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      03-03-2020, 01:47 PM   #1
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I disagree about the HK comments...sounds more like the HiFi description.
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I disagree about the HK comments...sounds more like the HiFi description.
Those were my thoughts exactly when I first watched this.
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I disagree about the HK comments...sounds more like the HiFi description.
Sound is extremely subjective.

HK in BMWs sound bad until you play with the equalizer.
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He's def not a bmw lover but I do really enjoy his videos. I actually live in the area where he films and see him and his crew often driving around.
For all you f80 owners google his other video for the f80...great video!!!

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He's def not a bmw lover but I do really enjoy his videos. I actually live in the area where he films and see him and his crew often driving around.
For all you f80 owners google his other video for the f80...great video!!!

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His video on the F80 is really good!!
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I really enjoyed the video. His videos have a sense of humor I appreciate.
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Excellent video production, fantastic Jazz piano intro and solid review as well.

Such a nice mental break from the current flow of seemingly never ending stream of sad, depressing and just bad news all over.
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I disagree about the HK comments...sounds more like the HiFi description.
I have the HK system in our 40i. I think for the $900 it cost it's worth it, and it's better than the HK system in something like a 3 series - probably mostly due to a quieter cabin.

However, it's not a premium system for a luxury car. The B&W system is the legit upgrade. The HK system is really just a base+ audio system. I don't think the HK sounds bad, but when you have Lexicon systems from Genesis and Mark Levinson systems in Lexus that sound 10x better and even the B&W in BMWs, I think it's more just an expectation thing.

If BMW had made it the standard system, it'd be considered a really good base audio system. IMO HK is a necessary upgrade and I prioritized it even over M Sport and the premium package. In fact, I was a bit salty that I HAD to pick the premium package to get the HK, though I probably would have specced it that way regardless.
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I have to say the base stereo in the G20 3 Series is really good to my ears, but the one in the G30 5er, not so much.
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Love this guy's reviews. No matter what make or model, he's thorough and insightful. He knows a lot more about cars and driving than most motoring journos.
I'd never buy an SUV, never mind an X5, but enjoyed watching.
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Sound is extremely subjective.

HK in BMWs sound bad until you play with the equalizer.
Sound may be subjective, but there is a baseline most adults with normal hearing can agree on. From that perspective, the HK in any BMW is at best average.

Ive had cheap rentals that better, clearer sound.


The problem with the HK can be clearly seen in that audio chart he posted. Very uneven frequency response, and while you can play with the EQ to correct it, youd need expensive audio equipment to tune it correctly. Even then, it will not sound right because there are dips in there too narrow to fix with the EQ. Some sounds/instruments/music will simply sound wrong. On top of it theyre playing engine sounds through it at all times.

The HK IMO becomes bearable when you upgrade the speakers, like a Bavsound plug and play system upgrade. (Im in the middle of this right now). At that point, youre spending another $1,500 on top of the original $700-800 for the HK, might as well go for the B&W directly.

I wish they offered the B&W on the M3, Id have gotten it in a heartbeat.


Sorry to rant, I like the X5 very much, it is a fine vehicle.
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He's def not a bmw lover but I do really enjoy his videos. I actually live in the area where he films and see him and his crew often driving around.
For all you f80 owners google his other video for the f80...great video!!!

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he's not a bmw lover? lol his chase car is a g05
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So what are the best EQ settings?
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      04-16-2020, 12:56 AM   #15
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So what are the best EQ settings?
Couple of different EQ settings for HK posted in the iDrive/Audio threads:
https://www.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...php?p=26003723
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