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February 16, 2011 great!
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Max from Florida
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I added this to my sound system in my car and it made such an improvement. I have 4 hertz speakers and 2 12" dc audio level 4's all being powered by memphis audio amps. It made it much clearer and overally more balanced. it comes with a wireless remote, a mini screen for your dashboard, and headphones with a built in microphone. during the setup, you use the microphone on the headphones to tune and direct the sound waves.
pros:
increased clarity
balances the sound good
you can set where you want the sound to be aimed at anywhere in the car

cons:
a bit expensive (but worth it)
setup can be tricky if you aren't too techy with sound and if you dont know your crossovers
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November 18, 2011 If you have the money, its worth it
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Luke from Sydney, Australia
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Having had the MS-8 for a couple of months now, I cannot speak of it highly enough. All of the issues that had plagued my system previously have disappeared. As for the sound stage, I was blown away by how much it was improved. I actually feel a little lost now because I donít really need to buy anything more to improve the stereo.

The only minor issues are that at times, the center of the sound stage seems to move slightly as you are playing music (but you have to push it pretty hard for this to occur and it is barely noticeable). Also, if you like the center to be in front of you and not in the center of the car, then there seems to be a slight drop in the quality of the stage itself as you move it across. However, having now gotten used to the stage being in the center, this is no longer an issue.

Overall, a great fix for the person who is tired of trying to endlessly fix the issues with your stereo.
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April 27, 2014 JBL MS-8
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Cwells8768 from Colorado Springs. CO
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I've been in car stereo since the early 80's so I've been around a while. I've competed in SPL and DB drag, but I'm getting into more of a laid back sound in my older years. Although I still love base from time to time it has it's place and I didn't see it necessary to put 6000+ watts in the family Explorer. I'm running Focal AS165's in the front and had a nice set of MB Quarts PVM216 in the rear. First off let me say that it's best to use matching speakers with the product, I believe it sets the time correction based of of what it hears first and the Quarts has a different sound characteristic than that of the Focal. At first I was getting intermodular distortion from the Quarts after initial and subsequent setups. It sounded like the Quartts were blown, but I noticed when I defeated the processor (MS-8) , the sound cleared up. I decided to install and second set of Focals in the rear, removing the MB Quarts. I initially did not go through the setup procedure again and after installation of the new speakers it sounded great. I then decided to do a factory reset and start with the calibration again. I must say, it's a very simple product to use and the results from a flat or so called flat or neutral(non-processor enabled) system is amazing. The front staging is very apparent. it adds depth and realism, even to poorly encoded mp.3's. I find myself purchasing FLAC audio files now to get the the best reproduction possible. Overall if you don't have the months or weeks required to tune a Bit-1, this is definitely the way to go. I'm quite pleased with my results. I would recommend JBL working of some additional features in the software, but it does what it does well, and if your not a control freak and need to wade through a lot of tuning minutiae, then I highly recommend this product.
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September 14, 2012 Likely the Best Auto-Tune on the Market
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Derrick from Sherman, TX
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If you must have an auto-tune, this is the one to have. You may need to spend some time over on diyma forum to get the exact sound you want but for most users, this thing makes whatever components you have sound amazing right out of the box. I have this in a 2012 Ford SCREW (factory head unit) with Imagine Dynamic 2-way front and JL W1s all pushed by a JL HD900. The MS8 powers a pair of full range Kickers in the rear w/plenty of volume. It's a little bulky but I managed to fit it behind the rear seat row as long as you find the perfect spot.

The Bads:
1) You have to set all your crossover points everytime you calibrate the system. It does have memory for EQ/sound settings but does not remember your crossover points. If you right them down, not really a big deal but reassigning your channels over and over gets old.
2) Anytime you want to change a crossover, you have to go through the entire setup/calibration again. I had this dream I would leave the listening/calibration headphones at home but you better carry them with you for awhile.
3) It's tough to get that sound that's perfect for you. I listen to mostly metal and I like an emphasized bass kick. To get more bass, you basically have to trick the auto-calibrate by turning the gain way down on your sub while calibrating, then turning it back up when finished. Finding that perfect sound will have you sitting in your driver's seat, looking left and right for a few hours because you really need to do this gain manipulation also for your mids and sometimes highs. As mentioned above, diyma forum provides good tips on achieving the perfect sound.
4) Rumored airplane noise. I have not experienced it and it seems rare, but the mere possibility this thing could freak and blow all my speakers terrifies me. Search MS8 airplane noise and decide for yourself. Mine has worked like a champ with no issues but it does make me hesitant to purchase those $1300 mids I've had my eye on.
5) Battery was dead on the remote when I got it. Only cost me 2 bucks.

The Goods:
1) Automatic Time Allignment, Volume Leveling, Sound Staging. The sound stage was a bit off center but this can be corrected with a slightly different "look to side mirror" technique. Takes practice and lots of tries but you'll get there. This thing produces crystal clear sound, amazing imaging, and it's a good bet that you'll hear things you've never heard in songs you've listened to for years.

2) The 31-band EQ is nice to compensate for lack of midbass the auto-tune gives you. Or maybe I should say, you can make it sound however you want regardless of the tune with a little tinkering on the EQ.

3) Independent subwoofer control. I like the fact that you can adjust the subs independently. The control actually boosts all frequencies below 100Hz so it will phase into your midbass drivers seamlessly.

4) You still have a simple bass and treble adjustment just like your OEM head unit with the addition of a midbass level if you don't want to go full out with the 31 band EQ.

5) It's an amp too! As mentioned above, it pushes my rear filler speakers just fine which is nice because I'm using all my HD900 channels. It's nice that you can mix and match between what you want it to power and your amps to power.

In short, it's a great unit and I plan on keeping it until it dies. The autocalibrate has it's issues, but no way could I make my system sound as good as the MS8 does for me. The MS8 gives you the ability to keep all the fancy features of your OEM HU and produces the sound quality of an aftermarket HU. Best of both worlds! At a price less than what good head units cost, it's a good buy.
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