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I want to replace my Bose amp with a new amp. looking for something easy to install myself. Im not very techy when it comes to audio systems. not looking for a crazy loud system either. I just want to listen to the radio again! Please help!
 

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My Bose amp went out and I had it removed. They wanted around 1600.00 to install a new one, so I have been without any type of stereo for almost a year! I checked around and the cheapest I found for a Bose amp was about $900.00. Hopefully someone can give us a good option.
 

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Look, the Bose amp and speakers are garbage. Don't get me wrong, they have some nice systems, like on my new CX-30, however, the Bose system in the 2010 Mazda 3 is a cheap, lousy sounding system.

Your best option is to buy a compact 4-5 channel amp and replace your door and sail panel speakers with good aftermarket speakers. Place the amp under the driver's seat. If you want even better sound, add a powered subwoofer under the passenger seat. You now have a system that will sound light years better than the stock Bose system, cost less, and take up no more interior or trunk room. It will require a bit of wiring prowess, but it is not that difficult.

The Bose amp is not worth $50, let alone $900.

And lest you think, I am not a Bose basher. I own Bose speakers in my home that I like, and as above the CX-30 system is nice. But the 3 Bose system...it sucks!
 

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I want to replace my Bose amp with a new amp. looking for something easy to install myself. Im not very techy when it comes to audio systems. not looking for a crazy loud system either. I just want to listen to the radio again! Please help!
What did you replace it with? My amp just went out and they want $1700 it replace it. An audio shop is suggesting a Rockford but mentioned nothing about replacing speakers. Suggestions????
 

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Jodi you need to replace the speakers because the Bose amp is matched to the Bose speakers in impedance and in the equalization curves that they use to make it sound okay. An aftermarket amp will blow out the speakers, and they won't sound correct before they blow. Just get ANY decent coaxial or triaxial or even quad axial 6.5" speakers. I am partial to Pioneer, but others are fine as well. If you spend $30 per speaker you will be getting way better sound than the stock Bose speakers, which honestly are probably quality wise equivalent to $5 speakers.
 

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I want to replace my Bose amp with a new amp. looking for something easy to install myself. Im not very techy when it comes to audio systems. not looking for a crazy loud system either. I just want to listen to the radio again! Please help!
Just went through the scenario of getting this fixed. The simple solution is to have a good mechanic (or do it yourself) remove the existing BOSe amplifier. The amplifier is located under the passenger front seat. You can then have the amplifier conditioned. There are reconditioning services for sale on EBAY. Once you purchase the service, you send in your BOSE amplifier. They'll recondition it and send it back to you. I used Paulson Corp, which had their service listed in Ebay. Paid about $115 for the service. The mechanic is charging $40 to install it. Paulson Corp in their listing notes a lifetime warranty. A few additional notes: Don't buy a used BOSE amplifier from a salvage yard. The amplifier go on the Mazda because it they are in all the time. This is because the Blue Tooth is run through the amplifier. So, even when the radio is off, the amplifier is in. Buying a used amplifier could end up with the same situation again. Hope this is helpful.
 

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So, I knew this is an older thread but if there's anyone out there that can help would be mighty appreciated. Here's the story:

2010 Mazda3 with premium Bose package. Amp went out about 4 to 5 years ago and have been suffering with little speakers ever since. Finally found out there were replacement amps on Amazon all ranging from $100 to $300 and found one that was very similar looking to the one I had, even with a review from someone with a speed3 who confirmed that it does work. Finally got it last night, and installed this morning only to find half the system working. The back end and sub work just fine, but the front end and tweeters & CenterPoint does not. Weirdly, when now getting through the settings and turning off audioPLT the whole thing cuts out. Is there a separate front end amp, or is what I got no good? Going to send the seller a message and see what happens, hoping to get a replacement with better results. Kind of shocked there are OEM amps on Amazon, at way better price than the $1,600 Mazda wanted to replace it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all and have a great day 🙏📲🔊🎵💯
 

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So, I knew this is an older thread but if there's anyone out there that can help would be mighty appreciated. Here's the story: 2010 Mazda3 with premium Bose package. Amp went out about 4 to 5 years ago and have been suffering with little speakers ever since. Finally found out there were replacement amps on Amazon all ranging from $100 to $300 and found one that was very similar looking to the one I had, even with a review from someone with a speed3 who confirmed that it does work. Finally got it last night, and installed this morning only to find half the system working. The back end and sub work just fine, but the front end and tweeters & CenterPoint does not. Weirdly, when now getting through the settings and turning off audioPLT the whole thing cuts out. Is there a separate front end amp, or is what I got no good? Going to send the seller a message and see what happens, hoping to get a replacement with better results. Kind of shocked there are OEM amps on Amazon, at way better price than the $1,600 Mazda wanted to replace it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all and have a great day 🙏📲🔊🎵💯
do you have an update on this? I was thinking of buying the Amazon Amp, with the same review that it worked on a Speed3. However, with your story, I am now hesitating. Thanks!!
 

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So many thoughts and opinions... first the BOSE speakers will work with aftermarket amps. Like all amps you get one that the speaker can handle the power or set the gain low on the amp.
Ok so many factories BOSE system need to be by-passed going into the Bose amp. This gets a little challenging but still DIY accomplishable. The first thing to get is a (my recommendations) *Audio Control Active Line Output Converter. Choose the one that will meet your current system 2 or 4 etc.. channel output. Once you get the Converter then you can pick the amp(s) you want to use. REMEBER set all the gains low to start with. If you listen to loud higher volume music at some point, it's only natural that you will need to upgrade the speakers.
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Car Audio - AudioControl


To point of experience, I have a 2018 factory Bose system that I replaced the amp and later because I am a picky Audiophile replaced all the factory speakers and added a few more speakers currently running 18 speak and 2 subwoofers (=20) all neatly installed and mostly controlled by the Mazda active driving display center. Al speaker addition were tastefully installed so as not to look like a rolling ghetto sound box on wheels. LOL
 
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