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Pimp your car with these sound systems

Today we are counting down the list of thee most impressive sound systems we’ve ever heard in a car.

Be aware that this list is not an exact science as it does not include every car on the market and was compiled from the often wonky memories of our test team.

Bang & Olufsen Audi A8, BMW 640d, Mercedes SL500

Those Danes who made the turntable your Dad is still going on about make some amazing in-car systems. All Bang & Olufsen (B&O to their friends) systems shine with amazing clarity, punch and roominess. A word of warning though: most of these systems are an optional extra which will cost you anywhere from R50 000 to over R100 000, depending on the car. However, we think that’s a bargain for in-car sound perfection.

Bowers & Wilkins Jaguar XJ & XF-R

Some of the most sophisticated and detailed sound systems we’ve ever heard came from the British manufacturer B&W. Thus it’s no surprise that their speakers were fitted to high-end Jaguars. Unfortunately we’ve discovered that since we tested the big XJ and raucous XF-R, their audio systems changed to Meridian.

Burmester Mercedes-Benz C- & S-Class, S Coupé

Although we hadn’t heard of these speakers before, Mercedes uses Burmester stuff in their high-end cars nowadays. Available as optional extras, prices range from R10 000 (C-Class) to R95 000 (some S-Classes).

It’s most impressive in the biggest cars of which we tested an S350 BlueTEC, S500 and every S-Class Coupé.

Most of these use parts of the front foot wells as a bass reflex chamber.

BOSE Alfa-Romeo, Audi, Infiniti, Nissan

While lacking the window-flexing abilities of its rivals mentioned above, the American BOSE systems have graced some excellent cars with their well-rounded and crisp sound reproduction.

Our most recent meeting was in Audi’s mad RS Q3 where these quality speakers made every journey an absolute pleasure.

You’ll also find these in some hot Alfas, most new Infinitis and Nissan’s 370Z.

STANDARD STUFF

Can’t afford one of these cars or monster systems? Don’t despair, neither can we.

In our experience, the standard or premium audio systems in mid-range BMW or Volvo cars tend to offer decent bang for your buck. Given a clean audio source, some of Volvo’s sound systems will even tolerate full volume without distortion. – Galimoto Media, January 2017

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