Well I took delivery of my 04 phaeton and I love it so far. I have a few wierd problems but I am taking it to the dealer tomorrow to sort them out.
My main question is about upgrading the audio system. I am a bit of an audiofile and find that the factory stereo - while good - is not what I would like it to be.
I went to a specialty audio installer who has all of the product I want. I am looking to replace the current speakers with JL audio components and run them off of a JL audio amplifier. I also am going to put in a subwoofer box that runs off of another amplifier. There is also another smaller device called a JL audio "clean sweep" that is required to keep the level even from the head unit. I am keeping the factory head unit (the integrated nav/climate/audio system).
Basically they are going to bypass the current amp system in the car and just rewire everything off of the new amps and clean sweep and replace speakers.
My question is - will I have or am I likely to have resulting problems from systems in the car that I am not anticipating? I am referring to things that would result from the car being so computerized and monitored - the last thing I would want to do is have warnings all the time that I am drawing too much power or some kind of error message because the car is not going through the onboard amplifiers - or really any other problems.
The installer says this wont happen - but I trust you guys more than them. I have read hundreds of threads here but have yet to really read where someone did an aftermarket replacement of the sound system keeping the integrated head unit.
One side note - if I go through with this I am going to have a great IPOD adapter solution to show everyone. This clean sweep product gives you another auxilliary input that they are going to put the ipod in to so that I can have a cd changer and the ipod both working. I will give photos and details if this actually happens.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? Am I risking the health of my car in order to get better sound? Should I just not do it? If done right, is there very little risk?
Thanks in advance.