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Old 11-08-2017, 10:30 AM   #1
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Default Non-suby question: 2013 Prius V audio upgrade help

My wife has had the Prius since new. The stock base audio system blows, it's like listening to AM radio, astonishingly bad. I'd like to give her a mild upgrade for her birthday. Keep in mind we're NOT audiophiles, we're middle age family people, and don't need subwoofers and crap. I'd spend a couple hundred bucks.

Would upgrading speakers with the stock head unit do the job? If so, should I just go to best buy and have them put whatever is on sale in?
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:48 AM   #2
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we're NOT audiophiles, we're middle age family people...I'd spend a couple hundred bucks...should I just go to best buy and have them put whatever is on sale in?
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:59 AM   #3
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:44 AM   #4
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id change the radio first, then look at the speakers...... my opinion only

reasons i say what i did:
Aftermarket radio has more power, so more dynamic range available
aftermarket radio has better ( or should have) eq available to tailor the sound
aftermarket radio has updated features (or should have)
aftermarket radio can be adapted to steering wheel controls if it has them
aftermarket radio can be either a double din or single din, so touchscreen is available

and so on and so forth

in my 27 years of doing car audio, replacing the radio and utilizing the stock speakers (if they are not blown of course) has almost always yielded better results. And happy people. I have done just speaker upgrades for people and its been 50-50...... some dont hear much of a difference at all or some say it sufficed. But a lot of the time i ended up changing the radio anyway after the speakers, and they agreed the radio made a bigger difference..... so there is my 2 cents
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:08 PM   #5
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id change the radio first, then look at the speakers...... my opinion only

reasons i say what i did:
Aftermarket radio has more power, so more dynamic range available
aftermarket radio has better ( or should have) eq available to tailor the sound
aftermarket radio has updated features (or should have)
aftermarket radio can be adapted to steering wheel controls if it has them
aftermarket radio can be either a double din or single din, so touchscreen is available

and so on and so forth

in my 27 years of doing car audio, replacing the radio and utilizing the stock speakers (if they are not blown of course) has almost always yielded better results. And happy people. I have done just speaker upgrades for people and its been 50-50...... some dont hear much of a difference at all or some say it sufficed. But a lot of the time i ended up changing the radio anyway after the speakers, and they agreed the radio made a bigger difference..... so there is my 2 cents
This is all great and everything but the guy doesn't care. He just wants it to not sound like ****. His wife is probably not going to like losing her Prius touch screen as well (remember the budget). That's what you're suggesting with an aftermarket radio.

Dynamic range means nothing to a person who won't use it or look into how to adjust that kind of stuff.

OP if the speakers are blown, you might want to tell your wife not to turn it up to the max volume. Max volume = distortion = blown speakers. If it's not loud enough then look into the new radio route that Doctor 12v has suggested.
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:43 PM   #6
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My wife has had the Prius since new. The stock base audio system blows, it's like listening to AM radio, astonishingly bad. I'd like to give her a mild upgrade for her birthday. Keep in mind we're NOT audiophiles, we're middle age family people, and don't need subwoofers and crap. I'd spend a couple hundred bucks.

Would upgrading speakers with the stock head unit do the job? If so, should I just go to best buy and have them put whatever is on sale in?
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+1.

i agree with your suggestion.
the OP is not familiar with understanding how car audio systems work "...we're NOT audiophiles..." & "...don't need subwoofers and crap. I'd spend a couple hundred bucks..." then anything aftermarket will be better for him and his wife. plus his price requirement limits a lot of good sound reproduction equipment possibilities.

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Old 11-08-2017, 03:30 PM   #7
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Exactly. ^ Speakers aren't blown, they are just exceptionally bad, and were from day 1.
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:33 PM   #8
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i completely missed the 200 dollar limit........that changes things for sure
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Old 11-08-2017, 04:03 PM   #9
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Whenever I get sick of a car I put in new speakers. Good for 4-8 months.....
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