What's Wrong with My Lexus Car Audio?
January 29, 2014 4:33 PM Subscribe
What's Wrong with My Lexus Car Audio? Help me solve this audio mystery and improve the sound quality in my my car I bought a 2013 Lexus E300h in September 2013. It came with the "upgraded" Mark Levinson audio system. I was expecting an aural paradise. Imagine my surprise when i realized the sound was worse than my 10 year old trade in with a stock audio system from 2003.
posted by Carsey to Technology (3 answers total)
I've played with all the equalizer settings. That's not the problem. In descending order ofd sound quality are: Bluetooth streamed Spotify (sounds OK), iPod (OK, but slightly less OK), CD's, FM radio, and completely unacceptable: XM Radio and HD Radio. I brought the car back to the dealer twice. They claimed not to hear any problems. I finally had all the speakers replaced, added an amp and an equalizer. Now everything sounds good, EXCEPT: HD FM and XM Satellite still sound like crap.
The HD FM music stations have a fingernails-on-blackboard scratchiness in the high-end. There is a constant subtle buzz that distorts cymbals, high notes, voices in the upper registers. It sounds like a radio that is not quite tuned in to the center of the station's signal. It's really noxious; bad enough that i cant listen to it for more than a couple minutes in a row. I assume the poor music quality on satellite radio has to do with compression of the signal, but I don't know. DO you think it could be a problem with the tuner in the dead end? Could it be an antenna connection problem? All suggestions welcome. In the mean time -- don't buy a Lexus with the Levinson audio