In my quest to get the best factory fit sound system currently available for my M5 that is on order, I have today received some positive information from BMW GB. I would rather have everything installed as a factory fit option, because I do not fancy intrusting my new baby to a third party company to install an after market system, which would inevitably involve pulling a considerable amount of the car apart. No thank you!
With regards to the “HiFi Individual High Audio System” or “M Audio” as it is also known, I had previously been given conflicting information from both my dealer, and BMW GB as to it’s availability within the UK. First it was available, then it was not, then it was again, and then not. Up until today, that’s the last I heard on the subject, and thus concluded, rather disappointingly, it was not a valid UK option. However, yesterday, I received the latest UK BMW M Cars brochure from my dealer. Low and behold, on page 82 of the Technology Guide, they list this very option.
The following information is from the UK BMW M Cars brochure, page 82.
HiFi Individual High Audio System (M Audio)
"The new HiFi individual High Audio System on the M5 ensures a brilliant sound experience at all times. It is based on the HiFi DSP Professional System available as an option, complete with a 14-channel amplifier and 290W overall output: 4 x 25W from the subwoofers, 4 x 25W from the woofers, and 6 x 15W in the medium/tweeter range. The big advantage of the DSP amplifier is that it incorporates the computer adjusting each amplifier channel in terms of volume and frequency perfectly to the respective loudspeakers, thus ensuring brilliant sound quality without the slightest distortion. Another special feature of the M sound system is that all loudspeakers with the exception of the standard tweeters in the mirror triangles on the front doors are new. A two-way coaxial system consisting of a medium-range/woofer and a tweeter loudspeaker is fitted in the lower door area at the front, each of these loudspeakers featuring a top-quality, Kevlar-reinforced high-tech membrane. The same loudspeakers are then also fitted on the left-and right-hand side of the parcel shelf, with two woofers installed in double coils beneath the air vent grids in the parcel shelf area. Measuring 215 millimetres or 8.5" in diameter, these woofers are equipped with a hexacone membrane offering supreme stiffness and low, compact dimensions thanks to it's special honeycomb structure. This ultimately, ensures particularly dry and natural reproduction of all bass sounds. (M5)"
With this renewed interest I today contacted both my dealer, and then in impatience for a response from him, BMW GB. BMW GB have now advised me that it is available through BMW Individual, option code 940, at a cost of £950.
It is a relatively new option to the UK market, as such, there is a considerable lack of knowledge displayed by both dealers and within BMW GB themselves.
Although I await absolute confirmation (hopefully tomorrow) that I will be able to add it to my car, I have been told – “it will not be a problem”.
I will post confirmation once I receive it. I hope this info is helpful to anyone seeking the best BMW audio system, especially any UK buyers.
John – In search of M Audio……
LeMans ’01 (74 days not that I’m counting!)
[This message has been edited by merlin (edited 15 December 2000).]