2019 Nissan Full-Size Pickups Will Turn It Up to 11

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Although there won't be many changes for the 2019 model year on the pickup truck side of Nissan's product lineup, there will be one very loud, and very familiar, addition to the Titan and Titan XD.

The new sound system is called the Fender Premium Audio System, and this is the first time it will be offered for any pickups in the U.S.; previously, it was only available for Volkswagen cars and SUVs. The system offers Fender parent company Panasonic's proprietary Acoustic Motion Control, which is designed to stabilize each speaker and reduce vibration in order to provide a clearer, more pronounced sound experience for all occupants.

The new sound system uses 12 speakers in Titan crew-cab models and 10 speakers in King Cabs, with peak amplifier power reaching 485 watts via nine channels. Pricing and trim availability have not yet been finalized and announced, but Nissan did say it would be available on select trim levels this fall. We're guessing we'll get more details next week at the 2018 State Fair of Texas and we'll pass them along when we get them.

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Comments

love my Fender amps but putting a Fender applique on the speakers is pretty thin stuff if your current model is over two years old and your little brother (Frontier) is more than ten.

Toyota and Nissan really need to up their game if they want to remain a factor in this truck market.

Watch RAM come out with a Marshall Amp sticker for the PowerWagon!

BOSE

First the meat smoker truck, now this. Who is your target consumer, Guy Fieri?

Ampeg is better :D

It only fitting, Japanese auto company using Japanese audio electronics.

It only fitting, Japanese auto company using Japanese audio electronics...Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Sep 20, 2018

@GMSRGREAT

Pow! you nailed it. Hats off!

I personally haven't purchased any Fender products since 2005. But this looks like just a badge to me. The speakers and system are Panasonic with a little input from fender and then a fender logo added. I think Nissan was with a different audio company prior. I guess that contract expired. Meh, I'd rather they adjust some gears and suspension so that the half ton Titan could tow at least as much as a Tundra.

Yawn, next.

@GMSRGREAT

Pow! you nailed it. Hats off!

Posted by: papajim | Sep 20, 2018 10:03:09 AM

I consider it an honor to have a my comment recognized by you sir.

I have never had fender. Would be nice to hear it in person. Might have to stop by dealerships and take a drive and listen.

I personally would rather have Rockford or Alpine. Both have way better speakers than the junk BOSE that are in my Sierra. I have never had luck with BOSE. Once its out of warranty, I ripping them out. My tweeters are already crackling....taking them in for warranty work. And I don't play music that load.

I ripped them out of my SS trailblazer and put all Rockford in and it sounded amazing!

I have never had fender. Would be nice to hear it in person. Might have to stop by dealerships and take a drive and listen.

I personally would rather have Rockford or Alpine. Both have way better speakers than the junk BOSE that are in my Sierra. I have never had luck with BOSE. Once its out of warranty, I ripping them out. My tweeters are already crackling....taking them in for warranty work. And I don't play music that load.

I ripped them out of my SS trailblazer and put all Rockford in and it sounded amazing!

hmmmm,

Roughly 50 watts per channel. I'm not going to say that's good or bad yet, but a lot of today's ratings are pretty badly overstated, especially in automotive amplifiers.

Panasonic as an aftermarket amplifier has never been known to be conservatively rated power-wise.

Color me, unimpressed.

Just imagine the load testing with all that speaker weight?

Less than 1100 I'm guessing.

Better not get the optional powered bass.

I have never had fender. Would be nice to hear it in person. Might have to stop by dealerships and take a drive and listen.

I personally would rather have Rockford or Alpine. Both have way better speakers than the junk BOSE that are in my Sierra. I have never had luck with BOSE. Once its out of warranty, I ripping them out. My tweeters are already crackling....taking them in for warranty work. And I don't play music that load.

I ripped them out of my SS trailblazer and put all Rockford in and it sounded amazing!


Posted by: TNTGMC | Sep 20, 2018 12:27:58 PM

Bose in anything but a Denali, or Escalade are just meh.

They actually use larger more powerful amps in those vehicle trims. The standard pickup Bose don't impress me.

I am not much of a Bose fan overall, but The Bose amplifier in my Denali does not run out of headroom before most people think it's too loud.

8 years, 10 speakers, no failures.

Not enough power in a system like these can be just as bad for the speakers as too much. The user starts clipping the amplifier at inaudible levels and can send small power spikes to the speaker, thereby destroying your speaker even on a lower powered amplifier.

The Nissan Titan may be turning it up to 11 but Ford, GM and Ram have already turned it up to 20.

Lets be honest. If you're any kind of audiophile, stock sound systems are terrible. This will be no different. Nine channels.... for what. All music is played in stereo. Left and Right. Just a marketing gimmick.

Lets be honest. If you're any kind of audiophile, stock sound systems are terrible. This will be no different. Nine channels.... for what. All music is played in stereo. Left and Right. Just a marketing gimmick.


Posted by: HalfPriceBeer | Sep 20, 2018 1:12:11 PM

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My Bose Denali system does have surround sound. And as a guy who always did his own systems from the likes of Infinity, audiocontrol, JL, Eclipse, Boston, etc. This was the best factory system I've owned. The only one I never thought worth an upgrade.

But yeah, even the lower level Bose systems don't impress me. But in the world of MP3 and lossy formats, I feel like most peoples expectations are not very high anyway.

But yeah, even the lower level Bose systems don't impress me. But in the world of MP3 and lossy formats, I feel like most peoples expectations are not very high anyway.

Posted by: andrwken | Sep 20, 2018 4:03:29 PM

Ain't that the truth. I recently began a new library of high resolution sound tracks. I have a Sony hi-resolution digital music player that plays through my trucks 1/8 stereo input jack. Downloaded music play back is on par or better than your best cd recordings.

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@papajim
They are treating the NA market as second string Tacoma is the big seller in NA for Toyota. Nissan is more concerned avout the Global market rhan NA. That is why they are still selling the Frontier in the US

That is why they are still selling the Frontier in the US
Posted by: Robert Ryan | Sep 20, 2018

@Robt

Nissan, North America?

They don't just sell it here, they build it here. And they're making money here in North America doing it. Their assembly plant in Mississippi would have closed long ago if they only built Titans there. It's the Frontier that pays the bills at that place.

Speaking only for myself, I cannot understand how Toyota sells those damned things. Has there ever been a more uncomfortable truck? I've owned S10s and Rangers and you could drive for hours in either one, but the Tacoma is downright uncomfortable for more than a few minutes.

I like the first gen Titan better.

I don't want to buy from Nissan right now because of what they did to the nissan.com website.

@papajim--And that is why I never have been a Toyota fan. My 99 S-10 is more comfortable to drive and ride in than most of the Tacomas that I have either driven or ridden in. The Tacoma's seating position and the rough ride have never been a selling point to me. Tacoma is a long lasting and dependable but it no longer has a monopoly on those attributes.

Gretta..., The only thing you should be doing is apologizing for that "menstruating" comment you made awhile back...
Post Responsibly and Behave

@papajim
Toyota uncomfortably or not is making a lit of money on the Tacoma in rge US . Nissan has a problem for some reason they Nissan do not want to sell the more profitable Navara

they do not want to sell the more profitable Navara

@Robert

why do you think that?

Gretta..., The only thing you should be doing is apologizing for that "menstruating" comment you made awhile back...
Post Responsibly and Behave

Posted by: The Lawn Ranger | Sep 20, 2018 6:56:37 PM

Can you locate that comment for me and post it here. I want to do a re-assessment and determine if it is as offensive as you claim. In the mean time, try to post responsibly and refer to individuals by their chosen commenting name.

Gretta..., Honda enters Ridgeline, Pilot in All-Women 2018 Rebelle Rally..., Save yourself time and just apologize for that "menstruating" comment you made...
Post Responsibly and Behave

Gretta..., You already know it was an offensive comment..., just apologize for it...
Post Responsibly and Behave

Papajim
It is a diesel and that goes against it in the US

You already know it was an offensive comment..., just apologize for it...
Post Responsibly and Behave

Posted by: The Lawn Ranger | Sep 20, 2018 9:07:48 PM

So I actually reviewed the comments section for that article. I can tell that my commenting name was hijacked with comments that were presented with no input of mine. I also read the question referencing the female reproductive cycle and see no disrespect in the way it was presented. As per the GMSRGREAT ethics review board, this matter is now closed.

Gretta..., All of your personalities on that control board have gotten the best of you..., show them who is the boss and apologize for the offensive "menstruating" comment...
Post Responsibly and Behave

The Lawn Ranger, I wouldn't condone an excessively rude and or insensitive comment either. But you really seem obsessed with GMSRGREAT's comment. You should be aware that people post under other people's usernames quite often on this site and that your consistent demand for an apology is without recourse. That said, some may find your allusion to multiple personality disorder to be as offensive to those living with mental health challenges as a female reproductive cycle comment to any other group of people. I hope you don't hold mental health patients in such low esteem as to use their suffering to insult another person.
Post Reasonably and Chill Out.

@ Lawn Ranger

I went back and read the comments as well! I don't see how this got blown up into this fiasco!

GMS made a comment about the process women go through at a certain age. Its not degrading, ITS LIFE!

Could it have been avoided, well sure, but there are tons of other insulting posts made by many that are way worse than that one.

I included, have let some people "get to me" and have said some statements that have a apologized for.

Lets just move on, and have better conversations, along with busting each others "chops" in a more mature way!

Agree?

@ andwrken

I agree with you 100%. The BOSE factory system in my Sierra is not what their slogan says it is. Its a big disappointment when you see the logo, yet, hear the not so charming noise coming from the speakers.

Give me a 2000 watt amp and Rockford speakers along with a 12 inch sub and I'm great.

PUTC..., am I being blocked???
MLS956 and TNTGMC agreed..., well put my friends...

oh..., and by the way..., Let's All Post Responsibly and Behave... Peace

It is a diesel and that goes against it in the US
Posted by: Robert Ryan | Sep 20, 2018

@Robt

So true.

Despite all the bloviating on this comments page about diesel, fact is that the GM twins only sell about five percent--at most 10%-- of the Colorado/Canyon models with the diesel package (I'm betting).

For Colorado buyers, the 3.6 gas engine meets or exceeds 90 percent of the daily requirement.

Despite being overly complex for a truck engine, the High Feature 3.6 is a terrific engine, very flexible.

My opinion is that Nissan is content to occupy the bottom end of the US midsize market utilizing a "vintage" model that peels a ton of business away from Toyota, GM and Honda--none of whom are willing to play at that lower price point.

Fender? Never heard of them.

Fender is doing a lot better in their business than Nissan is in theirs. Any improvement in sound systems helps when you spend so much time in the cab of a pickup.
I have that Tele...classic!!

Too many people immediately get caught up in the number of watts a system has, and automatically assume more watts is better. Not the case. A speaker's efficiency rating, measured with 1 watt input at 1 meter distance. A speaker with a 104db 1w/m rating will produce 6 db more output than a speaker with a 98db rating with the same 1w input power. By the way, decibels are logarithmic meaning a sound measured 6db greater than another sound is autually twice as loud. Ex: 96db is twice as loud as 90db. Notwithstanding there are also so many other elements that go into good sound including frequency response and phasing characteristics. But that is a story for another day.

ScottH

That was an impressive contribution to the technical discussion Scott. I've always loved audio but was never very smart on the technical aspects.

I know what I like when I hear it but I often cannot explain why. I bet a few of my fellow commenters would admit the same thing.

I remember when really good digital systems started showing up in car (and van) stereo back in the 1980s (?) the sound quality jumped a couple of levels, but the tendency some folks had to push it too hard made some rides a bad trip.

I am quite surprised at this. Fender is the kind of company that out sources most of it's line of audio products. Someone needs to tell the Asian company that people from the U.S. could care less about anything with the name Fender on it. From memory they aren't even an IPO anymore because their sales are so terrible. I'm guessing this is a last ditch effort from Fender themselves. They are in a hole bad enough and this is a joke. By standards of today a 485 watt system isn't very impressive. In the 90's that would be considered as great. Someone mentioned that the power output isn't a big deal, but even cheap built systems will sound decent with enough power to push the system. It doesn't need to be cranked up loud, but needs to have a big backing. This is a step that is all about badge and honestly... it's the wrong badge.



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