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Old 04-06-2011, 12:57 PM
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Anyone know if the new base audio is sufficient now compared to the old? Or is premium audio still required for decent sound.
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:06 PM
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:20 PM
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:59 PM
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sounds fine, but if you turn it up louder it just hurts your ears rather than become crisper.

I think the 50i has a different system than 35d/i
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:26 PM
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Anyone know if the new base audio is sufficient now compared to the old? Or is premium audio still required for decent sound.
When you say new are you referring to the 2012? I find the base system in the 2011 to be lacking, 4 speeakers don't cut it in my opinion. That being said, I believe the base system in the 2012 has been upgraded to "hi fi" sound so it should be better.
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:35 PM
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When you say new are you referring to the 2012? I find the base system in the 2011 to be lacking, 4 speeakers don't cut it in my opinion. That being said, I believe the base system in the 2012 has been upgraded to "hi fi" sound so it should be better.
There were different "systems" in 2011 - the base "35d" version was different than the "base" 35i version.. which is different than the 50i. Specifying which model you are referring to might help, as most with the base "35d" version seem to be pretty unsatisfied. Most with the 35i seem to think it's adequate.. but they are 2 different systems...
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There were different "systems" in 2011 - the base "35d" version was different than the "base" 35i version.. which is different than the 50i. Specifying which model you are referring to might help, as most with the base "35d" version seem to be pretty unsatisfied. Most with the 35i seem to think it's adequate.. but they are 2 different systems...
Are you sure about this? Do you the specs of each?
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:09 PM
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2012 base 50i, to be specific.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:58 PM
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2010 x5 with premium?

This is what I have, the Audio is great. I just don't know if this base or premium. May be someone can confirm. Thanks.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:06 AM
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This is what I have, the Audio is great. I just don't know if this base or premium. May be someone can confirm. Thanks.
Per BMW's website, the 35i premium and 50i have the 10 speaker system standard (205 watt) Not sure on the 35i Base. The 35D doesn't say, but several, several people here (I can confirm 2010 myself even, but not 2011) have said the base system in the 35D is 4 speakers (one in each door) and 2 subs. The tweeter spots are empty, and no wiring was run for them even (there's a thread somewhere on trying to add them, but the wires not even being run)

Here's a link to a recent post:

http://wwww.bimmerfest.com/forums/sh...850&highlight=

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2012 base 50i, to be specific.
See above - the 2012 configurator is now active on BMW's website. The option for premium sound is $1500 for the 35i and 50i, but is $1800 for the 35D (it does include a USB/iPod adapter as well). The premium audio upgrade in all 3 seems to be consistent (16 speakers, 600 watts, 9 channel)

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Are you sure about this? Do you the specs of each?
Posted above.

Overall:

35i premium - base audio = 10 speaker 205 watt 7 channel (I'm assuming a mid-range and tweeter in each door + 2 subs? I can't confirm though..)
50i - appears the same as 35i premium - base audio = 10 speaker 205 watt 7 channel
35D - just says "AM/FM, CD, with RDS and MP3. No specs on the number of speakers, etc.

Just search for a few of these threads, as there are quite a few out there discussing the audio, or lack thereof in some instances.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:12 AM
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35i premium - base audio = 10 speaker 205 watt 7 channel (I'm assuming a mid-range and tweeter in each door + 2 subs? I can't confirm though..)
50i - appears the same as 35i premium - base audio = 10 speaker 205 watt 7 channel
35D - just says "AM/FM, CD, with RDS and MP3. No specs on the number of speakers, etc.

As I said before, just search for a few of these threads, as there are quite a few out there discussing the audio, or lack thereof in some instances.
Yeah, read all about the previously lacking audio systems. The 50i and the 35i have new base systems for 2012 as will the 2012 35d ostensibly. Hence the question. Might not get good feedback until more people take delivery of 2012s without premium audio.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:23 AM
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What info do we have on 2012 base stereos then? This is the first I have heard about it.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:23 AM
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Yeah, read all about the previously lacking audio systems. The 50i and the 35i have new base systems for 2012 as will the 2012 35d ostensibly. Hence the question. Might not get good feedback until more people take delivery of 2012s without premium audio.
Right. I opted for premium audio, knowing that the base included only 4 speakers.. the premium system isn't perfect, but is worlds better than the 2010 35D/base system I test drove. From what I can tell, you get more "bang for your buck" if you're ordering premium sound for the diesel.. but until there are a few guinea pigs to test out the 2012's...

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What info do we have on 2012 base stereos then? This is the first I have heard about it.
My post above is for the 2012's per the BMW website.. I did not cross reference to see the differences in the 2011's vs. 2012's.. just pulled info from bmwusa.com
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:40 AM
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According to BMW's website, the base x5's gets the same 10 speaker system as the standard x5 premiums:

Anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player audio system with Radio Data System (RDS) includes high-fidelity 10-speaker sound system with 2 subwoofers under the front seats and digital 7-channel amplifier with 205 watts of power
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According to BMW's website, the base x5's gets the same 10 speaker system as the standard x5 premiums:

Anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player audio system with Radio Data System (RDS) includes high-fidelity 10-speaker sound system with 2 subwoofers under the front seats and digital 7-channel amplifier with 205 watts of power
I believe teh base system for was upgraded for MY 2012
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:19 PM
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According to BMW's website, the base x5's gets the same 10 speaker system as the standard x5 premiums:

Anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player audio system with Radio Data System (RDS) includes high-fidelity 10-speaker sound system with 2 subwoofers under the front seats and digital 7-channel amplifier with 205 watts of power
This isn't correct for the X5D. I believe the base systems are different for 2012 than MY2011.

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I believe teh base system for was upgraded for MY 2012
I believe this to be correct - I'm not certain, though.
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"Right. I opted for premium audio, knowing that the base included only 4 speakers.."

The base system does NOT have only 4 speakers.
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"Right. I opted for premium audio, knowing that the base included only 4 speakers.."

The base system does NOT have only 4 speakers.
In the X5d, there are only 4 speakers and 2 subs as the base stereo...

Sorry, forgot to include that.

I found the 2011 X5 brochure (attached), Page 61, it shows the options for the stereo system.
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Depends on what you mean by "sufficient". Marlee Matlin says the base system rocks.
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I bought my X5 a year ago, and the only regret I have is not forking out for the better audio system. Not that there is anything wrong with the base system, it's ok. But just 'ok'. Nothing special about it. I am not 'unhappy' with it, but by comparison to everything else about the car, there is just no 'joy' in the standard system.

The standard audio system in my wife's Honda beats it easily for both volume and quality. The X5 system certainly doesn't go to '11' either.
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4 speakers on a 50+k car, errrrrr..... another reason to not get the d!
Eh, overall, I'm happy with the d.. Paid quite a bit less than the gas variant for what I wanted (wish they didn't do the 35i premium, sport, etc., and just let you pick options like on the 35d and 50i - plus, they were doing $4500 eco credit at the time). Great mileage.. but yes, 4 speakers for a 55K vehicle is
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For 2012, BMW has upgraded the stock stereo to "Professional Hifi" - see link: http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/t...fessional.html

This is now STANDARD on the Base and Premium X5 xDrive35i. It includes 10 speakers, 7-Channel Amp, and 2 Subs (1 under each front seat) with 205 Watts.

The Premium system gives you 16 speakers, 9-Channel Amp, 2 Subs with 600 Watts.

So now, the Base audio system is entirely decent and worth considering. Unless you are a serious audiophile, perhaps you can save that $1200 extra for another option?
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Anyone know if the new base audio is sufficient now compared to the old? Or is premium audio still required for decent sound.
I have the same concerns but specifically regarding the 2009 CPO 335 that I will be getting in 2 days. I prefer the sound in the 2007 x3 that I have now. Its system is not the Logic 7, but does have an upgraded equalizer and simmulations for different listening venues (cathedral, jazz club, rock, or off). Don't think the '09 3-series is set up this way and it did sound rather thin, even if it does have 10-speakers, which it may in fact not. There is premium package, though on this 335.

Anybody want to field my thoughts? Thanx in advance. Sorry thisispaul if I could not be more helpful.
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