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mattycarr

Member Since 31 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Apr 13 2012 06:08 AM
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Hello From Hampshire

31 March 2012 - 09:45 AM

Hello all,

A quick introduction from me. My name is Matt and I live in Hampshire.

I have owned a few fords over the past few years, and have recently part exchanged a 2005 Mondeo 2.0 petrol ghia for a late 2010 S-Max Titanium 2.0 Ecoboost (with x-pack). The wife also has a Ford Focus titanium (1.6 TI-VCT) as a second car.

This is my first forum, and I joined after searching for answers to problems that I think I am having with the quality of sound in my S-Max (see my post under Audio). Looking through the forum it looks like lots of people are sharing their experiences across a wide range of topics, and I hope to be able to share some of my experiences with Focus, Mondeo and S-Max.

Anyway, nice to virtually meet you all and I look forward to being able to contribute to the forum.

Regards,

Matt

S-Max Sony Dab Sound Quality

31 March 2012 - 09:36 AM

This if my first post on a forum (ever), so please go easy on me.

I have recently bought a 2011 S-Max Titanium (2.0 petrol ecoboost). The car is fitted with the 9-speaker Sony DAB CD. I am really dissapointed with the sound quality, which seems to have very little bass and the low frequencies start to distort at relatively low volumes.
I have played with all of the settings including the DSP.

I have noticed that the DSP (digital signal processor) only has three settings (optimise all, optimise left, optimise right), and sounds much better when set to 'optimise left' and is at its worst (distorts and sounds tinny) when set to 'optimise all'. I would have expected that 'optimise all' (which is the default) would have been the best. Also it does not seem possible to turn the DSP 'off', which I can do on my earlier fords with Sony Stereos (05 Mondeo Ghia and an 07 Focus Titanium).

By comparison to my Mondeo and Focus, I would have expected the S-Max to be much better, as it is newer and now has 9 speakers (the ninth speaker is a centre speaker on the dash), but this is not the case. The standard sony audio in my Mondeo and Focus blow the S-Max away.

Does anyone have any ideas as to whether this is normal, or if you have an S-max then do you have a similar experience?

Also the Audio manual that came with the car does not cover the Sony stereo, so if anyone knows where to get hold of one (preferably online pdf download) the I would be most grateful.