? I have the Bose in my '14.

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Bose is not that great and not that powerful in my opinion. My understanding is that a big part of the Bose is a little bit of energy savings. Anyone else here that? I have the Bose in my '14.

MJ
According to Chevy, the Bose system is 30% smaller, 40% lighter and uses 50% less energy than a comparable Bose system.
 

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The bose system sounds really nice to me - a ton better than the base system. A lot depends on what you run through it - if you're just running XM radio, either will do. I run a high end DAP into the aux jack, which makes a big difference.

I will agree with others that think bose kind of dumbs down the sound - the low end is loud but kind of furry sounding, and the high mids and treble are there but not very focused. I have the treble kicked up 2 notches from the center, and often back off the bass one notch.

Many people have reported that upgrading the A column tweeters to just about anything else is a big improvement.
 

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The bose in my 2013 - overly boomy and narrow bass, ear-piercing tremble, extremely colored frequency response. I hate it, and having only three EQ options in the headunit doesn't help. I may get a mic on it one of these weeks for a base-line response sweep.

I like horns and titanium tweeters, so this thing being overly harsh for my own taste demonstrates to me how poorly it performs. I don't need it digging down to 5Hz, but some level of audio quality would be nice.

I've been tempted to modify it, at least with a DSP in-line before the amplifier. Using even a basic MiniDSP 2x4 would allow a lot of control.
 

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the Bose system in my 2015 volt premium is great.
it has a 6x9 amplified subwoofer also, and when a good song you like comes on and you crank up he volume, it sound's great
in the he 2016+ volts there 2 amplified 6x9 subwoofer's in the Bose system's
 

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I've given up expecting "excitement" from auto company installed sound systems. They're always a compromise due to space. Only a full custom system will make your car ROCK!
Yeah but I'd be cautious about messing with the electrical systems in an electric high tech car.

I installed a system in my old fashioned G35 and have been chasing electrical problems through my car ever since.
 
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