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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 04-17-2014, 01:23 PM
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F30 Sound system and SIRIUS

The U.S. bound F30s with the standard sound system are 9 speaker systems correct?

On my car, I feel that the sound system is pretty good especially when listening to HD Radio or CDs. But when listening to SIRIUS, it is mediocre. Standard FM is good.

Im guessing it is SIRIUS because of their compression on audio streams. HD Radio sounds excellent.


My mom's 2014 740Li has the HK system and it does sound theatre-quality with either SIRIUS or FM or HD or CD.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:28 PM
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Sirius won't sound like hd radio or mp3 files or even cd on anything I've owned.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:39 PM
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Your right. I am pretty disappointed at SIRIUS audio quality. At lease I get 1 yr. free, I would never pay for sub standard audio on a BMW.
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:07 PM
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Sirius barely sounds better than AM (to me). Just awful to the point where I don't even bother, even though I'm still on the free year.
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:08 PM
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The U.S. bound F30s with the standard sound system are 9 speaker systems correct?

On my car, I feel that the sound system is pretty good especially when listening to HD Radio or CDs. But when listening to SIRIUS, it is mediocre. Standard FM is good.

Im guessing it is SIRIUS because of their compression on audio streams. HD Radio sounds excellent.


My mom's 2014 740Li has the HK system and it does sound theatre-quality with either SIRIUS or FM or HD or CD.
No matter how good your sound system is it will only sound as good as the source.
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:35 PM
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Yeah, sirius quality sucks. I just end up listening to the comedy channels.

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Old 04-17-2014, 03:52 PM
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Didn't renew Sirius and don't miss it a bit.
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:44 PM
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My mom's 2014 740Li has the HK system and it does sound theatre-quality with either SIRIUS or FM or HD or CD.
You know that that isn't true, right?

Sirius may sound better than in HiFi system but it cannot compare at all with HD, CD, or MP3 at least 128kps quality. It just can't.

By the way, the F30 HiFi is 12 speakers.
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:57 PM
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Sirius sounds like **** on my HK Surround Sound... It's disappointing.
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By the way, the F30 HiFi is 12 speakers.
hi-fi is 9 speakers. 2 in each of the front door. 1 in each of the rear doors. 2 subs 1 in the middle of the front dash
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:51 PM
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No matter how good your sound system is it will only sound as good as the source.
I suppose if the system is crappy, then it could make everything sound (equally?) terrible. After that, it's all umm... up to the listener's subjective ears. Hard to tell the difference between a diamond and a lump of coal if they're both covered in mud.
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Anyone who is looking for wireless streaming music to sound as high quality as a CD+ is kidding themselves, and repeating the same statement, by 10 different people, just makes you all look dumb.

With the technology of today it's not feasible to have high bit rate audio transmitted through satellite. Can you imagine the amount of lag you will get? The advantage of Sirius over anything else you have got on the car:
1) New and constantly updated content
2) LOTS of content
3) Many non-commercial channels (I don't have sirius so not sure if it's 100% commercial free)
4) No data plans necessary. Listen to one song a month, or 1000 songs a month and you pay the same rate

Yes you lose some quality, but I've heard it plenty of times to know that it's good enough. While I don't consider myself an audiophile, I do enjoy good music and make sure my home stereo is custom and awesome.

But if you think storing 30 gigs of music on your phone is better, and constantly having to update it - and not getting new content unless you find out through some other methods - is better. Well, yea, Sirius is not good for you. It's the trade off you make
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I do consider myself an audiophile, but that is in the house where I spend my money. In the car? The standard hi-fi is good enough given a car is a less than stellar environment for music listening. Sirius, I'd prefer using the xm satellite constellation, but it's good enough for car listening. For me it's basically an ability to explore new music/artists that I might want to purchase for in the house. Some channels will allocate a little more bandwidth than others, like classical, jazz.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:54 AM
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hi-fi is 9 speakers. 2 in each of the front door. 1 in each of the rear doors. 2 subs 1 in the middle of the front dash
It is 12-speakers - 5 tweeters, 5 mids and 2 woofers. Look it up.
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:58 AM
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The thing is that there are plenty of Internet radio stations that can stream up to 192kps in a good day, 128kps all day long. New content, most of them add-free and just free.

Sirius just can't match that.

I can give you that I have not found an Internet radio station as good as "80's on 80" in Sirius, though.

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Old 04-20-2014, 07:14 AM
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your right. I am pretty disappointed at sirius audio quality. At lease i get 1 yr. Free, i would never pay for sub standard audio on a bmw.
this ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Plus it annoys me at all the commercials that Sirius has and still charges for the privilege of listening programming that is repeated over and over, I'm talking to you Howard Stern!
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:35 AM
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Sirius is great. Wait until the last minute, and it's 5 dollars a month. Who cares how it sounds.

When I want something to sound really good, I turn off Sirius, and use some other method of sound delivery.
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