Question for Other Owners of the Bose Personal Audio Package
I've had my Nissan Kicks for three days now and have a question for other owners of the SR with the Premium Package (Bose Personal Audio). Or perhaps, another member has test driven a car with this package can answer this question?
The speakers mounted in the headrest do not project music towards the front of the car. So, as I sit in the driver's seat, all adjustments to the Personal Plus settings (wide to narrow) are not readily audible to my ears. Of course, you can feel the sound dynamics change from the other six speakers, but the two in the headrest seem to shape the sound to the rear of the car.
To test this, I sat in the back seat of my Kicks with the stereo operating. I pressed my ear to the Bose speaker on the back of the headrest and reached to the dashboard to change the Bose Personal Plus audio settings (it's not that far). I moved the setting from left to right (narrow to wide) and back. With my ear pressed to the headrest speaker, I could hear the volume increase, but it sounded "tinny" and did not respond to the volume change as much as the other six speakers.
So, my question is: Is this headrest speaker performing as designed? Is it not supposed to wrap sound around the driver's ears in the immediate area? Or is it supposed to project audio forward and into the driver's ears (akin to wearing headphones, but the can about five inches off the actual ears)?
Here's what I think ... if I could shut down the other six speakers mounted in the doors/dash, and could just listen to the headrest speakers, then the sound would be no better than a transistor radio tuned to an FM station 20 miles away. I'm guessing Bose engineers use the headrest mounted speakers in concert with (pardon the pun) the other six speakers to adapt the whole sound either around the driver's ears or the ears in the rest of the cars.
Any thoughts or ideas?