2009 Nissan 370Z: Baby's Got Bass, Courtesy of Bose
July 08, 2009
Bose is every car stereo snob's favorite whipping boy, but the folks on The Mountain in Massachusetts do know a thing or two about getting great sound in a vehicle. Like squeezing big bass into our tiny LT 2009 Nissan 370Z Touring.
I was wondering where all that low end in my test tracks was coming from, and figured it wasn't being produced by the 6x9-inch door speakers, even though the system did have a good up-front bass feel -- something that even the best aftermarket audio system designers struggle to achieve.
My ears led me to the hatch, where I lifted two layers of trim to find a 7.7-liter enclosure sitting on top of the spare tire that contains a pair of 4.5-inch subwoofers. I'd seen such applications in the aftermarket years ago -- although usually with the spare tire tossed to make space for bass -- but can't recall one in an OEM setup.
Cheers to Bose for adding some bump to the rump of the 370Z. And to Nissan for making it standard equipment.
Doug Newcomb, Senior Editor, Technology, Edmunds.com @ 9,214 miles