Go Back   Club Lexus Forums > Lexus Model Forums > ES Models > ES350 and ES300h (2013+)
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Are you happy with your Lexus Premium Stereo

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-05-13, 01:22 PM   #16
Fly4u
Banned
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Banned
Posts: 499
Default

Its merely barely adequate IMHO. Quality is acceptable but it just can't crank out my favorite 70's and 80's tunes loud enough!

I just perused the MSRP sticker to learn the base "Lexus Premium Audio System" has an in-dash 6-CD changer. Always thought it was a single-player device!!

I listened carefully to the system before purchasing the ES; it wasn't so bad to propel me to the ML option or reject the deal for cause.
This ad is not displayed to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Club Lexus!

Last edited by Fly4u; 05-05-13 at 02:00 PM..
Fly4u is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-13, 01:05 PM   #17
Joe111
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: DC
Posts: 1
Default

Recently test drove a 2014 ES 350. Loved everything about the car EXCEPT the "premium audio" system. It sounded muddy and weak with no kick at all!! I adjusted the controls all kind of ways but it still sounded blah. My current car has a bose system which is great. I've read where others have installed an aftermarket amp and subwoofer; and others have replaced the speakers as well. I'm not tech savvy at all and would have to have an audio shop do it and have a few questions...

- What is the typical cost to have an audio shop install an amp and subwoofer? (labor/parts included)

- How "intense" is it to add an amp and subwoofer? Replace the speakers? (My concern is having a brand new car "taken apart" in order to do so)

- For those who have upgraded/improved their audio setup, what do you suggest to be the "best" course of action to get a great sound?

I appreciate any advice. Thanks

Last edited by Joe111; 12-13-13 at 01:33 PM..
Joe111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-13, 11:08 PM   #18
LexRuger
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
LexRuger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: California
Posts: 676
JayR2004 JayR04 JayR04
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe111 View Post
Recently test drove a 2014 ES 350. Loved everything about the car EXCEPT the "premium audio" system. It sounded muddy and weak with no kick at all!! I adjusted the controls all kind of ways but it still sounded blah. My current car has a bose system which is great. I've read where others have installed an aftermarket amp and subwoofer; and others have replaced the speakers as well. I'm not tech savvy at all and would have to have an audio shop do it and have a few questions...

- What is the typical cost to have an audio shop install an amp and subwoofer? (labor/parts included)

- How "intense" is it to add an amp and subwoofer? Replace the speakers? (My concern is having a brand new car "taken apart" in order to do so)

- For those who have upgraded/improved their audio setup, what do you suggest to be the "best" course of action to get a great sound?

I appreciate any advice. Thanks
I had an enclosure built and sub/amp installed for about $250. All that is done is running a power wire from the battery to the amp, grounding amp to metal, and tapping into the stock sub for an audio signal. To me it sounds great and I don't have a need to do anythmg else.
__________________
LexRuger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-13, 09:15 AM   #19
mackbuck12
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: TX
Posts: 26
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LexRuger View Post
I had an enclosure built and sub/amp installed for about $250. All that is done is running a power wire from the battery to the amp, grounding amp to metal, and tapping into the stock sub for an audio signal. To me it sounds great and I don't have a need to do anythmg else.


Could you give the details of this upgrade and are you happy with the results.
mackbuck12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-13, 09:28 AM   #20
mackbuck12
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: TX
Posts: 26
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LexRuger View Post
I had an enclosure built and sub/amp installed for about $250. All that is done is running a power wire from the battery to the amp, grounding amp to metal, and tapping into the stock sub for an audio signal. To me it sounds great and I don't have a need to do anythmg else.
DId this upgrade invalidate your warranty ?
mackbuck12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-13, 09:38 AM   #21
mackbuck12
Driver School Candidate
Trader Score: (0)
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: TX
Posts: 26
Default

I've had my Lexus for a few months now. I would have opted for the ML if the price was more reasonable. Of course one mans reasonable is another man outrageous . I just think that 4k for a car stereo is a liitle much. I've gotten use to my LP Stereo though. There are cases were it sounds great. Pandora and my ipod have a full warm sound. The CD player however is weak . On the LS I noticed that the ML was a 1700.00 option. At that price, I would definitely opted for it. I'm looking into some 3rd party upgrades. I'll report back back my findings.

-T
mackbuck12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-13, 11:10 AM   #22
LexRuger
Lead Lap
Trader Score: (0)
 
LexRuger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: California
Posts: 676
JayR2004 JayR04 JayR04
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mackbuck12 View Post
Could you give the details of this upgrade and are you happy with the results.
12" FI Audio subwoofer
1,000 watt MTX amp
Bandpass enclosure ported through ski hole
Audiocontrol LC2i
And yes I'm very satisfied with the sound although the midrange is still lacking.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mackbuck12 View Post
DId this upgrade invalidate your warranty ?
To my understanding. modifications to a car will only void the warranty on parts associated with the modification. So if anything were to go wrong with the stereo, they will probably not be willing to fix it. Unless you were to undo whatever modifications you did before asking for the warranty work .
__________________
LexRuger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-13, 11:10 AM
 
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Installing an aux input into the factory radio and keeping the CD Changer . . . Aron9000 Lexus Audio, Video, Security & Electronics 4 11-26-13 01:48 PM
MD WTB: 00 Lexus Premium sound radio amorphous 2Gen GS430 / 400/ 300 Classifieds (98-05) 0 09-16-13 07:09 PM
Nakamichi Tsmith1982 ES300 and ES330 4 11-30-12 11:31 AM
Stereo Gremlin? Anyone else? DarylS2001 RX - Third Generation 2 12-07-11 08:22 PM
ES 350 CD/DVD Changer dexterlex ES350 (2007 - 2012) 2 05-03-07 08:13 PM


Tags
2013, 350, audio, changer, es, levinson, lexus, mark, pandora, premium, sound, stereo, surround, system, year

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:21 AM.

Join ClubLexus
Advertising


Copyright © 2000-2008 Internet Brands, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | JOBS


Get all contact info