Acoustics - 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long-Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long Term Road Test

2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Acoustics

June 10, 2011

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Sound waves are tricky buggers, especially when they're coming out of speakers. The thing is, the sound doesn't really like to go through things so much as it likes to bounce around off of hard things (like glass) and get absorbed by soft things (like legs and carpets and sets) getting all muddled along the way.

This is a huge problem with our 2010 Ford SVT Raptor. My left leg is so close to the left speaker -- the door panel is way close and if you drive hard, be prepared for a bruise-- that it blocks most of the sound. Not that it really matters as the speaker appears to be aimed directly at my calf. The passenger-side speaker, however, is in direct line-of-sight to my ear. The end result is that there's virtually no sound from the left side, and the right side sound waves smash directly into my face. It's unpleasant and acoustically awkward. This is why IASCA SQ dorks spend so much time with dummy heads and laser pointers.

There's no time-alignment possible from the stock head unit, the only real workaround here is to fade the system some 80% to the left side to overboost it while diluting the ear pollution from the right side. Which sucks.

If I owned one, I'd have to redo the entire thing and put the speakers in the kick-panels. I need a stereo that plays to my ears, not my legs.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line @ 25,595 miles

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