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10 Best Car Sound Systems

Updated on May 28, 2014

For some audiophiles, an unparalleled sound system is a top priority in choosing which vehicle to purchase. The vehicles on this list range from an affordable price to way up on the luxury ladder. This list caters to the aural pleasure and gives a quick summary of factory sound systems. This list takes into consideration for those who have a budget and those who have an unlimited amount of Benjamins.

1. Audi R8: Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System

The interior consists of 14 speakers each with its own amplifier and a 12 inch subwoofer. The acoustic lens player on the dashboard is amazingly entertaining to watch as they reach out to the passengers and retract. The R8 has such a cool and sporty character that you should expect just as much from a sound system, and it's safe to say that the sound system definitely delivers. The aural pleasure that one gets from an Audi R8 is really one of a kind.

2. Lexus LS: Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System

The 450 Watt Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound and be most enjoyed when someone else drives the car and you sit and close your eyes to release yourself to the sensory experience. There is an 8 gigabyte hard drive that is a little conspicuous but all that means is that you've got plenty of room to store your entire album of music. The system has a range of 20 to 20,000 Hz so you won't miss a single note as this is even beyond the hearing range of some people.

3. Jaguar XF: Bowers & Wilkins System

The Jaguar offers an amazing Bowers & Wilkins System with 13 speakers and a subwoofer. Many audiophiles praise the Bowers & Wilkins System and really appreciate the effort that Jaguar has put in its XF models. B&W sound systems ooze luxury and quality, making them the top choice in recording studios. You can imagine how epic the sound system would sound in a car interior.

4. Mercedes-Benz CL Class: Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 Digital Surround Sound System

For those people who put $100,000 into these impressive machines, it's practically a given that the sound system will be almost unparalleled (save for those sound systems that made it to the top of the list). This sound system delivers 600 watts with 14 exquisitely positioned speakers. The most realistic, dynamic sounds come out of the speakers in a sort of musical ecstasy that envelopes you and your guests in sheer wonderment.

5. Cadillac CTS: Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound System

The Cadillac is slowly rising from the laughingstock of luxury cars back into its former glory with the Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound System. This car is probably one of the most affordable cars on this list, so audiophiles should take note because of its quality and affordability. The sound system comes with 10 speakers of sheer quality, with accurate pitch and range that's a pinnacle for the brand.

6. Volvo S80: Dynaudio Audio System

Volvo's setup with Danish company Dynaudio comes with a pretty awesome package of 12 speakers included and each other actually has its own filter of 650 Watts. The intricacy of this sound system, coupled with the quality that exudes from every filter is what makes this car so appealing. Volvo sound systems have been improving over the years so it's safe to say that the quality will only improve into the future to reach perfection.

7. Lincoln MKX: THX II Certified Audio System

The THX Certified Audio System may come optional, but definitely a great choice for those who are willing to pay a little more for quality sound. The MKX sound package is very clean, has no fiddling required, making the 14 speaker, 600 Watt sound system the best for Hip-Hop soundtracks when cruising down the highway.

8. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: Rockford Fosgate Audio System

The sound system includes a 9-speaker, 650 Watt system with a 10-inch subwoofer in the trunk. It can handle crisp notes without sounding hollow at all. The volume is speed sensitive with a great equalization that words surprisingly well. Not only is the Mitsubishi Lancer precision based, it's also got an awesome sound system to boot. Where can you get affordability, precision, and a great sound system all in one package?

9. Chrysler 300C/Chrysler 300C SRT8: Boston Acoustic/Kicker SRT

The 300C is able to satisfy multiple generations by being friendly with the young and the mature. The sound system comes with 368 Watt 7-speakers and a subwoofer with clean, crisp sound quality. Whether you like more classic music, or the top 40s kind of thing, there's no doubt that the Chrysler has a vehicle that perfectly suites your audiophile's needs.

10. Ferrari 612 Scaglietti: Bose Media System

Ferrari has hidden audio speakers in some of its cars for the ultimate surround sound experience. The 612 Scaglietti has a great Bose Media system addition with centralized features that greatly complement the car's interior.

If you've got that sort of creative DIY-er nestling inside you, there are even aftermarket packages and add-ons like LED lighting that can make your overall sound experience much more exquisite. Some LED interior light systems go well with the sound systems to provide unparalleled personalized experience for audiophiles and LED aficionados alike. Who knows, maybe you can combine your love for light and sound into one gigantic symphonic masterpiece.


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