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1991 Acura NSX: Sounds Awful

April 02, 2012

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I don't always drive the NSX, but when I do...

...I usually turn the radio off so I can enjoy the glorious V6 soundtrack coming from behind my head.

But when I'm stuck in traffic or on a long drive, music is a necessity. Before I drove the NSX up to Buttonwillow this weekend, however, Mr. Riswick let me know that the stereo sucks. It hasn't always sucked, though, so it appears that a fix is in order.

First off, the subwoofer isn't working anymore. Also, the sound quality is pretty awful. It's "scratchy" for lack of a better word. Add these complaints to the lack of nighttime illumination and its appetite for mixtapes, and I think a visit from an audio professional is now justified.

We've got a few educated guesses on the cause of the degraded audio quality. First and foremost is the water intrusion into the trunk. I'm no expert, but I think water and electronics don't play well together. Upon closer examination, I also noticed that the amplifier's terminals and some of the attached wires are not protected from errant metallic objects. Perhaps a loose screwdriver for similar object shorted it out?

Whatever the case, we're looking for someone who can check out the NSX and possibly fix all that ails it. If you have anybody you trust implicitly and is in the L.A. area (mobile would be preferred), feel free to pass on the information. In the meantime, I'll be listening to the engine. Awwwwwww.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 53,560 miles

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