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    I was one of those complaining about lack of bass, but after putting 150 miles on my s with the stereo on I can honestly say I love this system and the sharp clean bass is fine for me for all types of music. I keep the eq flat even with Dolby off.
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    Would love to see a picture of the Tesla speakers if anyone happens to be upgrading them in the near future. I replaced the speakers in our Lexus CT200h and was shocked at how cheap they were. Below is a picture of some 3.5", left was stock, right was aftermarket, the Lexus speakers felt like a toy.

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    I'm by no means an audiophile but the improvement in sound was easily noticed. Has made me question the value of premium audio systems.

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    The MS sub is not on a dedicated amp. Boo!
    & on my last test drive I noticed that the EQ was only 3 bands!

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    I sprung for the upgraded audio and while I think it sounds fine for most of my listening but it is not an audiophile's setup. Having more adujustment in the EQ (more then 3 bands) would be a great first step.

    Pros: The sound from the SS configuration is very clean. No rattles, muddiness, pops, breaks, etc. when listening to demanding music. The bass hits are very clean and not boomy at all. The highs are crisp and overall the system performs well. Another big PRO for me is that I have so many music listening options in the car. Internet radio, HD radio, USB drive, bluetooth streaming, Sirius, etc. Album artwork for every input is just sweet. It pulls the artwork for all songs on my internet radio, USB drive, streaming bluetooth, and HD radio.
    Cons: There could definitely be better sound imaging in the SS setup. While the highs are crisp they could be a bit clearer. It sounds like the amp could be a bit more powerful to deliver a bigger sound. As it stands there isn't much depth of sound in the setup (Dolby Digital on makes it worse).

    I like a system that has enough adjustable bands to overcompensate within the configuration. What I mean here is that I like to have enough settings to adjust to come to the conclusion of "wow, that is too much!". Then I will dial back the settings to get to my happy place. The MS doesn't seem to have that point of "too much" and I kinda want more when listening.

    It is the best system in a car that I've ever owned but that isn't saying much. My friend's '12 E550 coupe has a harmon kardon setup that just sounds amazing. We both agreed that it could be better in the MS but, again, very adequate and it has a ton of features that he drools over when in my car.

    I would be interested in hearing the Sound Studio side-by-side with a non-Sound Studio setup and checking out the difference.

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    I bought the basic sound, and now wish I'd sprung for Sound Studio. Basic is not at all bad, but the bass is really weak. Most of the Sound studio features were marginal to me (Dolby 7.1, XM radio, 4 extra 3" speakers in the front and rear), except for the subwoofer (7.9"). Also Sound studio is supposed to upgrade the driver/passenger door speakers from 6" to 7.9", but I've not been able to verify this. Mine has the 6" speakers and I don't see how they can cram a larger one into the space. You can pull the cover off (they snap on/off fairly easily) and see the door speakers. I'd love to hear from any Sound Studio owners a confirmation of the door speaker size!

    I've been looking into what can be done to improve it, but not having a lot of success. The Tesla sub-woofer is 7.9", and I've been told the wiring for the sub is NOT installed for the basic sound configuration (I had hoped they might use a single wiring harness for all cars). I've also checked into buying theTesla speaker/amp and add it in (so far they've said no way), or add in my own amp and sub, which appears the only way to do it.

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    One of the major failings seems to be that the Dolby setting, which by all accounts makes things worse, seems to be designed to decode audio sources that have been encoded for Dolby 5.1 or 7.1, which AFAIK are generally movie sound tracks. What we need is generic "Surround", which uses the DSP to create a simulated surround environment from plain old stereo sources like HD FM, digital music files, streaming music services, etc. My last car did a great job doing this, and I really liked how it made music seem to come from all around you.

    Unless I'm wrong, TM is paying needless license fees to Dolby Laboratories for Dolby 7.1 decoding, when what we really need is "Surround". If they want to pay fees to Dolby Labs so they don't have to develop this technology themselves, fine, but give us ProLogicII so we get surround sound from stereo sources. (Dolby Pro Logic II
    ) Right now the Model S Sound Studio system is basically a decent audio setup for a 2001 automobile.

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    Satisfied with Basic Audio?

    Anyone satisfied with basic audio? I test drive the lexus CT 200h with basic audio 6 speakers and it sounds decent.. I tested the Tesla upgraded 12 speaker and sounds okay. I haven't tried the Model S basic audio.. anyone opinion.. I am not looking for top of the line speakers but just decent to enjoy.. (by the way, a little off topic.. when sitting in the back, the audio sound was very soft and the road noise from the rear was pretty pronounced.. anyone experienced the same?)

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    @vcor, thanks for posting sub size. My guess was ~8 for the space TM utilized.
    @gettin Amped, I fully agree with you should be PrologII
    @stealhawk, I sat in the rear when my wife test drove. Slightly muted but overall the 12 was still decent.

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    Looks like we will need to get little more info before we 'AMP' up our stereo (sorry for that, just couldn't resist).

    Probably adding a small amp and subwoofer would be fine, but unlike ICE, we can't just swap out alternator for a 200amp one.

    With the factory battery being small, and not knowing what size charger that battery has, we could easily mess things up in a hurry. By adding a couple of Amps and subwoofers we could easily draw more out of the battery/charging system than it could handle.
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    Notes from an actual (basic) audio teardown

    I did some Tesla audio archaeology today. A bit unnerving, but turned out fine. Here's what I learned, and may actually address some of the questions in this thread.

    I have the basic audio. I find it... adequate, but just barely. So I wanted to see if simple aftermarket speaker upgrades were possible.

    First thing I did was remove the speaker grille in the rear hatch. The long skinny one with a pair of round perforations on each end. Empty. No speakers, no cables. I assume it's only connected/filled when the upgraded audio is optioned. So be it.

    On to the rear door speakers. I figured out how to pop off the door speaker grilles, and it's quite safe/simple. Grab the grille at the lower inside corner, and pull firmly straight out from the door. That releases the first clip, and the rest can be removed from there. What's inside is mixed news. There are very basic (cheap) round paper-cone single speakers. First, disappointment that this is what passes as standard equipment at this price point. But, hope, because the options for improvement are huge! With some mid-quality mid-priced speaker upgrades the sound could be improved many fold!

    However, the speaker's mounting screws aren't exposed to allow you to lift the speakers right out. In order to remove/replace the speakers, it appears the entire door panel must be removed. That's a bit too much for me to take on with my new beautiful car. But, perhaps a practiced car audio installer has the tools and experience to figure out how to tackle this.

    No pics, but with the instructions I've provided, you can just go look for yourself on your own Tesla. If anyone does so and has more daring and confidence to successfully deconstruct the door panel, I hope you'll follow-up. Or spend the money at an audio shop -- how'd it go?

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