Harman Kardon vs Hi-Fi vs Standard Audio for BMW

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BMW Base (STEREO) Sound System

The most basic audio option for BMWs. Not available in some countries such as US and Canada in cars produced after 2012, it is replaced by the Hi-Fi system as the default option in those countries. As the name suggests, there’s really not much to it.

Equalizer settings

Incredibly limited, only options available are:

  • Front/Back
  • Left/Right
  • Bass/Treble

It’s usually composed of a 4 mid-range speakers and 2 underseat woofers. Tweeters are nowhere to be found here (which can be observed by the missing mesh tweeter grilles usually located inboard of the side mirrors or on the a-pillar covers). This results a very dull sound for your ears.

There is no dedicated amplifier either: instead, the head unit itself with 4 audio output channels is reponsible for the amplification, further reducing audio quality and maximum audio output. This would generally result in a lack of volume, and wishing you could turn it up more than your system allows you is certainly not a good idea.

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Harman Kardon vs Hi-Fi vs Standard Audio for BMW Harman Kardon vs Hi-Fi

BMW HiFi (S676A) Sound System

A step above the Base stereo audio system is BMW’s HiFi (S676A) option. As previously stated, in the North American market almost all vehicles have the HiFi system as standard, while the rest of the world has to have it optioned in.

Equalizer settings

Incredibly limited, only options available are:

  • Front/Back
  • Left/Right
  • Bass/Treble
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BMW Harman/Kardon (S688A/S677A) Sound System

The most basic audio option for BMWs. Not available in some countries such as US and Canada in cars produced after 2012, it is replaced by the Hi-Fi system as the default option in those countries. As the name suggests, there’s really not much to it.

Equalizer settings

Incredibly limited, only options available are:

  • Front/Back
  • Left/Right
  • Bass/Treble

It’s usually composed of a 4 mid-range speakers and 2 underseat woofers. Tweeters are nowhere to be found here (which can be observed by the missing mesh tweeter grilles usually located inboard of the side mirrors or on the a-pillar covers). This results a very dull sound for your ears.

There is no dedicated amplifier either: instead, the head unit itself with 4 audio output channels is reponsible for the amplification, further reducing audio quality and maximum audio output. This would generally result in a lack of volume, and wishing you could turn it up more than your system allows you is certainly not a good idea.

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