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I see that the Preferred Plus has an 8 speaker audio system, and higher trims show Bose 12 speaker audio system. Is the 8 speaker system still a Bose speaker or is it generic? Anyone have a preferred plus with opinion on the sound system?
 

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It’s not what I’d call generic. It’s a very well designed system, made by Mazda and Pioneer, with some good speaker placement choices. The tweeters and mids are fairly close together for proper staging. The woofers are under the dash in enclosures for decent midbass

There is an advanced equalizer mode that can help tailor music to your liking. It is surprisingly crisp. The main thing is that there’s very little deep bass.

It is better than most standard audio systems. I come from many years of Honda, and it has better clarity, imaging and adjustability than even their premium options. It just needs a subwoofer.

One thing I will say is to turn off all sound processing other than the equalizer. Select all seats not driver only for the sound position option. The driver only option Ruins the imaging (that it supposedly is meant to fix).
 

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Last real system I did ironically was a Mazda. My 2010 Mazdaspeed 3. Wore me out. Swore I’d never do another full system.

 

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Where did you tap in for signal on your sub?
This is a really great question. I used to do a lot of car audio installs as a hobby and I was thinking about this the other day. The screen we have on top of our dash isn’t a traditional single/double-din design, so I’m guessing the harness you’d need to tap into with a high-low converter is buried somewhere below the dash. I suppose you could just use longer wires and tap into the door speakers but it seems like more of a hassle doing it that way. As for a 12v power source, you could probably could just use a fuse tap on the radio fuse.
 
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