2015 Dodge Viper GT: Stereo Woes (Turn Up the Volume)
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on March 16, 2016
There are two very distinct and frustrating issues with the stereo in our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper. First: the bass is turned up way too high. Second: it doesn't get loud enough. Whether it's the radio, Bluetooth or an iPod plugged in, nothing meets my personal volume standards.
We've got the 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system ($1,995) in our Viper and as you can see in the photo, you can adjust the system's settings for bass, mids and treble. Unfortunately, even with the bass turned all the way down and the treble all the way up, it doesn't do much good. Maybe it's the tiny cabin, but the bass from this system is always overbearing, regardless of driving conditions or whether the windows are up or down. Even at low volume, it's too much.
Another issue, especially with the amount of noise that makes it inside the Viper's cabin, is that the audio is too quiet. There's a setting for AUX Volume Offset, which I have turned all the way up, but it still doesn't provide the kind of rocking-out decibel levels I desire. Combine this with the fact that the system's Speed Adjusted Volume doesn't work and I get real fed up when I'm trying to listen to a new album inside the Viper.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 17,890 miles