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Poor Quality Sound from THX Sound System

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#1 GlennA

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:55 PM

Has anyone else found the Infotainment System disappointing?  Not crisp, low quality sound?  

I was disappointed to see they dropped the jukebox, but willing to accept that if the system had the incredible system I thought I was getting.

Boy was I wrong!

 

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#2 SteveB_TX

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:10 PM

Sounds fine to me.  Of course, I am not an audiophile, so anything more than 2 speakers sounds great to me.  :)  I agree it sounded weak until I found the limited EQ settings.  I do wish the system had stronger bass. 



#3 Darrink1

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 10:42 PM

I have the THX Premium upgrade.

It sounds fine, but its missing the ability to have multiple EQ settings. My CTS allows me to cycle through 5 user defined EQ settings.

Current music typically has too much Base, but older music typically no Base, etc. etc.

So it would be nice to have a quick way to change EQ

 



#4 Robert Iggy Cerami

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 05:02 PM

I also have the THX Premium.. It sounds great .. Go to settings and switch to surround sound it really increases the sound quality....


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:47 PM

I have the THX premium and was dissapointed at first.  Once I turned to Surround mode and turned the midrange eq setting to almost off and bass to -2 and treble all the way up, It's much much better!  I am an audiophile as well lol, the system doesn't sound as good as it should, but is serviceable.  


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:23 AM

I've loved THX system from the moment I got my car.  It's crisp and clean, even at max volume.


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 11:25 AM

I like my THX. I use the all seating positions setting. Never have tried full volume. I listen to satellite radio almost exclusively, but occasionally play my phone playlist via Bluetooth.


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:48 PM

My how the THX system has developed over the years.  THX in the Lincoln must go back several decades.  It's great to see that Lincoln has struck with it and continued to develop it.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 04:43 PM

Comparing the standard 2013 MKZ stereo to the 2013 THX stereo, I feel the regular stereo sounds better with today's music. I couldn't believe it considering the THX stereo is supposed to be so much better. I didn't notice much of a difference switching between the two DSP settings. If I had my choice, I would go back to the regular stereo.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 04:44 AM

I love the THX too and as stated previously, if I took the bass down to minus 2 or 3 and turned the mid range up a few notches it sounds much better. Of course different music requires different settings. I guess I am an audiophile LOL



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:40 PM

Just had my MKZ 2.0 awd delivered to me last Thurs. Still trying to figure things out. How do you change the seating positions on the THX radio? Also, can you play Pandora through this system?



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 06:02 PM

I personally think the THX system in my 2012 sounds slightly better than the one in our 2013. Seems to have a little better sonic clarity and tighter bass definition to me. I also think the juke box feature is one of the coolest features EVER put in an automobile. Currently have over 100 hours of music on mine and still adding every week.  I did find the surround setting on the 2013 improved the overall sound greatly though as stated prior in this thread.


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Posted 14 March 2014 - 06:07 PM

Cliff,

I play Pandora in both my cars using the Bluetooth on my iphone. Simply pair your phone and go to user device on the entertainment system in the vehicle. Select your phone as the source on the menu.  Start the Pandora app on your phone and you should be in business.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 07:15 AM

Cliff,

I play Pandora in both my cars using the Bluetooth on my iphone. Simply pair your phone and go to user device on the entertainment system in the vehicle. Select your phone as the source on the menu.  Start the Pandora app on your phone and you should be in business.

Thanks. I have found in my previous car that Pandora keeps losing its signal, is it better in this car?



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 01:53 PM

Your signal in the car will only be as good as the data signal to your phone if that is your source.


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:13 PM

Hook up a portable DVD player to the system, buy a audio dvd disc and the sound will blow u away

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 03:01 PM

If you're listening to the Sirius/XM source it's a very compressed signal and sounds muddy... Listening to High Quality digital music (no compressed WMA) sounds pretty dang good... High quality setting Pandora sounds good along with iTunes version.  CD's sound good too.



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Posted 24 September 2014 - 03:00 PM

Agree with Davisjl - found that whatever Sirius/XM receiver they're using is garbage - on most channels you can hear how lossy compression is, which is unfortunate because I love the Sirius/XM music selection. Using CDs, or an iPod via USB, or Spofity/Pandora via bluetooth on your telephone, or a good HD radio station produces much better results. Heck even the Sirius/XM app on my phone sounds way better then the onboard receiver...

 

I also found I had to set my fader back to almost halfway between the back and neutral/balanced position, crank the mids and set the bass and treble to approx. 3 bars (it's tough to tell because it seems like each bar has like 3 or 4 positions before the next bar lights up or disapears) to get optimal sound from the system in all 4 seats. Took me like 45 minutes or tweaking settings and switiching seating positions or so to get it all dialed in. Now I think it sounds pretty good. It's not the best system I've ever heard, but in my humble opinion it does sound better then the base MKZ system - I drove a base MKZ rental on a 5 day business trip - so I did have some basis for comparison.

 

Just wish they would use a better Sirius/XM receiver.


Edited by Eric McDonough, 24 September 2014 - 03:03 PM.


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 07:24 AM

I love my thx system, but I have a 2010. The newer version sounds tinny to me, one of the reasons I won't upgrade for a while

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 08:38 PM

I have the THX  system in my 2015 MKZ and am also disappointed. I've only listened to Sirius and AM talk radio so far, but there are a couple of problems. On both Siriius and AM radio the volume increases and decreases by itself about every 10 to 20 seconds. The other thing is that no matter how I set the bass, mid range or treble, voices are not clear, they sound somewhat muffled. Anyone else experience this? I've only had the car three weeks, so have not returned to the dealer yet.








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