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Old 01-17-2014, 12:50 AM   #21
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You are 100% right. I traded in my 2012 Titanium today for a ST3 and noticed the exact same thing on the way home. The stereo is different and doesn't sound nearly as good. The bass was up two notches on my Titanium, all the way up on the ST and it's not even close.
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:01 AM   #22
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Glad i didnt have to worry about any of this on mine haha. I gutted my factory speakers to all cerwin vega component speakers and added a 12" sub powered by two cerwin vega amps.
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Old 01-17-2014, 10:38 AM   #23
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The amp in question, is it the one beside the spare tire? What are people paying for the Ti amp? I'm very interested in this swap.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:21 PM   #24
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The amp in question, is it the one beside the spare tire? What are people paying for the Ti amp? I'm very interested in this swap.
Yes, that's the amp.

Here's where I got mine:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-13-Ford...44b349&vxp=mtr
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:16 PM   #25
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Yes, that's the amp.

Here's where I got mine:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-13-Ford...44b349&vxp=mtr
Thanks for the link, $35 seems like a good deal.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:50 AM   #26
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Not sure about the Sony system, but my wife's Fiesta has digital time alignment which allows you to select either "driver" or "all". When we bought the car, I thought the stereo was awful until I found that setting, then setting it to "driver". It sounded pretty good then, at least for the driver.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:25 PM   #27
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It's the amp....plenty of threads about the other focus amps being way better for volume
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:35 PM   #28
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Thanks for the link, $35 seems like a good deal.
That does sound like a good price. I followed the car-part.com link, and all I found for California was one for $200.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:19 PM   #29
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OK so I went on car-part.com to find an amp from a 2012 Focus. Called one of the yards and got the VIN number of the car an amp came out of, a `12 hatchback Titanium, perfect.

Got the amp today and put it in. YES there is a very audible difference. Not only is the volume "louder" but the bass has more punch and just more fuller overall.
Volume never has to go over 50% and 20-25% is good for most situations.

Before I did this I went to the dealer and complained of the sound difference between my old Titanium and ST. They didn't care, said take it to service which did nothing as to them it sounds fine. In a sense that is true especially if you haven't heard the better sound.

So the two part numbers:
2012 Focus Hatchback Titanium: CT4T-18B849-AA (amp manf Feb '12)
2013 Focus ST : CT4T-18B849-AF (amp manf April '13)

I'm a happy camper now.
It's quite possible that the two amplifiers are physically identical with the only difference being the firmware.
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:44 AM   #30
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Didn't the 2012s with Sony audio have that "popping" issue where the amp would freak out and the speakers would start "popping" after the car was turned off?
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