Car Audio Test: Hyundai Genesis—Lexicon

By Tom Martin

November 18, 2011

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Car: 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8

Audio System: Lexicon
Features: 17 Speakers, 7.1 Channels, HD Radio, XM radio, 6 Disc CD/DVD changer

 

Scores:

Balance Of Bass/Midrange/Treble: 80
Clarity: 82
Low Distortion: 78
Dynamic Power: 86
Spaciousness: 85
Background Quiet: 89
User Interface: 82

 

Composite Score: 82

Testing Notes: This Lexicon system spreads the sound out nicely in front of the driver and is enhanced by the quiet cabin of the Genesis sedan. Even so, with a slightly depressed midrange, an edge to the treble and thickness in the bass, we didn’t get the ideal sense of realism that we’d like. A few bumps in the frequency response curve also detract from the punchiness on some songs, even though the system will play quite loudly (note, however, that subwoofer lovers won’t find anything like the ultimate low end here).