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Evening all,

I know the common stereos are either the business or the pro, my last 1 series has the bmw pro with the under seat speakers and it sounded amazing.

I’m going to look at another 1 series but it has the I drive so the stereo is different, are these any good for sound quality?

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Michmash/eddie wrote:Evening all,

I know the common stereos are either the business or the pro, my last 1 series has the bmw pro with the under seat speakers and it sounded amazing.

I’m going to look at another 1 series but it has the I drive so the stereo is different, are these any good for sound quality?
The built in amps are generally better than the pro head units and those with idrive from the factory tend to have hifi or logic 7/harman kardon too, which further enhances the sound.
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I ve got an E82 2010 with the idrive, would this be a harman/Kardon system?

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donnelly2520 wrote:I ve got an E82 2010 with the idrive, would this be a harman/Kardon system?
Have you got tweeters in the corners of the doors? If yes, then when you go to change the sound settings in the idrive do you have an equaliser? If yes you have harman/kardon, if not but have tweeters you'll have hifi, unless they e been retrofitted, if neither you have base audio.
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Hi and thanks for your reply,

Yes i have the tweeters in the doors and yes i have the equalizer in the idrive all standard,

Thing is the sound is ok but nothing compared to my 2 series which has HK sound.

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donnelly2520 wrote:Hi and thanks for your reply,

Yes i have the tweeters in the doors and yes i have the equalizer in the idrive all standard,

Thing is the sound is ok but nothing compared to my 2 series which has HK sound.
Have a play around with the eq. Mines in a shallow c curve, lows being + mids gradually going to the - and then going back + for the highs. Turning the surround sound on makes it better to. The HK in my car sounds a million times better than any HK ive heard in F2x cars.

The quality of the audio file itself also has a big impact. If you have a combox, try streaming through spotify with the equalizer on your phone flat. The sound quality is tremendous.
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donnelly2520 wrote:Hi and thanks for your reply,

Yes i have the tweeters in the doors and yes i have the equalizer in the idrive all standard,

Thing is the sound is ok but nothing compared to my 2 series which has HK sound.
Have a play around with the eq. Mines in a shallow c curve, lows being + mids gradually going to the - and then going back + for the highs. Turning the surround sound on makes it better to. The HK in my car sounds a million times better than any HK ive heard in F2x cars.

The quality of the audio file itself also has a big impact. If you have a combox, try streaming through spotify with the equalizer on your phone flat. The sound quality is tremendous.
Following on from that, unplugging the rear tweeters can also enhance the sound as it brings the sound stage further forward, although that's personal preference.
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Thanks for advice, i ll give it a go tomorrow, i ve never really played about with the equalizer,

Is there a way to stream music from the phone without having to plug it in from the aux in the middle console?
Bluetooth works for making calls but as far as I'm aware needs plugging in for music.

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donnelly2520 wrote:Thanks for advice, i ll give it a go tomorrow, i ve never really played about with the equalizer,

Is there a way to stream music from the phone without having to plug it in from the aux in the middle console?
Bluetooth works for making calls but as far as I'm aware needs plugging in for music.
Read up on a combox retrofit, assuming you have a CIC (fixed screen) idrive. It allows enhanced bluetooth to stream music over it.
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Hi again and thanks for the advice,
I ve been playing about with the equalizer but am still struggling to get the best sound, i m sure once i get it perfectly set this could possibly sound better than my HK sound in the 2 series.
I also got a quote for the combox to be fitted, i would need a nav system update at the same time so £440+100 for the update, around 3 hours work with JAY BMW RETROFITS based in kent.
I will leave it until after Christmas then see.

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donnelly2520 wrote:Hi again and thanks for the advice,
I ve been playing about with the equalizer but am still struggling to get the best sound, i m sure once i get it perfectly set this could possibly sound better than my HK sound in the 2 series.
I also got a quote for the combox to be fitted, i would need a nav system update at the same time so £440+100 for the update, around 3 hours work with JAY BMW RETROFITS based in kent.
I will leave it until after Christmas then see.
Nav update? He may be pulling your leg. And 3 hours work is way over the top. Took me half an hour to take out the mulf and TCU, repin and reinstall. Coding takes all of 5 mins. Combox cost me about £100, then maybe 3 quid for the new plugs from cotswold.

I got my combox coded at the same time i got my CIC coded though, but as far as I'm aware, all CIC software versions should be able to use a combox.
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cheers, for the heads up

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donnelly2520 wrote:cheers, for the heads up
Have you already got a TCU and MULF in the boot? Under the boot lining? If so he definitely is trying to have you over. If not it would explain the 3 hours as he would have to run the wiring.

If you do, I'm more than happy to help you with part numbers and pinouts, then you just need to get coding sorted.
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Not sure, I ll need to check, the quote was based on me giving him my VIN number,
I m no DIY er therefore would rather leave it to the professionals.
Your offer of help is much appreciated.

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Twh1994. Did you bougt combox media or telematic? I made adapter from MULF to COMBOX, but i still not sure if i need telematic function, cause they do not work. Did you done coding by yourself?

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