2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: When My Hand's on Your Greasegun
March 31, 2011
It's like a disease, son.
Six points for the TSX Wagon's ELS Surround audio system. It's one of my only chances to spin coasters from my staggering four-disc DVD-Audio collection, one of them - Queen's "A Night at the Opera" - re-mixed for 5.1 by uber-engineer Elliot Scheiner himself, sonic architect of the Acura system.
Talk about a doomed format. DVD-Audio and its Super Audio CD (SACD) rival came on about the same time file sharing and MP3s took over. Overpricing didn't help the high-def format cause, as most folks viewed it as gouging to support a new novelty format. Today it really only survives among music and hi-fi nerds, which is a shame. Listening to something like Pet Sounds on the ELS system is a real pleasure: loud, present, enveloping, with percussion, horns, and voices sweeping around from the rear pillar speakers.
Hotel California is nice too, but Don Henley is a choad and kinda ruins it for me.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor