2010 Volkswagen GTI: Sound Quality
June 10, 2010
I hopped in the GTI last night, pleased that I'd finally have a vehicle with iPod connectivity and decent sound quality (I was in the Z06, my Elise and a wicked-fast Yamaha R1 since Friday). To my disappointment, however, the stereo sounded awful. The sound quality was all fuzzy and distorted (oversaturated, in professional parlance), as if it were plugged into the AUX jack with the iPod volume on maximum. I switched over to satellite radio, and everything was fine, so I figured it's either my iPhone (yet another reason to upgrade to the new iPhone 4) or the cord.
I ran this question by resident audiophile and Executive Editor Paul Seredynski. He agreed that the sound was horrific, but then started digging into the setup menus. In the regular sound menu, the bass, midrange and treble sliders were set close to center and the other settings had no affect. Then he found a window under the Media Setup menu to adjust the AUX in level. Bingo! Everything sounded great again. Even though it's labeled AUX in, this setting also covers the separate iPod input. Either "Quiet" or "Medium" settings worked fine. The "Loud" setting was the culprit.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor on a Boat