When I took delivery of my car my expectations of the sound system was very low from previous experiences however I was very pleasantly surprised with the sound. Elated in fact. This system is a huge upgrade from my 2002 3 series. Not audiophile quality but I will no longer need to apologize to passengers for the poor audio and gripe to them about BMW audio. Still lots of complaints about BMW audio on the boards, but for newbies reading all the posts and freaking out to all the little nit picky things...there is probably one less issue to worry too much about. My 16 year old with 4k of aftermarket audio stuff in his car was even impressed. But he still says I need 2 16" of bump in the trunk...NOT!