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I think you should choose your words more wisely when dealing with one of the more knowledgeable members of the forum. HiFi Professional with DSP IS Logic 7 - it is developed by Lexicon and is exactly the same system as I have in my M6, and while it is not available in the US is IS available in Europe. Do a bit more searching on the bmw.com website and then come back and apologise.
I listened to it at length (in standard mode - I don't like any of the "venue" settings) and compared it to HiFi professional. My dealer has a coupe in stock without DSP and a convertible with DSP. DSP does help with the cabin reverberations and compensates for the fact that a car is not the ideal place to listen to music. I listened to various tracks on my iPod encoded using Nero AAC at 320kb/s, and a couple of tracks from CDs. Two I know very well and often use in listening tests are "Hotel California" from Eagles live "Hell Freezes Over", and the acoustic version of "Gotta Get Thru This" by Daniel Bedingfield. With both you got the impression of being there. Like Logic 7 on the 6 series Lexicon have done a pretty good job with "room correction". It's a pity the price has increased since I originally specced it on my 645 in 2002, but it seems that unlike the M6 where all the important options are standard in the UK, BMW are determined to make you spend an extra £10k to get the right spec.
I use room correction at home on my Meridian G68 (Meridian and Lexicon are probably the biggest players in digital audio worldwide) and while Logic 7 isn't quite as good as the £3k processor I have at home IMO it is probably the best bang for the buck given the options available, and like the M5 and the M6 one of the best factory fit stereos available without spending silly money. It doesn't have the raw power of the Individual system, but I don't listen to music at incredibly loud levels in the car - it is too much of a distraction.
I've attached an amended spec - the only difference is that I remembered USB this time and have upgraded to HiFi Pro DSP. When my current iPod dies I'll buy a Classic 160Gb so I can carry my entire collection encoded in lossless format. To be honest, while there are subtle differences in some music between 320k AAC and PCM it will be difficult to tell the difference in the car, especially with the roof down.
I've got a build date - 19th May so it should only be 3-4 weeks now. Not bad as I originally put my order in when I sold my last M3 in 2002!
Last edited by Tim_M; 13th May 2008 at 12:43 PM.
Reason: Build month corrected