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Nissan 350Z Audio System Questions

alexdrozdalexdrozd Member Posts: 2
edited July 2014 in Nissan
Is the upgraded Bose system worth it? Is it that much better than the standard issue to justify the added cost? Or is it better to buy the Enthusiast and install an after market?


  • biancarbiancar Member Posts: 965
    Are you comparing the Enthusiast with the Touring model?

    From just my few days of driving my Touring model, seems like the Bose is well worth it. The sound quality is excellent. Also I've played around a little bit with the feature where you can find any type of program you want. The presets include Rock, Oldies, Classical, Talk, Sports, News, etc. Kinda fun.

    Look carefully at the other things you get on the Touring model too, including the Homelink, the leather seats, and so on. Plus think about resale - the dealer claims that the Touring model is the most popular, so it may be that the Enthusiast might suffer at re-sale time.
  • zztop3zztop3 Member Posts: 23
    I was not terribly inpressed with the BOSE system so decided to go with the Enthusiast and replace everyhting.

    I am NOT one of those kids who's car goes thumpa,thumpa down the road. I just like clean sound.

    With that said, I'll tell you what I had done and then my thuoghts about my system.

    I had the head unit replaced. You can get line out convertors and keep the stock look of the car BUT I wanted MP3/WMA capability since my Colorado Truck has that and being DIN sized. I got a nice storage ears under the radio because the stock radio is basically two times the height of a DIN size.

    Since this car has awfull acoustics and is very noisy when driving, don't get hung up on the sound quality loss of Mp3's. I love the fact that I can leave 1 CD in the player and have a bunch of songs and not have to use of valuabel storage space for a whole bunch of CD's.

    I have a grand total of 3 WMA disk's so I have literally hundreds of songs and I store them in the seat back saddle back.

    So, I replaced the head unit with an Alpine and had a 4 channel amp installed.

    I put very nice but NOT super nice component speakers in the front. NO point,in my opinion on buying something like ADS for this car cause it is wasted sound quality.

    An addeded bonus if you buy the right speakers, is that the silver tweater holder on the door pillar (the stock tweeter is a joke and the aftermarket system will need to be surface mount because they are bigger) is a perfect match for the color of the door handle and other nearby metal stuff.

    When I tell people that this is not a stock system, they always remark how nice it looks because they thought Nissan was clever in matching the tweeter color to the rest of the gun metal color.

    So, the front speaker are amped.

    The rear speakers were not touched and the fader is set to front only because if you ever saw what that area looked like in the back you would understand.
    That is not to say that you could not put a killer set of speaker back there but be prepared for some serious body mods - best left for the audio competition types.

    The 4 channel speaker is mounted in the passengers side 'glove' compartment and still leaves enough rooom to satisfy me - think of giving up 4" of hieght in the there.

    I went with 4 channel because they bridged the rear speaker channels to get double wattage to drive a sub and not turn my car into an amplifier store.
    They mounted a JL Audio 10" free air sub in the location where the stock Bose sub would go (behind the driver's seat) and dynamatted the heck out of that area.

    This was an area that I did go top of the line (my opinion on the top Jl Audio line) and it is not boomy.
    I wish we could have gone sealed sub as they are really tight and quick but there is no way to get an airtight seal back there.

    The competition audio people put the the sub in the trunk but recall that I wanted a stock looking system.

    So how does it sound?
    When you are not moving or driving at slow speeds like in a mall, it is a great sounding sound system.
    Get up to highway speeds and you have to turn it up rather loud to har it because the Z is a noisy car. Most of that comes from riding in summer high performance tires whcih are noisy as heck.

    I am very pleased that I have a really great sounding sound system but did not have spend a fortune,kept the stock look (well almost except for the radio),the tweeter's really make the car look like Nissan 'finished' the car (I hear that a lot from other Z owner's) but be prepared for some serious volume on the highway.

    I can barely hear my radar detector when on the highway and the system is on at a volume where I can hear it properly.

    Replace radio - make sure it can do mp3/wma(I think the 2006 models do)
    put good component's in the front
    forget the rear's
    use a 4 channel amp
    put a sub in the bose location and use the other 2 channels of the amp for power

  • biancarbiancar Member Posts: 965
    ...did all that cost you?

    Just curious.

    I love the fact that I can leave 1 CD in the player and have a bunch of songs and not have to use of valuabel storage space for a whole bunch of CD's.

    FWIW - and maybe not much, if you do most of your listening via MP3 players - the Touring has a 6 CD changer.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 32,415
    I'd have to agree with what zz did. The Bose just isn't a great system in this car. Its fine, but not mind blowing in the slightest.

    IF you don't want any of the other extras in the Touring model (power, leather, heated seats and VDC), then, no, the upgrade is not worth it.

    I notice on Nissan's website, however, that the '06 Bose system can play MP3 CD-Roms. I don't believe my '04 could do that, but I'm not sure I ever tried. Biancar, can your '05 do that?

    Fairly steady: '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '21 WRX, '20 S90 T6, '22 MB Sprinter 2500 4x4 diesel, '97 Suzuki R Wagon; '96 Opel Astra; '08 Maser QP / Rotating stock, but currently: '92 325i, '97 Alto Works, '11 Mini Cooper S

  • biancarbiancar Member Posts: 965
    No. Fine with me, I don't have an MP3 player.

    I guess I'd agree that the Bose isn't mind-blowing. It certainly doesn't compare to the outstanding Dynaudio in the Volvo, for instance. But it's fine for my purposes.
  • alexdrozdalexdrozd Member Posts: 2
    What did it cost? Sounds great!
  • mike_nmike_n Member Posts: 1
    What's the model of JL sub did you get? and where can i find the same tweeters you have?
  • kajasedaikajasedai Member Posts: 3
    Is dealer installed Sirius available with the roadster?
  • simplewonsimplewon Member Posts: 4
    Occasionally my stereo sounds like the bass is turning off or the amp is turning off, lasts only 10 minutes or so and the returns to normal. Doent matter if it's radio or cd. Any suggestions? Loose connection somewhere or? It plays proper 80 percent of the time but sounds like no bass during the fault.
  • pccoxpccox Member Posts: 1
    How do I take out the stock sound system accessories in a Nissan 350Z (04) by myself? Is there an instructional website that can show me how? If anyone knows of any, please tell me. Thanks!
  • coastie2coastie2 Member Posts: 1
    Here is a link to a good set of instructions. I used these to take mine out last week. Good luck!
  • martyn27_ukmartyn27_uk Member Posts: 1
    Dumb Newbie question!

    Just bought a 2007 350Z Roadster with the BOSE audio system - but without the instruction manual. Have figured out everything except what the AUDP function is! I thought that it might adjust the audio volume to match the engine noise but it doesn't seem to... what's it for?
  • zgammazgamma Member Posts: 1
    I have 2003 Enthusiast, which means I do not have the BOSE system or the navigation system (I know, weak). Now that I am about to graduate from college, I will have the means to focus on fixing my Z up. I want to get that extra audio kick as well as a navigation system, but want to avoid changing the stock look as much as possible.

    I guess what I am trying to ask is:

    How/What can I buy so I get a decent audio system and navigation system while avoiding changing the stock look of the front of the stereo. Also, I'm trying to put the nav system where it would go if I had an upgraded model.

    Thank you!
  • kamile_zkamile_z Member Posts: 1
    Occasionally my stereo sounds like the bass is turning off or the amp is turning off, lasts only 10 minutes or so and the returns to normal. Doent matter if it's radio or cd. Any suggestions? Loose connection somewhere or? It plays proper 80 percent of the time but sounds like no bass during the fault.
  • biancarbiancar Member Posts: 965
    Have you tried taking it to an audio system specialist? They could probably figure it out.
  • car_lovecar_love Member Posts: 27
    edited May 2010
    It sounds like it may be overheating at the amp then cooling down or a bad/faulty electrical connection between the amp and subwoofer. How loud do you go with the stereo? Does it do it on cool days with low volume? Does it do it more often on hot days with high volume?
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