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Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2000 12:59:23 -0700
From: Bill Britton <>
Subject: Re: 9.3 SE audio system

I have a 97 900 SE and I think the sound system is quite good. In contrast, the dealer loaned me a 2000 9.3 SE last week while they worked on my 89 900 SE for a couple of days. While I appreciated a couple of the design refinements over the 97, the sound system was certainly not one of them. It seems that SAAB decided at some point to enable full-time variable loudness compensation into this system. I was disgusted at the muddy, thumping bass coming from the subs. I listen to hard rock like Dream Theater, Creed, and King's X. I kept having to turn down the bass control substantially for every CD unless I had the volume up loud enough to cause the Loudness contour to be near flat. Yuck. What a step backwards. Maybe you can find an earlier head unit that has a Loudness button on it -- which works just fine when you want some music in the car but can easily talk over it. Of course, it probably won't support the nifty steering wheel controls. Bill Larry Rader wrote: > just got my new 2000 9.3 se. replaced the 87 900S 180,000 miles with > the dead tranny. > picked it up yesterday; first 200 miles were a blast. > i'm wondering what suggestions have been bandied about here about > improving the audio system. > it seems that they wasted perfectly good door speaker space with the > subwoofers, which can be in the trunk or any hidden away spot. in my > 900, i used the 4x10's, the dash 4" (or whatever), driven by the head, > and two satellite tweeters and a sub in the trunk, each driven by their > own amp. sounded great. > i'm not too keen on changing the head unit; even though it seems a bit > limited in terms of features, it's all integrated in the display and the > steering wheel. > but, i'm very interested in a discussion here about how to jack up the > sound in the 9.3 se. (by the way, i have the dash cd and no changer.) > happy saabing > larry

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