Thanks, Dave. I decided not to purchase and install the $30 (list) Bazooka remote volume control accessory. I did some overall volume adjustments with the head unit and sub, settling on a sub volume setting that is probably 75-80% of maximum. Of course, there is some bass variation in the various music source material, but that seemed like a decent average volume setting on the sub.
I might have made the same decision. $30 is $30. It's kinda nice to be able to easily fiddle with the sub levels while you're still in the "dialing in" phase of a new system. But after a few days, you'd likely not have to touch that remote again.
Randy wrote:For serious music listening and no passengers (where talking would require lower volumes), I find that the volume control on the Leaf is running in the 50-70% of full volume range.
That's not bad at all. As long as you're not wishing for a bit more volume, but driving your amp into clipping instead. It sounds like that's not a problem.
Randy wrote:As far as trying to limit bass frequencies from the door speakers, I've been happy with them the way they are. Like GeekEV says, it would be nice to have a little more control on the HU over the bass / treble / fader settings. There's only a few ticks in either direction.
Limiting the bass coming out of the front speakers would definitely make those
speakers sound worse. So, I wouldn't do that unless you could really benefit from more volume.
Regarding your quest for more EQ options, you could "bake" that EQ into your source material, assuming you are listening to .MP3s or CDs. In my car I noticed that I could make things sound much
better by using the built-in EQ of my portable MP3 player. (Connected to the head-unit via line-in.) You could do something similar, and eventually get rid of the external player. Something like:
- 1) Plug an iPod or what-have-you into the aux input of the Leaf.
2) Listen to some favorite tracks, and fiddle with the iPod's EQ settings until it sounds as good as possible. Make sure the same EQ "works" with all your music.
3) Note the EQ settings that you used.
4) Use a software equalization utility to "apply" a similar EQ to all the music on your USB stick or CD-ROM.
I don't know the name of any utilities of the type mentioned in step 4, but surely they exist, right?