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#9 of 31 JBL Audio system
Dec 11, 2009 (8:53 pm)
Have a 2010 Venza awd v6. One of the "upgrades" was to the JBL audio system.
Wow, what a disappointment. I can only hope that Toyota will never put such a piece of junk into another car. The radio has all the specs and connects to everything, but the sound is just awful. It doesn't matter if you use the CD, XM, FM, or an Ipod, it is just a terrible sounding piece of junk.
I can only hope that somebody from Toyota reads these forums and they fix this soon, or just quit offering $1,000 upgrades that aren't worth a penny more than the stock radio.
PS, Love the rest of the car and I get to appreciate how quite it is.
#11 of 31 Re: JBL Audio system [flomt]
Feb 12, 2010 (4:38 pm)
I recently purchased a 2010 Venza and am experiencing the same problem with the radio. I am having a problem primarily with the FM stations. AM and XM seem to be okay. Have you contacted the dealer where you bought the car? If so, did they have any suggestions?
#12 of 31 Re: JBL Audio system [flomt]
Mar 24, 2010 (9:15 pm)
I have 2009 toyota matrix type S with the jbl audio system. it is not junk... excellent sound system..
#13 of 31 Bluetooth Compatibilty
May 25, 2010 (3:46 pm)
I have a 2009 Venza, with JBL Synthesis Nav system. I am able to use my iPhone 3g for hands free incoming and outgoing calls, and play all my music. The issue I am running into is controlling the iPhone via the JBL interface.
The only control is pause and play. Nothing else is available.
I checked with my Toyota dealer and discover the compatibility with iPhone, iPod, and Touch series is all based upon version. I asked the dealer if there is a firmware update for the JBL, and they say there is none they know of.
So I'm thinking of a different device for music; a blue tooth MP3 player not made by Apple.
So, does anyone know of a place where I find a listing of players that will allow complete control via the JBL touch screen?
#14 of 31 Re: Bluetooth Compatibilty [tnardozzi]
May 25, 2010 (6:14 pm)
I have also 2009 venza and I use blackberry for bluetooth audio streaming.
It is really cool. I can control the volume and track from the buttons in the steering wheel. Tracks, album, songs also can be displayed in the navigation screen.
#15 of 31 Re: Bluetooth Compatibilty [agie1]
May 26, 2010 (12:35 am)
Thanks for your reply. It's good to know that other phone devices work, such as your Blackberry. While that's one solution, I was hoping to find someone who knows of, or has a separate bluetooth player that is not phone based, but is compatible with the Venza. I don't want to stop using my iPhone.
#18 of 31 iPod integration
Dec 24, 2008 (6:30 pm)
There are several ways to connect an iPod to the Venza's stereo.
(1) You can use the AUX jack, but it has some limitations. For example, you can't skip to the next song via the steering controls, the only control you have is the volume. You have to pick-up the iPod to change songs, etc. which is dangerous when driving.
Since Toyota (and Lexus) will not let you see the phone number from an incoming call when driving (you can only see it when stopped), I'm surprised they let you to use other methods that are not as safe. (This is said tongue-in-cheek since I know you are responsible for driving safely).
(2) I purchased a wireless bluetooth connector for my iPod and initially it worked great. I can skip to the next song using the steering wheel. The drawbacks are: every time you get a call or make a call (with a phone connected via bluetooth) the audio connection is lost. This means you have to re-connect your device each time. When you re-connect, it starts playing from the beginning of the song that was playing.
(3) I know there are companies that make iPod integration kits (DICE, Scosche, etc), but I have not tried them yet.
Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences.