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Old 10-06-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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S2000... Or, best not worst =D

Probably the Accord. It wasn't really anything great... it's more most of my other cars have a had horrible sound systems. S2000, 1g Eclipse, 91 Passat... all were all kinds of bad. The Mazda3 doesn't have a bad sound system, but it's nothing to write about either.
Oh god, the S2000's stock audio system - especially on the 00-01 models, before they added the door tweeters - were IMHO some of the absolute worst factory stereos in a modern car. Two 6.5" paper cone speakers and... ...uh, nothing else

Coming from my previous car, which was a Jetta with the Monsoon audio system, there was just no excuse at all. With the factory head unit, I blew out the passenger's speaker after a couple months and replaced them with Infiniti Kappa Reference speakers; after another couple years, I took those out and now have a set of JBL's that offer a wider spectrum of sound... lower bass, higher highs, great mids. I still have the factory head unit, though it's now 13 years old and skips too much; I just haven't gotten around to replacing it.

In any case, yeah: that Jetta had an excellent stereo system. Speakers were made by Clarion and were branded as such if you had the door panels off. Four 6.5's and four tweeters, handled heavy bass but still picked up nuances no problem. Loved that sound system; never felt compelled to upgrade it at all...
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Hit or miss on this...

But 6 speaker Monsoon sound system in an 2000 Camaro I had. It was a great balanced system, very clear and good.


Now my only complaint... I was younger and dumber, and blasted it to death, door speakers were known to blow, and it was a uncommon entire 2 ohm speaker setup, so replacements were kind of easy. I just bought used door speakers and threw them in. I blew a few others.

It was a good amplified system, very well balanced.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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Nakamichi premium sound system in my Lexus SC400. Modest power and very well balanced. Helped by the quietness of the cabin.

Having the CD changer in the trunk was a pain though.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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My 85 firebird had a decent system in it when it was new...the "performance" sound included an amplifier and sub in the sail panels. The system died when the factory head unit took a dump, and would no longer work with the aftermarket head units.

My folks 97 Camry with the upgraded audio system hit pretty hard for a stock system. The sub would give great bass, and the tweeters could deliver on the higher stuff...I was a fan.

The fender system in my 12' Volkswagen is ok. It has a factory sub in the trunk, hooked to the rear decklid, along with tweeters at the A-pillars, and upper door in the rear, with mids in the lower portion of each doors, it's not a bad system but the sub can be overloaded fairly easily. And I don't know if there's an amp included in the system or not, need to look under the seat and check...I'd imagine so, since the previous "premium" system had it there...but we'll see.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Recently rented a '12 Camry with the new Entune touch screen system, don't know what type of speakers it had but the sound was nice and rich, I actually had to turn the bass down some.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake TX
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Out of all the base to mid-level rental cars & test drives I've taken, cars I'm intimately familiar with etc, typically the Dodge/Chrysler stereos have sounded the best by a longshot over the past 10 years.

On the other hand GM stereos always leave a lot to be desired.

The rest fall somewhere in the middle to my ears.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I think the only vehicle I've ever owned that had the factory stereo was my 1999 Dodge Ram (which wasn't bad but was absolutely nothing special). Every other car I've had either came with no stereo at all or had some awful mish-mash of low end aftermarket stuff. I replaced all of them, either because they didn't have a CD player, because there was no stereo at all, or because the crappy old paper speakers had long since disintegrated. With the Ram I replaced the head unit but left the original speakers, which were fine if not exactly impressive.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Never had a factory system that wasn't woeful, even those with Premium "Blose" factory systems that actually sounded pretty good lower volumes but sounded like hell when the car was at speed and you turned up the stereo to overcome wind noise.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Center Township (Pittsburgh), PA
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I've owned a 2005 Pontiac GTO, 2009 Pontiac G8 GT and now a 2008 Corvette...

None are known for having great audio systems. I'd say after reversing the wires of the stock subs in the G8 it was the best I've had (it was found the stock rear subs were out of phase from the factory). The corvette has the optional "premium Bose" sound system, it sounds.... Ok. It gets pretty loud for when the roof is off at highway speeds.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:17 AM
 
Location: WI
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i'd have to say the best stock piece we've had so far is the shaker system in our '11 Mustang. Even going down the hiway with the top down it has good overall sound.... good enough that it's not worth it to us to upgrade this one
And add one more tally in the "crappy stock" category for the s2k's....... i think the AM radios in my old chevy's with one dash speaker sounded better lol
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