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      02-05-2006, 10:41 AM   #1
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stock stereo reviews?

I am consider an E90, how does the stock radio sound? Should I pay up for premium audio??

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      02-05-2006, 11:05 AM   #2
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I'd say it depends how critically you listen to music. The stock system is pretty good. If you listen to your car radio mostly as background music or talk radio, and generally listen to music at home the same way, you will find the stock system more than adequate.

If you're the type that sits at home with a cocktail in front of your stereo/home theater system closely listening to music with the volume up a bit, or are a musician and appreciates the tight bass, transparant highs, and the extra harmonic detail that the h/k system provides, you will regret not getting the L7 system.

Aftermarket systems many times distort the asthetic layout of the car (who wants a stupid looking aftermarket Sirius tuner screwed into the dash of their new E90, for example), are generally more unreliable, and you always run the risk of a botched installation job by some mom and pop stereo shop.

Inclusion of the L7 system is one of the reasons I stepped myself up to a 330i. Strangely enough, it is an option on the more expensive 525!! Of course I am a bit biased as in a former life I was a h/k manufacturers rep.
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      02-05-2006, 11:07 AM   #3
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Well, I have the 10 Speaker system (The standard system on the US 325i) and I think it's perfect. :-)

The logic 7 does sound better, but I am very happy with my 10 speaker system - it has enough base for anything except really heavy house and it's clear and good enough.
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Hi there.

Do you have the standard sound or the HiFi option with the extra amp?
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I love great quality music, but I just don't see spending the extra $$ for Logic 7. I have found the stock system to be quite satisfactory for me. I would strongly suggest that before you make a decision you go to your dealer with your favorite CD and sit in each and compare. Only your ears can decide for sure!
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My ears can tell the difference, but I couldn't justify spending $1200 for the L7. The stock system is quite good and I am satisfied with it. It is all really up to you, as the other guys have said.
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I love great quality music, but I just don't see spending the extra $$ for Logic 7. I have found the stock system to be quite satisfactory for me. I would strongly suggest that before you make a decision you go to your dealer with your favorite CD and sit in each and compare. Only your ears can decide for sure!
+1.

I made a cd entitled "Loud and obnoxious" with a good selection of music to distinguish sound systems. Before I ordered the car I sat at the dealership and tried this cd in the two different systems. I really like music, and I really like music loud, with a lot of low-end, and I decided that I was extremely satisfied with the stock sound system. If you have the money and it's not an object for you, go for it of course. But don't think you'll be disappointed with the stock sound system, it really produces good sound IMO..

PS. The dealers at the dealership "loved" this process I went through..
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If you have the money and it's not an object for you, go for it of course. But don't think you'll be disappointed with the stock sound system, it really produces good sound IMO..
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Well, I have the 10 Speaker system (The standard system on the US 325i) and I think it's perfect. :-)
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10 Speaker system is very good indeed :rocks:
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I'm also very happy with my stock 10 speaker system. I think it sounds great! (coming from someone whom used to have a lot of aftermarket stereo systems)
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I'm satisfied with the 10 speaker system (Hi-Fi system which is a midgrade option elsewhere). But, the system doesn't sound as good for the rear passengers as it does for the front passengers. Music definitely sounds sweeter for the driver/front passenger which I attribute to the door tweeters and floor subwoofers. Depending on what kind of music you're into, the only bass/treble settings can be disappointing, if you're into bass, the sound has a tendency to sound muddled.
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