In Reply to: HK vs. Stock Stereo SUMMARY (lots more) posted by mcarter on September 23, 1999 at 12:15:50:
Some people like sound system with hard, deep bass, systems were you could hear each Bass, Treble, and Mid Range note clearly and enjoyable. Iím one of these people that like good quality sound system at high volumes at least 300 watts minimum.
Others are just fine with what the car comes with I imagine close to 100 watts all speaker put together. The problem with this stock systems ( the one I got on my 323Ci w/CD changer) is that to my trained ear I can tell the difference in sound quality, and its bad, the way I describe it is it sounds like all bass treble and mid range is all coming out of the same place threw a cone or something like that. I like in long island and the FM stations are terrible on the stock sound system
Now the HK system ( the one my brother got in his 323I) it is much better than the stock system, but still not even close to having a custom sound system.
Put simple I often listen to both sound system stock in my car and HK in my brotherís car, and now I appreciate the HK system much more. The reason I got stock sound system was because I did not like the sound of the HK system. And thought I will add amps, eq and crossover and keep the head unit to keep the controls on the steering wheel, but BUT BUT, now I kick my self because the stock sound system seems to have bad signal quality coming out from the head unit. I concluded this from listening to the FM radio.
Well I told my dealer how I felt, he says that since the car is a new model that there really is not after market product for the 323Ci,,,, he made some calls and found out that in LA is were car products come out firstÖ well this week heís getting two audio catalog magazines for the E46 and one of them is for me. I hope I can find something in that catalog. Ill post anything good.