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Subwoofer difference in 2017 and 2020 models?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by rob4092xx, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. Jul 12, 2020 at 8:45 AM
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    rob4092xx

    rob4092xx [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I had a 2017 Limited that had the premium sound. Had base turned all the way up and I could hear the pounding from my Subwoofer. Loved it!

    I now have a 2020 Pro that has the premium sound. Have the base turned all the way up and I can't hear the subwoofer pound at all!

    Same Playlist from my iPhone.

    Was there a change in subwoofers, amps or some type of head unit change between the years?

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. Jul 12, 2020 at 1:10 PM
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    Nobody else have this issue???
     
  3. Jul 12, 2020 at 1:24 PM
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    Taquitoma

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    You're asking a very small pool of people who have owned both a 17 and 20...but here's some general torubleshooting tips.

    1. Make sure your phone volume is turned all the way up when you're on bluetooth, otherwise you'll get poor quality all around.
    2. Check the sound settings on your phone and disable "sound check". It's a nice feature theoretically but I found it lowers the volume way too much and results in a very noticeable loss of quality.
    3. Play around with the sound settings on the headunit. "Sound" button in the bottom right corner.
     
  4. Jul 12, 2020 at 1:48 PM
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    Taco1701

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    I had a 2017 with JBL and my 2020 has JBL. I notice a little less bass in the 2020 and it does seem like the difference has to do with the subwoofer. The door speakers are about the same as before. I'm still playing around with settings on the truck and my phone, so that may be some of what I notice. I wouldn't expect a change in the actual subwoofer or amp, but who knows? It's possible. My guess would that it may have something to do with the new head unit.

    You could probably rule out the subwoofer and amp change by looking at the part numbers, but I'm not sure where to look for that.
     
  5. Jul 12, 2020 at 2:14 PM
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    Perhaps the woofer needs to “break in” a bit? Can you hear it at all? Do the 2020s use the JBL branding like previous years?
    I know there where minor changes to the door speakers/some connectors for 2020s so they may have changed the sub setup too...
     
  6. Jul 12, 2020 at 2:20 PM
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    jtc411

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    Could it be a difference in the head unit? Maybe the 2020 head unit DSP and EQ are different. I don’t know as I don’t have jbl just a thought since 2020 did get a new infotainment
     
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  7. Jul 13, 2020 at 8:35 AM
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    rob4092xx

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    Many thanks to all for your replies! I am going to try it with "Sound Check" off like Taquitoma suggested,
     
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