Unprocessed, Please - 2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Scion FR-S: Unprocessed, Please

June 19, 2013

2013 Scion FR-S

The Scion FR-S audio system features three sound-processing modes: Hear, Feel and Natural. Unfortunately, it doesn't feature OFF. This drives me a little nuts. Inevitably, Hear becomes the default and sounds most transparent when dialing in bass and treble settings. Feel amplifies bass and low-mids, while Natural applies some sort of compression and basically sucks the life out of your music.

I understand this car is for The Kids, who like to turn their FR-S cabins into a tented light show soundtracked by Skrillex pecking away at a laptop. But come on. If you're gonna include artificial processing, at least give me a defeat/off setting. Gettin' cranky in my advancing years.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor


  • wolff2011 wolff2011 Posts:

    Could that audio interface look any worse/cheaper/old? If I were Pioneer I'd say, 'sure we can supply that...but we'd rather not have our name on it!' And I though my speed3 looked dated...

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    In all seriousness that has to be one of the best radio interfaces I have seen in years virtually everything is labeled in English with a set function. Why people want touch screens or "one button does the work 50 buttons" type set ups I can't fathom.

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