2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Audio Impressions
October 10, 2013
When I see a branded stereo system in any car, I expect the sound quality to be decent, at the very least. Our Alpine audio system in the long-term Dart set us back $495, but I really don't think it was worth it.
It operates just fine, finding my iPhone without any issues, though it does seem to index my library for a few minutes every time I plug it in. This keeps me from browsing from the list or shuffling.
No, my issue is with the sound quality itself. Whether it's the speakers or system is irrelevant. It sounds muddy on both ends of the spectrum. Highs are pretty much nonexistent with the equalizer flat. As the picture above shows, I have to crank it way up to hear any detail. Down low, the bass just falls apart in a flatulent buzz.
In a big orchestral piece, where highs and lows push systems to their limits, the Dart's Alpine system is a huge disappointment. It's not much better with tracks that are more bass or treble specific, either.
My verdict: Skip the Alpine upgrade and maybe try buying better speakers instead
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 14,754 miles