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Old 01-14-2013, 10:56 AM
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Bang and Olufsen settings

I have been tuning the Bang and Olufsen for max performance, and I now love the output. I find my settings are optimized for driving conditions as well so they take into account the background road noise (and engine and exhaust noise).

With these settings the fidelity is so good, that I find my system is worth every penny of the ~$3800 upgrade.

Would love to see the settings of other people if you want to share.


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Ive had a vibration coming from the right front speaker from time to time, depending on the tone of the sound coming out. I took it in and they heard it and said it was the door lock mechanism vibrating. It seemed fixed for a while and now its back but not as bad, but the left back door speaker does it off and on too. If I crank it up you cannot hear it. Have you had any issues like this?
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Ive had a vibration coming from the right front speaker from time to time, depending on the tone of the sound coming out. I took it in and they heard it and said it was the door lock mechanism vibrating. It seemed fixed for a while and now its back but not as bad, but the left back door speaker does it off and on too. If I crank it up you cannot hear it. Have you had any issues like this?
No I haven't.
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If you have not already done so,,, transfer a few songs from a CD onto the internal hard drive and listen to the difference. The system is amazing, seriously makes satellite radio sound like fm or very lo-fi. I want all of my music on the hard drive! It is even more clear that playing from a external phone or other device.
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If you have not already done so,,, transfer a few songs from a CD onto the internal hard drive and listen to the difference.
Not sure how thats possible. The data has already been compressed onto the disk, and is than being compressed again onto the HDD. It's not like the HDD is unleashing some hidden potential. That said I like my music on the HDD too
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Interesting. Your settings are similar to mine but with more delta.
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I had burned some CDs (not MP4s) on very high bit rate and then inserted the CD and moved them onto the disk. I have no idea why but the sound is seriously amazing. I would guess because they are not .mp4 like most phones have on them... with a cheaper sound system one would probably never be able to tell the difference. Just test it out and see what you think
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I remember trying the Ls460 mark lev compared to my non mark lev GS and the music sounded completely different! It was amazing. Would love to hear the B&O system.

Actually stealth, how do you compare ML to B&O (since you had a Lexus).
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I remember trying the Ls460 mark lev compared to my non mark lev GS and the music sounded completely different! It was amazing. Would love to hear the B&O system.

Actually stealth, how do you compare ML to B&O (since you had a Lexus).
The B&O is quite a bit better than the ML in my GS460. Bass is comparable but the highs, mods and overall sound staging in the B&O is better.

If I were to rate on a scale of 1-10

BMW Premium Logic7 = 5
Porsche Bose = 5.5
Lexus Mark Levinson = 7
BMW Bang and Olufsen = 10
Porsche Burmester = 10
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Ive had a vibration coming from the right front speaker from time to time, depending on the tone of the sound coming out. I took it in and they heard it and said it was the door lock mechanism vibrating. It seemed fixed for a while and now its back but not as bad, but the left back door speaker does it off and on too. If I crank it up you cannot hear it. Have you had any issues like this?
There is a guy on M5board.com that had a speaker rattle and fixed it.
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The B&O is quite a bit better than the ML in my GS460. Bass is comparable but the highs, mods and overall sound staging in the B&O is better.

If I were to rate on a scale of 1-10

BMW Premium Logic7 = 5
Porsche Bose = 5.5
Lexus Mark Levinson = 7
BMW Bang and Olufsen = 10
Porsche Burmester = 10
Great to hear! Glad you like the B&O system.
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I have been tuning the Bang and Olufsen for max performance, and I now love the output. I find my settings are optimized for driving conditions as well so they take into account the background road noise (and engine and exhaust noise).

With these settings the fidelity is so good, that I find my system is worth every penny of the ~$3800 upgrade.

Would love to see the settings of other people if you want to share.


I want to bump this thread. . . Maybe it should be a sticky for all the new B&O buyers coming out. I just got my 740 with B&O and remembered reading this thread, set my settings the way you guys did and haven't looked back, it blows it out of the water!! A good example (and I am using an iPhone 4S with BMW apps attached by my white USB cord) is after I set the B&O to these settings, I was playing a Frank Sinatra song (I'm 36 and love Ol' blue eyes!) and heard snapping... I started looking around the cabin thinking something was rattling, then I realized its Frank snapping his fingers in tune with the song. . . I have been listening to that song for 10+ years and never (no sh*tting anyone here), NEVER, heard that before having the B&O. . .

Thanks for sharing these settings all, I appreciate it, my ears appreciate it more, V/r, Tim
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I want to bump this thread. . . Maybe it should be a sticky for all the new B&O buyers coming out. I just got my 740 with B&O and remembered reading this thread, set my settings the way you guys did and haven't looked back, it blows it out of the water!! A good example (and I am using an iPhone 4S with BMW apps attached by my white USB cord) is after I set the B&O to these settings, I was playing a Frank Sinatra song (I'm 36 and love Ol' blue eyes!) and heard snapping... I started looking around the cabin thinking something was rattling, then I realized its Frank snapping his fingers in tune with the song. . . I have been listening to that song for 10+ years and never (no sh*tting anyone here), NEVER, heard that before having the B&O. . .

Thanks for sharing these settings all, I appreciate it, my ears appreciate it more, V/r, Tim
Hmm... rolling in a 7 Series, jamming Ol' Blue Eyes...are you sure your 36?
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Hmm... rolling in a 7 Series, jamming Ol' Blue Eyes...are you sure your 36?
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Right now I'm listen to malkemore thrift shop and this $hit is thumpin'
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Right now I'm listen to malkemore thrift shop and this $hit is thumpin'
I don't have any clue as to what the hell that is, but if you ever want to borrow one of my Metallica CD's, just say the word.
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I have been tuning the Bang and Olufsen for max performance, and I now love the output. I find my settings are optimized for driving conditions as well so they take into account the background road noise (and engine and exhaust noise).

With these settings the fidelity is so good, that I find my system is worth every penny of the ~$3800 upgrade.

Would love to see the settings of other people if you want to share.


Interestingly, those appear to be about what my settings are on the premium sound system, except that I put the fader a bit towards the rear. As you know, the B&O wasn't available on the 2012 f10, 535i. Glad you continue to enjoy the M5. Have you decided about the Tesla? I recall from a prior post you were considering getting one.
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A bit detour from the sound settings....Do you have different illumination of B & O speakers? I read in one of the brochures somewhere that special white LEDs illuminate speaker grills @ night...would love to see some pics!
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A bit detour from the sound settings....Do you have different illumination of B & O speakers? I read in one of the brochures somewhere that special white LEDs illuminate speaker grills @ night...would love to see some pics!
It does light up at night, all of the speakers have a halo of white light around them and the center speaker has white light shining onto it (bottom up I think), it looks pretty sick... I'll try and get pics tonight, V/r, Tim
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Looks like you've found a nice response curve for the system! I see that the 200Hz band doesn't have much headroom left in it. Want to have the same sound but increase your headroom? Take the highest setting (bass in this instance) in each mode (basic, equalizer) and count the number of clicks to zero that band, then reduce all the other bands by the same number of clicks (this keeps everything relative). This will give you same sound but increase the headroom for those exceptional tracks that you've not heard yet.
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A bit detour from the sound settings....Do you have different illumination of B & O speakers? I read in one of the brochures somewhere that special white LEDs illuminate speaker grills @ night...would love to see some pics!
This is the best I could get without driving it... That's the drivers door speaker, V/r, Tim
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This is the best I could get without driving it... That's the drivers door speaker, V/r, Tim
Looks nice, subtle but definite visual enhancement. Thank you!!
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