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Anyone with the JBL system in the 2019?

Just wondering if the JBL system in the 2019 is better than previous models. I have a 2013 LTD and it's not very good, in fact it's pretty terrible. I did see a pic of a 2019 Hybrid showing several screens and was surprised to find that the JBL system on the new model has the same basic bass, midrange and treble sliders. The tweeters seem to have been moved to the pillars, but I don't know anything else. Like many other owners, there is a lot of dissatisfaction with the 'premium' JBL sound system.
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Sounds better than my '16 Ltd HV, here's a video on the system I posted last November.

https://www.rav4world.com/forums/197...ml#post2652827

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IMHO the JBL system was really hampered by the lousy Fujitsu head unit in my 2013. I'll have to experience it in the new car to see if it's really better. On the earlier systems it seems like the balance and tone controls had very little effect, and the sub was very poor, at least in my car.
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My jbl seems to be head and shoulders above standard speakers. Speakers take 50 hours of burn in to sound their best. Mine sounds clear, and double base sounds natural. I have a good system at home so I know how some tracks should sound. And I was surprised how good the little Rav jbl clarify system sounds.
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I really like the JBL in my Limited.
I had a JBL in my 2007 Solara and never had to tinker with it.
The sound was (as is on the 2019 RAV) outstanding.
I usually change speakers and boosters on other cars, but in this case I'm sticking w/stock.
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At the end of my test drive we had the opportunity to test out the JBL system... but only for like 30 seconds with a radio station.

I think next time I'll ask to just sit in the car and connect my phone. I have a rooted phone with Viper4Andoid and I want to put it through its paces. I also want to test to see how loud it sounds from outside, because unlike some of those kids, I don't like to disturb the neighborhood.
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Thanks for the replies. I haven't experienced the 2019 JBL system yet, but plan to. My 2013 RAV w/JBL is not very good. The balance and the bass can't be adjusted to my liking. The sub puts out hardly any sound.
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Got to spend the day with an XLE Premium with the JBL and it left a very good impression on me! I ran it through the gauntlet of music genres and it did remarkably well and it was clear and not muddy at higher volume. I think they nailed it this time around. The JBL system in my 17 Tacoma had great bass but at higher levels it got very muddy and distorted. The JBL in my 18 Tundra is awful. You have to crank the volume all the way up to get good sound out of it...definitely not worth the money.

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I do have the same system in my '18 C-HR. Very impressive!

Ordered a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid AWD (XSE HV Premium) in Zircon Silver / Attitude Black.
For now my Black-and-Blue 2018 C-HR Hybrid Bi-tone Premium will do.
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I have a 2014 RAV4 Limited & the JBL sound system is AWFUL! Very disappointed...
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