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      01-14-2015, 07:50 PM   #1
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How is the stock sound system?

Ok I'm about to purchase a M6GC. The dealer is having trouble locating one in white which is the color I want. They found one, but it does not have the Bang and Olufsen system in it. I'm very big into my music and I was wondering if the stock system will be good enough.
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AFAIK the current standard system in HK and must be good enough
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Ok I'm about to purchase a M6GC. The dealer is having trouble locating one in white which is the color I want. They found one, but it does not have the Bang and Olufsen system in it. I'm very big into my music and I was wondering if the stock system will be good enough.
Motorwerks BMW in barrington IL. has one (white on black w/ B&O sound system). I bought 3 M cars from them including my '15 M6 GC. Ask for Al Stoll. I've got the B&O sound system in mine and I absolutely love it.
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Honestly man, a friend of mine has an m6 without it and mine has it- and unless you're BLASTING it there's very little difference. It looks cool though when it pops up, that's for sure- but no one other than you will notice that
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If you know sound, with the B/O there is a difference. Takes some tweaking to your tastes but once you get it, there is a difference. I have the HK in two other BMW, and I like the B/O better. $3500 better? Not so sure, but the lights around the speakers at night make up for it.
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I have the standard HK. It is basically the same I have had in my previous vehicles (logic 7) and love it. I am somewhat of an audiophile so know the difference. $3500 is not worth it IMHO even with the lights and pop up. More to break. Besides the way I drive it, I am not critically listening to Mozart on it. Maybe Rachmaninoff. Most often AC/DC. I would not make it a deal breaker.
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I have the standard HK. It is basically the same I have had in my previous vehicles (logic 7) and love it. I am somewhat of an audiophile so know the difference. $3500 is not worth it IMHO even with the lights and pop up. More to break. Besides the way I drive it, I am not critically listening to Mozart on it. Maybe Rachmaninoff. Most often AC/DC. I would not make it a deal breaker.
Appreciate it. I do love the pop up. But I am not going to make it a deal breaker.
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Appreciate it. I do love the pop up. But I am not going to make it a deal breaker.
TBH with you, I would spend that money for Full Merino leather (and I did) instead...
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You can take the $3,500 and add a quality pair of subs, amp, and custom enclosure in the trunk as neither system has enough low end sound. That is where I would put my money at least.

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TBH with you, I would spend that money for Full Merino leather (and I did) instead...
+1. I did the same.
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wasn't the Harmon Kardon standard starting in 2014 models?
I have the HK and love it. I spent the money on full merino leather instead.
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hk was good enough for me in my previous 750. Have the B&F in my m6 and like everyone else says its mostly about presentation value. As a disclaimer I listen to edm so take my opinion for what it's worth
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TBH with you, I would spend that money for Full Merino leather (and I did) instead...
Same here. I have both, but if I had to choose only one I would get the Full Merino Leather. Originally, I was going to get the standard extended leather, but when I compared two M6GC's with the two leather options it was no contest.

I too, love a good audio system (our home audio system cost more than the M6GC), but the B&O is not as good as I had expected. Like some others here, my wife and I are both rockers, so your opinion may differ. Try to hear both and decide for yourself whether it is worth it.

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I work with sound for a living and must say that the B&O system in BMWs is in one word... Disappointing, specially for a reputable brand like B&O, but seeing as how they've lowered themselves to making gimmicky headphones as well, it kinda makes sense.
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You can take the $3,500 and add a quality pair of subs, amp, and custom enclosure in the trunk as neither system has enough low end sound. That is where I would put my money at least.

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+1 the standard system sounds pretty adequate as is if t weren't for the lack of low end, which isn't really a lack per-say but rather car manufacturers rig these systems to drop the bass at higher volume levels to protect the speakers. Some high quality subs would more than compensate for this.
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wasn't the Harmon Kardon standard starting in 2014 models?
I have the HK and love it. I spent the money on full merino leather instead.
On 2013 models the code is 677. On 2014 and later 688. The difference, the 688 has the HK logos on the speaker grills. The actual content of the pkgs are virtually identical. There is an entire thread dedicated to this controversy. BMW has been working with HK since 1993. My guess, the 677 is the logic 7 (HK Trademark), 688, logic 7 tweaked with logos. In any event, its hard to justify the extra $3500 for the B&O when their are a lot of other goodies for that money.
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So wait, if you don't have B and O, you automatically have HK by default, right? Reason I ask is because I have a 2014 and it doesn't have the HK words on the speakers.
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So wait, if you don't have B and O, you automatically have HK by default, right? Reason I ask is because I have a 2014 and it doesn't have the HK words on the speakers.
Speaker grilles are unbranded on cars before MY15 but yeah it's a HK system regardless.
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So wait, if you don't have B and O, you automatically have HK by default, right? Reason I ask is because I have a 2014 and it doesn't have the HK words on the speakers.
You can use this link and just enter your VIN#... all information will be extracted for you:

http://www.bmwvin.com
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great info thanks!
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So wait, if you don't have B and O, you automatically have HK by default, right? Reason I ask is because I have a 2014 and it doesn't have the HK words on the speakers.
Speaker grilles are unbranded on cars before MY15 but yeah it's a HK system regardless.
Correct. In addition, B&O to be replaced by Bowers and Wilkins possibly 2016 or soon after. From my genius rep.
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For 2012 F13 677 Hifi professional system, the speakers are actually harman? If not, are they having same number of speakers 16 ?

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