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E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014)
4th generation E90 M3 sedan, E92 M3 coupe and E93 M3 convertible. The last of the naturally aspirated M3s, powered by a 4.0 liter V8 making 414hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

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Old 10-08-2011, 10:53 AM
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Stock sound system vs 335 'Premium Sound' system.

I didn't opt for the excessively priced premium system on my new E90 (anxiously awaiting re-delivery), and was wondering if anyone had the same experience and would share their thoughts on differences. I am hoping they would be similar given that this is a $72k car and should have at least a 'decent' system as standard.

95% of the time I am listening to satellite which is very poor quality, hence I didn't spring for the $1750 upgrade, but again rather hope I am not in for a significant downgrade from my current car's system...
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:05 PM
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$72k 335i? ... or did you mean E90 M3 ?
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:51 PM
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$72k 335i? ... or did you mean E90 M3 ?
Yes; E90 M3. I currently drive a 335.
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:01 PM
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I'm also curious, any input?
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:27 PM
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The HK system is better and I can clearly tell the difference. I had it in my 2010 E93 335i. Compared to my 2011 E93 M3. The base system I would say it's average for a car, and below average for a $60K+ car.

However, I have a convertible M3 - so a lot of the quality of a sound system is negated by the low amount of sound deadening material, top related movements, tire roar etc. It's like putting the best sound system in an environment that reverberates. I don't usually sit in the car to listen to the stereo, or drive in a manner to maximize sound quality (of the stereo). I can't really see the point of getting the better stereo for the price paid, in an M3. Yes in a 5er or 7er, which are much more serene - no in an M.

If money or value is not a concern, just get it.
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:59 PM
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I regret not getting the upgraded audio on the M3. Had the Logic 7 on my 335i and loved it. The M sounds like crap in comparison.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:51 PM
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I regret not getting the upgraded audio on the M3. Had the Logic 7 on my 335i and loved it. The M sounds like crap in comparison.
I compared the base sound in the M3 to my 335i at the time - and ordered the upgraded audio for the M3. I actually prefer the coupe's Logic7 sound system (standard on the 07 E92 335i), as I think the sound stage is better in the coupe vs. sedan - but still, at the end of the day, I opted for the enhanced premium sound for the M3. That was one sacrifice for me on getting the sedan vs. coupe. Another was the interior ambient lighting (way better in the coupe).
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:45 AM
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I compared the base sound in the M3 to my 335i at the time - and ordered the upgraded audio for the M3. I actually prefer the coupe's Logic7 sound system (standard on the 07 E92 335i), as I think the sound stage is better in the coupe vs. sedan - but still, at the end of the day, I opted for the enhanced premium sound for the M3. That was one sacrifice for me on getting the sedan vs. coupe. Another was the interior ambient lighting (way better in the coupe).
I was naive and thought I'd be listening to the S65 pur the entire time. I forgot the wife has to be a passenger on the weekends and she doesn't give a crap about the silky smooth V8! I got nearly every other option, shoulda just got the upgraded audio as Cane had suggested I do. Next time around. Actually i think the F30 exterior looks hideous and if I'm in the market for a sports sedan I will be looking elsewhere.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:17 PM
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I was naive and thought I'd be listening to the S65 pur the entire time. I forgot the wife has to be a passenger on the weekends and she doesn't give a crap about the silky smooth V8! I got nearly every other option, shoulda just got the upgraded audio as Cane had suggested I do. Next time around. Actually i think the F30 exterior looks hideous and if I'm in the market for a sports sedan I will be looking elsewhere.
Sounds like I will probably also regret the decision, but again the sound quality via satellite is piss poor, though will see what Pndora and the likes of sound like, and if the difference is that noticeable then will look at after market enhancement.

Or just turn it off, press the M button and....

Now; just need it to hurry up and be here.

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Old 10-20-2011, 09:09 AM
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yes, stock m3 sound system is not that good, guessing it is the same as the 3 series one The upgraded one is different then the 3 series
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I was naive and thought I'd be listening to the S65 pur the entire time. I forgot the wife has to be a passenger on the weekends and she doesn't give a crap about the silky smooth V8! I got nearly every other option, shoulda just got the upgraded audio as Cane had suggested I do. Next time around. Actually i think the F30 exterior looks hideous and if I'm in the market for a sports sedan I will be looking elsewhere.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:29 PM
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I own both and am somewhat of an audiophile. The hk premium is noticeably better over the entire spectrum. I'll never buy another BMW without it. Good enough that aftermarket isn't necessary. They really got it right imo.
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