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10-19-2013, 09:31 AM
I noticed the sound system in a 2000 Grand Am sounds a lot better than in a 2002 Grand Am. Is it because of different speakers or because of the headunit?

The 2000 Grand Am headunit:

The 2002 Grand Am headunit:

10-20-2013, 10:58 AM
So, how can you tell quality by looking at pictures of sound equipment there bob?

1> Non monsoon, vs monsoon system, also, were both cars you heard stock all the way through? and set the same equalizer wise? the same song, windows up in both cars?

there are a lot of variables here that you didn't give. the 1st pic shows the non-monsoon that has fancy sliders for the eq, whereas the monsoon head does it internally, with only a 3 band eq,

10-20-2013, 03:56 PM
What previous poster says.

And if you don't have the speakers out, it could be something as simple as a blown speaker. (Some of the bicoil 6x9s that came with the Monsoon had a bad habit of having the surrounds separate which has the same effect as a blown speaker - even if not as obvious. There's a revised factory replacement that fixes that though. And the replacement process is fairly easy to do.)

Monsoon head unit has a 3 adjustable band blended range eq. (If I recall, display shows 7 bands, but you only get to control bass, midtone, and treble.) There should be 5 or 6 user-definable presets. To do a fair comparison, you'd probably have to set them all even on both head units.

Monsoons aren't that bad (more than loud enough for a typical stock system and fidelity is reasonable), but different enough where some people still go to aftermarket head units so they can get what they want in terms of speakers or anything else. Some later models (after 2003?) also let you play MP3 off a CD.