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      09-19-2020, 09:23 PM   #1
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Is there any information on speaker upgrades for the Z4, or other recent BMW HK systems? Maybe speakers alone isn't enough?

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Is there any information on speaker upgrades for the Z4, or other recent BMW HK systems? Maybe speakers alone isn't enough?

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In my younger days the first thing I'd do with a new car is rip the player and speakers and replace them with my choices. That's in the past....

Sound quality has really ramped up by high end luxury manufacturers since then. IMO it's a waste of time to do a mod or upgrade to the sound system of a convertible. A quiet X5, maybe.

BTW, while our X5 is in the local BMW Collision center being fixed we got a new Dodge Durango loaner from Enterprise. Man are we spoiled in every which way! The "sound system" sounds like the crap of the 60's, just awful.
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Is there any information on speaker upgrades for the Z4, or other recent BMW HK systems? Maybe speakers alone isn't enough?

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Did you upload your music as .flac files? That makes a big difference, IMHO. I think Mixitt has it right.
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Have you tried turning off surround/Logic7?
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Did you upload your music as .flac files? That makes a big difference, IMHO. I think Mixitt has it right.
I'm listening to Spotify which has much better sound quality than the Sirius XM radio. Actually, it's good enough for me so I'm just leaving it as is. I do plan to disable the ASD though.

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I think the sound system is quite good. Have the same (HK) in my X5 and of course that sounds a lot better, but this is a convertible. Im sure they struggled getting this to sound as it do.

I do have a scratching sound going full bass, probably a loose speaker-cover...
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Yes the sound system in the new Z4 is not that great. My last gen Z4 had the best sound system i have ever heard. Flac files are only marginally better. Xm is horrible. But my recent spotify upgrade is indeed better than the usb drive music. Seems a bit louder.
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imo, the amplifier is the most important part to the sound quality
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Standard system sounds pretty good considering low power & cabin constraints.
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Yes the sound system in the new Z4 is not that great. My last gen Z4 had the best sound system i have ever heard. Flac files are only marginally better. Xm is horrible. But my recent spotify upgrade is indeed better than the usb drive music. Seems a bit louder.
I must have a tin ear, because with just a few tweaks of the equalizer, I think the HK stereo in my Z4 is excellent.
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Nice taste in cars with same car as mine. And the M4 color i would have picked. But yes your ear does not have the same taste. Listen to a older Z4 2014-2016 with premium sound and you will be shocked at the sound. Bass hits as hard as a real aftermarket system.
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