Originally Posted by T Spark
Got in one!
All i ever hear is alfa owners go on about "Bose this, bose that"....but really it's just hype surrounding the name. Bose speakers are NOT that great to how people make them out to be.
If you bought it with your car fair enough...but it's the people who go through the trouble of having them fitted in afterwards which is pointless...your better-off researching quality aftermarket set-ups AND head units if your going down that route.
I took the Bose option when buying the car, cause the set didn't sound too bad, and I didnt want to go through the trouble (and costs) of fitting a decent installation in it, losing time & boot-space. Plus - I got the option virtually for free.
@fishyboy - From all the "home" soundsystems I've heard - Bose was mostly an "just above average" with a high-end wannabe pricetag on it. At first there wasn't a hair on my head that was even considering taking the Bose option, but the sound-quality surprised me in the 147. In the 159 and 156 - it doesn't sound as well at all imho. It's still no high-end stuff, but it's better than any default speakers.
Bose simply has a reputation of applying dirty audio tricks, but most ppl don't hear them and think the sound is wonderfull and more clear than anything they've heard. Truth is - they just haven't heard anything better (which doesn't mean more expensive btw). In a car you won't notice those tricks, even if you know what to listen for since there's a lot of environmental noises, but I'm absolutely sure that I'll never want a Bose soundsystem in my livingroom where I want to relax. A lot of ppl are happy though with Bose.
About the sub being too light - I actually think it's well balanced, not too over-present 'mine is bigger than yours' like you hear mostly in "custom" installations. I don't want my car to be a boom-car, I want my music to be balanced. Sure I sometimes listen to some heavily ****ed up music (even far beyond your imagination
), but I like to enjoy classical music, minimalistic, lounge, IDM and other more relaxed forms of music which sounds horrible when the sub is too overwhelming.