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