Acura TSX Forum banner

1 - 19 of 19 Posts
G

·
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
New 2005 TSX owner and love the car with one exception. My previous 3 cars have had superior sound systems to the TSX including a Ford of all things. Unlike probably most of you I listen to classical. The system lacks depth and definitely bass, sounding as if coming out of a tin can. CD is worse than radio. Is there an easy inexpensive way to improve this? Perhaps simply replacing the rear 6x9's. Thanks in advance for any info.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
220 Posts
The rear 6x9 are bass only. I have replaced all 4 door speakers with Polk 6.5 coaxials & the rear 6x9 with coaxials. Made a huge improvement in sound quality. It is good enough for my ears.
 

·
TSX of the Month Winner
Joined
·
2,330 Posts
all i did was change the back with alpine 6x9s and the sound is completely different, there is so much more bass and everything is louder.... 80 bux with friend installin it for me
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Thats suprising becuase 6 x 9's give the most bass then any other speaker found in the car (besides subwoofer) I think the way you have the settings on the hu are not right. When mine was stock it sounded really good for a stock system
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
77 Posts
chyllintsx said:
all i did was change the back with alpine 6x9s and the sound is completely different, there is so much more bass and everything is louder.... 80 bux with friend installin it for me

I noticed that in some heavy bass songs (in particluar rap- KRS one "step into my world") the speakers rattle as if they cant produce the deep drawn out bass. I'm curious if you were having a similar problem. Which model alpine did you get?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
I consider my TSX sound system the best factory system I've ever owned--and that includes a BOSE system and a JBL system.

I always compare the same CD in the car as in the house. I have three systems at home--a Pioneer Suround sound system, an old tube-type Fisher 500-C that has been completely restored and a BOSE Lifestyle system. In every case, the TSX system fares well. In fact, the only place I have room for complaint is the accuracy of bass in the system. It seems to be overly boosted at the top end.

Of course, I don't listen to rap, but the system is fairly accurate. Each of my three systems are extremely accurate (believe it or not the Fisher is the best), so if the TSX measures up to that, I'm satisfied.

I ahve noticed the thing is very sensitive to how you set the tone controls and fade controls. That may be your problem.

Cheers!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
169 Posts
I think the stereo in the tsx sounds very good. Im gonna leave it alone for the most part maybe later down the road i'll upgrade it but for now i think its sounds fine and definately has one of the better factory stereos i ever heard.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
91 Posts
I have the same problem with the bass as the other guys. Its begining to rattle more and more as time goes on. Even on some of my country songs!! Its the only complaint I have about the car.. :squint: :nervous:
 

·
Donating TSXCLUB Member
Joined
·
629 Posts
I have the same issue for the rattling of my door panels if there's too much bass in the song. I'm going to get that fixed by my dealership this Thursday though.

I am satisfied with the sound system so far, but I do see myself replacing all the speakers minus the bass speakers (I'll add my subwoofers) in the rear in 2 years.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
add sub

i like the sound system...thought i would leave it stock forever, but after about 2.5 years of owning the car, decided to add one 10" mb quart sub to the trunk. Takes care of extra bass if one shall need it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
kannew01 said:
i like the sound system...thought i would leave it stock forever, but after about 2.5 years of owning the car, decided to add one 10" mb quart sub to the trunk. Takes care of extra bass if one shall need it.
I own 4 vehicles. Ford Freestyle, Ford F150, Toyota Camry, and the TSX. All four have the best sound system in them you can get and the TSX is, by far, the best. The Mach stereos in the Fords are pathetic and the JBL system in the Toyota is worse.

People are always raving about the TSX system.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
138 Posts
I have an '06 and my system sounds great, I recently added a MTX box that holds three 10'' subs with aPhonix Gold amplifier and the stereo is incredible!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
161 Posts
My stock sterio is good enough for me. I listen to all kinds of music from classical to rap to rock and it all sounds pretty good. I got all the loud bass out of ,y system in highschool. All I added was 1 10 inch memphis audio sub and 500 watt amp and I love it.
 

·
approaching 250,000km
Joined
·
611 Posts
Nick Papgeorgio said:
I noticed that in some heavy bass songs (in particluar rap- KRS one "step into my world") the speakers rattle as if they cant produce the deep drawn out bass. I'm curious if you were having a similar problem. Which model alpine did you get?
I know exactly what you're talking about cause that was what happened here too but mines are stock speakers.. The speakers rattles and it feels like they're going to blow up soon.. haha
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
353 Posts
Good? Great even. :)

With different speakers, you can get deeper bass. Replacing my 6x9s, I do not have louder bass, just deeper and not so much of the boomy upper-bass. This depends upon the speaker, of course. But the stock system is super-boomy in the upper-bass making it kind of sound loud, but it's just not that great. Replacing the speakers was a huge difference.

Even with the stock amp I'm getting pretty good bass. I don't think you'd need an amp unless you just had to have more bass (and like someone mentioned, you could probably just add a sub rather than redo the whole system). Not that it wouldn't sound better if you amped the whole system, but I really don't feel a need to. The HU sounds pretty clean. Scary.

(Tempted to just try amping the 6x9s...)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
63 Posts
I think you should increase the treble and bass to your likening. The default treble and bass of 0 always sounds plain so with every car I have owned, I increase to around +3 resepectively. By doing this, I have noticed it sounds superior on my stock stereo in TSX.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
353 Posts
The thing is, when you turn up the bass control, it increases the frequencies at around 100Hz, but you still don't get the really low bass that you're looking for (in rap or techno, etc.). Plus, you can't crank it as high without it distorting. The stock woofers are already kind of exaggerated in the upper bass, so turning up the bass just sounds like a mess! It does sound loud though.

And turning up the treble does help with the stock tweeters, but it would still be better to just get a better set of speakers, then you can leave everything at 0.
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
Top