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Old 07-14-2015, 05:38 PM
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Went car shopping this weekend, drop a top of the line Honda Accord, 365 watt power system with 7 speakers (as they describe it).

This system sucked, even though it has a sub woofer there was nothing pounding or even rich and full about the base, The high's were week and all lacked quality in general.

I don't expect great sound out of a system but when I can grab an aftermarket system and install it for around $500 and have it knock the socks off of a Honda top of the line system something is seriously wrong.

I also drove a Toyota with a sticker price of 32K, the stereo sucked worse then the Honda's, but let me say that this was not they're top of the line stereo. I'll be going back later this week to give one a listen.

So, what gives?
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:43 PM
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Must be an import thing, I know a lot of the cars at my dealership have rather nice sound systems depending on the options, base systems are okay, but get the upgraded ones, most ive heard with the subwoofer had a great bottom end punch for a factory setup. I think even my factory base model in my 04 pontiac sounds great and its not even a monsoon system. Ive never really heard an aftermarket system that sounded great especially for what can be involved.
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My Yukon Denali has a Bose sound system and it's amazing. My Camaro has a Boston Acustics system, it has an amp, and 10 speakers in the car. Super sound system in both vehicles.

Remember the really old cars with the single speaker on the top middle of the dash? Now that was a horrible sound system. My first car I had a portable 8 track and I had an amp and added some speakers. I thought I was big time! I had to put folded up paper under the 8 track tape to keep it from playing 2 tracks at the same time.

It must be the specific to the vehicles you are checking out. Believe it or not the stock sound system is very important when I'm looking at vehicles. In my Camaro I turn the volume up to 33 playing some Lynard Skynner (sp) or Nickleback and the whole car shakes. It really helps me to relieve stress.
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My Infiniti has a bose system as well. It rocks
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:54 PM
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My Yukon Denali has a Bose sound system and it's amazing. My Camaro has a Boston Acustics system, it has an amp, and 10 speakers in the car. Super sound system in both vehicles.

Remember the really old cars with the single speaker on the top middle of the dash? Now that was a horrible sound system. My first car I had a portable 8 track and I had an amp and added some speakers. I thought I was big time! I had to put folded up paper under the 8 track tape to keep it from playing 2 tracks at the same time.

It must be the specific to the vehicles you are checking out. Believe it or not the stock sound system is very important when I'm looking at vehicles. In my Camaro I turn the volume up to 33 playing some Lynard Skynner (sp) or Nickleback and the whole car shakes. It really helps me to relieve stress.
My last two GM's had very good Bose systems.
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Must be an import thing, I know a lot of the cars at my dealership have rather nice sound systems depending on the options, base systems are okay, but get the upgraded ones, most ive heard with the subwoofer had a great bottom end punch for a factory setup. I think even my factory base model in my 04 pontiac sounds great and its not even a monsoon system. Ive never really heard an aftermarket system that sounded great especially for what can be involved.
You just answered the OP's question. They put crappy systems in so folks may upgrade on a better package that features an upgraded stereo system.
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For all their faults... GM has always had a great relationship with Bose and somehow... I don't know how... they end up with decent audio systems.

My VW Sportwagen has a pretty decent sounding system in it... then again, I'm deaf in one ear. :D
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We have a dang 2000 Volvo S70 I swear it's the best sounding system I have heard. The fricken thing rocks. Then I sat in a new Volvo, wholly crap they put one heck of a system in that car.
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My wife's bmw has Harmon Kardon.... I have Bang & Olufsen in mine ... But then again, my option was around 3800... Hahah.
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The 14 speaker plus sub JBL system in my 4runner will run you out of there.

The sound system in my Honda EXL is great with the correct input. ie. I think the radio input is reduced, but switch it over to bluetooth from the phone, I can boost the source and run you out of there.
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Old 07-14-2015, 06:34 PM
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You are looking at the wrong manufactures...
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Old 07-14-2015, 06:52 PM
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Bose in my truck is great. Infinity in my wife's Sonata is also great. You must be looking at the wrong car....some sound systems also need time to break in....maybe it's just crappy out of the box.

Has anyone every heard the Burmester in a Porsche....holy crap it's incredible.

http://www.porsche.com/usa/models/pa...-sound-system/
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I don't have a response that won't make me sound curmudgeonly. I'll bite my tongue on this one.
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Must be what you're looking at. I would rate the system in my GM truck as very good, but the one in the Jetta much better. Drove a relatives Nissan Maxima and was surprised - I would call it mediocre, bu not sure it was best available Nissan.

Showing my age - I check system in new car by cranking up Boston - More Than a Feeling. If the cymbal part is crisp and clear, I'm happy.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:15 PM
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Honda Accord sticker price of 30K. Toyota Camry sticker price of 32K. To defend the Toyota it wasn't they're top of the line system but damn, for 32K the system should have been a bunch better then it was.

The Mazda 6 had a nice system but I wasn't thrilled with the car itself. Drove an MKZ which had a great system, but for the money it certainly should.

I just don't get how a car that runs 30K plus has such a crappy sounding system.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:29 PM
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The Alpine system in my friends Dodge 3500 is about the best I have heard in about any stock vehicle.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:41 PM
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Best factory system I have had in a car is the Lexicon I had in my Genesis. Just bought a very expensive VW Touareg and the system in it is crap. It doesn't even have a sub. I am really surprised at these saying their GM Bose systems sound good. I am pretty much an audiofile and my wife has had 3 Yukon/Tahoes in the last 7 Years and I would not classify them as sounding all that great.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:14 PM
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Toyota Highlander JBL "Premium" sound system = the equivalent of sound coming through 3# coffee cans. Worst audio system I have ever experienced in a car. I even took it back to the dealer to have them see what was wrong with it. Wound up listening to the same system in another Highlander and ....nope.... that's what it is.

The 2013 Jetta on the other hand has a system designed by Fender and it is super. Far more than I expected in a car like that. Stellar highs and deep whoomping bass. Symphony or metal, country or jazz, all sound great in that car.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:42 PM
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I am thinking my ears must be stupid. I will just classify this as one super hi end taste I didn't acquire. For all of the upgraded sound systems are nice. In the wife's highlander I think it sounds great. Not saying the couple nah Sayers are wrong, just not something I care that much about.
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:44 PM
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If sound is important and you are shopping Camry and Accord, check out the upgraded sound systems for Kia Optima. I am constantly amazed at it for a stock system. The sub even puts out enough base to rattle all the mirrors and massage your back. It reminds me of having my subs as a teen, although not quite that obnoxious.
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