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If I get the 2011 Mazda 2 i wont want to change anything on it, just keep it stock. Can any Mazda 2 owners on here share how they like the Mazda 2 OEM factory audio system.
 

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If I get the 2011 Mazda 2 i wont want to change anything on it, just keep it stock. Can any Mazda 2 owners on here share how they like the Mazda 2 OEM factory audio system.
I have the Touring vesion with the six speakers and the controls on the wheel.

The controls on the wheel are great for me to search for preprogrammed stations, but I normally use Satellite radio through the aux input. Thus I would only use the wheel controls for volume, but the volume knob on the center console is large enough that I don't need the wheel controls ( but it is great having cruise controls ).

There is Automatic Level Comtrol for the volume based on speed, but I would rather control the volume manually.

It is great having the aux input, but the is a problem with buzzing through the speakers when power is also hooked up through the cigarette lighter. But goes away in a few minutes. It is mentioned in the owner's manual that it Ia a known issue.

Also, during the first start of the day, when it is cold/cool out, there is a buzzing through the right speakers when listening to low frequencies, high bass. I read somewhere on another forum that this is a known problem, and Mazda does not have a fix for it.

I eventually will replace the speakers with better ones. I would also eventually like to replace the head u it, but not sure if the wheel controls will work with an aftermarket unit.

Otherwise, it is just another average factory stereo.
 

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For the 6 speaker touring (just got it yesterday) I was impressed with the sound quality. It is comparable in quality to my 3 hatch touring sound system which was good. The head unit looks stupid, but for a cheap car it sounds great. Sound nuts will upgrade factory systems no matter how good. Unless I blow a speaker I wont be looking to upgrade any part of it. Its fine for my daily commute, just enough bass to sound good at reasonable volume levels.
 

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The stock audio system in our 2011 Touring is pretty good for what it is. Before the Mazda2 we had a '08 Honda Fit Sport and the stock audio system in that car was terrible in comparison. I just fade the speakers +1 to the rear, and haven't really messed with the bass or treble much. The stock audio system in the new Mazda3 is better but I'll chalk it up to the fact that it's also more complex, more power, larger speakers, etc. For what it's worth, the stock audio in the Mazda2 sounds way better than the stock audio in the '06 MINI Cooper S that I had, so that should say something.
 

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I think the stock system in the 4 speaker Sport sounds ok, but very boomy. It has a lot of undefined bass. It also does not have a lot of crisp highs, cymbals sound very dirty. Vocals don't sound too bad, and if you are used to being in clubs you probably feel at home with it turned up.
 

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I was surprised how good our Sport's 4 speakers sound. We plug in a gen2 iPod Shuffle and other than a slightly boomy midrange, it sounds pretty darn good. I'm sure these are the same type of paper cones with whizzers that our CX9 had, and those sounded good too. If they added a midrange level setting it'd be nearly perfect for a car like this.
 

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I was surprised how good our Sport's 4 speakers sound. We plug in a gen2 iPod Shuffle and other than a slightly boomy midrange, it sounds pretty darn good. I'm sure these are the same type of paper cones with whizzers that our CX9 had, and those sounded good too. If they added a midrange level setting it'd be nearly perfect for a car like this.
I don't know much about car audio but I guess if Mazda had included a better audio system it would push the price up to a figure that would make us walk away from the dealership

The good thing is I see used car audio stuff selling for cheap! So going aftermarket MIGHT be a good idea.
 
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