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2018 JBL System Audio Issue

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by tbukolt32, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Jun 13, 2018 at 8:09 AM
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    Hi all,

    New guy here! Has anyone else noticed that the sound / volume when playing music through BT or AUX is pretty miserable when compared to the radio or XM?

    Anybody know how to fix this?
     
  2. Jun 13, 2018 at 8:16 AM
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    Haven' really noticed a difference.

    The sound settings are different for each input. So if you set the FM levels you have to set the BT as well.
     
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    Welcome to the forums from Oregon. Look at the BT phone or AUX item and make sure the volume on that device is maxed out.

    Well hate to break it to you but the JBL systems in our trucks just flat out suck. I had a 2014 4Runner with the same JBL and it was twice as powerful as the one in my current truck. I will be taking it in to the dealership and having them make double sure nothing is going wrong since I filed a complaint with Toyota Corp about the JBL system being so weak and that's the first step you have to take.

    More of us need to bring this to Toyota's attention so something, if anything, can be done.
     
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    What I mean is, when I have the volume level at 30 on radio or XM, in order to get the same volume level on BT, it has to be at like 45, and the sound is nowhere near as good of quality as on radio. Just didn't know if I was missing something...
     
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    Did you set up the sound for the BT?

    It's not the same as the radio.
     
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    Turn the volume up on your phone/ipod
     
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    Yeah you need to turn up the volume and chang some settings on whatever device your running BT or AUX from.
    Most actually say the exact opposite of what your saying.
     
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    Which apps are you using for audio? Often, there is an option for "High Quality" audio in apps like Spotify. Usually the apps have a setting where they don't use high quality when not on Wifi to save on cellular data.
     
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    Please send me the link to file with Toyota! I have a case worker and they basically told me to bad! I am furious about this! I have had multiple people agree including Toyota sales staff that the subwoofer is not firing..
     
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    I have a 2014 limited with jbl. My friend bought a 2018 platinum with jbl. There is no comparison in volume. Mine it much much louder than his. They have done a change somewhere in the system. It’s pretty much like you get no more volume from about 40 on in the 2018. I was really surprised. He listened to mine first and was asking if I changed the door speakers? Which I haven’t. Just added an amp and subs. It seems worse when he is using Bluetooth. When set all phone settings the same as mine. There has been a change in the systems for sure. They may have had some blown speakers covered under warranty and cut the power back on it or something.
     
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    Same was the case for me with my 2014 Limited 4Runner and now 2018 Limited Tundra. They cut the power in half and not sure why. They have no answers for me on why this is. You would think with new models would come better, more powerful systems, not the case here. And I understand the 2019 are no different. I was hoping there was a firmware update that might solve the issue but I haven't seen anything come out.
     
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    So the volume differences between the newer model jbl truck and the previous years jbl systems is really obvious when using a bt or similar device?

    When its just the jbl radio or xm the volume levels are about the same when comparing newer vs older jbl system?

    That is odd if thats the case. Alot of aftermarket head units let you set the volume levels for each individual source. i.e. Bt, usb, aux. So toyota and jbl definitely can do the same, imo. That would be douche bag thing to do. I could see the warranty issue suggested being a possible reason.

    I havent gotten to play with the jbl system so im just kinda tossing out an idea or two hear..

    I guess there isn't any options for compensating for the audio file compression when using bluetooth? Or maybe an "auto leveling volume normalizer" type of setting available?

    If using android, has anyone opened the hidden "developers option" in the setting menu in the "about phone section"? If so, Are all of your audio codex options still set to default and is "disable absolute volume" turned on?

    Any android user have "poweramp" as their music player? if yes, OpenSl ES Output or Java for your output?


    Are there any interior microphones, like for noise cancellation. If so, try tapping something over it and listen for a difference. Its common for the sub to serve double duty as the bass and noise canceler.

    Lastly, different volume output through different phones/mp3 players do not have the same volume output when using the aux cord as your connection. some devices are just louder when they are at their max playing through any modern head unit. Aux uses the devices digital to analog converter instead of the head units.
     
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    This..
     
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    Get new speakers including subwoofers and a 5 channel amp. This is the way to go.
     
  17. Oct 6, 2018 at 2:35 PM
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    Nope. Not this. It was up all the way.
     
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    We used a cd also. It seems to lose a lot after like 40. Just basically doesn’t increase after that.
     
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    My dealership just confirmed "nothing is wrong" with my JBL system. I'm ready to file an official complaint. Did your complaint have any beneficial outcome for you?
     

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