2012 Toyota Camry SE: Stereo Sound Separation
January 25, 2012
There's someone on staff that I won't mention here (Chris Walton) who prefers the sound in cars set to have just a slight rear bias. He digs it. It drives me nuts, I feel like I've walked past the band and am now walking out the door with the cool stuff happening behind me. Thankfully, this can be solved simply by adjusting the fader.
The problem with our Camry's stereo isn't so easily fixed. See, the trouble is that when you really start listening to the stereo and not just coasting along with NPR there's a super annoying separation of sound. Usually this happens in a fore/aft left/right but our Camry with the six-speaker stereo has a different separation: top/bottom.
Our Camry has two speaker grilles on top of the dash and one in each door. The sound never meshes it simply hits you from four different locations at roughly the same time. Unfortunately, they hit you from drastically different places and it sounds like someone's playing two radios at the same time with one above your head and one right around your feet.
Now, there's a 10-speaker JBL unit available but I'm not sure that would solve this problem. My car? Yank out the top speakers and chuck some reasonably priced 6.5 components behind the stock grille. The effort would be well worth it.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor