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I have a little more treble and the center point on.. The audio pilot setting is what changes volume when you slow down / speed up / roll down windows so i have that off as well
 

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Actually it should NOT depend on what kind of music you listen to. All the sources should be putting out as flat a signal as possible. However, it just isn't so. I can hear SiriusXM using different equalizations on different stations.

It's hard for me to believe that anyone turns up the bass, as the Q50 has a mid-bass bias. What's really needed is a multi-band equalizer app/utility/control.
 

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Whats everyone surround level setting?
 

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I was reading the manual today, specifically in regards to the audio settings. I don't know if this if what you're referring to, but from the Driver's Audio Stage:

The prominency of the effect of this feature depends on the type of music that is played. For some music, it may be difficult to recognize the effect of the feature.
 

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So to summarize if I got this correct.

- AudioPilot is a fancy noise compensation feature for road noise, open windows, higher speeds, etc

- Driver's Stage pushes sound to be more balanced towards the driver and should be off when passengers are in the vehicle

- Centerpoint - ??

Also the surround level is a sub menu for which one and does it really augments the surround effect?
 

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So to summarize if I got this correct.

- AudioPilot is a fancy noise compensation feature for road noise, open windows, higher speeds, etc

- Driver's Stage pushes sound to be more balanced towards the driver and should be off when passengers are in the vehicle

- Centerpoint - ??

Also the surround level is a sub menu for which one and does it really augments the surround effect?
I think center point ultimately stages the audio in the center of the vehicle but it has a surround effect that makes it feel like the audio is bouncing from the center toward your ears... at least that's what it sounds like to me. It has a wider, more airy range and seems to make highs more prominent at the expense of some bass. With a full car, I can see how it might sound good and with certain types of music and I did enjoy the effect at times. In any case, it only functions for certain audio sources, as evidenced by the inability to adjust surround effect on AM/FM. So to answer your question, the surround menu applies to the Centerpoint effect.

Still, I am a purist when it comes to audio so I have all of the staging disabled (but do utilize the audio-pilot feature). Haven't found "my" perfect setting yet for the few level adjustments that we. I actually dislike the driver stage as it sounds too "artificial" for my tastes.

Audio is just like picture quality on a TV: some people love it cool, bright and sharp, others prefer the more pure warm, soft and dim settings.
 

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Concerning Centerpoint - FROM THE MANUAL:

When this item is turned on, surround sound playback is generated from a traditional stereo recording. Turn on the item to activate BOSE Centerpoint and to change its effect level with [Surround Vol]
 

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My settings are currently:
Bass +5
Treble +2
Balance 0
Fade -1

Centerpoint - Off
Audiopilot - On
Driver's Stage - On

I like a little more sound from the rear. Driver's stage sounds better to me than centerpoint. And I like my bass!
 

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Well, I think it's a matter of personal preference and also depending on the kind of music/audio/radio you listen to.

My settings are currently:
Bass +3
Treble +2
Balance 0
Fade +1

Centerpoint - Off
Audiopilot - Off
Driver's Stage - On
Updated my settings. I've been tinkering a bit with different kinds of musics with various degrees of levels and I'm thinking I like this setup now:

Bass +2
Treble +2
Balance +1 R
Fade +1 F

Centerpoint - Off
Audiopilot - Off
Driver's Stage - On

Offsetting the balance +1 to the R with the Driver's Audio Stage on gives off a very interesting sound
 

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I like sound upfront as much as possible which give the best possible imaging.
Bose certainly did a very good job on the staging by putting 3 speakers right in the dash. Sound from the rear will only cause more cancellation of overall sound quality.
That's why most car audiophile prefer no speakers from the rear for 2 channel source.
If 5.1 source, than having sound from the rear make sense.
Since sound quality is base on personal preferences, set whatever setting sound good to you.
For me, I like the following setting:

Bass +0
Treble +1
Balance +0
Fade +4 F
Centerpoint - Off
Audiopilot - Off
Driver's Stage - On
 

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I like sound upfront as much as possible which give the best possible imaging.
Bose certainly did a very good job on the staging by putting 3 speakers right in the dash. Sound from the rear will only cause more cancellation of overall sound quality.
That's why most car audiophile prefer no speakers from the rear for 2 channel source.
If 5.1 source, than having sound from the rear make sense.
Since sound quality is base on personal preferences, set whatever setting sound good to you.
For me, I like the following setting:

Bass +0
Treble +1
Balance +0
Fade +4 F
Centerpoint - Off
Audiopilot - Off
Driver's Stage - On
I've tried Fade +2 F but never +4...

Hmmm.

I'll mess around with that and see..
 

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Driver Stage is puzzling:
- When it is ON (yellow dot), the sound seems to come from the center of the dashboard
- When it is OFF, the sound seems to come from the center of the steering wheel
It behaves in the opposite way I would have thought it would, since it's supposed to center the sound around the driver.
 
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