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Old 01-04-2012, 04:53 PM
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Is the HK stereo worth the upgrade? I think it's around $900.
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Is the HK stereo worth the upgrade? I think it's around $900.
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i hope so lol

the base sero in my 328 right now 2011 sounds pretty good...
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Having got it in my 135i, I would say absolutely. While out of the gate it doesn't sound markedly different than the stock one, a bit of tweaking in the EQ (which it's damned nice it actually has a real EQ) can make it sound REALLY good. Maybe not the quality of a really world-class system, but more than worth the $900 in my opinion. Certainly a lot cheaper than doing it aftermarket!
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The standard audio in my new 328 sounds like a boom box, get the Harman Kardon!!! Or you will end up spending a lot more on upgrades.
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The standard audio in my new 328 sounds like a boom box, get the Harman Kardon!!! Or you will end up spending a lot more on upgrades.
I think the stadnard radio in my 2011 328 sounds 1000X better than the standard in my 2010 328...due to extra speakers, but i hope the HK sounds ****ing awesome
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I think the stadnard radio in my 2011 328 sounds 1000X better than the standard in my 2010 328...due to extra speakers, but i hope the HK sounds ****ing awesome
The Logic 7 in my 7er is very nice but not great. Compared to the Logic 7, the 328's sounds like crap. I am no audiophile but I could still tell the huge difference. Decent after market upgrade can easily cost you $2000 and up, plus the pain of taking stuff in the car apart, and warranty issues...

So, get the HK!
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Yes the upgraded radio is definitely worth the money. Listen to both and you'll hear the diference.
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Is the HK stereo worth the upgrade? I think it's around $900.
The Logic7 that was standard in my 2006 E90 330i is, without doubt, the best sound system I have ever owned -- and I've been a sound system nut for quite a long time.

I am presuming that the HK system can't be worse than the system it replaces, so I have ordered it in my F30.

If it's as good as the Logic7 was, I can tell you it's worth every penny. Having a killer sound system in a great car makes you smile every time you get in the car.
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well actually the standard audio (hifi option in europe) is pretty good actually, lot of power, sound is clear, and some surround effect. I have listened to both, and the additional monies for the upgrade might not be justified if you are for savings on options, but worth if you can afford it. this audio rocks compared to previous E90 and other bimmers, and even on par with the disappointing HK on the new series 1. Try to go your dealer and listen to it. i was really positively surprised and ready to take HK before listening to it.

Are there any audio reviews on the net for F30 ?
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I have the HK sound system on my 2011 E90 (as well as my older E46). IMO, it is definitely worth the price of the upgrade.

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Yea, every time i crank up the volume i know i made the right choice.
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To be honest, I listened to the standard and Logic 7 stereos when I bought my last 3 Series and thought that they were both crap. I chose the basic stereo, added a Cleansweep, an Alpine amp, replaced all of the speakers and put a sub in the trunk. It cost me close to $3k for the upgrade, but figured that since I had already spent $45k on the car, I may as well have a great sounding system that really puts a smile on my face every time I drive the car, as opposed to a mediocre one. I'll take upgraded sound over Nav or cameras any day of the week! :-)
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I agree, I got HK and by no means I am crazy audio guy but the sound is freaking awesome.

I have been listening to The Notorious BIG (LOL, old school for aging white guy) the earth shakes around the car :-)

Right choice for sure.

@ thumper_330 can you post picture of your EQ setting here, I would like to see.
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I agree, I got HK and by no means I am crazy audio guy but the sound is freaking awesome.

I have been listening to The Notorious BIG (LOL, old school for aging white guy) the earth shakes around the car :-)

Right choice for sure.

@ thumper_330 can you post picture of your EQ setting here, I would like to see.
What kind of set up are you using,base-treble-etc.?
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I am posting my settings so someone can help me to have better configuration.
I know that a lot of it has to do with personal preferences but have no idea where even to start.





I feel like a total NOOB, so set me right that I can take advantage of this $900 setup
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I am posting my settings so someone can help me to have better configuration.
I know that a lot of it has to do with personal preferences but have no idea where even to start.

I feel like a total NOOB, so set me right that I can take advantage of this $900 setup
OK... I AM an audiophile, and while I don't have a photo on-hand I do actually keep a record of my settings in my phone via Evernote... that way I can see it on my PC, on my iPad... whatever.

OK, all settings are "clicks from center"... so center all your settings first and then try these;

Treb - +5
Bass - +3
Fader - -2

100 - +4
200 - +4
500 - +6
1K - +6
2k - +4
5k - +5
10K - +6

For me this gives me a really nice, rich sound that's distinctly driver-focused. You can then tweak the settings from there and see what works well for you.

For reference, most of my music listening runs the gamut from classical all the way through 80's rock bands (Def Leppard, AC/DC) all the way to some trance, hip-hop and rap. Most recently been listening to Lindsay Stirling because she's absolutely incredibly awesome... worth searching out her stuff on YouTube as she's a great performance artist too.

80% of my music collection is high bitrate AAC's as well, and yes I can tell the difference with a good quality well-mixed CD.

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@thumper_330 huge thanks and I feel like I am in good hands :-)
Gonna configure it like that and tune it to my taste.
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OK... I AM an audiophile, and while I don't have a photo on-hand I do actually keep a record of my settings in my phone via Evernote... that way I can see it on my PC, on my iPad... whatever.

OK, all settings are "clicks from center"... so center all your settings first and then try these;

Treb - +5
Bass - +3
Fader - -2

100 - +4
200 - +4
500 - +6
1K - +6
2k - +4
5k - +5
10K - +6

For me this gives me a really nice, rich sound that's distinctly driver-focused. You can then tweak the settings from there and see what works well for you.

For reference, most of my music listening runs the gamut from classical all the way through 80's rock bands (Def Leppard, AC/DC) all the way to some trance, hip-hop and rap. Most recently been listening to Lindsay Stirling because she's absolutely incredibly awesome... worth searching out her stuff on YouTube as she's a great performance artist too.

80% of my music collection is high bitrate AAC's as well, and yes I can tell the difference with a good quality well-mixed CD.

HTH
Thanks, sounds like your listening pleasure is the same as mine. thanks again
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I just configured my system as per settings above. WOW, what a difference. Huge thanks for the tip and these settings are saved in evernote for long term use.

Now I am ready to listen to Kraftwerk - Autobahn

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OK... I AM an audiophile, and while I don't have a photo on-hand I do actually keep a record of my settings in my phone via Evernote... that way I can see it on my PC, on my iPad... whatever.

OK, all settings are "clicks from center"... so center all your settings first and then try these;

Treb - +5
Bass - +3
Fader - -2

100 - +4
200 - +4
500 - +6
1K - +6
2k - +4
5k - +5
10K - +6

For me this gives me a really nice, rich sound that's distinctly driver-focused. You can then tweak the settings from there and see what works well for you.

For reference, most of my music listening runs the gamut from classical all the way through 80's rock bands (Def Leppard, AC/DC) all the way to some trance, hip-hop and rap. Most recently been listening to Lindsay Stirling because she's absolutely incredibly awesome... worth searching out her stuff on YouTube as she's a great performance artist too.

80% of my music collection is high bitrate AAC's as well, and yes I can tell the difference with a good quality well-mixed CD.

HTH
Wow Thanks ! Do you know if its possible to customize in similar fashion in a non-HK stereo ? I didn't order the HK
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Wow Thanks ! Do you know if its possible to customize in similar fashion in a non-HK stereo ? I didn't order the HK
I dont think there are quilizer settings on base stereo, just bass,treb, fader, ....
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I dont think there are quilizer settings on base stereo, just bass,treb, fader, ....
I have the base system and I made some adjustments to Bass/Treble/Fader/Balance which for me really improved the sound. In fact I was surprised how much of a difference they made. I'll take a pic and post them for you as soon as I can.
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For those considering HK, see note below from CNET review:

The premium Harman Kardon audio system in this car, only a $950 option that includes satellite radio with a one-year subscription, produced very well-balanced sound. I was pleased by its detail and treble production. When listening to the extraordinarily challenging deep bass on the track "Fantasy," by The XX, the system came through with flying colors. The low tones emanated distortion-free through the car with palpable force, but did not rattle panels.

Read more: http://reviews.cnet.com/sedan/2012-b...#ixzz1nzLsbgeD
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HK is absolutely worth it. Standard is crap. The hifi upgrade is already better but does not give you that pushing feeling on your chest what makes you smile. The retrofit alpine kit also sucks big time.
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