I agree entirely the only tweek I could really do with is the front centre speaker it really could do with a fader..Id never go back to *** or standard it really does get better with time.B&O all the way. I made the mistake of getting *** on my S3, it's pretty awful. The sound that comes out of it is like someone's covered the speakers with a damp cloth. If it was a standard system, I could forgive it for being so bad, but as a cost extra, it's a joke. I keep the volume below 15 most of the time, as to avoid ruining my favourite music. It's barely passable for listening to radio, but again, turn the volume up and I start to cringe at the sound quality it produces. I'm defo going B&O on my new TTS or RS3, once I can make my mind up which to order. lol.
I agree entirely the only tweek I could really do with is the front centre speaker it really could do with a fader..Id never go back to *** or standard it really does get better with time.
I went for the *** on my new A4, thinking it would be comparible to the Harman Kardon system on my old E46 BMW. It is not.
As stated above, the *** is pretty terrible for an 'upgraded' soundsystem.
If you actually want to do your music any justice, opt for the B&O, every time.
So I am curious is there a way to fix the crackle?
hiya.Recode all your music to 48kHz on media storage (yeah, I've seen you don't use it!)
Bluetooth is most susceptible to crackle, as it has to go through numerous re-coding steps in Audi with B&O.
More on B&O Crackle:
How can you stream content from say spotify on 48kHz?
Specced B&O on my new A3 picked up on Saturday, and very happy so far. Started with EQ levels suggested on the Settings thread for B&O, and still tweaking, but overall it sounds great. One question - am I right in thinking that there isn't a Shuffle option for playing music from an iPod touch (playlists, tracks etc.)? If there is, I haven't found it yet.
I turned on Shuffle on my iPod and it worked until I turned off the ignition and found that Shuffle was turned off. As I don't have Random Playback as an option in Media > Settings, I assume that putting my music on an SD card wouldn't solve the problem?
Can anyone tell me what DAC is used in the B&O S3, and can it play back hi-res music downloads without down sampling them?
Thank you in advance of any reply.
Took your advice and transferred my music onto an SD card and now working perfectly with the added benefit of Shuffle. Incidentally, I used an app called mp3gain to "normalise" the volume of the individual tracks so they all play at the same level.Putting music on an SD will stay on shuffle until you change the setting in the MMI...........far better than fannying around with ipods and the like.
Took your advice and transferred my music onto an SD card and now working perfectly with the added benefit of Shuffle. Incidentally, I used an app called mp3gain to "normalise" the volume of the individual tracks so they all play at the same level.
The extra 100 watts Audi claim for the *** is seriously optimistic, even if it's peak power. If the standard system is 20w x 4 then you'd expect the *** to be 20w x 5, plus sub, which isn't going to be anywhere near 80w (It's actually got 40w written on it, and that's probably a peak figure!).Standard 9VK, 80 Marketing Watts, 8 Speakers, 4-ch amp in 5F
*** 9VD, 180 Marketing Watts, 10 Speakers, 6-ch amp in 5F
B+O 9VS, 705 Marketing Watts, 14 Speakers, 15-ch amp external
The extra 100 watts Audi claim for the *** is seriously optimistic, even if it's peak power. If the standard system is 20w x 4 then you'd expect the *** to be 20w x 5, plus sub, which isn't going to be anywhere near 80w (It's actually got 40w written on it, and that's probably a peak figure!).
The other half's S3 has the *** and I can't say I'm bowled over. I wasn't expecting too much from a system without an offboard amp, and I was right; it's passable at low volumes but as soon as you turn it up past about 20-25 it really struggles, sounding very thin and harsh. I can only imagine what a miserable experience the standard system must at anything approaching "loud". Having said that my wife never turns it up past 15 so for her the standard system would probably be fine. We had an A3 8P before the S3 and that had active rear speakers and sub as standard (not Bose) - I'd say that system was on a par with the ***, if not marginally better.
I have an A6 with the Bose system (630 marketing watts IIRC) and that's far better than the *** in the S3 - probably similar to the A3 B&O. It just shows an external amp is essential if you want a decent system; the A6 can get very loud without struggling (although a few trim rattles start creeping in at very high volume) and although it's not a perfect I was pleasantly surprised something with Bose written on it sounded half decent. Set the volume to 20 in the S3 and it's still quite quiet - do the same in the A6 and you can't have a conversation.
I enjoy listening to music in the car and if I was buying an A3 for myself I'd have to spec the B&O - the *** isn't really up to much. Having said that the engine noise makes up for it in the S3, so the sound system isn't quite as important!