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    "Ultra High Fidelity Sound" option - worth it?

    I know it's too soon to tell, but I'd like to start a thread on whether people think the new "Ultra High Fidelity Sound" option is worth it until we actually see some new cars with this "$2500" option. Given that the car is pretty quiet, I'd like to have a good sound system.

    AFAIK, the top end sound package went from $950 (Studio Sound) to $2500 (Ultra High Fidelity Sound), but it doesn't seem as if anything changed other than $1550 worth of pretty words around it. If indeed, nothing has changed, it seems the $2500 (or more) is better spent on an aftermarket system. I heard Reus does a great job on aftermarket sound.

    Thoughts or facts?

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    Would be great if it had active cabin noise cancellation (tire noise, wind noise, surrounding cars!, etc). Other vehicles that can drive only on electricity do. Yes, electric cars are quiet but not like a sound you can control in a room (unless sitting still).
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    absolutely NOT, the price increase does not mean you are getting a different system as confirmed by another user, you get the same sound system but pay more than twice as much.
    the stock system i would imagine is horrible since the upgraded system is also horrible.

    the amount of aftermarket equipment you could get for $2500 would blow your mind, its much better spent on a third party system.
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    That's not what I was told at the Menlo Park event yesterday. The Tesla Specialist at hand said that it involves new hardware: new speakers (but same number of speakers) and new wiring. He didn't want to commit to a yes or no on whether the option would become available as a retrofit. But he also said he was not the expert on the sound packages...

    Quote Originally Posted by AC1K View Post
    the stock system i would imagine is horrible since the upgraded system is also horrible.
    I disagree, the upgraded system (original sound studio) is actually pretty good--certainly better than anything I've had in a car. I'd be very interested in upgrading though, if the new ultra can do some amazing new stuff, e.g. real surround sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AC1K View Post
    absolutely NOT, the price increase does not mean you are getting a different system as confirmed by another user, you get the same sound system but pay more than twice as much.
    Sounds like you designed it. Your choice of words makes you appear quite confident but what evidence do you have for this allegation? (No, "it was mentioned somewhere on the internet" doesn't count.)

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    Well I talked to an employee at the tesla store and they confirmed that the speakers are the same and that the new codecs may make it slightly better. As for the price increase, I was told 2500 is just a new price so they can get more money. I waited and know it makes no sense to get a 60 because the difference between the 60 I want and the 85 is minimal. Now my dilemma, get a 85 with technology package, fog lights, parking sensors, and upgraded sound, or get a p85 with the same options as the 85 but take out the sound package. Any suggestions?

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    It sounds like the Tesla people in the field don't know exactly what is in this package and given the conflicting information are repeating hearsay themselves. Let's hope for communication from HQ on what's really in the package today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bollar View Post
    It sounds like the Tesla people in the field don't know exactly what is in this package and given the conflicting information are repeating hearsay themselves. Let's hope for communication from HQ on what's really in the package today.
    For Tesla, that's par for the course, unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mulder1231 View Post
    That's not what I was told at the Menlo Park event yesterday. The Tesla Specialist at hand said that it involves new hardware: new speakers (but same number of speakers) and new wiring. He didn't want to commit to a yes or no on whether the option would become available as a retrofit. But he also said he was not the expert on the sound packages...
    We're getting conflicting info. The person I spoke to at Menlo "Cars and Coffee" yesterday says that they don't know yet but she believed that it was the same speakers but with upgraded equipment.

    I think that the jury is out until we can get someone who has firsthand experience listening to both systems or an official word from Tesla.
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    Here's someone presumably citing an authoritative source that says the sound system isn't substantially different from the previous "Sound Studio" option:
    Old Options vs New on P85

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