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I just purchased the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0 T. I absolutely loved the car, with one major exception!!! The sound quality is HORRIBLE! I’ve already brought it to a couple of sound places to see what i would need to fix it, & they’ve been in complete disbelief in what they were hearing… Am I the only one?

I don't know what "complete disbelief " means regarding overall sound. But I have a 2015 Ultimate with the Infinity system and I'm not impressed with it. I preferred the JBL system in my 2003 Toyota Sienna over this any day. Low end rattles and buzzes unless I fine tune it out. Mids are a bit "cracking" and overall it lacks "punch" or "depth"----is the only way I can describe it. I honestly believe the Dimension system in my wife's car is better overall. Oh well, for what it is it's acceptable as it is, but if I bought it after market, I'd be ticked.
 

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Can we just all agree that the sound system in the 2019 SF is worse than a 1978 pinto? Complete garbage and Hyundai should be ashamed. I wish I could return my car because I expected so much better.
 

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Can we just all agree that the sound system in the 2019 SF is worse than a 1978 pinto? Complete garbage and Hyundai should be ashamed. I wish I could return my car because I expected so much better.
Nope. Strongly disagree. Maybe the standard one is so-so...but not the 640 watt, 12-speaker setup with the top package.

As for the Pinto...it's just another bad Ford like the Escort, Galaxie, LTD, Taurus, and a continuing line of troublesome SUV's...
 

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Nope. Strongly disagree. Maybe the standard one is so-so...but not the 640 watt, 12-speaker setup with the top package.

As for the Pinto...it's just another bad Ford like the Escort, Galaxie, LTD, Taurus, and a continuing line of troublesome SUV's...
OMG I have owned 2 escorts and one 3.8L Taurus which was the biggest piece of junk ever made. Those cars could not keep a transmission in them. JUNK! But the Escort, other than that crappy timing belt than broke and bent the valves (I replaced mine religiously) they were OK commuter cars. Got great mileage. No experience with the Galaxie. Also had a Mustang 2, 83 Capri 5.0 and 92 Mustang 5.0. Te Capri is the only car I had really good luck with.

But the LTD? Really? A ton of them went over 100k miles as police cars.

All of the cars above has a better sound system then the SF Infinity radio...
 

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But the LTD? Really? A ton of them went over 100k miles as police cars.

All of the cars above has a better sound system then the SF Infinity radio...
Obviously you're a Ford person for some time.

LTD's and Crown Victoria's (both used at times for police cars) were well-known rust buckets...some were notorious for rust through and severe frame corrosion in less then 2 years. Ford SUV's continue to hold that "bad tradition".

Just Google "Ford ltd rust through" for the long list of results on that topic.

As for the topic here...Ford audio systems are often under-powered and feature cheap/inefficient speakers.

In contrast, the ClariFi 640 watt 12-speaker system is head-and-shoulders better than any audio system in any Ford product I've witnessed (and that's a bunch). Stating the reverse indicates an agenda post...not the facts.

By the way...the ClariFi audio platform is also used in the Lexus and Maserati lines (and also was used in Lincoln).

Feel free to learn...

http://www.clarifisound.com/
 

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Actually, nothing beats the adjustable echo sound from those old front/rear reverb installations from the ‘60s. Just two speakers (dashboard and rear shelf) yielded a great sound, especially the Beach Boys and Ventures style classic tunes.

 

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OEM Factory Integration - Under-the-Seat Install Photos:

Most of this equipment was from my old DM. First time not having an aftermarket radio thus I needed the JL Audio FIX-82.

Setup:
  • JL Audio C5-650 6.5" Front Components
  • Morel Tempo Ultra 602 - 6.5" Coax Rears
  • JL 12" W6v3 sub - Fiberglassed enclosure from the DM - I'll make a new one for the TM somewhere down the line.
  • Alpine PDX-V9 - 5ch amp
  • JL Audio FIX-82 - OEM integration dsp
Install tips:
  • Front Tweeters
    • You will need to make a custom bracket of some sort for the tweeters (otherwise they will fall into your dash - the opening is large)
    • I took a dremel and cut off the mounting brackets of the OEM tweeter and glued them to the JL tweeter housing.
    • The bottom bracket holding the factory wiring harness is only held by double sided tape. Pry it off and transfer to JL housing
    • Solder/heat shrink the factory wiring harness. I recommend re-using the factory harness, there is VERY little wiring that comes out from the dash for the tweeter.
  • Mids/Coax Speakers
    • You can fit rather deep speakers. I used two - 1/2" MDF to make the speaker brackets. The factory speakers are on a bracket that is ~1.125". So up to 1" spacers work great.
    • Metra makes speaker harnesses but I didn't get them. Didn't want to wait for shipping. But this is probably a great option so you can keep the factory harness.
  • Under-seat Install
    • IF you want to install anything under-the-seat, you will most likely need to remove the under-seat AC vents. They are just plastic vents that route air. There are two tabs that hold them in place, just push down and they slide out.
    • Wiring is routed under the carpet --> through the center console --> then back under the carpet. This allows wiring to go from drivers seat to passenger seat and vice versa.
    • It's a bit tricky to cut an MDF board to slide under the carpet to mount accessories. The carpet is not flat and there is a significant amount of foam that bridges the gap from the frame and the carpet. So I didn't make a mounting board.
    • I ended up using drywall mushroom anchor bolts to hold it on to the carpet. Not ideal. But it works.
  • Bypassing Factory Amp
    • You will need to cut the factory harness and there are a lot of wires (some of the colors are NOT unique). Ex: Blue & red wires are used multiple times.
    • I P-touched labeled every wire twice (once before the cut and once after the cut) and also I recommend writing it down if you ever need to return back to factory.
    • All the wiring to the doors are wired through a wire harness. It'll be difficult to wire aftermarket speaker wire. Thus I soldered into factory wiring for speaker outputs.
    • OEM Amp Output (Front tweeters/mids) --> JL Audio FIX 82 --> RCAs to Alpine Amp --> Alpine outputs to factory speaker outputs (The wires I previously cut.
  • Cleaner install tips:
 

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I’m new here..so hello!
I just purchased the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate 2.0 T. I absolutely loved the car, with one major exception!!! The sound quality is HORRIBLE! I’ve already brought it to a couple of sound places to see what i would need to fix it, & they’ve been in complete disbelief in what they were hearing… Am I the only one?
I totally agree. I just traded my 2014 Elantra in and the speakers and sound was awesome but this new 2019 Elantra I have the speakers or horrible!!! Did you find some speakers to replace them yet? I’m searching now!
 

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No you are not the only one who hates the sound! I agree wholeheartedly. I just purchased a 2019 Santa Fe Ultimate as well. The system sounds like a cheap transistor radio in an old car. The base is garbled, the treble is a mess. It is not clean or distinct sound. I HATE it. I even wondered if someone stole the system it should have had and put in something else.

I went to my dealer today who told me that it is because I use the radio and the signal is not good. This is just not true. I test drove a Mazda and a Nissan and the Bose system sounded fantastic with the radio.

I'm thinking of having it replaced but it is evidently hard to do. I'm not sure where to go - Car Toys did not impress me.

Michele
 

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Michele i have same car add a better woofer and you‘ll love it. For a stock stereo it’s pretty darn good unless you trying to be in a sound competition.
 
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