1991 Acura NSX: It Needs a Stereo
July 26, 2012
Our NSX is currently undergoing stereo surgery and that's had some of our more confused staffers commenting that the sound of the V6 is all they need.
They're wrong. Our NSX needs a stereo. All road cars do.
Don't get me wrong: engines sound wonderful. Each one is unique and even if they're not classically pretty to listen to, every motor has its own sound signature that will forever tinge your experience. But they're not the only part of the driving experience. Not by a long shot.
It ties the experience together and sets the cadence of the drive. As the engine winds to redline the music is overwhelmed (self-adjusting volume control is the worst thing in the world) and it rushes back into your ears as soon as you shift. Know the song well enough -- or shift fast enough-- and you don't miss a beat. The right song in the right car on the right road...there's almost nothing better.
Music is as essential to a good drive as is having a pretty girl by your side. Maybe the people saying our NSX sounds better like this are the type who would kick our a pretty passenger because she throws off the weight balance. I'm not. Our NSX's new stereo can't come quickly enough.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Inside Line