2003 VW Monsoon Specsby J.T. Gonzalez
Volkswagen began offering its Monsoon audio system in the 2000 model year. The 2003 Passat, Beetle, Jetta, GTI and Golf vehicles had Monsoon systems.
The Monsoon audio system included eight speakers: four woofers to handle the low-frequency sound and four tweeters for the high-frequency audio. Each speaker was strategically positioned in the dashboard, doors or backseat and tuned to each car's acoustic environment.
An eight-channel, 200-watt amplifier equalized the sound. Each speaker also had an amplifier, and each amplifier channel had active crossovers to direct low, mid-range and high frequencies to the appropriate speaker.
The Monsoon's dashboard console came in different styles. One featured a tape deck with controls that you could use to control an optional disc changer that was installed in the trunk. Other consoles featured the tape deck and a built-in six-disc changer.
The 2003 Beetle offered a ten-speaker system that featured one-inch tweeters and 3.15-inch mid-range speakers in the dash, 5.5-inch subwoofers in the doors and 5.5-inch mid-range speakers and tweeters near the back seats.
J.T. Gonzales is a writer/editor from Los Angeles, with more than 10 years of editing experience, serving as sports editor, copy editor, and managing editor for different publications. He also freelances as a writer and has won two Intercollegiate Press Association awards for his work.