My Volt came with stock (non-Bose) audio system. I had considered getting the Bose system, but after listening to it, I knew I wouldn't be satisfied with that so I stuck with the cheap system with the intention of upgrading the system with aftermarket components.
I've just ordered all of the components and I plan to start install after I get back from CES next week.
Morel Components - Front Speakers
Morel Coax - Rear Speakers
DC Audio 10" Sub - SubWoofer
JBL MS-8 - Sound Processor
JL Audio AD700/5 - Amplifier
Autonet Mobile CarFi - WiFi Hotspot, GPS
BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway - Bluetooth Audio Adapter
I like to primarily use Spotify to listen to online streaming music, so the Blackberry Stereo Gateway (It's not just for Blackberry's) will allow me to stream right to the head unit without having to plug in an audio cable everytime. I'm just going to use my phone (Motorola Android RAZR) for this right now, but I'm going to look at dedicating an Android Tablet for this as a next phase of this project.
The Autonet Mobile CarFi gives me a WiFi hotspot in the car, so I've got constant connectivity for any device in the car. It also has storage and a Home Sync application which automatically syncs all my mp3's from home to my car. (Full Disclosure: I work for Autonet Mobile). It also has some new and unannounced features that I can test. :-)
The biggest challenge so far in choosing components was finding components that were small and fit into existing holes in the car. (and had reasonably low power consumption) I'm trying to do this with no visual impact on the interior of the car and have it look as stock as possible. I'm going to raise the cover that goes over the charging station/air compressor about 1" so that all the electronics will fit back there and the sub is going to go in that blank space between the 12V battery and the Lithium battery. (same place the Bose sub would have gone.) I'm going to have to build a box for that since that whole area seems prone to rattle, but it's going to be completely hidden.
I've enlisted the help of a local audio shop to do much of the installation and build the boxes. I never can seem to get door panels off and on without breaking at least one tab, so I'll let someone do it who has to replace it if they get it wrong. :-)
I'm thinking/hoping that this is going to sound pretty good. Anyone see any issues?
I'll post some post-install pictures if all goes well.