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What's Wrong with My Lexus Car Audio?

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. [more inside]
posted by Carsey on Jan 29, 2014 - 3 answers

How to turn up the good and turn down the suck with Nexus 4 audio?

I used to have an iPhone. You could listen to music with it. You could plug it into my basic USB car stereo and it would play music. I now have a Google Nexus 4. It will play for about 30 minutes, and then stop. If I'm lucky, it might deign to play a few songs in the car. I must be doing something wrong, right? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Oct 16, 2013 - 12 answers

non-car car audio

Thanks to traffic and double traffic due to construction, my 30 minute commute takes 1.5 hours. I want to listen to music of my choosing, pod casts, and language lessons, but my car is an old beater that only has a radio tuner... [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on May 30, 2013 - 22 answers

Android car audio via USB

I want to buy an aftermarket car stereo that supports streaming audio over a USB connection. I want the audio to be streamed over USB so that I can play audio from Pandora and Google Navigation through the car stereo. [more inside]
posted by zixyer on Jan 26, 2013 - 12 answers

SilentCar Is Silent.

Used car came with a stereo, but no head unit. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Nov 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Ideas for music in my car?

I think my 1993 Toyota Celica will only last another few years, so I don't want to install a new stereo system in it, but the existing speakers are blown and I gotta have some decent way to play music. Can you suggest other alternatives? Mostly interested in playing music from my smartphone, not really concerned with FM radio or CDs. Thanks!
posted by thrasher on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Connect MP3 Player to In-dash Connectors

Is there a way to connect an MP3 player directly into the connectors inside the dashboard of my 2002 Hyundai Accent without having to install a radio? [more inside]
posted by jmf2525 on Apr 22, 2012 - 14 answers

In search of new highs.

I have a Kenwood component speaker system in my car. The tweeters were recently stolen, and I am looking to replace them. What replacement tweeters should I get? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 answers

iPod Charger/Tuner with International Mode

I need a new iPod charger / FM Tuner for a 6th Gen Nano with International Mode. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Feb 10, 2011 - 0 answers

Car audio for a newbie?

Do I need to buy speakers? What the hell is an HU? Can someone hold my hand while I try to get the speakers fixed in this pontiac vibe? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Dec 9, 2010 - 6 answers

How to improve sound on a wired fm modulator?

Today I had a wired fm modulator installed in my 2003 Lexus ES300. The one used was the "Farenheit Phase Lock Loop FM Modulator (EFM-01 / EFM01)." My issue seems to be that when the music is quiet/not busy, it comes through clear, but when the sounds pick up I get some seriously bad buzzing/distortion. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Apr 20, 2010 - 7 answers

What's wrong with the car stereo in my 2003 Nissan Sentra?

What's wrong with the car stereo in my 2003 Nissan Sentra? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi on Oct 18, 2009 - 7 answers

How to splice heavy speaker wire?

Car audio filter: How best to split/join thick speaker wire in a subwoofer install? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Sep 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Can I trust the retailers on amazon.com selling me discounted car audio components?

Can I trust the retailers on amazon.com selling me discounted car audio components? [more inside]
posted by skechada on Mar 4, 2009 - 9 answers

I had to remote start that Honda, baby.

I want to put a remote starter in my 2007 Honda CR-V. How, what, who in Chicago and how much? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Dec 16, 2008 - 6 answers

USB Charger Static

My car's USB adapter makes staticy noises over the radio. Should I replace it, and if so, with what? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Dec 6, 2008 - 3 answers

I'm looking for a cable that will both charge and play audio in my car for my iPhone 3G.

I want to plug my iPhone 3G into my car stereo using the data port, not the headphone jack. I would also like it to charge the device. [more inside]
posted by DrDreidel on Sep 10, 2008 - 8 answers

How to install a new head unit?

car audio filter: Trying to replace the head unit on my car and I'm getting lost in the wiring harness and install instructions. (lots of questions inside) [more inside]
posted by ibfrog on Aug 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Honest car audio shops in or around Philadelphia?

Anyone know of honest car audio shops in or around Philadelphia?
posted by hcastro on May 20, 2008 - 1 answer

Amplifying speaker level outputs on my car's factory stereo?

Do car audio amplifiers sound any good using speaker level inputs? [more inside]
posted by knave on Apr 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Old school ipod and car audio

Help my boyfriend play his first generation iPod in his car! [more inside]
posted by elquien on Nov 28, 2006 - 17 answers

Spectacularly terrible car stereo...

My car stereo is probably as bad as it can possibly be and still produce sound. But…I think you guys can help me. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Nov 18, 2005 - 15 answers

Why do CD's burnt on my iMac skip in the car?

Why do CD's burnt on my iMac skip in the car? [more inside]
posted by dual_action on Oct 24, 2005 - 10 answers

Looking for a car stereo with a good UI.

The factory-installed stereo in my car has stopped playing CDs, and my commute is fairly long, so this is essentially unacceptable. I've looked into getting it repaired, but the whole stereo'll have to be sent away for weeks, and it'll end up costing a bunch. But I've yet to find an add-on in-dash stereo for $200 or less that isn't terribly ugly. [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Oct 17, 2005 - 15 answers

Car CD Player recommendations

Can anyone recommend a good cheap car CD player with CDR, MP3, an audio-in jack, or some combination of the three? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Apr 7, 2005 - 5 answers

Installing speakers in an old Tercel

I have a 1984 Toyota Tercel, and would like to install some new rear speakers in it. I don't want anything fancy, and don't need advice on what actual speakers to get. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 6, 2005 - 28 answers

What's a good tape adapter for use in my car?

What's a good tape adapter for use in my car? I'm using it to listen to my Rio Karma MP3 player. My second adapter is dying, and I need a new one. Both times, the cable seemed to wear out where it meets the plug into the MP3 player. How can I avoid that?
posted by punishinglemur on Dec 9, 2004 - 8 answers

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