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I'm going on a long trip in my 2010 GT S with the premium bose audio package. My issue is the amp keeps shutting off for long periods of time and I'd like to get my sound up and running before next Saturday.

I could try sending my amp out for a repair service for $160 but there's no guarantee I'd get it back by Saturday.

Buy a new bose amp and I'll have before Saturday for $350-400

Or buy an alpine MRV-v500 5 channel for $150-250 and have before Saturday. Supposedly the amp works and will provide better sound. But I just want a confirmation as to what needs to be done to install it. And if it's worth over the bose.

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If your speakers are still OEM or exactly ohm matched replacements and If you are not into thumping or deep bass or play your music at high volumes (everyone has an opinion what is loud) that unit will suffice. You can always add a single mono or a 2 Chanel for bass or mid bass improvements in the future.
 

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If your speakers are still OEM or exactly ohm matched replacements and If you are not into thumping or deep bass or play your music at high volumes (everyone has an opinion what is loud) that unit will suffice. You can always add a single mono or a 2 Chanel for bass or mid bass improvements in the future.
So you're saying with the Alpine amp I listed I'd be loosing out on bass and mid bass compared to oem bose amp?

So I could possibly find an amp that would be better than bose but I'd be spending close to $300-400 for it
 

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So you're saying with the Alpine amp I listed I'd be loosing out on bass and mid bass compared to oem bose amp?

So I could possibly find an amp that would be better than Bose but I'd be spending close to $300-400 for it
No sorry I was not clear. You will get improve overall improvement but if you push the volume you may not get the quality you may be expecting. This statement is again all each persons taste in music the level they like to listen and what if any specif instruments they like to hear over others or specific frequencies liked over other's. I.e. as I get older I like Jazz (sacks) and acoustic guitars but at heart I am a Hard Rocker and Mentalist so for me my stereo system must be ready for anything I feel at the moment. :laugh2:

I always recomend that stereo's be upgrades in small steps. That way you can experience each step instead of a complete system re-build and then trying to find and fill in the mo
missing elements.
You may consider this as the foundation for your upgrading: Rockford Fosgate DSR1 Digital Signal Processor. You can adjust everything from your phone(read all the details about it on line). You can add expensive high quality amps or start off with less expensive ones to connect to your existing speakers.


Just a though! :grin2:
 

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I have no experience with the Bose system, but i know the manual states the door speakers at 3,7 ohm. That is no issiu when hooking up an aftermarket amp.

Bose however also did some sampling in the amp, and you must sacrifice that when replacing the amp. It is possible that the Bose speakers sound less harmonious with the aftermarket amp, but that is basicly a problem you have with any speakers that you build in a car when doing it yourself. And the Bose sound is not to everbody's taste considering the negative reactions i read about it.

Changing the amp to an aftermarket is the best and first step if you want to upgrade your system. Because you don't have much time now, getting it to work seems the first priority. Consider the fact that replacing the amp can better be done properly than in a hurry, you probably have to draw new power cables as well. The stock Bose amp is not as heavy as the Alpine, and i don't think the power cables are up to delivering enough power.

When you do replace it for an aftermarket, keep the gain settings to a minimum, there is no need to drive the system to the max just to have music on a long trip.

I have a non Bose car, and i am going to install an aftermarket four channel amp under the seat, the center speaker is not there and also not necessary in a hifi setup. The Bose does have the center speaker installed. Consider if you want to use it in the future, the Bose magic in the amp is also for this speaker.

The best road is with a DSP, but it is difficult and expensive, not what you want right now.
 

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Was going to mess with it today. I have an appointment tomorrow at a shop to have it done for about $100 if I decide to let an expert handle it.:)
 

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Not bad at all, other than a lot of sweat equity. I'm 45, so it kinda took me back to high school. Think I'm gonna do HU next, as running that amp off the factory is a waste of the RF 5 channel capabilities.
 
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