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My 01 LX rear speakers sound very muffled when I shift the fader to only play the rears. Is this normal?

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Unfortunately the rear speakers are very small (4" I think) and they don't reproduce sound very well. I upgraded the speakers in my '00 to sony xplode's, but they still don't sound as well as rear speakers should. There is a mod somewhere to install 6x9's in the hatch and to switch between them and the 4's.
You could try turning up the treble to see if they sound less muffled.
 

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I know that the rear speakers are only 4" as opposed to the 6.5" up front, but the difference in volume seems TO LARGE to me.
I know I'm farther from the rear speakers, but I've taken that into account.

I've suspected that the factory radio may put more power to the front speakers than the rear speakers...maybe to keep from disturbing sleeping babies?

Anyone out there know what the power rating is for the factory head unit on the LX?

By the way, I changed my speakers to Pioneer 1665 (front) and 1645 (rear) and there is still a large difference in volume when I fade to the rear.


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Fold the rear seat-backs down in order to get more volume from the rear speakers. The seat-backs are between you and the speakers and this blocks the sound.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by longhornody:
My 01 LX rear speakers sound very muffled when I shift the fader to only play the rears. Is this normal?
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Yes, for factory speakers, very much so. The "muffled" sound you describe is mostly the result of the lack of high frequency response coming from the rears. This is intentional, making the rear speakers cheaper to manufacture since no separate HF driver needs to be used, not even a cheap "whizzer" cone.

<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by SoFlaOdyssey:
I know that the rear speakers are only 4" as opposed to the 6.5" up front, but the difference in volume seems TO LARGE to me.
I know I'm farther from the rear speakers, but I've taken that into account.

I've suspected that the factory radio may put more power to the front speakers than the rear speakers...maybe to keep from disturbing sleeping babies?

Anyone out there know what the power rating is for the factory head unit on the LX?
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The head unit may very well be tuned to have less gain for the rear, but would kinda doubt they would provide less power back there since the ICs they use in the amp stage are already dirt cheap and economies of scale.... But I really can't say for sure. I could be wrong and really couldn't tell unless I popped one of these suckers open to see what's in it.

Anyhow, I'd guess that Honda engineers didn't want to blast the 3rd row passengers away since those speakers are so much closer to ear level, thus the gain/level setting. Also, for best front soundstage, rears should be lower level, barely audible.

OK, but to answer your question, most factory heads don't put out more that ~10-15W/Ch RMS, if that. Don't know exactly for Honda units.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by shinjohn:
Anyhow, I'd guess that Honda engineers didn't want to blast the 3rd row passengers away since those speakers are so much closer to ear level, thus the gain/level setting. Also, for best front soundstage, rears should be lower level, barely audible.
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Ahh, the sign of a faithful audiophile. Do you really think that the audio system engineers were thinking of soundstage when designing the Odyssey's audio system?

Well, they do *seem* to have lowered the
volume of the rears relative to the front.
Who knows!?!

OK, but to answer your question, most factory heads don't put out more that ~10-15W/Ch RMS, if that. Don't know exactly for Honda units.
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I'd be surprised if it put out more than 5 watts RMS per channel...Most listening is probably done at a fraction of a watt anyway.


Thanks for the reply Shinjohn. I know you're pretty busy lately!



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