Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Drives: 2016 Forte 5 SX, Snow White Pearl
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It's the only thing I'm disappointed with, really: The Forte has the worst factory stereo I've ever heard. And I've heard some bad ones. I don't know why it's so terrible, but it's usually the fault of the speakers, as almost all factory speakers are cheaply made in order to keep the cost low. The good news is that you have a few different ways to remedy this problem.
The most basic one is to simply upgrade the speakers. Pull the old ones out, drop new ones in, boom, done. This will bring a noticeable improvement, however how much improvement you get depends on a wide variety of factors, such as which speakers you choose and even your own personal preferences.
Beyond that, you can replace the factory head unit with a more capable aftermarket model, or keep the factory unit and go with a line out converter. This will allow you to use aftermarket amplifiers with your factory head unit. I've had great results from AudioControl products, which are "active" line out converters. They work much better than the simple passive converters you can get for $15.