Car Audio Test: Acura TSX Special Edition—Acura Premium Sound

By Tom Martin

December 08, 2011

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Car: 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition
Audio System: Acura Premium Sound System
Features: AM/FM/CD/XM;MP3/Aux In, USB In; RDS;7 speakers
- Balance Of Bass/Midrange/Treble: 76
- Clarity: 82
- Low Distortion: 81
- Dynamic Power: 80
- Spaciousness: 78
- Background Quiet: 79
- User Interface: 82
Composite Score: 80
Testing Notes: This system has some problems. It sounds okay but a little lumpy, with a fairly big lower mid-range dip and blurry bass. The imaging is rather odd, shifted to the right, too low on the dash and overall a bit disembodied. The treble quality is actually pretty good, and the music doesn’t sound totally lifeless, despite these flaws. None of this is helped by the noise level on the TSX which, while not high, interferes more than on upper-end luxury models.
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