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I havent seen much posted about the Bose sytem. I've owned the car for 2 months now and have been trying to like it. I just feel that the system is not lound enough and the sound isnt filling. Most of the time I have to turn up the audio almost to 80%. The system has very good bass but the vocals arent filling. I am coming from a 2005 acura TL which I still own and that car has an awesome sound system by ELS. It dosent have as much bass as the Bose sytem but the sound gets very loud and is very filling. Is this just me?
 

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I actually like the bose system in the car, it beats the cla's Harmon kardon system by a mile.

Have you tried messing with the sound settings to get what you like?
 

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Ive tried different sources and CD's as well. Ive tried changing settings but just cant get it to the point where it wows me. I guess you cant have everything. I love the car otherwise even though it has some glitches. It accelerates like **** and that puts a smile on my face if the sound system cannot. I have the hybrid sport.
 

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Ive tried different sources and CD's as well. Ive tried changing settings but just cant get it to the point where it wows me. I guess you cant have everything. I love the car otherwise even though it has some glitches. It accelerates like **** and that puts a smile on my face if the sound system cannot. I have the hybrid sport.
As in Spinal Tap, it needs an "11" amp?
 

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I havent seen much posted about the Bose sytem. I've owned the car for 2 months now and have been trying to like it. I just feel that the system is not lound enough and the sound isnt filling. Most of the time I have to turn up the audio almost to 80%. The system has very good bass but the vocals arent filling. I am coming from a 2005 acura TL which I still own and that car has an awesome sound system by ELS. It dosent have as much bass as the Bose sytem but the sound gets very loud and is very filling. Is this just me?
Maybe you are losing your hearing from listening to boombox music.
 

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As a comparison to a G35, Bose on the G35 was able to go noticably louder.

But then it had the problem where the door speakers were pumping so hard it kind of felt like it was going to blow out the door speaker or cause something to rattle lose in
the door, so I never turned it up all the way.
 

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In my experience, it really does depend on what you're trying to play--the source of the file and the overall file quality.

Although I have noticed that the range in the upper volume of the audio level isn't very high, I can't say that it's unsatisfying or "unfilling"
 

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You really have to crank up the volume to at least 90% to hear it loud on the Q50 Bose. Don't worry, it can handle it.
Also, try these setting:
Driver Stage = On
Bose Centerpointe surround = Off
Fader = move the fader more to the Front to give it more upfront sound

Most of the time I have to turn up the audio almost to 80%. me?
 

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You really have to cramp it to at least 90% volume to hear it loud on the Q50 Bose. Don't worry, it can handle it.
Also, try these setting:
Driver Stage = On
Bose Centerpointe surround = Off
Fader = move the fader more to the Front to give it more upfront sound
Not familiar with cramped volume. Please explain.
 

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I havent seen much posted about the Bose sytem. I've owned the car for 2 months now and have been trying to like it. I just feel that the system is not lound enough and the sound isnt filling. Most of the time I have to turn up the audio almost to 80%. The system has very good bass but the vocals arent filling. I am coming from a 2005 acura TL which I still own and that car has an awesome sound system by ELS. It dosent have as much bass as the Bose sytem but the sound gets very loud and is very filling. Is this just me?
BOSE is known to play games with certain audio frequency ranges. They like to filter out frequencies that in their opinion are inaudible or barely audible to humans. The theory is that by not wasting bandwidth, energy and speaker resources to play sounds that fall outside of human perception they can play audible sounds at higher volume and create a perception of loudness and clarity even with less expensive hardware.

This works fine in most cases, but people who listen to high quality recordings music regularly tend to feel that something is amiss even if they aren't sure what it is.
 

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I think it sounds best with driver stage and center point off. Also, increase the the bass and treble a few notches (everyone is different).

Unfortunately the system lacks a mid-range slider so the best you can do is rely on treble increase to get somewhat louder vocals, while not increasing the bass too much, which will drown out the slightly increased vocal clarity.

I have tried driver stage and while you can hear the vocals a bit better, it just sounds really off and not as full to me. Not to mention, I usually have someone else in the car so it ruins the sound for others. Centerpoint also makes the vocals quite clear to my ears, yet they also sound tinny and it puts too much emphasis on highs in general.

Granted, my preference seems to differ from what others here are suggesting. :)
 

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Sound quality is very subjective. Just like our taste for foods, woman and etc...
For those that seriously about sound quality, stock sound system will not going to cut it even if it is Bose, ML, ELS, HK or B&O sound system.
You got to go after market where you can choose speakers, amps and sound processor. This is a good forum if anyone wants to get in to sound quality in car audio: Car Audio | DiyMobileAudio.com | Car Stereo Forum
It's amazing how much knowledge and science is involved when it come to car audio.


Granted, my preference seems to differ from what others here are suggesting. :)
 
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Gsam, it just seems to pump out less watts per speaker.
At least compared to my G35 bose.

For me it's fine though, I never used the G35 bose at full volume anyway.

But some people like their music loud. To each their own. :)
 

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Quality and volume really depend on source. SXM is fair quality decent volume. FM radio is loud (esp HD radio) and good quality. Bluetooth is quiet but clear - need to turn up volume on Iphone (playing Pandora) to get good volume.
 

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Ive tried different sources and CD's as well. Ive tried changing settings but just cant get it to the point where it wows me. I guess you cant have everything. I love the car otherwise even though it has some glitches. It accelerates like **** and that puts a smile on my face if the sound system cannot. I have the hybrid sport.
Well, there's definitely some expectation wrangling going on.

Bose definitely has a ways to go if it wants to compete with those the likes of $3k-$8k standalone B&O, ML, or HK sound systems that are offered in say, the Lexus, BMW, or Audi models.

I've mentioned it before and I think others will agree, if Infiniti offered a higher end audio system as a standalone option to replace the standard Bose system, I think it would be a highly sought after addition and is worth looking into.
 

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...I've mentioned it before and I think others will agree, if Infiniti offered a higher end audio system as a standalone option to replace the standard Bose system, I think it would be a highly sought after addition and is worth looking into.
+1!

IMHO I have yet to hear a BOSE OEM audio system that didn't make me want to shut it off, seriously; and I've had a few. (IMHO, YMMV, etc.) I may not be an "audiophile", but I am a professional musician & producer- if that counts for anything, and am picky about sound. I'm waiting to see if someone will do a nice Q50 aftermarket solution that isn't merely a boom box on wheels that will really shine in this car (and work well) or...

...Infiniti, how about it? Please offer a REAL audio upgrade option for the Q50. Acura is using a Krell-designed system in the RLX. You have Lexus with ML, and so forth.

Believe me, people WILL spring for the upgrade. I would, and will without thinking twice. I really don't want my new car torn apart to get decent audio. IMHO a new car is never quite the same once someone takes the interior apart for an aftermarket install.
 

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I have not read all the posts in this thread, just the beg few; however, I thought the same thing until yesterday. The car's default setting for volume is set at 50%, you actually have to go into the settings of the audio, where you will find the Overall volume setting, once i set this to 100%, and cranked the knob all the way up, forget about it! Deft a NICE system!
 
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