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Old 01-07-2017, 11:49 PM
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I was all set to go to Car Toys and spend about $2K to replace everything in an '01 vert I just picked - was pleasantly surprised that the existing system sounds really nice - the only upgrade I can see at this point rear speakers but reading one post about someone who did that and they sounded horrible - any suggestions? Can the speakers just be swapped out for a nice 3 way? I love using my ipod and having all the controls and info in the HU display - would swapping out the HU and adding the rear speakers mess anything up?
I think I may have found my answer at least for the rear speakers - "Any standard 4ohm 2-way aftermarket speakers will work for the 3.5" in front and 5.25" in back. If you've blown the door subs you'll need to find some takeoffs to replace them with."
Can just the HU be swapped out and still use the Bose system and front speakers?

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Old 09-11-2018, 11:36 PM
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Please help!! Just bought my first Vette, a 1999 Convertible. It has an Alpine 1 DIN HU, factory Bose speakers in the doors, and newer speakers in the rear.
There is no bass, and the sound is horrible.

From what I've read here, I need to have the door speakers amplified and with some kind of subwoofer.

1. is it possible to use the factory Bose units to do this?
2. I heard that the factory Bose door speakers contain an amp and subwoofer - can they be wired to use that with an Alpine head unit?
3. If so, how exactly do you do that?
4. If not, I have no problem buying replacements for the door - how do I add the speakers - and which ones - and how/where do I install an amp?

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Old 09-12-2018, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by edman610 View Post
Please help!! Just bought my first Vette, a 1999 Convertible. It has an Alpine 1 DIN HU, factory Bose speakers in the doors, and newer speakers in the rear.
There is no bass, and the sound is horrible.

From what I've read here, I need to have the door speakers amplified and with some kind of subwoofer.

1. is it possible to use the factory Bose units to do this?
2. I heard that the factory Bose door speakers contain an amp and subwoofer - can they be wired to use that with an Alpine head unit?
3. If so, how exactly do you do that?
4. If not, I have no problem buying replacements for the door - how do I add the speakers - and which ones - and how/where do I install an amp?

Thanks
Ed

Hi Ed,

When dealing with a Bose system, I strongly suggest you change out everything Bose instead of trying to make it work with other components. Besides, those Bose speakers weren't great shakes back in 1999 (20 years ago), and I can't imagine they have improved with age. Speaker technology has come a long way.

If you like your head unit, keep it. I am guessing that it can accommodate a line out to a separate amplifier. Get that amplifier and use it to power a sub woofer. And get rid of the in-door Bose speakers. If it's Bose, it goes!

I recently upgraded my system in my C5 and I love it. PM me if you want to discuss this further.

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Old 01-19-2019, 02:57 AM
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What to avoid and what to do of C5?
please clarify me from anyone end and thanks in advance.
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:28 PM
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I just recently purchased a 2003 50th anniversary special edition. Both the cassette and CD changed do not work.
I'd like to install the PIE GM10 and not really worry about the tape/CD changer. I can't seem to locate it anywhere.
Are they discontinued? What is a viable substitute? I'd prefer not to install an aftermarket and take away from the originality.
But if that is the only option..... Then I guess that will be it. I guess I could always buy the kit and an HU and keep the original to reinstall whenever.
Any help greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-25-2019, 10:22 AM
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I just upgraded my 02 convertible to a Pioneer double din and also swapped out the twiddlers to the JBL's as recommended here. It sounds OK, but that is all I am willing to give it. I am now looking into ditching the bose crap. What is the best subwoofer box and location for a convertible?
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