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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-03-2019, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is the upgraded audio pkg from factory worth it?

I know for a fact that I need to be able to enjoy my tunes & have some bass & be able to blast them with the top down without distortion issues. In my Miatas, I upgraded the head unit, headrest speakers & door speakers + powered an aftermarket foot well sub with an aftermarket amp in the trunk. I'm not entering any stereo contests, but if I cannot enjoy my tunes then I will not enjoy the drive.


I've been skipping all Classicas b/c they do not have the upgraded stereo pkg the Lusso has & I have only been looking for a Lusso with the nav & sound pkg.



My question is, is that pkg worth holding out for or am I going to be spending my time & $ swapping all the stereo stuff out with aftermarket anyway? I would prefer not to have to do that (The whole reason I am holding out for the right car w/the nav & sound pkg). The older I get, the less I want to have to do mods like this. It's 2019, new cars should come with good stereos.


If you think I will be ripping even the upgraded factory stuff out, is it just your usual simple plug & play with everything aka can I buy your simple harness to install an aftermarket head unit & speakers & then just run the sub & amp right to the new HU per usual?

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There are a number of threads on the Miata forum and this forum on people either upgrading speakers or not being happy with the existing audio or even the BOSE. It’s subjective so i’m not sure anyone can answer your question. If there is a Mazda dealer near by then see if they have one with the Bose since it is the same as the 124.
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Honestly for me...I drive with the top down so much...that I could never appreciate the "great/good/bad" sounds. (I have the Bose package) I have the outside winds and noises constantly assaulting me. So it doesn't matter to me. I can hear the music, and even when people call me..so I'm good lol.

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Actually what Mike34 said, + get yourself a good exhaust and it will beat any good Audio, cause that will be music to your ears.
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My 2017 Classica had the "Technology Package" option. Most dealers order them this way rather than the base no frills head unit. The back up camera is a nice add as well as the push button start and 7" touch screen. This does not include the Bose upgrade. You can initiate the NAV features by just buying the SIM card for it on Amazon for about $70.
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It really will depend on your personal expectations, however I find that the stock Bose system is easily listened to.
In the past I have run predominantly JL Audio splits, JL W7 Subs and DLS amps.

My advice would be to test the Bose system with a clean source (I can confirm FM radio sounds horrible, don't bother), I use Spotify for my music streaming and Google play for music purchases. Either of these sources sounds more than acceptable when turned up to between 45-52 on my Bose with the input volume (from my phone) all the way up. Turning the input volume up aids with a little compression which I find helps bring out the bass more for a punchier sound if you want to listen loud. Don't forget to eq to taste when testing if you like a certain sound style, warm, highs, bassy etc.

The one caveat here is that I will upgrade the sub, amp and speakers at some stage if I keep the car long term, but for now it is all good!

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It really will depend on your personal expectations, however I find that the stock Bose system is easily listened to.
In the past I have run predominantly JL Audio splits, JL W7 Subs and DLS amps.

My advice would be to test the Bose system with a clean source (I can confirm FM radio sounds horrible, don't bother), I use Spotify for my music streaming and Google play for music purchases. Either of these sources sounds more than acceptable when turned up to between 45-52 on my Bose with the input volume (from my phone) all the way up. Turning the input volume up aids with a little compression which I find helps bring out the bass more for a punchier sound if you want to listen loud. Don't forget to eq to taste when testing if you like a certain sound style, warm, highs, bassy etc.

The one caveat here is that I will upgrade the sub, amp and speakers at some stage if I keep the car long term, but for now it is all good!

Good luck!

45-52, WOW!! I know I am hearing challenged and hesitant to turn it much more than 35-36 because of it. I am trying to protect what's left of my hearing lol. But now I realize why the Bose system sounds so bad. It is not loud enough!! My bride offered a wise statement around 18 months ago when my right ear went on vacation: she said your rock and roll days are over! I was fortunate to get some of it back, but scared to push it too much. I don't think I have used the FM radio on it, strictly Sirius radio so far. Glorious Beatles channel keeps me happy. But I will turn it up to your levels at least once just to put a big grin on my face, just don't mention it to my bride. Now that we just installed the Record Monza Exhaust, I am like Frankmar, just enjoy those sounds.
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Honestly for me...I drive with the top down so much...that I could never appreciate the "great/good/bad" sounds. (I have the Bose package) I have the outside winds and noises constantly assaulting me. So it doesn't matter to me. I can hear the music, and even when people call me..so I'm good lol.

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I have to agree with Mike on this one. I found a car with a Bose package so I that wouldn't feel the need to do anything more to it and I don't. I've never heard the stock system so can't compare. The wind noise and my **** exhaust are so loud a good stereo isn't that important after all. I think based on your statement that it is NEED for you that will you will not be satisfied with either system. Therefore I'd plan on aftermarket upgrades later.
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Ditto Mike and Chainring.

I've had the car for 3 months, never driven with the top up, never listened to the radio or music either. Being part of the surrounding clatter of traffic, wind in the cabin, road noise and exhaust note is what does it for me.

Modern cars seem to try and isolate you entirely from the surroundings so it's a joy to have a car that puts you back in touch with it. Makes you feel part of the machine and the environment.

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ahhh yes the exhaust notes...silly me how could I forget.

As @Chainringtattoo said...if you asking...you won't be satisfied with the factory sounds...forgo the OPTION and upgrade it to WHAT YOU want. (save some money that way too)

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