Yep I expect serviceable to good results for the price were paying anything more than that is a bonus.I find it to be one of the best stock audio systems I have heard, frankly it blows me away with its soundstage, range, bass extension and shear volume. SometimesI think people just want to find a fault because of the nameplate....
Yep here is a quote from the article, only difference between that and the 550x is the price of the package.So, I'm confused now. I got the upgraded audio system -- is that the one being reviewed?
As with every current 5 Series model, the best we could get in our long-term 2011 528i is the "Premium hi-fi system" that's part of the pricey $4,500 Premium Package 2
Yep no reason at this price range or more we aren't getting uncompressed, but again off the top of my head I'm not sure anyone is.The hard drive should not use 256 bit compression, It should be uncompressed (or use a much higher bit rate) with a 50 GB capacity, like in the 2011 X3.
At higher volumes the upper mid range distorts.
But my biggest complaint is that BMW fails to provide an audio parts list and assembly manual so we can make intelligent choices to upgrade the system. Focal or ADS tweeters for example, mids and sub drivers with greater accuracy, and better amps could transform the F10 audio system into something very special, at least as good or better than any other auto mfgers audio system.
Very interesting. I look forward to tinkering with all of this. I'm not a big apple fan so I didn't get the App option to support iPod out. I bet that would be the best bet for future owner-audiophiles.Me530
Yes, that option exists. I have also heard that some people have even used the USB connection for a portable 250GB solid state hard drive, full of uncompressed music files.
IMHO, the interface, menus, song lists etc work best on the BMW internal 12GB hard drive (even though compressed at 256 bit rate). One you download a CD, you can even delete individual songs, leaving you with your own personal "greatest hits" CD content.
The iPod interface through the iDrive is a little clunkier. i also hear that the menu systems and song lists are even a little more difficult to deal with on the large 250GB portable hard drives connected via the USB port.