1991 Acura NSX Long Term Road Test

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1991 Acura NSX: Time for a New Stereo?

March 16, 2012

Acura NSX CD read out stereo.jpg 

Text message to Magrath
March 15, 2012 5:06 pm

"The NSX stereo couldn't be worse if we just tore it out and replaced it with a flatulent man blowing on a jug."

I was not listening to the radio (you accept FM can be bad in LA). I was not listening to my iPhone through a tape adapter (you expect that to be bad everywhere). Nope, this was a brand-new CD being played through the trunk-mounted changer. Ditto another CD. And I'm not talking about inherent sound quality, where the sound stage and the mid-range highs of this and that audiophile technobabble could be better. Sound quality was never great, but now there is something wrong. Certain notes sounded like the speakers were being fed through whoppie cushions, while a general staticiness permeated everything.

You'll note by the previous descriptions that I'm not a sound system expert, and as such cannot identify the problem. But there is one, and we really need to get it fixed or replace the entire '90s-era aftermarket system. (I'm just guessing we wouldn't have had the same problem with the original OEM unit).


Monty was reacquainted recently with the notion of a trunk-mounted CD changer, noting its tendency to skip. However, I had a trunk-mounted CD changer in my 2000 Jetta and it skipped less in 7 years than the NSX did in 7 minutes last night. I can only suspect that electronic shock protection (ESP) was either not invented or perfected yet back in '91. When you pair this CD changer with a firm suspension and L.A.'s atrocious pavement, well, our stereo problem gets a wee bit worse.

I seriously doubt we'd replace the CD player with a more modern unit, but the sound system issue hopefully will be addressed. Otherwise, I'll need to find myself that jug. I could probably live without the bean enthusiast.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 55,215 miles     

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