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Old 06-05-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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Anyone upgraded their Sony 10-speaker stereo?

Maybe it's my aging ears, but I just feel that the stereo could be much better. In my younger days, I would always replace the ENTIRE stereo system, wiring and all... and could get a great sounding stereo. To me, the Sony setup only sounds above average... Any else out there upgraded their Sony 10-speaker stereo? Anyone gutted everything but the head unit (MFT)? Is that even possible?


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Old 06-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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I didn't get mine yet, but I'm hoping that I'll be content with the Sony speakers. I quit doing amps and wiring replacement 10 years ago, but usually replaced the factory head and speakers. The only reason I got the 10 speaker was to avoid having to replace factory parts at all. It might be my age, but I find myself enjoying the drive in silence 90% of the time anyway.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:52 PM   #3
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I love the Sony sound system. After playing with the settings and adjusting the equalizer on my iPhone I'm bumpin pretty good and it doesn't sound shitty. Sound real clear.

My last car had all new speakers and 2 12" subs n such and was far louder but I didn't want to put the subs in my new car. Plus they took up a lot of trunk space. Not that I use the trunk for much anyway other than to carry a case of beer or bottle o' rum.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:03 PM   #4
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I've had the car close to a week now, and drove it a couple of times. I wouldn't mind if the volume could go up another 20% or so, but as it is, full volume sounds good, with no distortion.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
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I've had the car close to a week now, and drove it a couple of times. I wouldn't mind if the volume could go up another 20% or so, but as it is, full volume sounds good, with no distortion.


There HAS to be something wrong with your stereo. If I turn my volume up to where the little volume display is about a quarter of the way "full", my ears start bleeding.

I do think the volume needs more detents, since it kind of goes from too quiet, to a bit loud, to "WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!"

But anyway... for the OP: I'd play with the settings a bit. It took me a while to get the system sounding good (didn't like it at all at first), but after almost five months of ownership, I'm still impressed with how good the stock system sounds.
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There HAS to be something wrong with your stereo. If I turn my volume up to where the little volume display is about a quarter of the way "full", my ears start bleeding...
I agree with you. I didn't, yet, run it to "full" because I think the windshield would "pop out" if I did it and there is no window down or door open. And yes, my wife says I had to go check my ears, so....
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I do think the volume needs more detents, since it kind of goes from too quiet, to a bit loud, to "WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!"
I find the granularity of the 10 speaker system volume control very annoying. Step 4 on the bar graph is too quiet and step 5 is too loud. I’m thinking this is because they added the amp to the 4 speaker output lines of the base audio processor, and the amp and all its extra speakers has significant gain, which means the volume of the audio processor has to be turned way down to make the same sound pressure level. That puts it into a rather ‘chunky’ low end of the volume control.

Since the system has tons more power than I will even need, I was thinking of making an attenuator pad for the 10 speaker outputs to move the volume control closer to the middle, and hopefully in that range each step is closer to 1 dB than 3 dB.
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There HAS to be something wrong with your stereo. If I turn my volume up to where the little volume display is about a quarter of the way "full", my ears start bleeding.

I do think the volume needs more detents, since it kind of goes from too quiet, to a bit loud, to "WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!"
This.

At least on FM, mine reaches deafening levels by the time it's at 50% or so. I do have to turn it a bit higher (for the same volume) on USB or Bluetooth, though.
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Full volume is ridiculous. When my car did the crazy booming sound that MFT sometimes does (Full volume, all bass) people in the house came outside to see what the loud noise was. If you can drive around like that you should either see an audiologist because you're going deaf or Ford because your system is broken.
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You guys are all deaf!
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Full volume is ridiculous. When my car did the crazy booming sound that MFT sometimes does (Full volume, all bass) people in the house came outside to see what the loud noise was. If you can drive around like that you should either see an audiologist because you're going deaf or Ford because your system is broken.
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