Infinity Audio System Review - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Infinity Audio System Review

January 10, 2014

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

The optional Technology Package on our long-term 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe includes a heated steering wheel, rear side window sunshades, a panoramic sunroof and a navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen. Also part of that package is the upgraded 12-speaker, 550-watt Infinity audio system. So how does this system sound?

To my ears, the speakers are clear at full volume, and there's no significant distortion of the sound quality. Simple adjustments to bass, mids and treble are easy to find and fiddle with when you need them. Some tracks seem a bit flat at first, but after a few tweaks and re-centering the sound, the music becomes much sharper.

In short, the Santa Fe's Infinity system is a great stereo. Along with the other equipment in the Technology Package, I'd say it's worth the price.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 12,610 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Fast & Furious with Pitbull? I bet that stereo sounds way better with all the brightwork Plastidipped and a big wing on the back, Travis.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Hey, everybody has their own preferences. While your music choices are fine, Travis; can I just say that your personality in these posts just seems so different than your appearance (as seen in the latest video). For whatever reason, I tend to create someone's appearance in my mind based on their writing persona. I just didn't imagine you would have such an awesome beard, among other things. I also thought you would be taller...

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    so from this review i gather that the amp and the speakers are of good quality but it could benefit from an aftermarket equalizer to get the most out of the hardware. great job hyundai considering most OEM "premium" audio systems are rediculous in price and still sound like they could be thrown in the trash and replaced with very economical audio equipment and sound way better. Infinitiy speakers are good stuff but i'm wondering exactly which model is used in this car considering they have a very wide selection of models to choose from. but even the least expensive infinity speakers are great quality they don't make junk like some other audio companies.

  • kevm14 kevm14 Posts:

    I would like to see the audio reviews that Edmunds used to do back in the day. Unless they still do and I missed it. I have to disagree with bassrockerx about factory premium systems. There certainly are some pretty lame systems but even in the 90s there were quality premium systems available. One such system is the optional BOSE in the 4th gen Maxima (95-99). I inherited my parents old 96 Maxima SE which has this BOSE system. They bought the car in 99 and the stereo STILL sounds as good as it did then, with 234k on the car. That's actually amazing, partly because I assume it uses some sort of paper composite driver (proving they don't all rot out), and the BOSE amp-in-speaker electronics had some known issues. But seriously this is just a simple 6 speaker system (6-3/4" drivers front and rear, and tweeters on the A-pillars) and it's got good imaging, broadband frequency response and distortion-free power. I've always been impressed with it and the fact that it still works perfectly is even better. What I've found overall is that you really can't generalize. For example, there are plenty of mediocre BOSE car systems (perhaps as a function of the OEM's audio budget). It also depends on the kind of car. Higher end cars will have higher end audio. It was probably only very recently that a Honda Civic, for example, was available with factory audio that didn't totally suck (assuming they've finally fixed that).

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    @kevm14 i was more commenting on the fact that oems charge one to several thousand dollars for the premium audio and they go on and on in the discription about how there is no better system on the market and it uses premium brand speakers and they really

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