Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 16:42:34 +0200
From: "Patrik Iver" <patrik.ivernopsamstems.com>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-3 After market audio options?


> I have a 2000 9-3 with the CD player. I was very dissapointed to learn > that Saab was too cheap to install the door speakers without having me > pay for an audio upgrade. I don't want to pay $500 to get 2 "noname" > speakers installed in the doors with a whopping 40 watts per channel. The door speakers (upgrade from AS2 to AS3) are increasing low frequency output only, I think the crossover is set at 200 Hz. Size is 6,5 inch. > I'd like to install a new sound > system, but what are my options? Can I completely replace all components > or only some of them? OK to just replace some of them. I kept my AS2 head unit because of the things you also thought about below, but replaced the front speakers with better ones that still fit the stock mounting space. Then I added a separate amp (hidden in the rightside rear panel) for the subwoofer (which is fitted in a custom made fibreglass enclosure in the rear righthand corner of the boot). The AS2 head unit has line-out connections in a DIN connection instead of regular RCA. > I was told that the head unit was married to the > computer, can this be replaced with an after market cd player? Yes, in many countries the AS2 is not standard, and people fit other head units. > If so, > what are the side-effects (loss of steering whell audio controls, loss > of cell phone integration, etc.) Basically just those, plus I think the AS2 is superbly simple to use and is not attractive to thieves and has a clear display. > What about the weird triangular > speakers in the hatch area, are these standard speakers? Triangular? The rear hatch sides has regular 6 x 9 inch speakers under the nets. > Does anyone have any recommendations on speakers, amps and head units? I > want something a little more exotic than a JVC or a Pioneer, like a > Bose. Do any audio companies make an after market stereo designed to > integrate with a Saab? Except for speakers in standard or semi-standars sizes, not that I know about... I would keep atleast the head-unit due to "perfect fit" both physically and visually. > Thanks for any ideas. > > -Jason Hope this helps... Patrik Iver

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