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Old 08-08-2013, 04:30 PM   #1
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ST stereo vs Titanium, which sounded much better

Bought an Oxford White ST2 with black/blue interior and love it so far, except have some issues with the sound of the stereo.
Sold my 2012 Focus Titanium 5spd with cloth seats, which I also loved.

Comparing the two cars, which should have the same identical Sony audio, the ST just sucks compared to it. The audio in the Titanium was much louder and the bass was also much deeper. I would only have to get the volume 25% or slightly under 50% max. With the ST, volume is at 75% and it still doesn't sound as crisp. Bass is not as deep or as loud either.

Both have the Sony audio what gives?
Anyone else notice this? And no, speed compensation is not on and MyKey was never set.

Really frustrating.


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Old 08-08-2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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Unless you were listening to the same CD, I'd not take this at face value.

Just different radio stations can sound that way in my car.
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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Same CD, same iPod. Different sound in each car with the same bass/mid/treble settings.
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:39 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure you might need to play with the audio settings, because for all intents and purposes the systems are 100% identical, and therefore should sound the same when given the exact same source track.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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could be a problem with the amp, maybe be new but something maybe wrong internally
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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Haha uh, it's the same car/setup, but yes as mentioned above, might want to double check audio settings? One thing I've noticed on the iPod/iPhone is don't set an EQ setting on them.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:55 PM   #7
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No he's right, I had a 2012 Ti and yes the stereo was better sounding and louder. I did some looking and the amps are different revisions. I have access to my 2012 Ti being I sold it to my brothers son. I plan on swapping out the amps to see it this is the problem.
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Ford figured that ST owners don't need a good audio system because they can listen to the sound symposer instead.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:56 AM   #9
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Maybe one model has sound deadening material that helps with acoustics?
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:29 PM   #10
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I've got both a 2013 Titanium and a 2013 ST, and the audio systems sound identical to me.
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