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Old 06-22-2012, 01:51 AM
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Notes on a 2009 535i HiFi to MS-8 install...

Customer wants MS-8 to replace his OEM HiFi system completely plus add a center speaker (DLS 424 coaxial). No other aftermarket equipment to be installed, be 100% reversible back to OEM and it has to have a significant improvement in sound quality and loudness while using the OEM speakers.

No problem with the E60 PnP harness kit... :thumbsup:

Remove M-ASK unit:




Transfer OEM MOST connector to new Quadralock harness:










Plug Quadralock harness in...


... and plug extension cables (inputs and outputs, including remote signal) into harness:


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Install center speaker into existing OEM mount and run new speaker wires:









Run extension cables (and center speaker wires) on each side of the center console, under the front seats, via the door sills towards the trunk:






Plug OEM amp harness in:




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Plug MS-8 to input/output M-ASK extension cables (front, center and rear speakers) and to OEM amp input and output underseat woofers signals (cables pre-terminated for PnP):



Notes:

1) MS-8 uses the 12V and ground connections from the OEM amp via the PnP harness. The OEM amp 12V is a 40A fused OEM line; the MS-8 is double-fused at 25A. No whine, no noises.

2) Result: quite an inprovement in clarity, front stage focus, bass impact and overall loudness despite the OEM speakers. This should not be any secret or magic: power was increased from 25W x 4/40W x 2 to 60W max x 7, adjustments went from just bass/treble to bass/mid/treble, sub and center level, Logic7, and 31-band EQ while the M-ASK outputs EQ curve flattened. So there are enough possible adjustments to get a relatively louder and clearer sound than OEM. The addition of the DLS 424 center channel and particularly the Logic7 processing created a higher, adjustable (driver/passenger/front focused) and just better front stage that was not there before.

Customer was very happy with the result, so I was happy...
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what exactly is an M-8? I just purchased a 2010 E60 2 days ago with a HiFi sound system. Sound is okay. I have test driven another E60 with the L7 sound system and does sound much better. Is this M-8 an upgrade to L7 sound?
Although i'm very familiar with upgrading to aftermarket sound systems. I want to try and keep thing as OEM as possible. Avoiding the extra Amps and boxes in the trunk.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:15 PM
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what exactly is an MS-8? I just purchased a 2010 E60 2 days ago with a HiFi sound system. Sound is okay. I have test driven another E60 with the L7 sound system and does sound much better. Is this MS-8 an upgrade to L7 sound?
Although i'm very familiar with upgrading to aftermarket sound systems. I want to try and keep thing as OEM as possible. Avoiding the extra Amps and boxes in the trunk.
JBL MS-8: http://de.jbl.com/tl_files/catalog//...s%20Manual.pdf
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Where did you get the wiring harness? I am currently in the process of upgrading and need some parts. If you have more information documented how you did this, I would be truly appreciative
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:03 PM
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Where did you get the wiring harness? I am currently in the process of upgrading and need some parts. If you have more information documented how you did this, I would be truly appreciative
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