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03-02-2017 05:27 PM
Originally Posted by Altis View Post
If you guys want to make an actual improvement to SQ, replace the capacitors to the front tweeters... the stock ones are limiting. You'll increase the dynamic range of the system, introducing new levels of high frequency ranges than will actually improve clarity (rather than the illusion of clarity by reducing the high midrange frequencies; the result of this mod).

Sony claimed to have designed this class D digital amplifier specifically for this car (although they're now using the same one in the Escape), and the speakers are all Sony (despite wherever they may be made... everything's like that..).
Do you have a tutorial? I'd be willing to try soldering in different capacitors (although I think you mean resistors) in the tweeters. It seems to me they aren't even tweeting.
01-13-2017 08:43 PM
Originally Posted by Richardc1983 View Post
Is this required on the titanium x which is supposed to have premium speakers?
It's not 'required' for any vehicle.

For those of us in the US who have the premium Sony 10 speaker sound system, disconnecting the center speaker can improve the sound of the front speakers, but it is more a matter of individual preference rather than something that 'needs' to be done.

I'm not familiar with the configurations of the UK or European Focus, but, if they have the center speaker mounted on the top of the dash, it's a simple matter to disconnect the speaker as described in this thread to see if there is a perceived improvement in sound or not.

I disconnected mine in 2012 (back on page 1 of this thread) and found it an improvement. I've tried re-connecting it a few times since then but have always ended up disconnecting it again as for me the absence of the center speaker really improves the overall sound of the front speakers.
01-12-2017 06:56 PM
Richardc1983 Is this required on the titanium x which is supposed to have premium speakers?
09-15-2015 03:07 PM
Turbo Viking Apologies for resurrecting this thread, but I just had to chime in. I did this and I noticed an immediate improvement in soundstage. Music sounds more punchy and clear. I used butter knifes instead of coins, in fear of dropping them into the abyss, which could potentially cause rattling.

There was a central clip which prevented me from lifting the whole thing upwards, so the whole ordeal took about 10 minutes for me. I managed to cut myself a little bit but I didn't even notice it until I was done.

Anyway, thanks for the tip! I'm glad I signed up for this forum.
12-16-2013 01:31 PM
Originally Posted by Nick Markham View Post
So I just tried this and I must say I had a total opposite experience!

It sounded way worse with the center disconnected and I was not impressed at all. Well different stuff for different people!
This was my experience as well.
I also removed the polyfil so many said improved the sub sound!
I found it just muddied up the low end!
Different strokes for different folks....
10-01-2013 07:52 PM
I Bleed Ford Blue I tried this mod today when I got to work, took me about 90 seconds to do. Including plugging the wires into the dummy connector under the center speaker. I noticed an immediate improvement in the front stage. Don't know why ford puts the center speaker there in the first place, all it does is degrade the sound quality.

I'll dig around on my wifes escape ti and see how to do this mod to it. And on a side note, I did this mod to my 11 fusion SEL with sony system. But the fusion had two center speakers, one above the radio and the other in the center of the rear package tray.
10-01-2013 04:29 PM
REK21 I guess I'm not sure honestly... Lol

But what I meant, was that in certain points in the song, it sounded kind of jumbled. As far as where the sound was coming from I guess. Now, I can differentiate better where the sound is coming from. Does that make sense?
10-01-2013 06:46 AM
bama_focus Not forsure on these terms, what do y'all mean by muddy? Im hard of hearing and wear hearing aids so I'm not big on audio quality but may try this out. Does it affect the volume of people talking when you're syncing a phone call?
10-01-2013 01:22 AM
REK21 Just tried disconnecting center speaker. In the five mins I listened to it and tuned it a little bit, it sounded much better.

I used a song that for some reason sounded particularly muddy in my car, but only in my car. House stereo sounded fine, work stereo sounded fine, it even sounded better in my ear buds, minus the low end... Anyhow, after doing a bit of tweaking, the song sounds amazing in the car now.

I will probably keep that speaker disconnected...
09-30-2013 08:54 PM
Originally Posted by Gemini8026 View Post
Im still waiting to hear back from some members, but i am still curious if it is worth swapping my Sony stock components with some aftermarket Boston Acoustics SR60's. Im aware its a BIT of a pita to install, but Id be willing to do it IF its worth the time and effort. The system doesnt have very good definition, and Im not sure if the active EQ'ing and such will alllow the BA's to perform (already disconnec center channel btw) :)

Anyone running components on factory power with good results?!?!?
Except for the really top end stereos in luxury cars the speakers that come with even the upgraded stereos of cars like the Focus and most other cars the OEM speakers are junk. I used Infinity Reference in a Ford 500. It was like a whole new stereo. The Sony sounds good but some new speakers would make it sound awesome. You want to hear a really sound system. Listen to a Fender unit in a VW Beetle. That's a nice factory piece of gear.
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