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This is my first post here, and I hope I'm not missing an earlier thread on this issue (I did search). I'm trying to choose between the base 6-speed (or sport) package, on the one hand, and the touring package on the other. (I want cloth seats and I want to save money so I don't want the GT package.)
One of the big differences is the stereo. I have sat in a few GT RX-8s and cranked up the 300W Bose stereo with my own CD. It sounded OK to me, but not very impressive. I have not been able to audition the base 100W 6-speaker system.
Has anyone here compared the two? Is the 300W system worth the extra money? I will probably not upgrade whatever I get, so I may have to live with it for years.
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I have a GT and am fairly happy with the sound, but I would like just a little more bottom end. I'm still toying with the idea of adding a sub, but it appears it would be at the expense of the AudioPilot.
Thanks, Bulldog. I think that pretty much answers my questions (the comments and responses give a pretty balanced view of the pros and cons of the two systems). Right now I'm leaning toward the base or Sport model, with the possibility of a later stereo upgrade, but I'm still not sure. Anyway, thanks again.
I have a sport package, which has the basic non-Bose stereo.
It sounds good to me (and I have very sensitive hearing), though it distorts at louder volumes, and there are indeed certain frequency bands missing, most notably a band in the mid-treble and also low bass.
But I never expect too much from car stereo, and I don't pump up "da bass." I just need something to jam out on Floyd, Foo Fighters, and Radiohead, and the basic stereo more than does the trick.
Originally posted by Zonker04 Roger that, Lex. I have a lot of money into my home stereos (three of them) but in my car I just want something decent. My expectations aren't too high. I'm thinkin' yeller sport package. Thanks!
was hoping for something half-decent when I bought my Yellow GT. I've got a couple of systems at home. One is a Bose Acoustimass 15 system driven by a Sony receiver. The other one is a NAD system driving PSB speakers containing a total of 20 drivers. I knew what a BOSE system sounds compared to a half-decent system. I was pleased with the RX-8 BOSE system based on my expectations. The only thing lacking for me was a little bottom end.
I took the car to Custone Auto Radio ( http://www.custone.com/car/ ) here in Whitby. After sitting in the car with me and hearing the system, he said he could meet my needs with a separate amp and a custom built enclosure with an 8" sub. He said I would get what I was lacking and wanting. He's going to check around for more info on connections and signal levels from the amp prior to him starting his design.