1 Month Test Drive Report from Malaysia ( Audio Review )
I came back to continue on posting my thoughts on the HRV.
I than realised I could not find the edit icon for my earlier post. ( It could be missing or I could not locate it, being the noob I am )
It than reminded me I could not find the Navigation menu on my HRV's 7 inch Touch Screen either.
Both were shockers. ( Still couldnt find the icon, hence a reply to the thread in continuation of my review. )
Only a few exceptions to the similarity of the situation here.
The missing Icon could be missing cause I could not find it.
It means it could be there, somewhere, its just that I couldn't locate it.
Now compare that with the missing Navigation menu.
The missing Navigation menu is missing because its not there.
7 inch display with so many exotic and futuristic bells and whistles.
For an example? Try to beat a single disc CD player.
Can you believe that?
My 2016 HRV player has a CD player!
But no Navigation.
Nope sir, not that outdated tech.
I mean who uses navigation these days?
Man that's so millennial.
Not for the Malaysian masses.
Especially when every city has atleast a dozen different traffic lay out,
24 different master plans,
and 36 different road design concepts all in one city,
which really depends on who developed that particular suburb or god forbid, that town.
Driving from one location to another location inside a town like Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru with the aid of sign boards is like a city slicker navigating his way through thick virgin rain forest by observing the direction of moth growth on tree trunks.
Half of the signboards inner city could as well as been pointing towards the capital of Timbuktu and the other half have yet to be replaced after being stolen and sold off by the scrap metal dealers when the price of scrap metal skyrocketed during the Chinese Olympic construction frenzy.
So why on earth would Malaysian need Navigation in their top spec HRV?
This, in my opinion renders the 7 inch display system as one large fancy fingerprint and dust magnet.
The only consolation is that the display unit also doubles up as your reverse camera monitor.
It would be a pain to reverse park otherwise, really.
What made it so sour for me was that I did not check if the system included Navigation.
I sort of assumed it would.
I know I know, I should have had alarm bells ringing when the **** thing came with a CD player.
Well lets not despair over such a trivial overlook now shall we?
Lets look at the good parts of the Audio unit.
System comes with a 6 speaker setup.
It can play music via bluetooth, a flash drive ( Havent tried this one yet but I will still thank the Gods of Honda that they didnt think that playing music through a flash drive was so outdated ).
Did I mention that it can spin a CD?
You can even eject the CD when the car is switched off!
It is suppose to have a few more bells and whistles that I have not fully had the time to explore, but lets bundle all these unexplored might exist might not exist in the Malaysian spec extras and save it inside the Plus Point folder.
THE VERDICT ISSSSSS!!
The sound absolutely sucks.
Matter of fact, I have not heard such a muffled, lethargic, uninspiring, multiple sound defect system in a long time.
And when I say a long time, I would say I am talking about the time when cars came with cassette players.
I am very sure that if one was to test the systems on the midspec and the low spec variants available in the Malaysian market, it would sound better. I am sure of this despite the fact I have never listened to the set up which comes with the mid and low spec units because the sound could not get any worst than the one produced by the 7 Inch 6 speaker player.
The low end is muddy, the high end is screechy and the mid is flat with most of the details not there at all.
How bad is it?
Well I am not an audiophile but I have always had a decent player in the car.
But you cant miss how awful the sound is if you paid a little attention to it.
No really, how bad is it?
Well I have yet to do any changes to the stock car, so my priority list was extra security lock, the modulo bodykit, the boot tray and finally changing the reflective strip on the rear bumper to LED lights.
That list has gone out of the window and I am currently looking to change all 6 speakers on the car, and if I am not able to avoid it, add an amp or two to drive those speakers.
I hope that its sufficient.
I pray that it is.
Because if this doesnt work, than the only recourse left is to change the player itself.
Which means I just flushed down a load of good money buying premium spec.
Which means I have to now spend my time and more money to try to minimise the number of functions I will loose if I replace the 7 inch stock player.
Reverse camera, steering wheel switches for answering calls etc.
What about phone connectivity, Honda Apps etc you ask ?
Oh I wouldnt worry about that.
Trust me, I really wouldnt fret about it.
Most of the stuff doesnt do half of what it is suppose to do stock right out of the box anyway.
Not unless you spend countless hours on the internet trying 3 or 4 different things to get it working.
Half way working.
Not fully functional to even the most basic level which you thought the salesperson or the brochure or the website claimed.
Oh, before we have any Apple Fan Boys claim superiority over Android users over the compatibility and connectivity of Iphones, I have to break your bubble by saying that the 7 inch player is equally bug infested regardless of which make you are pairing it with.
The 7 inch player performs very poorly when paired with mobile devices.
So there you have it.
Premium spec 7 inch multi nonsense player is not worth the money.
The only problem is, buyers in countries like Malaysia do not have an option to exclude it from their package.
The specification for the 3 classes available is quite rigid.
So if you are thinking of buying an HRV and havent decided what spec to go for, my advice is exclude the 7 inch player from your equation.
No I take that back.
I would say include the 7 inch player in the negative list when you are weighing in your options.
I think I will write about driving the car in my next update, split into a few sections ofcause.
I will most probably talk about "How quiet the car is" sales pitch.
Till my next update, enjoy the drive and stay safe on the roads folks.