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Old 08-04-2012, 12:47 AM   #1
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Post How To: Disconnect Center-Speaker on Sony 9 Speaker System

Many people have mentioned the improved sound stage when disconnecting the center speaker in the focus. From personal experience, I can tell you it results in much more distinguished left and rights, and a less muddy sound up front.

What you'll need:

4 Pennies
Flathead Screwdriver (Optional - If you don't want to risk cutting yourself)
Some tape (Scotch)

I recommend using either your fingers (being extremely careful not to cut yourself) or a flathead screwdriver with tape around the end to prevent damage to your dash. With whatever you chose, very lightly pull up on a corner until it's high enough to slide a penny under the edge. Repeat until you have 3-4 edges held up by pennies, then evenly pull the speaker out of the slot.


Don't pull too hard. The wire connecting the speaker is very short and there isn't any leeway.


You'll see the connector at the end of the wire. Again, the cable is short, so maneuvering your hand in to pull the little tab out and pull the wire out of the connection will be tricky. Big hands, good luck.


You'll see the little recessed tab on the right of the connector, that;s what you need to pull out to release the lock.






At this point, use some scotch tape to tape the now loose connector to the inside of the slot, this will prevent inevitable vibrating and/or loss of the cable (though I'm pretty sure that can't happen).

Now you can lightly and evenly re-insert the speaker into the slot. You'd never know it was even removed.


Spoke to my dealer today, they had no concerns about this mod what-so-ever.

Enjoy!


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Old 08-04-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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Wow, really? I can't imagine unplugging the center speaker would actually improve the sound. Interesting.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:05 PM   #3
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Well, I never used pennies or scotch tape with my "9 speaker mod" but good write up. Also didn't use a flathead, but that's a good idea because I did cut myself on the plastic grill when I did this last week, lol.

Thanks for the pictures! I was too lazy to bother.
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:32 PM   #4
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It really is rather easy to use your fingers.

It sounds quite better to me. With the center speaker it makes things sound like it's low bitrate.

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If you look inside there is a tab that you can plug the speaker cord into. No need to tape it down.
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If you look inside there is a tab that you can plug the speaker cord into. No need to tape it down.
I saw that too, but I didn't think it could possibly be for that and didn't want to break anything.
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Can anyone provide more opinions in if this improves the sound?
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Can anyone provide more opinions in if this improves the sound?
Yes, it goes from sounding like crap to providing the critical listener with a reasonable illusion of a soundstage and most of the harshness is gone as well.
The tweeters aren't great but are passable once the mediocre center channel is disconnected.
I went one step further and removed it and tossed it. Not everyone will agree with my assessment but that's fine.
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I tested power between the disconnected centre and connected centre.

Sub was getting a noticeably increased amount of power to boot, so another perk to this.
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I tested power between the disconnected centre and connected centre.

Sub was getting a noticeably increased amount of power to boot, so another perk to this.
I thought I heard that as well. I chalked it up to the high-mids not getting in the way.

It sounds better to me BTW. Actually had to bump the mids up a notch on the EQ, but the imaging is way better
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