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  1. #1
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    Feb 2020
    Ponte vedra, Florida
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    5 series

    Harmon Kardon Vs Bowers and Wilkins

    I am considering purchasing a 530i. I am a audiophile nut and enjoy music and quality sound. I listened to the Harmon Kardon upgrade in the 5 and found it to be substandard. I have bowers and Wilkins at home and I am sure their upgrade is of great quality/ sound. I have found no 5 series with the b&w upgrade. I have a great deal on the table on a 530 I of course without the b&w upgrade. My question is their any advice to aftermarket a sound system? My last option is to build. Thanks for your anticipated input.
    Last edited by Csutaris; 02-08-2020 at 07:53 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    My Cars
    2019 Silverado 2500
    I would wait and find one with the upgraded stereo. Going aftermarket in these cars is never as good as keeping original factory stuff.
    ASE and BMW Master Certified Technician

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    My Cars
    BMW E36 328i coupe
    The B&W upgrade costs couple times as much as Harman Kardon, at least where I'm from. I think very few people are going to order it. Also a matter of personal taste, but the speaker grilles are quite ugly in my opinion - they have this strange flower pattern on them. I am not an audiophile myself, but I think that the B&W system is not worth the money and I wouldn't fuss over it.

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