2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Radio Balance

March 20, 2012

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I always check the radio settings in a test car because we here have different tastes. Bass, mid, treble: that's personal preference based on musical tastes. But the sound balance is a different matter.

It's not unusual in our test cars to find the sound Fader biased to the rear. I don't understand this at all, and discussed this with the only real audiophile here and he, too, didn't get it.

When I checked the stereo in our long-term 2011 Ford Mustand GT over the weekend, I found the sound Balance biased to the right. And not by a little, either. This was truly baffling. Even more confusing, the Fader was in the neutral position. But to extend this Fader illogic: if one were to always Fade the radio to the rear, then the Balance should also be biased to the right, right?

I suppose whoever does this doesn't understand that most, if not all, factory sound systems are tuned to the driver's position with all settings in neutral.

But whatever, that's the beauty of the modern car: driver customizable features and settings (including HVAC) can be tailored to the individual driver's tastes. Even if they don't make sense.

What's your stereo sound settings?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 22,400 miles

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