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      09-28-2012, 08:41 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by therudies86 View Post
I regret not getting the HK system and sticking with the basic sound system. There's a lot of base distortion at mid-high volume - we're thinking of replacing speakers.
Yeah, your basic system is a simple radio setup with 6 speakers and a 4 x 25 watt analogue amp. Now a good 4x25 watt amp is capable of some very nice sound indeed. However, it seems that the basic unit is oriented towards radio listening, AM talkback & some low to mid volume FM music.

It is clear that the car manufacturers purposefully install poor quality sound systems as the very base unit. It really does degrade the BMW name and they should offer better than that.

You might first want to assess whether it's the amp or speakers. If the amp is being overdriven at moderate volumes, it will go into distortion (clip), resulting in poor sound(ing) speakers, no matter how good the speakers are. Then again, it could be as you have suggested - poor quality speakers. Have a car audio specialist check it out before you spend your money.
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