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    I bought a 2011 model new as a daily driver. Never had any problems with it other than the recall on rough start/idle. Once fixed it ran fine for years. Being 6 foot and thin, I fit just fine. IMO it is a cool looking car, great for zipping around town and easy to park. My main gripe is that I wish it had a stronger engine. Sport mode gives it a little extra “ooommmph” of the line if I’m alone in the car, but with passengers or a car full of stuff I didn’t really notice it. Other than that brief initial acceleration, the 0-60 is the same as normal mode. The engine was also loud when stepping on it. I haven’t seen many other in the field that sported the upgraded LED headlights. They had the full daytime running LED strip at the bottom rather than the “missing tooth” that the regular HID ones have. The LED output at night was noticeably whiter/brighter than the standard HID…for what it’s worth. J The radio/speakers never really bothered me. They were ok.

    I really liked the thing but sold it a year ago because having a carseat would basically not allow an adult to sit in the front passenger seat….otherwise I may still have it.

    2011 CT200h Premium - Obsidian - Navigation - Black Leather - Premium Sound System - LED headlamps -Illuminated door sills - Rear Bumper Applique

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    Quote Originally Posted by LouMinoti View Post
    Everyone keep saying how bad the factory system is I wouldn’t know 🏾😆
    Mine is very modest compared with yours

    AudioControl LC2i:


    JL Audio RBC-1 Remote (top) and AudioControl ACR-1 Remote (bottom)


    JL Audio ACS110LG-TW1 Powered subwoofer:




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    Here a few more pictures of the speaker upgrade:

    Left side dash speaker: Infinity REF3022CFX


    Center dash speaker: Infinity REF3022CFX


    Right side dash speaker: Infinity REF3022CFX


    Metra 82-8148 6" to 6-3/4" Rear Speakers Adapter


    Metra 82-8146 6" x 9" Front Speaker Adapter


    Rear door speakers: Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" Speaker


    Metra 82-8146 6" x 9" Front Speaker Adapter


    Front door speakers: Infinity REF9620CX 6X9 750W Reference Series 2-Way Component System (only used the woofer)


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    Here is my write up which is still waiting for moderation:

    Hi guys. This past weekend finally pulled the trigger on some speakers and subwoofer and did the whole speakers/subwoofer upgrade on my 2012 Lexus CT200h. The process was easy thanks to many of you that had posted your installations, but I did some things different with up to date components as the recommended Infinity speakers are not available anymore. Here is the list of the components I got:

    1.- JL Audio ACS110LG-TW1 PowerWedge+ Powered Subwoofer.
    2.- JL Audio RBC-1 Remote
    3.- AudioControl LC2i
    4.- AudioControl ACR-1 Remote
    5.- 8AWG Gauge Amplifier Kit
    6.- Posi-Tap 12- 18 Gauge
    7.- 14AWG Gauge Speaker Wire
    8.- Infinity REF6522IX 6.5" Speakers (1 x pair)
    9.- Metra 82-8148 6" to 6-3/4" Rear Speakers Adapter
    10.- Infinity REF9620CX 6X9 750W Reference Series 2-Way Component System
    11.- Metra 82-8146 6" x 9" Front Speaker Adapter
    12.- Infinity REF3022CFX 3.5" For Dash (2 x pairs)
    13.- Metra 72-8104 Speaker Connector for Select Toyota Vehicles (2 x pairs)

    First installed the subwoofer. The JL Audio has speaker level inputs but decided to go with the JC2i because I knew that I would need to restore the signal as the Premium Sound system decreases the bass level when the vehicle speed increase. Also, the signal is cleaner so decided to try getting the signal from the OEM subwoofer terminal on the back. The subwoofer connector is on the right side and you can easily see it if you take out the Styrofoam compartment as you can see on the pictures. Knowing that the white wire is + and the black one -, using Posi-Taps the job was a piece of cake. Also, my thinking was that tapping on those wires would get me the OEM subwoofer working as well with the JL Audio (big mistake). Both, the JL Audio and the JC2i have DC Offset Auto ON function so no need for 12V remote wire which makes the installation even easier. It took me no more than 3 hours to get the subwoofer installation job done. With the help of my MacBook Pro + Audio Interface + Waves PAZ plugin + Voxengo SPAN plugin, I was able to check the frequency spectrum of the subwoofer speaker terminal which I can confirm that there is a low pass filter at 80Hz and no high pass filter. 80Hz is totally fine for me as that is always my crossover point for all thing’s audio related.
    After some fine tuning with the LC2i AccuBASS, I found the sound to be acceptable, but like somebody else mentioned in another thread, not all songs sounded good. Something was not right but I kept moving and started the speaker’s installation.

    The speaker’s installation was even easier. The Metra speaker adapters fit perfectly. These adapters weren’t available back in 2012 when most of you did your upgrades. Now they are available, and they really do the job. They even have a hole for the speaker wire adapter to pass.

    I did the rear speakers first then the three dash speakers. At that point I found the sound just a little bit bright but after installing the front 6”x9” woofers the system came back totally balanced. It sounds REALLY good. I did not upgrade the front tweeters as the ones that come with the Infinity components are too bright. Right now, the system sounds GREAT with the factory tweeters.

    Back to the subwoofer sound. Like I said, I wasn’t totally happy with the subwoofer sound. Something wasn’t right. I did check the frequency response of the front speakers and rear speakers and while the spectrum looked better above 80Hz, below 30Hz there is almost nothing. The front and rear speakers have a high pass filter around 30Hz which kills all the bass below 30Hz. So back to drawing board. After some thinking decided to try unplugging the OEM subwoofer to see if the estrange behavior was due to cancelation at the crossover point. To do that, I had to tap into the subwoofer adapter below the connector into the purple and yellow wires. I can confirm that both wires are (+) but using the Yellow as (-) and Purple as (+) the subwoofer stays on phase. To my surprise, I was right. The OEM subwoofer was canceling the JL Audio and after unplugging the OEM subwoofer the JL Audio came to life and all bass notes play accordingly. So, my recommendation for those tapping on the rear subwoofer speaker connector is to UNPLUG the factory subwoofer and tap into the Yellow and Purple wires before the connector and keep the factory subwoofer unplugged.

    All I can say is that the sound improved from 6 to 9. The head unit on this model is made by Pioneer and the stock amplifier is made by Panasonic. They are good components with enough power to drive aftermarket speakers to a decent and normal levels, not competition levels.

    I hope this help newer CT200h owners and BTW, all of these components work the same with the New UX250h as I already checked the Workshop Online manual and the Audio System is literally a copy of the CT200h design. Of course, with Airplay and all the newer stuff. The head unit on the UX is made by Pioneer and the amplifier by Panasonic as well.

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    Here some pictures of the subwoofer installation:

    Signal for the subwoofer taken from OEM subwoofer connector: white (+), black (-). Do this if you want to keep the OEM subwoofer working with the external subwoofer all together (I do not recommend doing this).


    Positive from battery with 30A fuse:


    Ground:


    All the wires mess under the spare tire:


    AudioControl LC2i:



    JL Audio RBC-1 Remote (top) and AudioControl ACR-1 Remote (bottom)


    Signal for the JL Audio subwoofer taken from the OEM subwoofer signal on the back before connecting to the OEM subwoofer: Purple (+), Yellow (-). This is what I do recommend to do and keeping the OEM subwoofer unplugged.
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