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In Reply to: RE: I just spoke to a car audio buff here at the office... posted by Jonesy on April 11, 2017 at 10:35:05
Some of those guys spend big money and know what they're doing, which isn't the case with most car stereo shops.
Luxury car manufacturers pay close attention to car acoustics, component selection, and layout especially on their premium stereo options. I'm willing to pay for the factory upgrade option and get much better sound, vs having the typical car audio hack put aftermarket crap in my car.
Even the more expensive aftermarket gear can't compete with quality factory systems that are tuned to the car's interior by acoustic engineers.
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I have thought that getting an upscale car to access the higher quality stereo options might be the way to go, but I guess I'd rather roll with my $25k Camry and use the $30k - $40k savings for the home stereo. That's where I really care how things sound.
There was a time when Toyota had a base stereo system and offered an upgrade. I don't know how they're doing it today.
The upgrade stereo was about $1000 and well worth it. I passed on the upgrade years ago in my 4Runner and regretted it. I ended up letting a car stereo shop upgrade the stereo and speakers which cost me about $1000 but it never matched the audio quality of the 4Runners with factory upgraded stereo.
So it's not just a luxury car thing. Additionally, the decision to upgrade might depend on the car itself. I had a sport coupe with manual transmission and some aftermarket work for performance. I suppose I could have upgraded the stereo but I preferred hearing the engine rev and the exhaust note. ;-)
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