Lexus is devoted to experiences and the engineers at Lexus understand that one extremely important experience for any driver is the audio one. Whether you’re taking a cross-country road trip or just a quick drive up the block, the sound system plays an important role for every driver and passenger alike. That is why Lexus and the team at Lexus Dominion want to make sure you’re making the most of your Lexus audio system. Here’s how you can adjust your Lexus Sound System settings and take advantage of all that it has to offer for every trip – long or short.
Your Lexus Audio To-Do List:
- Get your Radio Presets in Order. The new Lexus models allow you to assign up to 36 different radio preset stations and you can intermingle from all sources, including those from Sirius XM Radio. 36 presets can be a lot to cycle through and takes a lot of commitment to plan and program. If you know what you like and don’t want the hassle of choosing stations you’re not even interested in, then we recommend you shorten your preset list. To do this, go to the Menu icon then go to Setup/Audio/Radio Settings/Number of Radio Presets – once you’re here, you can then select fewer stations for the Preset mode. You can then select the number that best fits your music needs: six, twelve, eighteen or keep all 36 presets – the choice is yours.
- DSP Settings. This is one of the most important settings to check and adjust. The DSP Settings include the Automatic Sound Levelizer and the DSP Surround Sound option. Both settings enhance your audio system and both will more than likely already be turned on for new owners taking delivery of their Lexus, but if not (or if you didn’t buy your Lexus from North Park Lexus at Dominion), then you can get to the DSP Settings via the DSP tab in the “Sound Settings” area for your specific Lexus model.
- Automatic Sound Levelizer – this can be turned on or off (but should always be on). When ASL is on, the system automatically adjusts the volume and tone quality according to vehicle speed in order to continually deliver a crisp sound regardless of ambient noise.
- DSP Surround Sound – another setting which should ALWAYS be turned ON. Why? Having this turned on tells the audio system to harness the cabin speakers to deliver the most realistic sound possible. This realistic audio experience is great -, especially with classical music.
- Go to the Movies – For anyone that’s had to wait in the car, using this feature is priceless. Yes, it may seem outdated now but you can go about using this feature a few different ways now making it all the more useful. If you have a DVD handy or just happen to be parked outside of one of those Redboxes, you can insert a DVD into the CD player (Lexus models with Navigation – Gen7 or newer OR has Mark Levinson audio) and watch away. Of course, the car has to be parked. The new way to enjoy the movies or the latest Netflix obsession is using the onboard Wi-Fi. 2018 Lexus NX, RC, and LS have 4GB of complimentary Wi-Fi for the first year and future Lexus models will be adding this feature with their multimedia updates.
- Upgrade to Mark Levinson. The standard Lexus Premium Sound System is great, but if you have the option to upgrade to Mark Levinson then do it. The Mark Levinson options not only offer more speakers but also delivers superior sound quality thanks to advanced technologies that will “fix” different sound sources. Using their own advanced Clari-Fi technology, the Mark Levinson system can increase the music download quality so that music streaming from your phone via Bluetooth or auxiliary port sounds just as clear as the old-school CD when played through high-end audio systems. If you’re like us and listen to BT Audio as your primary music source, then the Mark Levinson upgrade with Clari-Fi technology is money well spent
Do you have tips on making the most of your Lexus sound system? Let us know by sharing them in the comments section below or stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion and take us on an audio test drive.