Just installed a Alpine 7998 and a Alpine F540 amp to replace some
equipment that was stolen out of my car a while back. I love the
look and features of 7998, but it sounds terrible and I can't figure
The sound is thin and lifeless, lacking mids and lows. Highs are
shrill and actually hurts my ears to turn it up above moderate volumes.
I've checked and double checked the speaker polarity and phasing and
all is correct there. I've tried every combination of settings I can think
of in the time correction, bass focus and EQ with no joy. Media expander
sometimes helps, but mostly makes it sound worse. The audio source
doesn't matter, FM radio, CD, MP3, XM... it all sounds like crap.
What am I doing wrong?? I've got to be overlooking something simple.
These same speakers sounded fine behind a Alpine 7949 (which was
stolen), so I don't think it is the speakers.
Thanks in advance for any help!!