Podcast-I did an article a few months ago titled “Harley Stage 1 & 2 Speakers with Boom Audio Amplifier Review & Information“. There is a ton of useful information over there and I encourage you to take a look before proceeding here. This podcast episode is a follow-up on that basic information. We get deep into the Harley Boom Audio amp and speaker kits and you really just need to listen in.
We answer many questions in this episode. Should you get a Harley Boom Audio Stage 1 or 2 system? Which years is this system for? Can you upgrade from a stage 1 to a stage 2 later on? Is the system worth the money? Do you need a dealer download into your Boom Box after you upgrade? Can you install the system yourself? Does it sound good? Are other aftermarket Harley stereo systems better?
There is a ton of information bikers need to know before diving into one of these systems. The Harley Boom!™ Box Infotainment System comes standard now on 2014 & above Harley Davidson Touring Rushmore Project motorcycles. The stock Boom Box audio system already sounds pretty good compared to previous years, but the Boom Audio Stage 1 & 2 speakers and amplifier kits can make it even better. But, not without a hefty price tag & confusion by dealerships and riders alike.
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In our opinion, Harley Davidson has done a rather poor job explaining the difference between Boom Audio Stage I & Stage II kits. Even on Harley Davidson's own website it can be hard to navigate and understand what components and wiring kits you need to actually purchase based on your needs.
If you run stage 1 speakers up front and in the rear (passenger) then you just need one 4 channel Boom Audio amplifier mounted in the front fairing. One channel goes to each speaker. If you want to run the stage 2 speakers in front and rear then you will need an additional amplifier in the rear mounted in a saddlebag. Each front fairing stage 2 speaker runs on two channels on the 4 channel amp. One channel goes to the mid-range on the speakers and one to the tweeter. Yes, you can also add additional saddlebag lid speakers, powered by the rear 4 channel amp. One channel goes to each of the 4 rear speakers (passenger & lid speakers).
That is just a little insight into the confusion and questions we get here at Law Abiding Biker™ Podcast & Media about the Harley Boom Audio system. That just touches the tip of the ice burg so to speak, so listen in to this episode for the rest.
Note: If you choose the upgrade with a Boom Audio amplifier then a Dealer Digital Technician software update is required. Basically, they have to flash your Boom!™ Box system to work with the new amp(s). Harley dealerships are charging for this service.