2015 Volvo S60: Good Sound System Options, Just Average Quality
August 13, 2015
While I'm not an expert and wouldn't classify myself as an audiophile, I have an appreciation for sound quality and enjoy exploring the options of different stereos. The good news is that our long-term 2015 Volvo S60 Volvo S60 has quite a few options.
Dive in and you'll find your standard treble, bass, and mid adjustments. But there's also an equalizer (60 Hz, 200 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, 12 kHz) if you want to go a bit more granular. On top of that, you can adjust the overall level of Dolby Pro Logic II and the influence from the center speaker.
I was impressed that, along with the balance and fade options, the audio system offers preset settings for sound position, called Sound Stage. The driver can set the audio for the driver's seat, back seat, or all seats. These presets are great if you don’t want to spend time fiddling with the others.
The bad news is that the sound system is merely okay. I expected a bit more from this $1,200 Harmon/Kardon option, particularly where bass is concerned. The absence of a subwoofer makes the lower end frequencies sound muddled and hard to clarify. The options are nice, but there are better factory systems available.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 8,393 miles