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    The Bose sound fix...

    OK, so i finally go around to doing the Bose sound fix, only bad part was that even though i was doing it in my garage at 11:00 am today, the temp was 102 degrees in the DC metro area, so i sweated my ARSE off!!! Had to cover the seat with a towel and put a bandanna around my head, but mission accomplished, and i like the results. i noticed that now i can turn the Bass up to around 5 which improves the mid range with out a boomy sound on heavy bass notes, Steely Dan's Babalon Sister never sounded so good, i'm a happy camper. Thanks to all that experimented with this first and the good notes and pictures posted!!!!

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    Re: The Bose sound fix...

    Be careful out there. Don't underestimate the heat. I already heard of two deaths due to heat. One in the news and one personally.

    Glad the Bose mod worked out for you. That was one of the first things I did.
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    Re: The Bose sound fix...

    Congrats. Which fix did you do? Is this the "stuff the subwoofer" fix? Thanks.

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    Re: The Bose sound fix...

    Nice... many of us have done the "Stuff the Sub mod" & I am glad you like the sound. So what's next??????????

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    Re: The Bose sound fix...

    Quote Originally Posted by JKman View Post
    Nice... many of us have done the "Stuff the Sub mod" & I am glad you like the sound. So what's next??????????
    More driving, what else???

    I'm not a big mod guy except for functional things like splash guards, clear bra, etc., so maybe a bike/ski rack if thats considered a mod...

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    Re: The Bose sound fix...

    Would this be recommended for a Boxster too? All the posts I've read seem to be from Cayman owners and that the "boomy" bass is more of a problem in the enclosed confines of the coupe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbler View Post
    Would this be recommended for a Boxster too? All the posts I've read seem to be from Cayman owners and that the "boomy" bass is more of a problem in the enclosed confines of the coupe.
    From what I recall the system was designed for the boxster and does not suffer the same issue as the Cayman, but if you find it too boomy then do it anyway, as it's a 30 minute job at most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbler View Post
    Would this be recommended for a Boxster too? All the posts I've read seem to be from Cayman owners and that the "boomy" bass is more of a problem in the enclosed confines of the coupe.
    The identical system in my previous Boxster sounded much better than the one in my Cayman. I think with the Cayman, the subwoofer was just placed where space was available without any consideration as to to the overall sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunebasher View Post
    From what I recall the system was designed for the boxster and does not suffer the same issue as the Cayman, but if you find it too boomy then do it anyway, as it's a 30 minute job at most.
    DuneB, Have you done the bose fix on your cayman?

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    Re: The Bose sound fix...

    Quote Originally Posted by Taffin View Post
    DuneB, Have you done the bose fix on your cayman?
    Absolutely, I still have some stuffing as well if you want some.....oh and let me know if you want a hand doing it...my toolbox (and chest) is always on standby. Oh that reminds me I need to order some more tools

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    I did the "stuff the sub" mod myself a couple months ago and noticed a definite difference. The sub doesn't sound as "airy" as it did before and is not as intrusive. I think the sub, as others have said, was designed for convertibles where the port helps put more punch in the bass with the top down.

    I notice now, when I am driving with the windows down, that the bass is not nearly as loud even with the bass level turned up which is a little disappointing. When the widows are up, the bass punch is much more noticable. Probably reflects the function of the port. Not sure if I like the lack of bass presence, but the music does sound better overall. Foo Fighters just don't sound the same with the port stuffed IMO.

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    Re: The Bose sound fix...

    Quote Originally Posted by CSDriver View Post
    I did the "stuff the sub" mod myself a couple months ago and noticed a definite difference. The sub doesn't sound as "airy" as it did before and is not as intrusive. I think the sub, as others have said, was designed for convertibles where the port helps put more punch in the bass with the top down.

    I notice now, when I am driving with the windows down, that the bass is not nearly as loud even with the bass level turned up which is a little disappointing. When the widows are up, the bass punch is much more noticable. Probably reflects the function of the port. Not sure if I like the lack of bass presence, but the music does sound better overall. Foo Fighters just don't sound the same with the port stuffed IMO.
    The problem with the sub, as I understand it, is that the plastic ported enclosure is just not made right. It's flimsy and very reflective and the sound gets all jumbled. It sounds like a bad boom box instead of a high end stereo system. I'm also of the belief that the Boxster has its sub mounted in a different spot entirely with a different enclosure.

    You can't really think the Bose sounds better without the stuffing under ANY circumstance, can you? When my windows are open, I just crank it up, the volume, not the bass. This system can handle a pretty good speaker load without breaking up if if the sub is properly damped.
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    Re: The Bose sound fix...

    Quote Originally Posted by CSDriver View Post
    I did the "stuff the sub" mod myself a couple months ago and noticed a definite difference. The sub doesn't sound as "airy" as it did before and is not as intrusive. I think the sub, as others have said, was designed for convertibles where the port helps put more punch in the bass with the top down.

    I notice now, when I am driving with the windows down, that the bass is not nearly as loud even with the bass level turned up which is a little disappointing. When the widows are up, the bass punch is much more noticable. Probably reflects the function of the port. Not sure if I like the lack of bass presence, but the music does sound better overall. Foo Fighters just don't sound the same with the port stuffed IMO.
    The problem with the sub, as I understand it, is that the plastic ported enclosure is just not made right. It's flimsy and very reflective and the sound gets all jumbled. It sounds like a bad boom box instead of a high end stereo system. I'm also of the belief that the Boxster has its sub mounted in a different spot entirely with a different enclosure.

    You can't really think the Bose sounds better without the stuffing under ANY circumstance, can you? When my windows are open, I just crank it up, the volume, not the bass. This system can handle a pretty good speaker load without breaking up if if the sub is properly damped. I turn up the bass a little if I want the stereo at low volume. Otherwise, it's at minus 2 or so with the surround on and that other feature on. Treble is in the 0 center position and faders in the middle...although, since I put in my roll bar, I have to set the front-rear fader to the back a bit to keep the same balance as before.

    With these settings, just turn it up. It fills out nicely at higher volume...When it starts to break up, turn it down a little. That's loud enough for all but really high speeds and I don't like windows open for that...or stereo on, for that matter.
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    I love the improvement it did to my radio

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    Re: The Bose sound fix...

    It's definitely an improvement, but the sub is just disappointing as you mention. I believe someone mentioned looking at the part number earlier in the thread and it said the part was from a Carrera Cabriolet. I was just making the point that there was a significant difference in the sound it put out with my windows down vs. windows up which likely reflects its original purpose...to be in a convertible.

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    Re: The Bose sound fix...

    I am a new Cayman S owner 987.1 2008. The link to the Bose Sound Fix no longer working. Can the original "how to" article with photos be re-posted?
    Thanks

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