With the amount of time we spend in our vehicles, it’s paramount that we have a rockin’ audio system to compliment the daily grind. Being in your car, truck or SUV is one of the only times you can be totally alone during the day, affording you the ability to rock out and kick out the jams. Here are some selects for the audiophile in all of us.
Yes, that Beats By Dre. Working alongside Chrysler, Beats By Dre has been stuffing their 10-speaker, 12-channel, 500-plus watt audio systems inside the 300 since 2011. Using state of the art studio sound reproduction, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine (musical prodigy) tuned the system for the 300 specifically with clarity in mind. They believed that the car should “let drivers hear music the way the artists intended,” meaning that if you’re a fan of music, this car is going to bring you closer than most to hearing it like it was meant to be heard.
Without getting into cars well into six-figures, the Mark Levinson audio system inside the LS460 is a home theater squashed into a moving experience. There are 19-speakers with the ML upgrade, which equates to 450-watts and almost unrivaled dynamic range. Over 2,000 hours of blood, sweat and tears went into tuning the system specifically for this Lexus. That means you’re getting the perfect balance of highs and lows for that dreaded commute, and the fact that it’s the most comfy Lexus in their stable only helps to alleviate your woes.
The 710 watt, 9 speaker system found in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution models have enough power to make you forget about all the power under the hood. While the Evo models are blazingly fast rally-inspired sedans, sometimes the less-than-ideal sound deadening can make the ride drone on. Luckily, you can drown out annoying sound with bigger sounds! With a range of tweeters, 6.5-inch mids and a 10-inch subwoofer, the clarity and bass is there when you need it to fill the cabin, and then once the pedal is to the metal, the Evo’s powerful turbo 4-cylinder is there when you need to escape everything.
The small stature of the Mini means that your sound is going to be even closer to you than in most cars. With the 480 watt Harmon Kardon sound system, that means very close, and very intimate sound. There are 12 speakers in this compact car and even a specialized amp in the rear. Having this much “oomph” is like holding an old boombox on your shoulder while riding around in a go kart, however, possibly a bit on the safer side.
One of the coolest looking audio systems available, the Bowers & Wilkins system has golden speakers that are slightly visible through their mesh screens. This is a 20-speaker system that engages rich highs with bass heavy lows. Though originally a $2,000 option, a used Jaguar is going to offer way more of a value and you won’t have to pay the upfront optional cost. First order of business: crank up “Bombs Over Baghdad (B.O.B.)” by Outkast, sit back and relax.
These particular heavy hitters can have up to 1,100 watts and more inside some of the most luxurious cabins in the world. When we say this is some of the best sound you’ll ever hear, we mean it. Crisp with tons of clarity, the Naim system is unmatched in the automotive world.
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