2011 Kia Optima Long-Term Road Test

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: A Preponderance of Bass

August 17, 2011


My ridiculous iPhone case doesn't play nice with Kia/Hyundai proprietary media cables. To put it another way, their plugs won't fit into the case opening. That means I make use of streaming Bluetooth audio. On my way in this morning, one song (Jem's It's Amazing) started playing and the bass was entirely too strong. No problem, right?


You see, in every audio screen except for streaming , there's an on-screen button that is labeled "sound." That button leads you to the balance, fader, bass, mid and treble sliders. I tried lowering the bass in the "aux" screen menu but it didn't affect the Bluetooth streaming. Messing with the balance and fader, however, did have an effect.

If it were that big of a deal, I could go into the iPod menu in the device and select a different EQ setting, but that means fussing with the phone while the car is in motion. And I don't do that. I know, it's not the end of the world, but it is something I'd like to see remedied in future models.

Oh, and bonus points go to the reader who can identify where I got the title for this post (without using Google or any other search). Hint: it's one of my favorite John Hughes movies, and yes, I am stuck in the 80s this week.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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