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When I select the AUX input, and turn up the volume (nothing connected), noise is heard coming from the speakers. Yuck! The general sound of the standard stereo (not Bose upgrade) is disappointing as well. I think I might have experienced the treble fade as well.

I wish I'd gotten the upgrade..
 

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arm58 said:
When I select the AUX input, and turn up the volume (nothing connected), noise is heard coming from the speakers. Yuck! The general sound of the standard stereo (not Bose upgrade) is disappointing as well. I think I might have experienced the treble fade as well.

I wish I'd gotten the upgrade..
Not really, the "BOSE" upgrade is a Panasonic unit. Still junk. Aftermarket is the only way to get ood sound. For the amount of money you would have spent on the BOSE crap you can get a good aftermarket setup instead. ;)
 

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Not really, the "BOSE" upgrade is a Panasonic unit. Still junk. Aftermarket is the only way to get ood sound. For the amount of money you would have spent on the BOSE crap you can get a good aftermarket setup instead. ;)
Thanks for the info. Any ideas on a good upgrade, or where I could read about other's experience in this area? Thanks again.
 

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Thanks for the info. Any ideas on a good upgrade, or where I could read about other's experience in this area? Thanks again.
Do you want to do it yourself or have someone install for you. Upgrade is probably a new deck and then sky's the limit. A good system would probably run $1500 up installed. ;) I'd read through the interior mods area. I used to install so if you want to go that way, let us know. ;)
 

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Do you want to do it yourself or have someone install for you. Upgrade is probably a new deck and then sky's the limit. A good system would probably run $1500 up installed. ;) I'd read through the interior mods area. I used to install so if you want to go that way, let us know. ;)
Thanks a lot. I'll read through the mod area as you suggested. I'd like to at least add a DVD player for the kid at some point, and I looked over a well-documented install job already - doesn't look too hard. I was wondering how much help replacing the speakers might give; the sound seems to be pretty weak, and my first impression was that the speakers suck..
 

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Thanks a lot. I'll read through the mod area as you suggested. I'd like to at least add a DVD player for the kid at some point, and I looked over a well-documented install job already - doesn't look too hard. I was wondering how much help replacing the speakers might give; the sound seems to be pretty weak, and my first impression was that the speakers suck..
Speakers do suck, but then the radio doesn't have the power to make speakers sound good. If you are getting noise without any signal being in the line, it is just bad components. If you are serious with the DVD, get a DVD in the dash, speakers, and a seperate amp to power. A couple extra monitors in the headrests and you will probably spend $2k, less than if you got them from the dealer but much better end results. If you feel you can do it yourself, go for it. I used to install. If you are careful and ask a lot of questions, you should be fine.
 

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Thanks. I'll check it all out. Does the user's guide say much about the stereo specs (haven't looked yet); seems like the watts should be able to drive a better speaker.

BTW, has anyone noticed that the radio's sensitivity is poor? Seems like my 2001 Expedition, and 1993 Camry both found and locked onto stations better..
 

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Thanks. I'll check it all out. Does the user's guide say much about the stereo specs (haven't looked yet); seems like the watts should be able to drive a better speaker.

BTW, has anyone noticed that the radio's sensitivity is poor? Seems like my 2001 Expedition, and 1993 Camry both found and locked onto stations better..
There is probaby about 12 watts a channel. Could drive efficient coax but never seperates. Watt rating systems are not standardized. Makers can modify how they rate to make the system numbers look better. Usually a maker adopts a system and then uses that consistently, but it doesn't match another makers specs. EX. They can rate power as nominal, peak, based on clean or with differing degrees of distortion, etc. Worst example I've seen is a pyramid eq. The box said it was rated 2000watts but it probably had 6.5wx4 or so. We later found out they rated the power spike it produced as it exploded after they plugged it into an AC outlet.

As for reception, it probably has the standard radio electronics for Nissan. Aftermarket systems sometimes produce better tuners but many times they don't. If you are a big FM fan, you may want to look at Pioneer aftermarket systems. Get a 4000/400 Premier series or higher. ;)
 

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Thanks. I got a good laugh out of your "worst example" story. Thanks for the info. I'll maybe upgrade later.
 

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Thanks. I got a good laugh out of your "worst example" story. Thanks for the info. I'll maybe upgrade later.
No problem. ;)
 
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