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Pelican
08-10-2013, 09:06 AM
I have a 2000 A4 with non bose stock system. I also have a 2001.5 S4 donor car with a stock bose system I was considering transferring to the A4. I know the bose system isn't the most desirable system available but its essentially free and still better than what I have. I just want to know if its something that I could swap into the A4 without too much headache. The interior of each car is out right now so now is the time to do something. I don't really want to re wire the entire car so I'm hoping I could just swap the speakers and plug and play but I'm imagining its going to require the amp and all the wiring to be swapped as well. Let me know what I'm getting into! Thanks

Not interested in buying all new speaker system. Only considering this since all the stuff is here and FREE!

moyenecorniche
08-10-2013, 09:36 AM
If you are going to go to Bose... Then you need to see what has to be changed....
Bose configures their systems as a whole unit, not part and parcel......
Since the interior is completely apart, pulling wires shouldn't be that problematic....

Jus ... Do .. Eet

walky_talky20
08-10-2013, 09:42 AM
The wiring setup is quite a bit different. There are 6 speakers + 2 tweeters instead of just 4 speakers. All 6 speakers run back to the bose amp, not the dash. It would be a fair amount of work, but it's certainly doable. I would install the hard parts and just run extra wires for what is needed. I don't think I would be swapping the factory harnesses around.

Luis_Heineken
08-10-2013, 10:03 AM
Don't waste your time on Bose. [facepalm]

By just replacing all the speakers can give you a better sound than the Bose

moyenecorniche
08-10-2013, 12:39 PM
^^ it's not just plug and play, but having the symphony II in my old Avant and the Bose system in the S4.
There is a tremendous difference.
It is worth the swap, especially if it is free and time and effort is the only requirement. As a musician I appreciate the difference. Once the Bose system is in place, you could upgrade the speakers but the Bose are at the upper end themselves,
However if funds allow look into these guy's " Boston Acoustics " as they are high end audio equipment suppliers and builders...
Setting up a system that performs with all the unwanted noise in scar is not as simple as just throwing in larger speakers.... Unless rattling the welds is the intent. Personally I prefer the ability to hear accurately Rodrigo's Concerto De Aranjuez as well as Ich Will by Rammstein...

Pelican
08-10-2013, 12:51 PM
The wiring setup is quite a bit different. There are 6 speakers + 2 tweeters instead of just 4 speakers. All 6 speakers run back to the bose amp, not the dash. It would be a fair amount of work, but it's certainly doable. I would install the hard parts and just run extra wires for what is needed. I don't think I would be swapping the factory harnesses around.

Then that has to run from the amp to the head unit correct?


Don't waste your time on Bose. [facepalm]

By just replacing all the speakers can give you a better sound than the Bose

I'm sure I could buy a system thats more expensive than the car itself but that doesn't make much sense does it?


^^ it's not just plug and play, but having the symphony II in my old Avant and the Bose system in the S4.
There is a tremendous difference.
It is worth the swap, especially if it is free and time and effort is the only requirement. As a musician I appreciate the difference. Once the Bose system is in place, you could upgrade the speakers but the Bose are at the upper end themselves,
However if funds allow look into these guy's " Boston Acoustics " as they are high end audio equipment suppliers and builders...

I'm no speaker snob. I do enjoy good sound but I didn't get this car to become a money pit. I know "BA" has good sound and theres even better out there but I'm only considering this idea since its a stock system that looks clean to install and sounds decent and an improvement over my on the way out base system. Oh and it costs me NOTHING!

So it looks like I'm going to have to separate the entire interior wire harness to get the speaker wires I need to run to the amp and speakers then to the head unit? Has to be someone that has done this before.

moyenecorniche
08-10-2013, 01:46 PM
I did understand zero expenditure was the intent ... but you may have to replace some connections and wires.... Find out beforehand what all the wire gauges are.

I would add that on all your connections, Don't splice and tape but splice, solder and seal the connection with heatshrink tubing.
As for help have you looked into the tech section, or I would call some of the specialist that do this and see if they's be willing to offer advice....
It can't hurt to ask.... Also use the best connectors you can get, those will be critical....

moyenecorniche
08-10-2013, 01:51 PM
Don't waste your time on Bose. [facepalm]

By just replacing all the speakers can give you a better sound than the Bose

What's wrong with Bose ??? Seriously, these were never designed as sound systems for Hip hoppers or Death Metal
A luxury sportwaggen selling for $45,000+ is aimed at a more cultured clientele ( shall We Say ).....

Bang and Olufsen is nice but I don't think the OP is going there......

Luis_Heineken
08-11-2013, 03:27 AM
What's wrong with Bose ??? Seriously, these were never designed as sound systems for Hip hoppers or Death Metal
A luxury sportwaggen selling for $45,000+ is aimed at a more cultured clientele ( shall We Say ).....

Bang and Olufsen is nice but I don't think the OP is going there......


http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Bose

Start with this one. [up]

moyenecorniche
08-11-2013, 05:06 AM
Now there's a credible Audio review source, the urban dictionary.
I guess i better rip out my BOSE system, install a trunk sized subwoofer, red LED's under the chassis ( red matches brilliant red )
Install an 800 watt auxiliary amp, Bag the S4, swap the Avus's for 22" 5 spoke chrome and ruby encrusted wheels.... I know there's more but..... " Whip It Good "

Seriously the OP was asking a simple question. If anyone here had converted from a Symphony system to a Bose.
I understand you hate BOSE..... Fine .... If you have a productive suggestion for the OP then do submit, otherwise go find an argument elsewhere .... Done with this nonsense

Luis_Heineken
08-11-2013, 01:38 PM
http://philintheblank.com/philled/Bose.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bose_Corp._v._Consumers_Union_of_United_States,_In c.


Keep the reading




Now there's a credible Audio review source, the urban dictionary.
I guess i better rip out my BOSE system, install a trunk sized subwoofer, red LED's under the chassis ( red matches brilliant red )
Install an 800 watt auxiliary amp, Bag the S4, swap the Avus's for 22" 5 spoke chrome and ruby encrusted wheels.... I know there's more but..... " Whip It Good "

Seriously the OP was asking a simple question. If anyone here had converted from a Symphony system to a Bose.
I understand you hate BOSE..... Fine .... If you have a productive suggestion for the OP then do submit, otherwise go find an argument elsewhere .... Done with this nonsense

Mad Cow
08-11-2013, 02:05 PM
http://philintheblank.com/philled/Bose.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bose_Corp._v._Consumers_Union_of_United_States,_In c.


Keep the reading


Did you even read that wikipedia source? It's a case from 19-freaking70, not only that it's regarding a random magazine review that Bose didn't like. These kinds of things happen all the time, it's no surprise and certainly not out of the ordinary. That other source is hardly impartial and makes my eyes bleed. Also they both reference the same line of home theatre systems, not their OEM car audio systems. Bose home audio stuff is terrible when compared to other choices at that price level, I'm not arguing that, but it has nothing to do with their car audio division. B5 Bose systems sound pretty damn good for what they are, better than any cheap aftermarket setup could do. Obviously not comparable to $300+ a pair speakers, but that's apples to oranges.

But that's not OP's question, if you've got bot interiors out you can definitely do it, but it'll be a ton of work since you'd probably need to pull the full interior, dash, and door harnesses.