I have the same setup and absolutely love it.I have the AWE resonated touring system with an AA dp and it sounds amazing…[snip]…The AA downpipe will certainly introduce a more mid-high pitch exhaust tone at 3k+ RPMs in addition to the deep growl below 3k but it really does sound great.
On cold start it’s definitely got some “authority”, but within about 90 secs will settle down into an idle that’s a bit deeper than stock but not much louder (if at all).
Around 1500-2k the tone is deeper than stock, so it doesn’t completely disappear in “normal” driving, but it isn’t obnoxious by any means. You can still carry on a phone call, chat with a passenger, or enjoy music. On the freeway it’s pretty much drowned out by tire noise.
Rev the car out and it just sounds spectacular. Sport mode has all kinds of nuances that come to life with the AWE (beyond the somewhat louder pops/burbles). Backing off from mid- to part throttle on a backroad in sport mode has this aggressive warble that’s really hard to describe or capture. Slightly Porsche GT-car-esque, refined but also a little raw, a little bit unhinged. LOL. The car howls from 3500 to redline.
My last car’s exhaust set up was quite loud all the time. It was fun for a while, but eventually became tiresome. It was hard to hear my partner when we went out in it. I couldn’t take calls. Music just added to the headache. My partner was dubious when I said I was going to get a catback for the Supra, and when I picked it up from install I wondered what she was going to think. She loves it!
AWE has definitely put engineering time into their system. I’m sure the HKS sounds great too.