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Old 04-03-2014, 10:11 AM
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HK Surround Sound

I am comparing cost for a 550i vs. 535i and need to know if the HK surround sound system can be had as an individual option for the 550i. This option is available for the 535i, but it looks like I would have to order the Executive Package to get it on the 550i. Am I correct?
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:16 AM
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I am comparing cost for a 550i vs. 535i and need to know if the HK surround sound system can be had as an individual option for the 550i. This option is available for the 535i, but it looks like I would have to order the Executive Package to get it on the 550i. Am I correct?

You should be able to special order it - just requires a salesperson who knows how to do it and is willing to make the phone calls


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Old 04-03-2014, 10:54 AM
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I am comparing cost for a 550i vs. 535i and need to know if the HK surround sound system can be had as an individual option for the 550i. This option is available for the 535i, but it looks like I would have to order the Executive Package to get it on the 550i. Am I correct?
In our 2011 550XI it came standard.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:22 PM
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In our 2011 550XI it came standard.
Yeah that's no longer the case.



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Old 04-06-2014, 06:49 PM
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I tried to order HK & Sirius as standalone options on my 550, and had no luck. It might technically be possible, but for a low profit deal, don't expect your salesperson to take too much time trying to make it happen for you.

In the end I decided to add the Executive Package. While the price is steep, the HUD, 6WA dash, comfort access, and other goodies in addition to the HK & Sirius are nice to have, and I don't regret the addition.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:13 PM
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If you are buying the car I would suggest the Executive package anyway just for resale value. No way would I spend over $70k for a 550 and not get that package. And the stereo is well worth it. I have the HK, and have driven a 2014 loaner with the base system. Night and day difference.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:15 AM
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If you are buying the car I would suggest the Executive package anyway just for resale value. No way would I spend over $70k for a 550 and not get that package. And the stereo is well worth it. I have the HK, and have driven a 2014 loaner with the base system. Night and day difference.
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I made the mistake of not ordering the HK and am regretting it. Probably worse for me since my old e92 had it. Now I'm seriously considering doing an aftermarket speaker snd/or amp upgrade.

On a 550 the exec package seems like a nice deal. I probably wouldn't order some if those features standalone but as a package it's very nice.



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Old 04-07-2014, 05:46 AM
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Old 04-07-2014, 03:54 PM
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I actually turn the surround option off. Sounds better that way IMO.
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:08 PM
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I turn it off as well. Can't believe we have to do that
CD sounds better than radio. My wife said HK is only big disappointment
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Even if you turn off the L7 surround feature, the HK still gives you more wattage, more speakers, and higher quality speakers, in addition to an equalizer. I listened to a standard HiFi system and an HK system back-to-back at the dealership with the same music, and the difference is significant.

If you only listen to talk radio at low volume, the standard HiFi would suffice. Otherwise the HK is one of the best upgrades offered in my opinion.
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it doesn't compete with my JBL, a number of people say so. JBL doesn't have the big woofer but my wife doesn't use it anyway.
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you can have my HK

Really? How much do you want for the speakers?
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