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Since I opted for the MT, the Bose/moonroof package was out of play.

Wondering if I am missing out on some incredible sound that even non -audiophiles can appreciate.

Anyone with a GT or the package care to share their impressions on the value of the 11 speaker system and whether it's a juggernaut of some sort?
 

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I have the bose system in a norwegian car...I'm very unimpressed...its kinda hurting for the ears...boomy and unclear sound....its the worst sound system i have ever had in a car tbo. 2014 model. It helps when I unchecked the centerpoint option....but still. Its piss poor tbo. If you like good sound i would opt for the standard system and then get someone to put in a new one....
 

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It's ok. Just slightly above what any other car has standard. But I have a friend that drives a really old toyota and he says it's pretty good. It all depends what you're used to. Tbh I doubt I could tell the difference between a bose and non bose mazda 6
 

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It's ok. Just slightly above what any other car has standard. But I have a friend that drives a really old toyota and he says it's pretty good. It all depends what you're used to. Tbh I doubt I could tell the difference between a bose and non bose mazda 6
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I've been driving Hondas my whole life and the bose system is a nice step up. I'm not ashamed to roll around the 6 wit my woes...
 

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The Bose system in my 2015 GT is marginally clearer than the base setup in my 2015 Touring with upgraded nav. I agree that the Bose is definately weak in the base department. It seems to me that the head unit does not have enough power to drive Bose speakers.

My 2004 6S wagon (Bose) 2006 i (base model) had a bigger difference in quality.

I don't think you are missing out much.
 

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You aren't missing much. For me its the lack of mid-base that is the problem. You've got three 3.5inch speakers in the dash to recreate all the vocals. The door speakers are actually the subs. They play clean down to 41 Hz. There's just a giant gap in between.
Much more difficult to upgrade the Bose system too.
 

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The Bose is certainly better than the stock radio, I compared them with a CD. I found the stock radio has no clear highs. The Bose is better with that, but still not a WOW system.

The ideal would be to upgrade the amp and speakers in the stock radio. Upgrading the Bose becomes more difficult as the system is balanced for speaker locations and what type of speaker (tweeter/woofer) is located where.

I got the Bose and it's fine, but the highs could be better and the bass can get boomy.
 

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I think i remember that i saw a tuning guide somewhere....for the bose system...a guy had used the sound options to optimize the sound..bass, discant etc...

Anyone have the link to the guide?
 

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The Bose is certainly better than the stock radio, I compared them with a CD. I found the stock radio has no clear highs. The Bose is better with that, but still not a WOW system.

The ideal would be to upgrade the amp and speakers in the stock radio. Upgrading the Bose becomes more difficult as the system is balanced for speaker locations and what type of speaker (tweeter/woofer) is located where.

I got the Bose and it's fine, but the highs could be better and the bass can get boomy.
I spent a lot of time in my car this weekend and toyed around with the settings. Once I turned off the Centerpoint, the sound quality is MUCH better. I really enjoyed the system this weekend.

The reason I originally turned it on was I did not like the lack of stereo separation with that center speaker. The Centerpoint helped with that. However, it adds a bit of boomyness and lack of clarity. With it off, the sound is much clearer, instruments are more clearer heard. I still don't like the lack of separation, but after attending a Heart concert this weekend, there was no stereo separation there either. Guess I've gotten used to listening to music with earbuds, which give you a lot of stereo separation, I guess it's unnatural.

The other thing I've concluded is that the quality of the music on Sirius XM is not as good as a CD or USB stick with decent MP3s. That's disappointing, even Pandora has better quality. I really like the variety on Sirius, but this may doom that subscription.

So, the Bose ain't perfect, but it's pretty good. Also, maybe there is something to the "aging" of the speaker cones that means better sound as they "settle in".
 

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I too took the centerpoint OFF....with it on it hurts me ears...in the sense that i cant increase volume too much...as it hurts..with it off i can...still boomy, but less hurty!...and centerpoint also feels slightly wrong....as if some band is playing inside my head..NOT a good feeling imo.
 

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2018 Bose system

I disagree with turning CenterPoint off. I have a 2018 Mazda6 GT with Bose system that I bought about 6 months ago. At first I was disappointed--it always seemed either tinny or muddy. I tried different things, and looked into aftermarket upgrades. I decided I didn't want to pay several hundred dollars just to put some huge box in the car.

Finally, I noticed that if you turn both the bass and the treble all the way up (+6 on my system) it's amazing how much better the system sounds. You would think it would sound best at 0, but apparently that's not the case. Leave CenterPoint on. Keep the balance and fade at 0. The Bose system seems to like acoustical type sounds better than heavy metal-type stuff with a lot of distortion. It is true that the bass is never really booming. But it really is amazing how much bass there is, and how good it sounds, if you max out both bass and treble. If you try to split it you will lose sound quality. Occasionally you get a song that's too buzzy, or that causes the bass to clip (that does happen occasionally). Then you just drop the bass or treble a notch and put it back when that song is over. I decided I like the Bose system using those settings.

Also, I agree with others on this forum who recommend using an iPod. For some reason, music coming off an iPod through USB sounds a lot better that over Sirius XM radio. I really didn't like the interface coming off my phone, plus I don't like having to plug my iPhone in every time I get in the car.

I'm glad now that I didn't mess with the Bose system. It actually has great quality, and it is crystal clear. With CenterPoint on, you can hear instruments and backup vocals coming from different directions, and I find it to be quite enjoyable to listen to. It may also be that it takes a few months for the bass to "break in."
 

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I have a 2017.5 GT with Bose and I like the Bose sound system. I really like the console control knobs which are very well implemented. I assume that interface is the same on the non-bose system. My wife has a new Maxima Platinum and it also has an 11 speaker bose with the same features like centerpoint. Her's sounds much better, but it has 2 6x9 subwoofers in the rear deck and 2 6x9 low-mid range in the doors. Her Maxima has the control knob on the console like the Mazda, but the usability is horrible compared to the Mazda. I'm really spoiled by the simple usability of the Mazda control knob interface. Job well done Mazda!

Regarding the source, I really notice the difference between HD Radio stations and non-HD on my Mazda. Non-HD are muddier. I believe HD radio is 96 bits per second, but they can split that for multiple channels.

2018 Mazda 6 have the tweeters mounted on the door pointing right at the driver and passenger and I've heard the stereo sounds better. Also, it's a quieter car which probably helps.
 

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The Bose system sounds fine in my 2018 GTR but i’m a 66 yr old geezer and my wife says I need hearing aids so factor that in on this vote. MP3 music from a flash memory stick sounds great depending on the original source. I do agree with other comments regarding the XM radio quality, much poorer than any other car I’ve owned - anyone know why?
 

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This system in my 2018 is significantly better with bass and treble at 6, and it highly favors acoustics and rock, with 311 and sublime sounding majestic along with the clash, but muddier rock like Metallica has some trouble every now and then. Also, rap doesn't sound the best, as it is lacking low down bass to the point that some of the lower bass hits from a rap song actually do not register in the system and you actually miss some of the song's bass
 

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I have an '18 Signature with the Bose and I'm impressed with it when playing music from my phone thru CarPlay. XM radio is too compressed and isn't even as good as the HD FM stations. I've had 2 Lexus cars with Mark Levinson systems and 2 Acuras with the ELS systems and the Bose in my 6 is very close to those. I've had other Bose car audio systems and some kinda sucked but not this one.
 

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Since I opted for the MT, the Bose/moonroof package was out of play.

Wondering if I am missing out on some incredible sound that even non -audiophiles can appreciate.

Anyone with a GT or the package care to share their impressions on the value of the 11 speaker system and whether it's a juggernaut of some sort?

I also have a MT 2018. So I upgraded the sound system. Changed out the front speaker with high end aftermarket with amp, put in a 12" sub with amp and used audio control LCQ-1 to mange the sound. I also installed a sub control knob that works with the lcq-1 (arc-2). I did nothing with the rear speakers.

The outcome was just amazing. I listen to everything flat so I do not turn up or down the base or treble. The sound quality is just amazing, it's crazy at how good the car sounds. I used Bestbuy to do the install at Marlborough MA (the guy there does amazing work - Mike). Best Buy has this deal... you pay $200 total in labor and that is it. I also got them to install a radio (with car play / android auto) and backup camera on my wife's 2012 Forester and I also had a radar detector hardwired... all for the original $200.00.

Now you can't even compare my system to a bose system. And I never turn up the sub to max because it becomes just way to bassy even if you play hip hop. And I have yet to try max volume... I usually have my volume between 22 - 36(and that is LOUD!) and my gains on my amp are not even maxed out.
 

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Since I opted for the MT, the Bose/moonroof package was out of play.

Wondering if I am missing out on some incredible sound that even non -audiophiles can appreciate.

Anyone with a GT or the package care to share their impressions on the value of the 11 speaker system and whether it's a juggernaut of some sort?

I also have a MT 2018. So I upgraded the sound system. Changed out the front speaker with high end aftermarket with amp, put in a 12" sub with amp and used audio control LCQ-1 to mange the sound. I also installed a sub control knob that works with the lcq-1 (arc-2). I did nothing with the rear speakers.

The outcome was just amazing. I listen to everything flat so I do not turn up or down the base or treble. The sound quality is just amazing, it's crazy at how good the car sounds. I used Bestbuy to do the install at Marlborough MA (the guy there does amazing work - Mike). Best Buy has this deal... you pay $200 total in labor and that is it. I also got them to install a radio (with car play / android auto) and backup camera on my wife's 2012 Forester and I also had a radar detector hardwired... all for the original $200.00.

Now you can't even compare my system to a bose system. And I never turn up the sub to max because it becomes just way to bassy even if you play hip hop. And I have yet to try max volume... I usually have my volume between 22 - 36(and that is LOUD!) and my gains on my amp are not even maxed out.
Well, an amp Gain knob should never be maxed out. It's not a volume knob lol. For the LC1 the AccuBass should be off and the Subwoofer setting maxed, the Gain on the amp itself should be adjusted to avoid clipping.
 

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It's an above average system for a car in that class but it is not a premium system. My 2015 Sonata has an infinity system in it and it blows my 2018 mazda gtr's system. Puts it to shame actually. There is just not enough bass and not enough high either. Again, it is not a true premium system imo.
 
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