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    About how long do these last? I have that system in my car and the rear driver side sub blew.. and now my two front speakers sound like they are going.. the crackle and sound horrible and low volumes, sound better when its louder but still sound bad.

    Just curious if any one else had to replace their speakers?
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    Re: Bose speakers

    On the bose speakers it seems like the main problem is the glue fails on the cone dust covers and causes them to buzz. They aren't really "blown", but they sure sound like it. I've got a front and rear woofer that are starting to go. The front one is odd, it is very bad in the cold, but on a nice hot day after a few minutes of listening it is hardly noticeable. I think the glue is a bit stickier with heat/use and it covers up the problem a bit.

    Anyhow, some people have a had good luck re-gluing the dust covers at least for the woofers. I've got replacement polk speakers for the fronts which I'll install someday, and I think I'll try the glue method for the woofer. Kind of on the back burner for me until I get the dozen other broken things fixed.

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    Re: Bose speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by walky_talky20 View Post
    On the bose speakers it seems like the main problem is the glue fails on the cone dust covers and causes them to buzz. They aren't really "blown", but they sure sound like it. I've got a front and rear woofer that are starting to go. The front one is odd, it is very bad in the cold, but on a nice hot day after a few minutes of listening it is hardly noticeable. I think the glue is a bit stickier with heat/use and it covers up the problem a bit.

    Anyhow, some people have a had good luck re-gluing the dust covers at least for the woofers. I've got replacement polk speakers for the fronts which I'll install someday, and I think I'll try the glue method for the woofer. Kind of on the back burner for me until I get the dozen other broken things fixed.
    I think you can just remove the dust cover
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    Re: Bose speakers

    are you talkin about the cover cover or the cone dust cap?
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    I'm talking about the cone dust cap. I don't think you can just remove it. But, then again, I haven't gotten around to actually doing it yet. LOL

    As far as how long they last. That probably depends a lot on climate and usage. My brother bought his A4 at 120k and the front two bose speakers are bad. Mine are starting at around 160k. I think it is age more so than anything. These cars are 8-13 years old now.

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    Re: Bose speakers

    ya the cone dust caps dont "come off" lol you have to replace them. I guess you could get a blow dryer and some gettoh procedure to remove them then put a new one on... But most of the time you have to replace the cone itself. Thats IME with subwoofers anyway.

    I think that somebody thought you meant the cover itself.. the thing that covers the speaker the mesh looking thing.. I'm sure you get what I'm taklin about.

    The part your talkin about is the dust cap... it is a part of the cone itself.. . that part of the sub is a lil difficult. but if its already coming off you might beable to do some work witha blow dryer and razor blade and get some new audio glue.. or if you dad is a car sales rep... the repair glue that is what they use on NASA shuttles :P.. stuff is amazing!
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    Re: Bose speakers

    yeah i think its more of what kind of music you listen to and how much bass the song has because the speaker are put under more of a load, also if you can find some cheap good bose speakers go for them or go get some nicer ones and install those, they will have a better life because they are new
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    Re: Bose speakers

    The Bose "Blose" speakers are a well-known failing of the B5.
    I have the system, and replaced my right side speakers with used ones from Shokan - the left side promply went out. My car only has 105k on it - however this is a very cold climate, so that might cause extra wear on these speakers.
    At $60 per woofer it is retarded to replace these shitty speakers.
    Infinity makes a line of 2ohm speakers (Infinity Reference line) especially designed for obnoxious factory systems like the Audi BOSE.
    You can get them on Amazon for $50 a pair. You want the 4022i (4inch) for front, 5022i (5.25inch) for back seat door speakers.
    There is a writeup on how to mod the speakers to fit into the factory baffles on this forum :
    http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=278798

    edit: Also, the Infinity speakers are rubberized (or whatever), and not paper like the Bose speaker cones. Paper cones are crap. period.
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    Re: Bose speakers

    thatta kid... thanks for the tip!
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    Re: Bose speakers

    I honestly think the Bose speakers are pretty high quality to hold up so well in a 10 year old car like mine. Not one of them is bad and I play it at full volume quite a bit
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    Re: Bose speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMountainB5 View Post
    The Bose "Blose" speakers are a well-known failing of the B5.
    I have the system, and replaced my right side speakers with used ones from Shokan - the left side promply went out. My car only has 105k on it - however this is a very cold climate, so that might cause extra wear on these speakers.
    At $60 per woofer it is retarded to replace these shitty speakers.
    Infinity makes a line of 2ohm speakers (Infinity Reference line) especially designed for obnoxious factory systems like the Audi BOSE.
    You can get them on Amazon for $50 a pair. You want the 4022i (4inch) for front, 5022i (5.25inch) for back seat door speakers.
    There is a writeup on how to mod the speakers to fit into the factory baffles on this forum :
    http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=278798

    edit: Also, the Infinity speakers are rubberized (or whatever), and not paper like the Bose speaker cones. Paper cones are crap. period.
    My back seat speakers are 6.5" and you can fit as much as 6.5 in front if you want. 5.25 is recommended imo.

    Personally I like the new 3 ohm Polks. It will be a little quieter but if you upgrade to a 4 channel amp and new head unit they would be fantastic! And they will take as much abuse as you can manage.
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    Re: Bose speakers

    I think it just is time to man up and go aftermarket... but speakers will have to wait till after MS-7 and exhaust...
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    Re: Bose speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by somebody5788 View Post
    My back seat speakers are 6.5" and you can fit as much as 6.5 in front if you want. 5.25 is recommended imo.

    Personally I like the new 3 ohm Polks. It will be a little quieter but if you upgrade to a 4 channel amp and new head unit they would be fantastic! And they will take as much abuse as you can manage.
    This is true if you are planning on tearing out the whole sytem - extremely pricey, and difficult to do (if you arnt an audio pro obviously...).

    The question was "what can i do with my stock BOSE system to make it not suck". My answer is a $100 solution that will take you 4-5 hours to install yourself.

    Putting larger speakers up front requires heavy modification. The 4" infinity speakers i mentioned fit directly into the factory baffles, with some glue needed.

    If you replace the head unit, and use speakers that are NOT 2ohm, you gotta tear out all the bose speakers, amplifiers, and wiring (2 ohm wiring? wtf BOSE).
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    Re: Bose speakers

    I got a local guy that hooks it up I send hella business his way and he does some intense installs... he is going to be making my fiberglass enclosure ;). I will prolly just have him do it all. I just bring him the wires fuses and speakers and throw him a 100-200 and he gets it all in and does it right... no ziptie bullshit like I have seen from other shops
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    Re: Bose speakers

    Ok so I've seen all of this about replacing the door speakers but what about the "subs" that are in the trunk deck lid? What ohms are they? PO put in Rockford Fosgates there and used electrical tape to connect everything. Whenever I change out door speakers I would like to change out the subs as well.

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    Re: Bose speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by HookahHookah View Post
    Ok so I've seen all of this about replacing the door speakers but what about the "subs" that are in the trunk deck lid? What ohms are they? PO put in Rockford Fosgates there and used electrical tape to connect everything. Whenever I change out door speakers I would like to change out the subs as well.
    It depends on your system - if you have the Audi BOSE system all the wiring and speakers are all 2ohm.
    The stock BOSE rear-deck speakers were wired really crazy, with one speaker having an amp attached to it, and both speakers being wired from that one amp. I believe in the stock wiring diagram, that wires that run to the rear-deck-speakers/amp also run directly back to the head unit.
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    Re: Bose speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMountainB5 View Post
    It depends on your system - if you have the Audi BOSE system all the wiring and speakers are all 2ohm.
    The stock BOSE rear-deck speakers were wired really crazy, with one speaker having an amp attached to it, and both speakers being wired from that one amp. I believe in the stock wiring diagram, that wires that run to the rear-deck-speakers/amp also run directly back to the head unit.
    I'm pretty sure that's not correct. The Bose system has a separate AMP in the trunk. The non-Bose system is the one that uses that amp attached to the right rear speaker.

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    Re: Bose speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by zeroG View Post
    I'm pretty sure that's not correct. The Bose system has a separate AMP in the trunk. The non-Bose system is the one that uses that amp attached to the right rear speaker.
    yup, when i replaced my headunit without the bose system i had to replace my rear speakers because the stock amp on the nokia rear speakers doesnt connect to aftermarket headunit.
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    Re: Bose speakers

    So if you have a Bose set up the rear subs are 2 ohm? I don't wanna order the wrong set up.



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