Re: Lexus SC430 Mark Levinson Stereo sounds poor

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Old 01 Jun 2014, 02:44 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Re: Lexus SC430 Mark Levinson Stereo sounds poor

On Sunday, May 18, 2003 4:16:18 AM UTC-4, Dan wrote:
> I am not too impressed with the sound quality on the SC430.
> Girlfriend just got a Ford Escape and her factory 6 in-dash CD changer
> stereo blows the doors off mine-- much tighter sound, music is
> crisper.
> What is really bad is the bass on my Mark Levinson. I have to keep it
> way down low, otherwise it sounds very distorted and just plain awful.
> I really don't know what all the hype is about this stereo. Perhaps
> it's defective? It just sounds like a poor quality stereo.

I own a 2002 SC430 and believe me, it is best audio there is. Unfortunately this system is known for speakers that fail and distort as a result. My speakers (the 2 larger ones on the doors) went bad after just 3 years. Thedealer replaced them free as it was under warranty. Now those went bad after 7 more years. The problem is the material that makes up the surround on the speakers. It deteriorates and no longer holds the cone in the centerof the driver.

My Lexus dealer quoted $300 for each speaker replacement. A Lexus service person recommended going to a local auto audio shop, but after watching videos of owners replacing the speakers themselves, I am reluctant to do so. I am not sure what I will do.

Mark Levinson now uses completely different speakers. I just purchased a 2014 ES300h with the ML. I am very disappointed as the sound is overly bright and the center front speaker is so loud it overwhelms the other speakers.. At least that's the way it sounds to me and I have found a few others onthe Internet with the same complaint.
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