I was in the same dilemma when ordering mine. Money no real object I would go for the Bose.
I tried the standard system and the ASS in the Q3's at our local dealers and thought the ASS was slightly better when listening to the radio. However without playing the same music side by side in both, it was hard to decide. Perhaps I should have taken an SD card with me with some decent music on and tried it that way.
I eventually went for the ASS. At least you can order a spare wheel with the ASS fitted.
Hard to describe really and I am no music expert. The fullness of sound within the vehicle with ASS was better. I should have taken the SD card out of my car and listened to the same track in both cars really. Trying the radio in each was not a real test.
Audi Sound System (ASS) is a bit better (you will notice the
difference) but not that much. The sound is a bit more deeper (thanks to the subwoofer)
and perhaps a bit more detailed but not necessarily quite Hi-Fi yet.
be able to play it bit louder but Q3 is reasonable silent car so there might
not be a real need for that (unless you just like to play loud).
Furthermore, I would say that the sound quality of the radio is not that good (with or without ASS and same applies to A4 too) at least if you compare
e.g., to SD card or AUX input.If you didn't check this option there still might be a way to upgrade the standard sound system with a good
subwoofer (if you remove the spare wheel and styrofoam there is an exceptionally good place
for a subwoofer: ~ 94 x 76 x 17 cm). After
that you might be interested in to upgrade the standard front speakers and..
I have the ASS in my car, at the time I ordered I was not able to compare any of the systems so ordered blind (maybe that should be deaf) so to speak, the ASSis OK but as already said it's not HiFi but having the sub-woofer and amp fully integrated into the car is probably worth the extra £255. I have not heard the Bose system, I've never been a fan of Bose equipment and could not bring myself to pay £690 for a system I could not audition first, if Audi had offered a B&O system for the Q3 I would have ordered that Blind.
I have the BOSE with DAB radio and I find the sound to be very good and clear. Unlike Bose wave systems you can alter tone, treble etc to suit individual taste. If you like it loud the BOSE system will "blow your ears off". At the end of the day it comes down to taste and cost. Not as good as a B&Q system but still good. The DAB is certainly worth the money. Hope this helps.
Can anyone post an image of the subwoofer for ASS in the trunk (that didn't come out right).Everyone keeps saying the woofer is big and trunk space is thin. Is the woofer just bolted in the trunk floor or is it in the spare wheel compartment?Cheers
Hi Benji, welcome to the forum.The sub woofer sits inside the spare wheel, if you have ordered the space saver (which I recommend) it takes up no extra space, you will have to remove the sub if you need to use the space saver though.
Thank you, been reading and reading waiting for my Q3
I just added better sound not sure if I ordered space saver or not.The sales person just asked if trunk room was important for me and i said no. Although a big woofer box is maybe not the best option.So if I didn't order the space saver i will loose space in height or how does it look? Edited by: benji
If you order the sub woofer or the space saver or both of them all that happens is the boot floor is raised by about 10 cm at the most to accommodate them, there is no extra equipment in the actual boot space.
My understanding was also as Del describes. I deselected both spare wheel (I do regret it a tiny bit, but hey, how often do you really need that... and they told me I would get a quick-fix-kit instead) and subwoofer in favour of the extra 10 cm depth. This should amount to approximately 1*11*9 = 100 l of extra luggage space I recon. Which is around +20-25 % or so.