View Full Version : Your "Stock Looking" stereo system.....

03-18-2005, 07:38 AM
Hey all, I'm looking at upgrading my stock stereo system with speakers amps and MAYBE a small sub. I used to install and was MECP cert so I"m not a complete idiot about this stuff but I've been out of the game for a long time so I figured I'd ask the gurus. Anyway, I want to retain the stock HU because it goes so well with the interior. What are my options? My car has the non-bose Audi concert system. Feel free to post pics of what you got. Thks!

03-18-2005, 09:13 AM
You have 4 channel line-outs from the head unit (but no RCA's - either. When you pull the radio, you'll have a legend of all the connections on a sticker right on the radio itself so no guessing there.

Speaker sizes are non-standard and adapters will need to be purchased or fabricated. You can go 5.25 in the doors but depth will eliminate some of your choices. 6.5 in the rear deck.


03-18-2005, 09:51 AM
yea, basically just use a line level converter.... thats what i did in my truck to keep the stock head, and thats what i will do in this car, come early summer...

03-18-2005, 11:19 AM
I'm in the same boat, would like to keep the stock HU for appearance and security reasons.

Check out my recent thread (http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=41351) to maybe find some options.

I just added a 10" sub in a small box with a 200w amp and it sounds good with the non-bose stuff, but I found a really good price on an OEM Bose amp so I'm thinking about upgrading... just need to locate some speakers now. I'll deal with wiring once I have everything.

For now it sounds good - I adjusted the built-in EQ to allow the stock speakers to go a bit louder, but for the most part I don't blast it.

03-18-2005, 11:20 AM
what 5.25" speakers are people using in the doors that sound good and are a good fit?

3 bar
03-18-2005, 02:41 PM
For security reasons I to kept the stock (concert) non bose setup which seems to be way more reliable than the Bose (syphony) stereo that I envyed for not having. I made a stealth box in my trunk behind the rear seat. I mounted the sub towards the back of the seat and recessed the box to create some airspace and also to flush mount my fosgate amp. With the trunk open You cant tell there is abox in there which is perfect for my area. The head unit is non amplified so you can tap RCA s off of it without a line level output converter.

03-18-2005, 06:03 PM
Don't use a line level convertor. Like 3 bar said your stock deck already has preouts. You just need a Blaupunkt adaptor. I have a few if you need one. It gives you front and rear outputs with a turn on lead. For 5 1/4's I'd recommend Focal. They make great sounding speakers.

03-18-2005, 06:09 PM
pm me about that, i need info. wont be buying stereo equip till summer, bud id pick up that adapter now if its what im looking for...

03-18-2005, 07:57 PM
I've got a non-Bose Symphony head unit in my 2001. I added a mono sub amp and 10" JL Audio sealed box using the preout signals by tapping into the harness on the left rear speaker.

See http://www.audiworld.com/tech/elec29.shtml for details on that.

Just last weekend I hooked up my Alpine FM modulated XM radio.

The setup sounds pretty good. Could use some more highs though and there is some cracking in the highs in some parts of some songs...haven't really investigated that yet though.

03-18-2005, 09:55 PM
with a lot of midification and fiberglass I was able to fit quite deep nfinity Perfect 5.1 components in the front. The 6.1 in the back were quite easy...