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Mazda Bose system white noise?

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Jul 16, 2015
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Mazda Bose system white noise?

Hey guys, I just bought a 2017 CX-9 GT and love it so far. The only small issue I have is that there seems to be a low hissing / white noise coming from the speakers when the radio is turned off or muted. It's not a huge deal but it does get annoying at times. I tried playing around with the settings but nothing really helps. If I turn off Centerpoint, the sound goes away for a split second and comes back.
I did a search and it seems to be an issue with other Mazda models with the Bose system, so I was wondering if anyone else has this issue with their Mazda and if there is a solution or if it just how the Bose system is.
Also, they upgraded the headunit with Apple Carplay/Android Auto, not sure if that could play a part?
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Mar 23, 2004
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Can you turn off AudioPilot? The white noise is very likely part of Blose's noise cancelling business...which is also part of AudioPilot I believe. If you have the option to turn that off, perhaps that will do it. Otherwise...well, that's Blose for 'ya.
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ES_Revenge wrote: Can you turn off AudioPilot? The white noise is very likely part of Blose's noise cancelling business...which is also part of AudioPilot I believe. If you have the option to turn that off, perhaps that will do it. Otherwise...well, that's Blose for 'ya.
Yes it does. I turned it off for a couple minutes while I was playing with the settings but it didn't seem to make it go away. I'll try keeping it off while I drive and see.
But yeah the Bose system in these Mazdas are kind of a let down.
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Lots of vehicles these days have "white noise" to try to mask other sounds from the car. I think it is a load of crap as I want to hear music and not noise. Add better sound proofing to get rid of the noise to get in the car vs. creating more noise to get rid of noise lol.
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ES_Revenge wrote: that's Blose for 'ya.
Good one! Never heard that before.

"No highs, no lows. Must be Bose"

For best sound, proper speaker placement is critical. With Bose the best placement is by the curb for rubbish pick-up.
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ts2022 wrote: Yes it does. I turned it off for a couple minutes while I was playing with the settings but it didn't seem to make it go away. I'll try keeping it off while I drive and see.
But yeah the Bose system in any car are a total let down.
Fixed that for 'ya ;) Don't worry I got it in one of my cars too--ugh. I'm adding a [real] sub to it soon though and will replace the front stage, mostly likely in spring as well. I'm really surprised some manufacturers are still (or even starting :eek: ) to use Blose in their cars. It's so dumb. Even though my car was designed years before yours, has the same crap--AudioPilot, CenterPoint--only I can't turn them off or control them or the EQ at all :facepalm: I'm not sure I get any white noise like that but I haven't really listened--wouldn't surprise me if it's there. I'm not entirely convinced AudioPilot is terrible on its own (that will take some experimenting with better drivers and amp) because the idea of ANC is a good one. Just Blose implementation might just be crap in the end.
Deepwater wrote: Good one! Never heard that before.

"No highs, no lows. Must be Bose"

For best sound, proper speaker placement is critical. With Bose the best placement is by the curb for rubbish pick-up.
Hahaha lmao. So true though. But the funny part is I always heard the same statement but like this:

"No highs, no lows? Must be Blose!" :lol:

Not to forget:

"Friends don't let friends buy Blose." Etc.

But the problem with cars that have it...it's often unavoidable. If you get some packages, nav, etc. sometimes it's mandatory. As said, don't get how automakers are still using this stuff. Many have moved away. GM seems to still be quite stalwart in using them--SMH.
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Jun 11, 2005
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We don’t have that issue with our 2019 cx-9. It also has the Bose system. I would take it in for warranty
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ts2022 wrote: Hey guys, I just bought a 2017 CX-9 GT and love it so far. The only small issue I have is that there seems to be a low hissing / white noise coming from the speakers when the radio is turned off or muted. It's not a huge deal but it does get annoying at times. I tried playing around with the settings but nothing really helps. If I turn off Centerpoint, the sound goes away for a split second and comes back.
I did a search and it seems to be an issue with other Mazda models with the Bose system, so I was wondering if anyone else has this issue with their Mazda and if there is a solution or if it just how the Bose system is.
Also, they upgraded the headunit with Apple Carplay/Android Auto, not sure if that could play a part?
Hey, thinking of getting the same one. You mind letting me know how much you got it for? Thanks!
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Dec 30, 2016
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No white noise with 2016 Mazda6 but the front speaker had rattling sound which is an known issue with Bose speaker due to part separation. I stopped playing music for a year and the problem went away for some reason.

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