2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Sounds Good, Real Good!
August 26, 2010
I was driving our 2010 Long-Term Chevrolet Camaro SS yesterday and noticed something that hadn't previously occurred to me. The car's audio system sounds quite good!
I was probably about one-third of the way into my 50-mile commute, summer beach traffic had finally broken up north of Malibu, and a good song was playing (Cheap Trick's "Reach Out" from the Heavy Metal soundtrack). There's a fair amount of dynamic range going on in the song, and it's got solid production quality that you can appreciate if you listen on a high-quality system. Which means a system lacking in both power and accuracy will falter when dealing with it.
The Camaro's 245-watt, nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system has both. Once I focused on the sound I realized someone had gone a little nuts with the mid-range and bass settings (maybe Magrath was trying to get his gangsta goin' on), but with some tweaking the song's overall dynamic sound reproduction was nearly faultless.
Low's could be a tad tighter, though power certainly isn't an issue (my left pant leg was literally being blow around by the door speaker before I settled the bass down). This is in addition to the Camaro's (and most modern GM's) brainless iPod integration that literally requires plugging in a USB cable and...nothing else! It just works, everytime. I wish all "iPod capable" audio systems were this easy to use (because trust me, they aren't).
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large at 20,984 miles