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I feel like an idiot for even asking this, but is it possible to change audio settings in the base pioneer head unit like balance, fade, treble, etc...? Or is the button that changes the sound type (natural, feel, etc.) my only option? My wife can't stand the sound quality of the radio and I have to kind of agree, but from what i've heard, its basically the design of the speakers, not the head unit.
 

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In my opinion, the front speakers are not too bad and put out decent amounts of bass and treble, although the overall sound from the front speaker pair can only be called "good" at best. It's the rear speakers that are too small and also the overall sound from the rear speakers is muddy. Some folks have replaced all four door speakers and have been disappointed by the lack of bass, then they go back and add a subwoofer. In my case I replaced just the rear speakers with Kicker 6 1/2" component speakers with the tweaters mounted high up in the rear doors. I like the overall sound now. I feel I got a lot of bang for my buck ($80) but your experience may differ.

Scion packages the manual for the audio head unit separate from the owner's manual. For my 2011 the base head unit owner's manual part number is PT546-00111 but older years will likely have different numbers since head unit features change over the years.

From my manual, you need to:
  • turn the radio on
  • press and HOLD the SSP button to activate the Audio Control mode
  • while in this mode, rotate the Multi Control knob (the big one) to scroll thru the audio controls: Fader/Balance - Bass - Treble - AutoSoundLevel - Subwoofer - AudioBookSpeed - IpodDirectControl - AdvSoundRetriever (your menu may be different)
  • when the desired control is displayed, rock the Multi Control knob up/down and/or side to side to make your adjustment
  • after a short delay of no activity, the Audio Control mode ends and the normal display is resumed
Another thing to check is the Car Type. By default the radio is set for Scion TC. Make sure the SSP car type is set for XB. To check/change this, press and hold the SSP button while the power is Off. The Multi Selector can then be used to solect SubWoofer On/Off, Opening Title (can be customized by you), and the SSP car type.

Hope this helps.
 

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thanks so much! I forgot to mention that in my initial post, I bought my xb used and there was nothing in the owners manual about the radio operation. I didn't realize that they came with a seperate manual for the radio. Mine must be missing. or maybe wasn't put in by the original dealer. They didn't even put the rubber plugs in the floor crossmembers in front of the rear wheels that is supposed to be done during the dealer prep, they were still in a plastic bag in the glove box when I got it.
 

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wow, what a difference! You were right, it was still set for a TC. I set it for an xb and changed the settings to my liking and it sounds much better. your right about the rear speakers though...now that I set everything up the way I want, the fronts dont actually sound to bad but you don't get very much sound out of the rears, even when you crank the fade all the way to the rear.
 

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Glad to hear the audio now sounds better for you. Now you just need to fix the rear speakers...
 

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to james442: the answer is the #3 post in this thread. Look at the past history of this thread, a detailed answer is here already.
 
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