BMW iX Shows Off Its Amazing 30-Speaker Audio System

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The Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System is a tech marvel.

It won't be much longer until BMW brings its new electric crossover to the US market. The 2022 BMW iX will initially arrive with only one powertrain, a two-motor xDrive50 model producing 516 horsepower with a 300-mile range. Though the iX's battery and electric motor technology are front and center, this luxury SUV has many other features worth talking about, including a state of the art stereo system.

As standard the iX comes with a Harmon Kardon audio system with 18 speakers and 560 watts. That system probably sounds pretty decent, but we are far more interested to hear the optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 30 speakers and 1,615 watts.

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BMW published a video showing off its advanced sound system, and we're even more excited to try it out. It's more than just the speaker count here; it's where those speakers are placed. Occupants will notice the Nautilus Diamond Dome Tweeters on the doors but below them, BMW has hidden Shy Tech speakers behind the panels. And those are far from the only non-visible speakers in the cabin.

Both front headrests feature Ultra Linear Nearfield Speakers, emitting sound right behind the driver and front passenger. Hidden lower in the seat cushion, there are additional speakers that vibrate with the music, providing a massage as part of the 4D Audio Tactile Bass Experience.

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On the iDrive infotainment system, drivers can customize their listening experience with different sound profile modes, including Studio, Concert, On Stage, and Rear. "From the acoustics of a concert hall to a call from a loved one to the roaring feel of a live concert, there's a sonic profile that's perfect for any occasion - listening to music, podcasts, audiobooks, phone conversations and more," BMW says.

We've heard some great audio systems in cars before, but our current favorite is the Bowers & Wilkins system that Volvo uses because of its excellent Concert mode. Perhaps this BMW system could be even better.

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