Audio quality of 8.4 system


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Aug 7, 2017
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Dallas, TX
2012 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, 2014 Grand Cherokee Limited Ecodiesel
I've noticed there are varying opinions of the 8.4 system's audio quality. Some people love it and others say it sucks. When I first got my JL I wasn't that impressed with it. I mostly listen to either spotify or google play music. I've noticed over the last year, that depending on how you use the system, your audio quality may vary wildly. When I first got my JL, I had a Samsung Note 8. The system sounded about the same as my JK. I wasn't impressed. Because of my jobs, I have access to various mobile phones. I broke the screen on my Note 8 and one day I dropped it off for repair. I put my sim card in an HTC U11 and was using that for a few days. The first time I listed to music through the U11 I was stunned. The base hit hard, and at 17 volume level the music was LOUD. With the Note 8, I was turning it up to 23 tog et the same volume and it sounded (blown out) as though the system didn't have enough power. When I got the Note 8 back, I couldnt use it because it sounded so bad compared to the U11. I had an Iphone 8 from work. I tried it and it wasn't as bad as the Note 8, but not great. Sometime later, I changed my iphone for a Galaxy S9 and tried it. It sounded great. Not quiet as good as the U11 but pretty close. I switched my personal phone (the Note8) for a Pixel 3 a couple of weeks ago. I noticed last night there was a lot of vibrations out of the subwoofer to the point that it sounded almost blown on some music. I was thinking that maybe i needed to take it in to the dealer, then I remembered how it seemed to vary by phone. I plugged the S9 in and the sound went back to being perfect. So if you think the audio sucks and you are using a streaming service on your phone, be aware that it might be your phone..

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