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Hi there,

I am looking at a very clean 2017 A8 SE Executive, but one thing is putting me off; the sound system is the standard Audi 200w. Fairly bad in fairness…

there are plenty of second hand BOSE and B&O systems taken from crashed A8’s on eBay etc.

Would it be a big job to retrofit BOSE or  B&O into a A8 with standard Audi sound system? Is there anyone in Ireland that might be able to do it? 
I understand B&O could be a massive job, but I am hoping BOSE would be straightforward.

I know it would be easier to just buy an A8 with BOSE but there are very few A8’s available in Ireland.

Thanks,

John

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Bose would be easier to retrofit but I'd recommend you speak to autologics or Audi retrofits as members have used them for retrofits and been happy with the results. 

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8 hours ago, Johnby said:

Thanks Steve Q.

are those guys in Ireland?

Both in the UK. The reason I say b&o might be harder because I think it has speakers rise out of the dash. 

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Tried those 2 guys, they don’t do A8 BOSE retrofit apparently.

Has anyone on here done a BOSE retrofit into their A8 D4???

 

any help or advice appreciated.

 

Thanks

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1 hour ago, Johnby said:

Tried those 2 guys, they don’t do A8 BOSE retrofit apparently.

Has anyone on here done a BOSE retrofit into their A8 D4???

 

any help or advice appreciated.

 

Thanks

Sorry they couldn't help. 

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Having had a A8 D3 with Bose for 12 years and now a D4 facelift with it for a year, I wouldn't bother.  I loved it in the D3 and was looking forward to the 10 years of advances in the D4, but It sounds just like a normal car stereo to me, very cheap and nasty speakers and sound is nothing special, no front staging like the D3.  Like so many things these days, more of just a branding exercise. It sounds exactly like the BOSE in a 66 KIA Sorento we had and not worth the hassle and expense of the retrofit.  I see lots of similar posts on various forums so have discounted me just being unlucky.

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29 minutes ago, Steve Q said:

Also it's worth you giving this thread a read. 

 

Thanks Steve, crazy stuff alright.

Thanks for the help and advice 👍

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Update; I actually found a better A8 with BOSE fitted and have agreed to buy it.

Retrofitting to a non BOSE car seems like huge cost, a lot off effort, and not a great return.

at least now I can upgrade the BOSE system more easily with straight forward speaker swaps etc.

Thanks for the help and advice all

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