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    audio system oem...?

    don't know if this info is out there, or if any current owner is willing to snoop and do a little teardown behind their door panels, etc.. but,

    what are the oem parts for the studio sound system?

    i am a music and audio fan and a bit dismayed at the reports that even the $1k more expensive 'studio sound' system is less than impressive. lack of bass, funky high-end noises and all sorts of talk about dolby multi-channel (seriously???) makes me more than a little nervous about the system. couple this to my test drive experience, which, while it wasn't bad per se, audio wise, i did not come away impressed. my memory is that the sound was very diffuse, lacking decent staging (amp and speaker selection and placement) and somewhat lacking in power.. (not volume, but amp push, distorting at top levels) i played classical from the on board library they had loaded i believe, but listen to all kinds of music.

    also, not happy there isn't native support for apple lossless.. bit of an oversight imo, unless it's a licensing thing.. and, why can't we play from small platter drives like the perfectly sized western digital my passport...?? only needs standard usb bus power, (5V i believe... can't remember).

    the thought of going to al and eds and installing new amp and speakers in this expensive car is plaguing me.. but, i want beautiful sound in this thing. way back in 1995 i put an alpine amp and mb quart speakers, (split tweeters my custom placements), and sub in my then ford explorer for about $1100 ... haven't had better sound since. not in bmw 5 series, not in lexus with levinson... kind of a drag. why oh why can't it be a great sound system.. ??

    current owner thoughts, rebuttals, confirmations, all... welcome.. please.

    and thanks.

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    Yeah I wasn't impressed with the audio either, and the car I listened too had the upgraded audio system. I would also like to know this info because I'd rather install my own aftermarket speakers and amp instead of paying $950 for something that sounds like its worth $150.

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    I think the upgrades system is more than enough. Tried it In-store, even went to 11 - but my testdrive might tell me elsewise, when you get all the ambient Sound added?


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    was this a real comment..? not much helpful there..

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    Having had my car with the upgraded package, I'd say it's ok but not great. have the had mb quarts, etc, too -- agree hard to match. primary complaint for me is weak bass, even on upgraded

    on pickup tour of factory I got to see the dash being assembled, and my friend noticed the small speakers firing up in the dash has a tesla logo printed on them -- my friend asked and the tour guide said they indeed made their own speakers, though maybe they were actually just third party with that put on, don't know, also don't know which speakers in the system they were (they were small, so maybe tweeters, or part of some surround thing), and don't know if that was basic or premium package. but, it was not inspiring for sure!

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    yeah.. was afraid of that... and lots of comments about lack of bass, and i can't imagine many of us on these boards are street gang thumpers, so we're talking lack of real appropriate full bass, not overblown unnecessary crazy bass... wonder if there are plans to fix this. $1k for upgraded audio isn't nothing... ought to get really good bass for that. and like i said... who cares about multichannel audio in a car??? i mean really. can't be too many people for whom that's important.. unless i missed something.....

    anyway. thanks for thoughts... bummed.

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    embarrassingly, when I was 16 I had a lowered minitruck with 2 x 12" redline subs and who knows how many watts of amps, but that was a few years ago and my taste is somewhat refined.

    my opinion so far is the sound is not bad for everyday listening but if I really crank and focus on it, a bit disappointing.

    the shame is just that it would be so easy (read: cheap) to put in really great speakers when the thing is in pieces, but much harder now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtich View Post
    yeah.. was afraid of that... and lots of comments about lack of bass, and i can't imagine many of us on these boards are street gang thumpers, so we're talking lack of real appropriate full bass, not overblown unnecessary crazy bass... wonder if there are plans to fix this. $1k for upgraded audio isn't nothing... ought to get really good bass for that. and like i said... who cares about multichannel audio in a car??? i mean really. can't be too many people for whom that's important.. unless i missed something.....
    Hahaha - true that. I'm 32 now, so 15 years ago I was 17yrs old in a brand new camaro. I guess I was a spoiled punk in high school. I taught myself about audio systems back then and installed these (attaching pics) into my camaro. Ever since I heard what REAL bass sounded like I was hooked. Even now every TV in my house has 7.1 THX and my computer even has DD/DTS 5.1 surround lol. I would be very interested in installing an aftermarket system into the Model S - but I'm a little apprehensive to do so as I don't want to mess around with the electronics too much (would this void the warranty too??). I would think there is a 12V battery somewhere to run some basic electronics off of? How would that get 'recharged' in the model s? As there is no engine and no belt, I would assume there's no alternator to keep the 12V battery charged. In an ICE car that alternator would supply the battery with way more than enough juice to run a powerful audio system (heh - well ok, maybe not, as you can see from my pics I have 3 1-farad caps because the 1500watt rockford fosgate would instantly drain the battery on one huge bass hit - lol. They served as a buffer to store charge for the amps and worked like a charm.) Anywho, I'm dying to find out more audio info on the model S. I've read that Tesla had used new speakers they made (or did they just OEM parts from other audio speaker manufacturers?) . I can't imagine that Tesla is into the manufacturing audio speakers too.

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    I can forgive the speaker box, but the neon front license plate frame?

    Quote Originally Posted by yobigd20 View Post
    Hahaha - true that. I'm 32 now, so 15 years ago I was 17yrs old in a brand new camaro. I guess I was a spoiled punk in high school. I taught myself about audio systems back then and installed these (attaching pics) into my camaro. Ever since I heard what REAL bass sounded like I was hooked. Even now every TV in my house has 7.1 THX and my computer even has DD/DTS 5.1 surround lol. I would be very interested in installing an aftermarket system into the Model S - but I'm a little apprehensive to do so as I don't want to mess around with the electronics too much (would this void the warranty too??). I would think there is a 12V battery somewhere to run some basic electronics off of? How would that get 'recharged' in the model s? As there is no engine and no belt, I would assume there's no alternator to keep the 12V battery charged. In an ICE car that alternator would supply the battery with way more than enough juice to run a powerful audio system (heh - well ok, maybe not, as you can see from my pics I have 3 1-farad caps because the 1500watt rockford fosgate would instantly drain the battery on one huge bass hit - lol. They served as a buffer to store charge for the amps and worked like a charm.) Anywho, I'm dying to find out more audio info on the model S. I've read that Tesla had used new speakers they made (or did they just OEM parts from other audio speaker manufacturers?) . I can't imagine that Tesla is into the manufacturing audio speakers too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcornwell View Post
    I can forgive the speaker box, but the neon front license plate frame?
    Yeah...stupid idea. I thought it was cool when I was 17. I also had neon blue undercarriage lights, haha. People used to say it looked like a UFO was hovering down the road.

    As for the speaker box, I never got into custom fiberglass molding enclosures to make it look nicer. I always wondered how difficult that was to do, something like this http://www.benlevy.com/auto/show/dub08/img_0075.jpg, that but never looked into it.
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