I had an 06 gs430 with the ML and it sounded better than the ML in my ISF. my 07 Acura tl-S blew them both away...best factory system I have heard. My wife's es300 with the stock system has a richer/fuller sound than the ML in my opinion. It is disappointing. I really think it is sensitive to how the music is mixed if that makes sense. some things sound really good, and others just tinny or metallic in a way.
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yea ive come to learn that the ml package isnt really worth it except for the dvd portion. my bass still sounds pretty good on my sub and i usually keep mine around 40 or so but then again i only have the bass turned up to the 3rd lowest setting.
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I'm guessing a stereo shop like Al & Ed's would be able to tell if a speaker was blown pretty easily, right? I'll have to stop by after work today.
Two people who have listened to it say it's a design limitation of the subwoofer, based on packaging (decklid-mounted, resulting in limited travel), the way it's firing (down into the trunk) and the size (likely 8 inches or maybe 10 but unconfirmed).
If it is blown, how does one take this up with the dealership? This is literally the first time I've ever listened to something at that volume, which I still think wasn't that loud.
I think the ML system is just overrated and too expensive for the sound quality that offers. I had a great aftermarket system in my previous car and I was expecting something similar when I got the IS-F with the ML option... very disappointed.
I drive with the volume set at 40+, it's not loud, 20 is just background noise.
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I know this is an old thread, but I came across it when searching today for feedback on the ML system compared to the stock system. I thought I was crazy because I got a loaner from Lexus today (2010 IS250 non-ML), and when I turned on the stereo I was BLOWN AWAY by the sound quality compared to my ISF w/ML package. I had on a hip-hop song, and there was so much bass that the rear view mirror was shaking and it sounded like there was a pair of 10's in the trunk. Not only was there more bass, but everything seemed cleaner, tighter, and just all around better sounding. I called Lexus and asked that while my car is there (to have one of the speakers in the door replaced) if they could check the rest of the system - amps, speakers, and the rear sub - to see if anything else is blown.
The driver's door woofer is my 2nd blown speaker already (the center went out a few months ago) and I rarely ever blast my stereo. Why does this system cost so much if it sucks so badly compared to the stock system? It seems completely backwards.
I was impressed with the ml as a stock radio. I had it for a year but i have since gone aftermarket. I decided to go with some pretty high end equipment but i plan on doing some competitions. But if u do want to clean up the signal I went with the BIt Ten. The bit one would be overkill if you want to just clean up the signal. The jl cleansweep may be ok but the bit ten is better. The bit ten will help keep that sub from being blown, as long as you dont try to go overboard. Or you could replace the sub. Its an 8 inch i think. they make a few aftermarket subs that you can swap it out with.
Bottom Line the ML system is just garbage. I have never been so disappointed by a system that supposedly to have a better quality to them. I don't know but every lexus that I opted for the stereo upgrade has been garbage. Like in my old lx470 with it's Nakamachi system, what sounds good is the premium system in the new M3.