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Old 12-15-2018, 02:35 PM
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Without starting a fight, IMHO the base and optional BOSE audio systems are “meh” in the 991. Going back to my 996, and even Boxster, never been impressed with Porsche’s investment in quality acoustics audio systems. I’ve had a ‘12, ‘13, ‘17, ‘18 and now ‘19 911 all with Bose systems and feel like Porsche doesn’t care to put a decent system in the car. My Sony audio system in my Ford Fusion sounds better. Has Porsche upgraded the audio in the 992, or is it a carryover from the 991?
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Old 12-15-2018, 02:48 PM
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Porsche is offering BOSE (12 speakers, 570 watts) and Burmester (13 speakers, 855 watts) in 992s.
Most likely and 99%, BOSE system is still the same
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:53 PM
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The BOSE has been updated. I attached two screenshots: one from the 991.2 C2S BOSE info, and one from the 992. Price is the same.


991.2 C2S BOSE $1600

992.1 C2S BOSE $1600
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Old 12-15-2018, 11:51 PM
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I'm on my third car with Burmester,....expensive yes, worth it for me,...yes. There's no way I could go back to anything less. It's one of the first options I check....
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Old 12-16-2018, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by ryandarr1979 View Post
Without starting a fight, IMHO the base and optional BOSE audio systems are “meh” in the 991. Going back to my 996, and even Boxster, never been impressed with Porsche’s investment in quality acoustics audio systems. I’ve had a ‘12, ‘13, ‘17, ‘18 and now ‘19 911 all with Bose systems and feel like Porsche doesn’t care to put a decent system in the car. My Sony audio system in my Ford Fusion sounds better. Has Porsche upgraded the audio in the 992, or is it a carryover from the 991?
You had 5 991's? WOWOW. You should get a thank you letter from CEO.
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Old 12-16-2018, 11:37 AM
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Had a Bose in my 991, it did the job. I’ll probably just go with the base spec or Bose sound system in the 992.. not that important to some. The real sound system is the engine, unfortunately which has been neutered in the sound department. Maybe you’ll need the burmeister audio system to pipe in better fake engine sound �� it’s all about what your priority is. The 992 Bose system apparently has been upgraded so it may be better than you expect. But if audio is your thing and your willing to pay for it (or sacrifice other options if you need), then burmiester may be right for you.
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Old 12-16-2018, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by ryandarr1979 View Post
Without starting a fight, IMHO the base and optional BOSE audio systems are “meh” in the 991. Going back to my 996, and even Boxster, never been impressed with Porsche’s investment in quality acoustics audio systems. I’ve had a ‘12, ‘13, ‘17, ‘18 and now ‘19 911 all with Bose systems and feel like Porsche doesn’t care to put a decent system in the car. My Sony audio system in my Ford Fusion sounds better. Has Porsche upgraded the audio in the 992, or is it a carryover from the 991?
I have to say that after hearing the Burmeister system in a friend's 991.2, I wish that I had gone with that option;-)
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Old 12-16-2018, 01:18 PM
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I've had 8 Porsches, including a Cayenne S, Boxster RS60, PTT, and 5 911s. My Turbo is the only one with Burmester, which I specced out. The Bose was especially bad in my 991.1 S, with speaker rattles, and the GTS wasn't much better. It performed well when playing thru Bluetooth, but the BURMESTER is in a different league.

The Burm is worth it, even in a 911 IMO.

Play the Burm in a Panamera and it will flat knock your socks off. You won't want to get outta the car.

I guess I've learned- the top options for me are PDCC, Burm, RAS (if not std), and PCCB is awesome too.
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Old 12-16-2018, 03:06 PM
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Burmeister is definitely an upgrade and sounds crisper, clearer and just plain better listening enjoyment..........
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Old 12-16-2018, 04:47 PM
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i'm struggling with this. doing a final build on a 991.2, and i go back and forth. i'm kinda an audiophile; music is important to me. i'd love to spec the Burmester; it's great stuff. but a car interior is never going to be a good acoustic environment, and the upgrade is over five grand on the S i'm building. i have a room in my house dedicated to my stereo, so i'll put the money in there. having said that, a SMALL upgrade to the car's stereo would still be significant to me. we all know the saying in the music world that Bose blows, and it does. but i'm wondering if, even as bad as it is, it's still a step up from the stock stereo in the car. i'm gonna be struggling with this for the next week.....

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Old 12-16-2018, 05:39 PM
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The Bose plain sucks. The base stereo In my wife's X3 is better. The B&0 in my 6 series blows it away. The 991 Bose was an "upgrade" over the 997 and so on but they all really do suck. The 992 will also suck.
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Old 12-16-2018, 05:49 PM
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...my question is whether the base system is even worse. like i said, as bad as Bose is, it still may be a step up from the plain stereo...
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by smokeman View Post
...my question is whether the base system is even worse. like i said, as bad as Bose is, it still may be a step up from the plain stereo...
It is a step up, and IMO it is not as bad as many people say. I am glad I got the Bose in my 991.2, especially after having the Soul high-flow cats installed since I have been turning the volume down to hear the exhaust. And no, that will not get old. But in order to decide one really has to listen to each in order to decide what is best for that person and not what someone on a forum says.
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:34 PM
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Let's not blow this out of proportion. The Bose is miles better than the stock radio and adequate probably for 90% of users. I've never had any complaints from 991.2 passengers.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:58 PM
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No one knows yet if the new Bose will suck as bad on 992. Will have to wait for first delivers, as car reviews rarely even mention the stereo. Probably won't be amazing, but who knows.
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