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2018 Limited Double Cab - JBL Audio sounds horrible

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by cbc1400, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. Jul 7, 2018 at 3:33 PM
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    cbc1400

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    Howdy,
    New to the site. Bought a new Tundra a few months back. Have been listening to the trial Serius XM for the past three month w/o really ever listening to music. This is my 4th Tundra and they've all sounded 10X better than this. It almost seems that the speakers are wired in reverse (out of phase). Sounds horrible. Turned volume all the way up to Maximum and it sounds like +/- 35% of previous units.

    I put n a store-bought commercial CD in the player and listened to it in the driveway, i.e. truck parked, opened the door and put my head to door speakers and it just sounds like muddy static

    Has anybody had the same issue, and talked w Toyota about it? Results?
     
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  2. Jul 7, 2018 at 3:35 PM
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    Search box is your friend....about a zillion threads on this already...oh and welcome!
     
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    Welcome from CO. Streamed audio (actually all of the audio system) is horrible on these trucks.
     
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  4. Jul 7, 2018 at 3:59 PM
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    I'm starting to believe my non JBL 07 HU might not be that bad after all. My XM sounds great. Well...sort of great as in OK.....for now.....As much as everyone is paying for these new 3rd gen Tundras......the stereo should be top notch and no new fangled nannies should be on these trucks until proven reliable. Fortunately there quite a few posts here on the forum where quite impressive stereo upgrades have been done.
     
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  6. Jul 7, 2018 at 4:03 PM
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    I have their highest JBL system Toyota supplies for these trucks by factory. Absolutely horrible.
     
  7. Jul 7, 2018 at 4:09 PM
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    That totally sucks because JBL can make decent stuff. Er.....used to apparently.
     
  8. Jul 7, 2018 at 4:09 PM
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    The rockford fosgate in the Titan is only marginally better. I would be embarrassed to throw a brand name on either system.
     
  9. Jul 7, 2018 at 4:49 PM
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    Another JBL sucks thread—drink!

    Welcome from OR!
     
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  10. Jul 7, 2018 at 5:25 PM
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    I have the JBL and its pretty bad. Well really bad. The only way to make it sound decent is to fade it mostly to the front, one click to the right. Bass and treble 3 clicks from max, and mid max. Even then its not so good with FM,XM,or CD. If you stream Amazon music via bluetooth or pandora however it actually sounds good, really good in my opinion. So I actually upgraded my data plan so I can stream music all the time in my car. I set pandora to "high quality sound" and turn my phone volume to max. It really makes a huge difference. That and I did some sound deadening that helps cut out background noise.
     
  11. Jul 7, 2018 at 5:45 PM
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    I actually loaded up a bunch of music on a USB thumb drive—that's the best sound source I've found so far.
     
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  12. Jul 7, 2018 at 5:50 PM
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    That was the only thing that turned me off with my new 18. I traded in my Denali Dually on it and the system in there was amazing and this one is crap. Going to have to look into some aftermarket action to get it to ripping.
     
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    It sucks a $50k truck has such a bad stereo. The worst part of this shitty JBL system is nearly impossible to do a simple upgrade on. The non JBL can be tinkered with pretty simply.
     
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    I had just finished my test drive and I turned on the radio and I was like damn. I looked at the salesman and said this truck has a 55k sticker and Toyota puts a 200 dollar stereo in it. Gasp.
     
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    Theres only a handful of factory premium audio systems throughout all the manufacturers that have recieved a semi respectable review that ive read recently.

    Those were really nice vehicles and had systems from companies like Mark Anthony, Harmon Kardon(sp?), and ect...

    I guess when it comes down to it, auto manufacturers are insistent that woofers belong in a door playing music to our ankles. And i dont even like my ankles!
     
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  18. Jul 8, 2018 at 8:42 AM
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    Thank you Gentlemen. Sorry for stirring up an old story without searching the forum first.

    Surprised that none of the reviews I read prior to buying addressed the lousy stereo.
     
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    I just got my head unit replaced yesterday. Because out of 46 days owning it, 28 days with a frozen screen. I also had them check my sub woofer in the back. The toyota dealerships mechanic said "The sub woofer works, but we just can't hear it". What a dumb a$$.
     
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    When was 46 days? The sub probably has a mailbox post in it.
     
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    I have the JBL premium in my 2018 Platinum Crew Cab. I was on and off about the stereo at first.

    One day, I set the treble, mid and bass to 0 and I found I actually enjoyed the sound.

    I've heard from others, having a stereo shop level the sound makes a big difference.

    Ripping the whole JBL system out is a complex and expensive endeavor...
     
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    If you really want to check the polarity, have at it. Couldn’t hurt.

    My 12’ Tundra wasn’t that bad, so I had zero complaints.
     
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    Only thing that works, if your JBL, entune stereo not up to par, call and make your concerns known to toyota.
     
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    I have a 2015 DC SR non JBL the speakers were paper kazoos. I got the local top car stereo shop in stall JL component speakers all around and an Alpine 45 watt per channel amp . It made a world of difference and one of the best mods I have done, best $600 I have spent on it .
     
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    From what I've seen on all the posts and complaints the oem head unit after 2013 doesn't put out enough power. Someone could make alot of money by simply finding a way to get a little more volume out of a oem HU. I upgraded my oem HU with the Phoenix Android HU thinking what could it hurt with a 30 day return policy. After installing it i was wowed by the size screen but still disappointed with the sound, thinking i would be installing amps and speakers next if i keep it. One night i was enjoying a few beers and exploring the new HU i found the Cur Vol switch, its kinda like the volume on your smart phone, it was only set at 30 and can be increased to 64, i was truly amazed by the sound from the stock speakers after cranking it up to 64. The quality and amount of sound is more than enough for me and have no intentions upgrading the sound system any further. I personally dont think Toyota will be increasing volume in anything due to possibly of a past lawsuit, kinda like the grab handle.
     
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    Its called an amplifier.
     
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    I am familiar with what a amplifier is, the factory installed one with the JBL system just doesn't get a strong enough signal from the oem head unit. Kinda like playing music from your phone on your tundra with the media volume @ 1/2 . Give it a try.
     
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    Yeah, that is the unfortunate part of the "premium" JBL system. There is no way to "just add an amplifier", because of how the wiring and current are set up.

    One would have to also replace the head unit. Not only would that be expensive, but you would lose Entune and likely have to replace all the speakers ( door, in-dash front, etc).

    I'd like a better stereo system for sure, but not for what it would cost.

    There is this kit for upgrading the JBL Tundras...

    http://oemaudioplus.com/toyota/jup/

    $1,600 may be worth it. Check this thread for details and user feedback, but pay attention to the JBL thing. Only kits made for the JBL premium will work for trucks factory optooned with the JBL premium system.

    https://www.tundras.com/threads/2018-jbl-premium-sound-upgrade.18423/
     
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    I spent $630 for a Phoenix Android head unit, makes the stock JBL speakers sound like a $50,000 truck should. I think all it would take is someone with electronic background to compare the pre 2013 to the current oem head units.
     

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