What a steaming pile a garbage for a post. Heaven forbid people discuss something they don’t like and how to change it on a forum. Just because most people don’t know what good audio sounds like doesn’t mean we should sit by and let FCA deliver a poor system for a high cost. They’re one of the few car makers that tries to listen to its customers. The more people who complain, the better. Swapping dash speakers takes minutes and is inexpensive. It can drastically change the way the system sounds for the front occupants (the ones who likely care the most). Sure you could get crazy with it, but I’m not. I swapped the 3 dash speakers, tested and tuned the EQ, and that is it - happier with it than where I started for minimal effort which is the entire point of my post. I’d love to fix the poor bass response, but I’m not going down that rabbit hole with this vehicle, especially since my wife is the primary driver and she cares less.This kind of threads are just like feeding the trolls, and I guess I am doing just that... need to stop now.
Taste is irrelevant when a complete lack of low bass is present - it's not a good system, and nobody who has heard decent audio would agree with liking it. I don't need to compare all 3 systems because they are all surely crap. Complaining is the only way to maybe get FCA to improve in this area. Yet, you think we should take the turd of a system in stride? No thanks.Your attempts to discredit me, or my post using colorful adjectives won't change the fact that I, and others, like how the HK system on the Pacifica sounds as is, stock.
And to answer once again, the original thread title that stated the HK was a complete waste of money, it was not for me (and others). So, if you want to make your own opinion, go to the dealer, try the three systems side by side, with high quality music and pick the one you like the best. And leave it at that, what you think it sounds terrible it might actually sound delightful to others.
If you need to alter the bass on the HK system then it really "sounds to me" that you and I don't have the same musical tastes, therefore unlikely we'll ever reach an agreement on how things should sound.
Your last "so well thought out" reply augurs that this thread has ran its course. @peterweb
Lastly, what am I going to do? I think you meant to say: what I've already done.... but you wouldn't know any of that, right? b/c with just 5 posts and a "4-days-ago" join date stamped next to your username methinks you've haven't had much of a chance to read much, if any, of this forum.
Extreme audiophiles, like those that take special instrumentation to measure sound waves in their vehicle are never going to be happy with a factory sound system. And a vehicle manufacturer is not going to spend the money on having a sound system that would satisfy this very small % of vehicle buyers. That is what aftermarket vehicle auto shops are for.
Sound appreciation is a personal thing. Some like bass, some do not. You are never going to please everyone. All you can do is research and listen to all the available options and choose the one that best suits your needs. Or choose the least expensive option so you are not wasting money on a system you will be replacing at the audio shop.
Taste is very relevant, whether you admit it or not, especially if you find bass annoying, like I do, among other things in this thread. There is nothing you can do that will ever convince me that the HK system is crap, you can stomp all you want and scream taste is irrelevant until you turn blue, if that makes you feel better. I also don't believe that the HK is the best car audio system ever either. Also, don't put words in my mouth, I never said anything about "taking the turd of a system in stride", first b/c I don't think its a turd, like you do, but let me reiterate what I said once again, heck, since I've tried to explain it twice in English maybe I should try it in Spanish this time: "Vete al dealer de FCA, prueba los tres sistemas de sonido uno detras de otro y el que mas te guste, ese es el que te compras." It doesn't get any simpler than that.
As for "Would like to see some actual measurements..."