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Old 12-26-2001, 11:52 AM   #1
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2001 Forester
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Default Sound Quality

Hi all,
This is regarding the rather dissapointing sound that the Forester has, the doors have a annoying buzz at certain frequencies and I wonder if there is anyone out there who has experienced this problem and any fixes for it ?

Im trying to make my Forester sound good from the inside. Are you all satisfied with your Forester Sound quality ? Ive done the changing the factory speakers, My next move is to quieten the door panels and fabricate a sub for the hatch. Its just that it is too cold here in Virginia to do anything other than gripe about imperfection.

And Compliments of the Season !

P.S. Ive prepared a CD of Test Tones of frequencies from 1Hz to 100Hz , this is very useful to iron out the Buzzing in the Doors. If you think it is useful, lemme know I will email an MP3 version to you.
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Old 12-26-2001, 04:31 PM   #2
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I've only swapped the speakers myself.

I guess some extra sounds insulation would help, but I'm not really an audiophile, and with a kid in the back you only want to hear "Best of Sesame Street" so loud, you know?

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Old 12-26-2001, 08:58 PM   #3
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Have you considered adding sound insulation like Dynamat? I've read about some owners who've taken apart the door panels and installed the sound deadening material.

Another idea to improve sound would be to try and mount your speakers (ie. tweeters) higher. You loose quite a bit of sound reproduction from the rear speakers due to their position and size.

Good luck!

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Old 12-27-2001, 11:37 AM   #4
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I agree w/juice and Ken as I've done the same speaker swap that they have. I do not get any buzzing in the doors but I do hear whistling at higher speeds from the roof rack, which is why I leave it off unless hauling something.

As for Dynamat, it is effective but also pretty heavy. How significant a difference in car performance that makes I can't say without evidence to back me up. I have used Dynamat in my antique car ('63 Studebaker) both in the floors and behind the front kick panels. It does make a difference in sound and vibration reduction and the Super Dynamat (with foil backing) can help reduce heat transfer as well. All this is more noticeable in a car with much more primitive sound deadening materials and in which performance is not a priority (the Studebaker has 112 bhp to move around a car the size and weight of a current Buick LeSabre ).

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