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      01-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by rtb001 View Post
The base US stereo (which is the mid level stereo in other markets I think) has:

1 center speaker on the dash
1 tweeter and 1 midrange on each front door
1 midrange on each back door
I think 2 small subs, one under each front seat

So that makes 7 speakers and 2 small subs

I find it more than adequate, but I'm no audiophile. Mainly I like that it is versatile and can play radio, satellite radio, audio CD, mp3 CD, iphone/android input, USB stick mp3, all easily controlled via iDrive. Besides, while fairly quiet, it's not like the F30 has got a super insulated cabin like a Lexus or Buick, so I wonder how much you'd notice better sound quality while on the move. The bass is not that thumping, tho, so I guess if you're blasting hip hop all day long you might want to upgrade.
I like loud music sometimes (not like ridiculously loud, but anyways...) and the stock subs just crap out at really low volumes. I don't really listen to bass-y hip-hop or anything so I can only imagine how crappy the US Base audio would be for that. Anyways, really just looking for a replacement for the subs so they stop making that awful noise when they are too loud.
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5s
2008 Range Rover Sport Supercharged
Previous BMWs (2008 135i, 2012 328i)