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    question about dash radio info, et alia.

    Hey all - new owner of a 2005 Boxster base! Woo!

    I know that this doesnít pertain to my question, but this car is *amazing*! Iíve had faster vehicles, but nothing has ever been this much fun to drive.

    Anyway, Iíve read lots of posts on switching the radio and speakers. My Boxster has the Bose system without a changer/nav.

    Iím not looking to dynamat anything, the sound of the engine is just fine. What Iím looking for is a bit better tone from the system, and to move the head unit into this decade. There are lots of options, and Iíve installed car stereos for some time. Iím looking to yíall to let me know if Iím off base.

    One thing thatís really nagging me - if I get an adapter to retain the MOST system, will any data from the aftermarket head unit make it to the instrument cluster? I know thatís trivial in many respects, but itís a nice feature.

    The plan (which is more of a brainstorm with no direction) is to replace the factory speakers with JBL Stadium series, as a first step. They are 2.5 ohm, and I can still find the optional midrange with additional crossover that would fit in the current slot. I imagine the sound would improve incrementally, getting a bit better as things are switched out for better gear. The next step would be a new head unit, and maybe/maybe not aftermarket amps, depending on cost/retention of factory integration (whose only redeeming feature seems to the song and radio data being displayed on my instrument cluster as there are no steering wheel controls for the stereo, and I donít want to add any. It just feels that a minimum of a 300 dollar investment to retain scrolling info on the dash may not be money well spent, so Iím open to advise. BTW, $1000 speakers are not in my budget.

    I guess the direction that I go with aftermarket amps is dependent on how well the MOST adapters work with aftermarket integration. If the data isnít displayed in the dash, really I see no point in keeping any part of the system, and may do drastic things, with a scalpel as opposed to a sledgehammer...and if I go with aftermarket amps, then creative mode will kick in and the Bose bar in the back will need a bit of work.

    Iím considering a Kenwood or Pioneer head unit (with nav), since my VehŪcle did not come with nav as a feature, will there be installation problems for which planning is needed?

    I apologize about being so long winded. I tend to see many possibilities and different solutions for different scenarios as a lifelong hobby, and I hope that this isnít too much for a first post...

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    Re: question about dash radio info, et alia.

    I wasn't aware the 987.1 had any dash info. My '08 doesn't, with the CDR24 (no changer) at least. I recently replaced that headunit with a Pioneer NEX unit, and a MOST adapter https://www.crutchfield.com/p_120PO9...Interface.html . The process was pretty straight forward. Stock speakers still, which work fine for me.
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    Re: question about dash radio info, et alia.

    Your choices are basically three:

    1) Get a Dension unit to add bluetooth and USB connectivity to your radio system - acts as a CD changer in your MOST loop.
    2) Get a MOST adapter unit like the NAV-TV HUR module or something like it (cheap Chinese copy) - you keep your Bose amp and speakers.
    3) Replace the Bose amp with an aftermarket 5-channel amp. You can keep the original Bose speakers or replace with your favorite models.

    Any replacement of the head unit will result in losing the display information on the instrument cluster. I don't miss it. I went with Option 3 keeping the original Bose speakers including the "Bassbox" sub that goes on the read deck under the roll bar.

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    Re: question about dash radio info, et alia.

    I think that I’ll be replacing the whole deal. Crutchfield carries the JBL Stadium 2 way component system that can be changed to a 3 way system using a JBL midrange as a separate item. Most of the JBL tweets seem to be a little harsh, but for the price compare to Focal, there isn’t much room for argument. Amps are covered - Kicker, RF (please don’t yell), and if I can find a functioning USA Soundstream on fleabay...They made good amps when they were assembled in America...

    I have an idea about the sub box in the back...more to follow with this

    Stereo selection is a whole different ball game. I’ve been looking, looking, and, well, looking. Onboard nav might be the thing as there are reports that nav through Car Play are laggy. There have been a few reports that other apps routed through this tend to be choppy. Not to veer way off topic, but does anyone have experience with Car Play and nav (Waze or Apple) being slow?

    CO987s - I don’t know what to say about lack of radio/CD info on your dash - it shows the info from FM, song/artist/station info or track # from a CD as a scroll...which is nice, but it displays like 1.5 words every few seconds. I’d like it to be *much* faster as I’m staring at the dash instead of glancing at it :/

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    Re: question about dash radio info, et alia.

    Quote Originally Posted by revel8or View Post
    I think that I’ll be replacing the whole deal. Crutchfield carries the JBL Stadium 2 way component system that can be changed to a 3 way system using a JBL midrange as a separate item. Most of the JBL tweets seem to be a little harsh, but for the price compare to Focal, there isn’t much room for argument. Amps are covered - Kicker, RF (please don’t yell), and if I can find a functioning USA Soundstream on fleabay...They made good amps when they were assembled in America...

    I have an idea about the sub box in the back...more to follow with this

    Stereo selection is a whole different ball game. I’ve been looking, looking, and, well, looking. Onboard nav might be the thing as there are reports that nav through Car Play are laggy. There have been a few reports that other apps routed through this tend to be choppy. Not to veer way off topic, but does anyone have experience with Car Play and nav (Waze or Apple) being slow?

    CO987s - I don’t know what to say about lack of radio/CD info on your dash - it shows the info from FM, song/artist/station info or track # from a CD as a scroll...which is nice, but it displays like 1.5 words every few seconds. I’d like it to be *much* faster as I’m staring at the dash instead of glancing at it :/
    Moot point, as of now, for me. Maybe I never looked into it through the info screen. I'm really happy with the AVIC-8400 I picked up through Crutchfield. Got it on sale/clearance for I think $750ish. Haven't tried the android auto/carplay, since it's got nav/traffic built in that works really well.
    2008 Boxster S

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    Re: question about dash radio info, et alia.

    Quote Originally Posted by revel8or View Post
    I have an idea about the sub box in the back...more to follow with this

    Stereo selection is a whole different ball game. I’ve been looking, looking, and, well, looking. Onboard nav might be the thing as there are reports that nav through Car Play are laggy. There have been a few reports that other apps routed through this tend to be choppy. Not to veer way off topic, but does anyone have experience with Car Play and nav (Waze or Apple) being slow?
    I want to hear more about the Bassbox ideas you have.

    As to laggy navigation, I use Android Auto with my Pioneer unit and don't have any issues. I kind of prefer using Android Auto versus a built-in nav. This way I can keep up with navigation technology through the apps rather than being tied to a specific technology. (hence why Porsche PCM sucks so bad).

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    Re: question about dash radio info, et alia.

    I changed out the head unit to a nice Kenwood and bought the adapter kit for the Bose amp.(also added a back up camera) for about $750. I watch several You Tube videos and it made the process fairly simple. The sound is so much better, I used the equalizer in the Kenwood and it really increased the performance of the speakers. Eventually, I going to change out the front speakers, for a 3 way system, add a 2 channel amp, run the amp, to the 3 way crossovers and change the rca input going to the Bose Amp, to continue to power the sub and the two rear speakers.

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    Re: question about dash radio info, et alia.

    I replaced my Bose amp with a 5-channel amp.

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    Re: question about dash radio info, et alia.

    Quote Originally Posted by lesmurray View Post
    I want to hear more about the Bassbox ideas you have.
    I had it off to check the air filter (and to marvel at my first flat six :O ). With a quick inspection and no measurements (which I'm actually going to do, today) it looks like a thin mount something might fit. Again, I don't have enough info to make any sort of determination, ATM, but it looked possible. The two inch rears are a bit sad to look at as well, that will involve a little more creativity...but that's why we have CNC and 3D printers, eh?

    With my first glance at the box, it just seemed like a good idea gone horribly wrong when passed by the accounting department. Is there even such a thing as a 5.5" sub?? If there is, then if you use two, does that make it twice as good??

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    Re: question about dash radio info, et alia.

    One thing to look at is the Cayman sub - I believe it is in the passenger footwell. My Mercedes SL has its Bose sub there as well.

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