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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    If you could buy a car that had all the necessary safety technology, but was designed and built to a truly high standard of quality ..... excellent materials and workmanship, handling characteristics that suited your tastes, beautiful body and interior design and execution .... but it didn't have a sound system, or a lot of other gadgets (not involving comfort and safety) would you consider buying the car?
    Depends on what you mean by a sound system. As long as it has some speakers and a way to play music on SD or USB or bluetooth, that's all I care about. Just so I can make out the words and the notes.

    As already mentioned, a car is never going to be a great place to listen to music, so the system doesn't much matter.

    I look at HP about the same. Even the fastest cars can provide over 1 G for very short periods and only at low speeds. An econobox braking or turning will out G a supercar's forward acceleration. So satisfying acceleration is as non-existant in a car as beautiful sound. I was used to 2.x second 0-60s with bikes but even that wasn't any G's to write home about.

    You want some sound and some acceleration but its better to accept the low quality reality of both than waste time or money on "better" mediocrity.
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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    Although it's not as large a difference as from tube to solid state, most modern amps have eliminated transistors for integrated circuits, i.e. chips. They are cheap, the specs look good, and all too few consumers care about sound quality. Cheap crap rules the market!

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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    Ah the hell with sound systems! The most enjoyable cars I have owned and driven had lousy sound systems. Actually they had no sound system other than the music of their mechanics and the way the felt as they traversed the road. My favorite driving machines .... two of the them didn't have radios ... the third had a a radio bit thieves kept stealing them so its' sound system kept being down graded to what the local car stereo shop had on sale!.

    My XK 150 drophead came from the factory with no radio installed, I never had one put the car. I bought a transistorized (new tech at the time) portable to be able to listen to traffic and weather reports otherwise made do with the glories of top down travel, a dual overhead cam six, and the wonderful company of beautiful young ladies.

    When I moved up to a Lamborghini 350 GT in the the late 1960's it was more of the same and then some! The raven haired, blue eyed beauty (with a masters degree in Chinese Politics) whom I married, didn't seem to miss the lack of the sound system! It left us time to talk and get to know one another with life long benefits!

    The !983 Volkswagen Wolfsburg Scirocco came with a some high falutin' Swiss sound system, supposedly pretty hot stuff at the time (at least the thieves who broke into the car and stole two units thought so). When I replaced the second unit with a lesser but solid unit they still thought it was worth the effort and ripped it and it successor off (lost my comprehensive insurance after the last heft on that car!). It was a great driving, fun car .... but music along with the driving pleasure just wasn't worth the effort!

    I prefer my music in the comfort of my own home ... not diluting the pleasure of driving a fine car with another, the pleasure of listening to fine music.

    To those stuck in traffic with no other pleasurable outlet, I understand your addiction and pleasure in this past time.
    But when I found myself in that situation I would have much rather spent my time on the phone (cell) trying to make money rather than listening to recorded music!

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    All you poor saps who wait to get home to enjoy good music. If you're retired and spend all day at home, great!
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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    All you poor saps who wait to get home to enjoy good music. If you're retired and spend all day at home, great!
    Shouldn't you be on your cell making money instead of posting?

    Me? I'm retired. I wake up every morning with nothing I have to do. And by 5PM half of it is done.

    Not really my philosophy but I saw it in someone's forum sig and was waiting for a chance to say it.
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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    All you poor saps who can't wait to listen to good music at home. If you spend all day on the road living off a car and a cell phone, great!

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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    If you could buy a car that had all the necessary safety technology, but was designed and built to a truly high standard of quality ..... excellent materials and workmanship, handling characteristics that suited your tastes, beautiful body and interior design and execution .... but it didn't have a sound system, or a lot of other gadgets (not involving comfort and safety) would you consider buying the car?

    Would your need for all the latest techno gadgetry eliminate a truly superior, beautiful, high quality automobile from your consideration as a purchase?
    You can build in a sound system you like, so I would go ahead with the purchase if that would otherwise fit to be my car.

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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    I like a good sound system in a car. I had a deck speaker that was dying in my 2000 Intrigue not too long after I bought it. Instead of replacing the one stock speaker, I decided to replace them all and get a new head unit (it was also a graduation present for myself). The sound quality is definitely better. At first the deck speakers had enough bass for me (I listen to a lot of pop, dance, techno and dubstep) but I eventually decided to get subs. I run two 10" Infinity speakers off a 600w amp (I know, weaksauce) but it does the job for me.

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    Yes. I HAVE to have a decent stereo. Every time i look at a car, the stereo is the first thing I test. The stereo in my new car isn't AS good as the Bose was in my STS, but it's really not bad especially in HD mode. Just wish it had a central subwoofer in the back to free up the tweeters for better highs. But I do like it

    In our Rav, I'm very surprised at the clarity of its stereo. Sounds really good. The tweeters in the tops of the door panels are very crisp.

    And I DEFINITELY couldn't have my semi without a stereo. And the one in my 2014 Pete sounds great surprisingly. Has 2 different subs. One small one right behind the drivers seat and a larger on under the bunk.

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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    I think it's pretty important. I enjoy listening to music on long drives and if the stereo is excellent that makes the drive better. The Bose in the Seville was extremely impressive IMO. The BMW had THE shittiest stereo I'd ever heard in a modern car. Cruddy bass, terrible highs and the entire system was muddled. The Deville doesn't have Bose but I find the quality quite good even though it can't match the Seville for power.

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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    My DeVille has, AFAIK, a Delco setup. It surprises me with its performance

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    It use to be I'd say for my truck, I don't need a good stereo bc I just like listening to that gigantic diesel chugging along. But this '14 is so soundproofed, it's like driving a diesel pickup. No exciting rumbling and rattling coming from this cummins.

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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    "Good" sound at home is different from "good" sound in a car. At home I like the sound to be clear and a bit mellow.

    In the car I want a concert-style presentation with some exaggerated lows and highs, especially when I have the top down. I sing in the car and want enough power to drown myself out. I don't sing at home.
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    Re: How important is a sound system in your car?

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    Not in the shower?
    These days I take it to karaoke bars.

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