2013 Scion FR-S: Unprocessed, Please
June 19, 2013
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