BMW’s are some of our favorite vehicles here at Kingpin Car & Marine Audio. They surely are the ultimate driving machine, but they are NOT the ultimate sounding machine when it comes to their stock audio systems. We decided to take one of our personal vehicles and outfit it with a complete Audison FULL DA package to show the sound quality available to our customers. Follow along as we walk through the transformation of this 2000 BMW 328i.
Full D/A System Starts With iPhone 6 Plus Control Of Audison BitPlayHD
It all starts with the source unit in the dash. In this vehicle we decided to use an iPhone 6 plus as the source unit. This is becoming a popular option for many people as their phone is not only a source for communication, but also the hub for much of their music. The 5.5” display is plenty big, and the Apple user interface is easier to use than many factory radios. As you can see in the pictures, we made a custom mount to hold the 6 plus in the spot normally reserved for the stereo system. It looks right at home in the dash.
If you look at the picture closely, you will see the Audison BitPlay HD being controlled by the 6 plus. The BitPlay HD is unique in that it is a music server dedicated to better-sounding high-resolution music files. What is so unique about that? Good question. This product is designed for the mobile environment, so it brings hi-end music sound quality out of the home and into your vehicle. It can be completely controlled by the 6 plus, so it becomes an invisible part of your audio system, and can store thousands of music files.
Audio Processing In The Digital Realm With Audison BitTenD
From BitPlayHD the music then travels to the Audison Bit10D processor. The Audison processor can take the musical signal from the iPhone 6 plus and the BitPlayHD, and it works with the Parrot Handsfree Bluetooth interface. In simple terms, the Bit10D becomes the hub of the audio system.
In the pictures, you will notice that we made a custom panel to flush the controller for the Bit10D and the display for the Parrot Bluetooth device, making them a seamless part of the interior. Depressing the control knob on the processor allows you to change easily between any of the musical sources you want to play. Using the Parrot device couldn’t get easier, as the Bit10D automatically switches to the Parrot unit whenever a phone goes in or out.
The Audison processor also allows us to have dedicated amplifier channels for every speaker in the vehicle. Fine tuning of the sound now becomes almost infinite as we have a dedicated 31 band equalizer for every speaker along with time delay, crossover settings, and output levels. While tuning this device is rather involved, the result is incredible. A properly installed and tuned Bit processor is nothing short of a game changer for the car audio environment. No longer are we limited by the close quarters and poor speaker locations inherent in a vehicle. With proper tuning, we can give you studio quality sound with pinpoint imaging and clarity. Another thing that makes this device so incredible is the ability to keep the music in it’s native, digital source until it is ready to be amplified and sent out to the speakers.
Audison AV5.1K Gets Digital Input For Cleanest Possible Signal Path
We chose an Audison AV5.1k amplifier with the optional Bit-In, which allows a fully digital, unaltered musical signal to go directly from the Bit processor into the amplifier. In most audio systems, the music is being transformed from digital to analog, and back to digital multiple times before it reaches your ears. And every time this happens you lose sound quality. In the Audison Full-DA systems, you keep your music full digital until the point where the music is amplified and sent to your speakers. This results in better clarity and focus in the music.
The Audison AV5.1k sends 70 watts of clean power to each of the tweeters, 140 watts to each of the midrange drivers, and over 1000 watts to the subwoofer. What allows the system to play at concert sound levels without breaking a sweat. The build quality of this amplifier also ensures that it does not add or detract from the music. It just give you pure, clean amplification of the music as it was created.
Hertz Mille Speakers Turn Amplifier Output Into Concert Level Sound
For speakers, we chose the Hertz Mille component set for the front. The ML280 tweeters were installed into the factory tweeter locations, and the ML1600 woofers were installed into the factory locations at the bottom of the door panels. Custom mounts were made at each location to fasten the speakers securely and allow the use of the factory BMW grills. The front doors also had the Kingpin sound treatment applied to them to eliminate the possibility of any rattling or buzzing in the doors.
In the trunk of the vehicle, we chose a Hertz HX300D high performance 12” subwoofer in a sealed enclosure. You will also notice in the pictures that we made custom panels for the trunk to integrate the amplifier and subwoofer cleanly into the trunk while preserving much of the trunk space. We couldn’t have been happier with the result of this project.
Here at Kingpin Car & Marine Audio we strive to build vehicles where the audio system looks like the manufacturer built it that way. We want to make it extremely durable and easy to use. But more important than anything else, we want it to sound incredible. This BMW knocked it out of the park! It has an effortless way of presenting the sound. It seems alive, like you are at a concert, not in a car. We invite you to stop by our facility and experience a live demo of this vehicle. If you like what you see and hear, we will work with you to create an audio system you have always dreamed of owning. We will design and custom craft an audio system built to your unique needs.
With The Audio Upgrades Perfected, The Exterior Was Enhanced As Well
If you like the way the exterior of this car looks, we can do that to your vehicle as well. We installed our Kingpin signature tint in a 35% darkness level along with a full vehicle wrap in satin pearl white. Contact us here for more information. We look forward to having you stop by our award-winning facility, giving you a tour, and providing an audio consultation.