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Question about upgrading audio system

Hi Guys! I need some advice. I just bought an EX HR-V and I am loving almost everything about the car. I am coming out of a 2012 Jetta which had a lot of reliability issues and am new to the Honda brand. Almost everything in the HR-V feels like an upgrade over the Jetta EXCEPT for the audio system. I thought my Jetta SE had a mediocre/ barely sufficient sounding system but the stereo in the HR-V is downright horrible even for a base system. My questions is can upgrading only the speakers significantly improve the sound system or would I need to install a subwoofer in addition to other things? I was hoping to keep the car completely stock because I don''t like messing with the original components of the vehicle the may potentially void the new car warranty but I don't think I can tolerate the horrible sound quality....you can't even adjust the midrange, only bass and treble..WTF!!!.....Also for those of you who actually own or been inside an HR-V, are those grills on the dash actually speakers or are they there just for looks?
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I believe the grills near the windshield are the tweeter speakers.
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In Brazil, those grills are tweeters only in the EXL (top) version.

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Sound systems have always been a weak point on Hondas. I can't think of a Honda sound system that compares favorably to any of the competition. Fortunately the rest of the car usually overshadows the stereo (at least for me). Sound systems can be upgraded by aftermarket if desired, thankfully.
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Good speakers helped me -

When I had to replace my radio in an Acura RSX I decided to upgrade the speakers. It made a big difference without having to spend big bucks.
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I hear there is no "true" equalizer on the HR-V. I have a 10' sub and new speakers that I would like to install on my potential new HR-V, but if I can not adjust the bass, treble, fade, etc. then I might have to reconsider this vehicle.

In order to completely revamp the audio system would I have to buy a new headset and basically forgo many of the features Honda has added to this new vehicle? It seems like Honda made it so you can not easily install a new audio system.
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I have to agree that the sound system (every part of it) is horrible sounding. I'm definitely going to be upgrading the speakers as well as adding an underseat sub. Depending on how much that improves the sound, I'll see about changing out the head unit.
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I have to agree that the sound system (every part of it) is horrible sounding. I'm definitely going to be upgrading the speakers as well as adding an underseat sub. Depending on how much that improves the sound, I'll see about changing out the head unit.
Which trim level? I drove and listened to an EX-L and it sounded...well, better than my 2006 Civic...in part because the HRV is quieter.
I even plugged in an mp3 player and that sounded quiet good.
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I have to agree that the sound system (every part of it) is horrible sounding.
Not sure which models your referring to with the "horrible sounding" audio.........

While it's not high-end home stereo audiophile fidelity I don't expect that in a vehicle either..........the (2) HR-V EX models we have sound pretty darn good IMHO with the stock 180-Watt 6 Speaker setup.

I can't complain and have no inclination to modify the existing setup.
Much better fidelity than our previous '11 Tucson or '13 RAV4 systems.

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I have the LX trim, but I also heard the EX's upgraded system as well. I bought the LX knowing that I was going to be upgrading the sound.

There isn't enough clarity in the high end, and the low end just simply doesn't exist. Low mids are also crap. My 2000 Volvo S70's stock setup was a lot better.

I'm no audiophile by any means, but I do like a balanced, full, and clear sound that works with the wide range of music I listen to.
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