02-21-1999, 06:56 PM
Greetings:<p>I have a few questions about the TT's stereo. Because I have a deposit on a car that is over one year from delivery (225bhp TT), I have not had the opportunity to choose options. However, I know some of you have ordered your cars, and since the front-wheel drive TT is due fairly soon I presume you've also chosen options. As such, I'm sure you've pondered the stereo question. <p>The following are relevant excerpts from the Audi of America TT press release of Tuesday, January 5, 1999:<p>"The optional CD changer has a separate compartment in the side panel behind the driver, the audio system's amplifier is beneath the rear seat and the first aid kit is easily reached when needed in the side panel trim behind the passenger's seat." <p>"The Audio Package includes a 175 watt Bose premium sound system with four loudspeakers in the doors, two 2-way rear loudspeakers, a center speaker in the dashboard, and a six disc CD changer (located in the storage compartment next to the left rear seat)."<p>A little background:<p>I currently have a nice sound system, complete with 2, 10" subs in a dual band-pass box, big a/d/s amp, in-dash cd, satellite speakers galore, etc. I have truly enjoyed it, but would probably not bother in my TT. Why? I actually don't want the hassle, the space compromise (with the subs), or the theft problem (I had to replace everything because of theft--including bodywork on the car itself!). I also don't want stereo installers ripping my car to pieces (again). So, I will probably only install my existing amplifier IF IT IS A SIMPLE AFFAIR (read: unplug old, plug-in new). So, I'm wondering if it's a remove and replace affair, or if it'll be more difficult.<p>My questions:<p>1) Does anyone know if the amplifier location (beneath the rear seat) is specific to the standard sound system, the Bose, or both? After looking at A4.org for a long while, it is my understanding that the Bose system on the A4 utilizes self-powered (in other words, the amplifiers are attached to the speakers) rear speakers and an independent amplifier for the other speakers. I wonder whether this is the same with the TT? If so, perhaps the amp would not "drop in" very easily. If the standard system has an outboard amplifier, do you know if it powers all of the speakers?;<p>2) Where exactly in the dashboard is the center speaker located? After inspecting a Neiman Marcus TT (with Bose) I still haven't a clue!; and [finally]<p>3) What do you plan on doing? Why?<p>Thanks for your time (and for replying),<p>John P.<p>PS--I listened to the Bose system in the Neiman Marcus TT, and it sounded pretty good.