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#1458 of 1571 Re: EQ Settings Missing ON Chevy Impala Audio Systems [mymitties]
Apr 06, 2007 (1:38 pm)
I know how you feel I enjoy my 2006 LT3 a great deal also, except for the gas mileage with the 3.9 liter engine and the power output of the standard radio.
I also own a 2002 Impala that does have the premium sound system and it will blow you out of the car if you crank it up.
It is a long story on how I ended up with this 2006 that I have now. I originally ordered the car from another dealer but they tried to pull a switch on me by delivering a car with a different interior then what I had ordered, so I turned the car down. This ticked me off so I went to different dealer and that is how I wound up with the 2006 I have now.
The 2006 LT3 I ordered was fully loaded so I assumed it had the premium sound system but stupid me I never checked when I picked up the car. (No, I am not an idiot, I needed the car and I was in a hurry because I had already sold my previous vehicle when I went to the first dealer)
Well anyhow, Lo and behold my fully loaded 2006 LT3 had only a standard radio. Go figure the logic from Chevy in that, all the options on the car except for the premium sound system?
The standard radio does not have the power for the 6 speakers especially the rears, so I need to turn the volume just about all the way up when I am listening to a CD track or song that I like. The wattage of the standard radio is just not enough for the size and wattage that the speakers can draw.
The Speed/Noise sensitive Volume control feature in the car works just fine and I also have mine set to medium. I don't have any other problem with the radio but that, it sounds fine even with the volume all the way to its limit. No distortion at all but I should not have to turn the volume all the way up either!
I have asked "OTHERS" in this forum if they knew whether or not I could just add a Chevy power amp to this radio but no one ever gave me an answer. OR maybe the question is just plain dumb?
Bottom line is that the standard radio, (not the Bose) is a dog when it comes to powering the speakers.
PS. The gas mileage I can live with because the power that the 3.9 liter engine produces when wan t to get a little heavy footed, makes you forget that you are only getting 21 to 24 MPG.
#1459 of 1571 Re: EQ Settings Missing ON Chevy Impala Audio Systems [pbaranello]
Apr 06, 2007 (6:18 pm)
Sorry about not giving you a direct answer on adding an amp. It's not a dumb question but it is a difficult one. GM has integrated so many things into the audio system (i.e. turn signal, door chime, hazard signal, etc) that you really have to know what you're doing to ever modify it. I would feel safe taking it to an expert (Circuit City or other reputable dealer that guaranteed their work) to have it replaced or upgraded.
As for you having the cheap stereo, does yours play MP3s or have XM? Regardless, even if you had the Bose upgrade, you'd still have to crank it up to get any volume out of it and even then, the quality of the sound isn't all that impressive. Trust me, you were better off saving your money.
I used to own an '02 Monte Carlo and likely had the same system as you have in your '02 Impala. I loved the stereo in that car (but no XM). It's a shame that they allowed this new system to be approved for use in their new cars.
Oh well, maybe they'll get it right before my NEXT new car.
Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!
#1460 of 1571 Re: EQ Settings Missing ON Chevy Impala Audio Systems [pbaranello]
Apr 06, 2007 (6:52 pm)
You could add an aftermarket dumb amplifier (no bus linkage to the radio head)+ additional speakers to your base Impala radio. The only problem with this approach is if the amplifier has a lot of gain, just a small change in volume setting will blow your ears off. The "premium" Bose amplifier is a "smart" amp because it tells the radio head that it is there so that the gain is adjusted accordingly on the radio head. It also does some tuning for the vehicle sounding? I doubt that the Impala Bose Amp has thousand of Watts like in the Cadillac system. So you should not have problem finding a Audio shop that can match what you need (amp and speakers).
All the amp needs is 4 pairs of differential outputs from the radio head. The rest should be done at the amp unit. On top of that, you will not lose your EQ option like the case of the Bose option.
#1461 of 1571 Re: 07 impala radio adapter [07impala]
Apr 06, 2007 (7:00 pm)
The info on #1422 will not work for 07 Impala vehicle since Chevy changed the radio design in MY06. That info is good for MY05 or older only. You can get the info from Circuit City radio stores where they're selling whole bunch of adaptors for most vehicles.
#1462 of 1571 Re: 07 impala radio adapter [jnt]
Apr 07, 2007 (3:27 am)
I shutter to even think of messing around with these new radios....so much is integrated into them....these radios aren't just for music, their part of your cars computer system!...Good luck, bryan
#1463 of 1571 Re: 07 impala radio adapter [colchester47]
Apr 07, 2007 (4:00 am)
Ya, meeeee tooooooo.... SHUTTER nothing !! Radio electronics could cause a major panic attack for me..!! I'll stay with the stuff under the hood thankyou very much..
But, I guess, for guys like JT it's as easy as brushing your teeth..( yep, still have mine...)
Have a great Easter holiday.
#1464 of 1571 Re: EQ Settings Missing ON Chevy Impala Audio Systems [quietpro]
Apr 07, 2007 (7:03 am)
I've noticed before your comments on your experience with your Bose system. All I can say is I've not had the same problems - none of the hiss and plenty of volume. In fact, I fear that the speakers would be damaged if I crank it up beyond 60%. I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever about the sound quality (and I have listened to some pretty tinny systems in the past). In fact the only complaint I have had is from rear seat passengers requesting I fade it to the front so they can hear each other speak! Is it possible you still have a defective amp on your car?
Happy Easter to you as well
#1465 of 1571 Re: EQ Settings Missing ON Chevy Impala Audio Systems [martin22]
Apr 07, 2007 (8:00 am)
I dunno...I suppose it's possible. What model year is your Impala? Would you be interested in trying a few things with yours as comparison? I would be interested in trying to compare the amps and the performance. If mine is indeed defective, I would love to have it fixed.
#1466 of 1571 Re: EQ Settings Missing ON Chevy Impala Audio Systems [quietpro]
Apr 07, 2007 (8:18 am)
It's an '06 (Jan build). What do you want me to do? (Get a decibel meter?!)
#1467 of 1571 Re: EQ Settings Missing ON Chevy Impala Audio Systems [martin22]
Apr 07, 2007 (8:36 am)
That would be great...if I had one too. I don't have my car right now (it's currently having the FOB problem fixed, cross your fingers for me) but as I remember, you can hear the hiss if you just sit inside and turn on the hazard signal. This hiss is steady and starts with the tick, tick of the signals and ends about a second or so after you turn them off. You should also be able to hear it by turning the ignition on (not starting the engine) and engaging the turn signal. Or, leave the key in the ignition and open the door and listen in between door chimes or immediately after closing the door, listen to hear if there is a hiss that stops about a second after the last chime. Finally, the best way to control the hiss is to turn the key to accessory power and turn on the radio. Turn the volume all the way down and then turn it one notch up. On mine, you'll immediately hear the hiss accompanied by the light sound of the radio/CD/etc. Depending on your hearing, you should be able to hear it if you have it. I have pretty bad tinitus and I can hear it with mine. You can alternately turn the volume up and off to hear the hiss if it's there. Let me know if you can duplicate any of these. BTW, I believe my Impala was built in Oct '05 but I'll have to confirm that later.
If any other '06 Bose system owners out there would like to try this, please do and report back. Please include whether or not you have had the amp replacement that was done in early to mid '06. I had mine replaced and it did improve the situation a great deal but I'm still not really satisfied.