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A hybrid's new sound AN AUDIO UPGRADE FOR A 2010 PRIUS A s a busy event coordinator, Teri really digs the fuel efficiency that her 2010 Toyota Prius provides. But its factory audio system left a lot to be desired. She was tired of poor sound quality and malfunctioning radio preset buttons, and also wanted some wireless functionality for her iPhone while on the road. So it was deRnitely time for a change. BY DAVID DELAMERE What can you do with a hybrid? Like many hybrid owners, Teri wondered if the sensitive electrical system would limit her upgrade options. As it turns out, cars like Teri's Prius can handle a new receiver and speakers with no problems. Adding an amplifier, however, is a little trickier. The overall electrical current draw from new gear can't exceed 30 amps or 350 watts of total power. These limitations vary by vehicle, so if you own a hybrid, it's a good idea to check with a Crutchfield advisor to see what we recommend for your vehicle. Given this info, Teri figured a stereo and speakers would be perfect for her upgrade. Decisions, decisions We had Teri make a list of what she wanted to add to her Toyota. She obviously wanted a radio that worked all the time and didn't shut down occasionally when she pressed a radio preset. She also knew she wanted Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming, as well as improved overall sound with more clarity and definition. Teri chose an Alpine CDE-W265BT CD receiver, which included the features she wanted, and added robust sound-shaping controls to dial in the sound she was looking for. Teri also went with efficient Alpine SPS-610C 6" component speakers up front, combined with a pair of Sound Ordnance P-67B 6" full-range speakers, which fit in the limited space of her rear door locations. Teri had some concerns about installing gear in her Toyota, but her hard work gave her Prius much more robust sound and more functionality than her factory system had. David Delamere has been sharing his passion for car audio with Crutchfield customers since 1997. 38 Get advice from one of our experts 1-800-555-8997

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