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      03-13-2014, 07:21 PM   #1
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Perfecting the Bang and Olufsen settings

A number of people on this board have been using my Bang and Olufsen settings. I found that the settings I used only worked at high volumes, but didn't really provide the richness of sound I expected at lower volumes.

I then turned to my friend @blue.thunder - that German fellow of impeccable taste with his own custom Individual colored M5 - to see if he could take my settings a step further to create high fidelity at any sound level. Blue Thunder came through and his settings are superb. I am sharing them here.

We didn't use any calibration software so I won't pretend these meet any objective standard of perfection, but I have to say that music with these settings sounds pretty awesome with any kind of music at any volume.

Use Expanded Mode for these settings.

Expanded Mode
Treble +7
Bass +6
Fader -6

EQ:
100 Hz +7
200 Hz +3
500 Hz +1
1 kHz -2
2 kHz -4
5 kHz -2
10 kHz +3
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Cool. Thanks man. I'll give it a try. Who uses Studio Mode anyways? Lol!
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I like my car to thump and the rear view mirror to get blurry, and the B&O does both

So turn the base up (just not all the way..)
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A number of people on this board have been using my Bang and Olufsen settings. I have been further enhancing these settings during a 6 hour listening session last Sunday. Here is the best I could .
Awesome. Thanks for sharing!


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Cool. Thanks man. I'll give it a try. Who uses Studio Mode anyways? Lol!
I actually switch back and forth, depending on what type of music I'm listening to. I feel like Studio Mode has a tighter bass punch, making hip-hop, club music, etc. sound better.
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      03-13-2014, 08:26 PM   #5
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A number of people on this board have been using my Bang and Olufsen settings. I have been further enhancing these settings during a 6 hour listening session last Sunday. Here is the best I could come up with.

I didn't use any calibration software so I won't pretend these meet any objective standard of perfection, but I have to say that music with these settings sounds pretty awesome to me.

Use Expanded Mode for these settings.

[IMG]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3734/1...08d9dbc2_b.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7327/1...82870645_b.jpg[/IMG]

@blue.thunder I hope this enhances your listening experience.
Thanks stealth.

I'll try it tomorrow and report to you.

Mmh, isn't the Bass a little bit weak?

I prefer electronic music with good bass.

My settings are actually:

Expanded Mode
TREBLE +8
BASS +6
FADER -6 (back)
BALANCE +-0

EQUALIZER:
100 Hz +8
200 Hz +4
500 Hz +1
1 kHz -1
2 kHz -4
5 kHz -3
10 kHz 0

Would you mind testing this setting?

The Equalizer is fix and depending on the source of music (CD, USB, Online Entertainment,...) and the titles/artists I change only TREBLE and BASS to optimize the sound.
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Thanks stealth.

I'll try it tomorrow and report to you.

Mmh, isn't the Bass a little bit weak?

I prefer electronic music with good bass.

My settings are actually:

Expanded Mode
TREBLE +8
BASS +6
FADER -6 (back)
BALANCE +-0

EQUALIZER:
100 Hz +8
200 Hz +4
500 Hz +1
1 kHz -1
2 kHz -4
5 kHz -3
10 kHz 0

Would you mind testing this setting?
My goal was accuracy rather than distorted bass. So you may prefer your own settings.

I will try yours, but I don't really listen to electronic music so will listen to it with pop, rock and musical soundtrack music.
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I like Studio mode best with windows up, expanded with windows down. I think it actually recommends expanded for window down listening in the manual. My setting are very similar to Stealth, with 1 kHz at 0, 100 Hz bumped up past 200 Hz.

This system rocks!
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      03-16-2014, 02:35 AM   #8
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Thanks Stealth for sharing. The big addition I did was getting the IPhone 5 adapter for my car. If you have the B & O Sound System this mod is a must. The music sounds much better.
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Thanks Stealth for sharing. The big addition I did was getting the IPhone 5 adapter for my car. If you have the B & O Sound System this mod is a must. The music sounds much better.
Does this produce better sound compared to a regular USB connection? Doesn't seem like it would.
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      03-19-2014, 12:21 PM   #10
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Does this produce better sound compared to a regular USB connection? Doesn't seem like it would.
No the snap in adapter and a USB cable are the same thing.
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man, all this stuff makes me want my car now!

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Does anyone have a song/track to recommend that sounds especially good on the B&O system?
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      03-21-2014, 01:50 AM   #13
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Does anyone have a song/track to recommend that sounds especially good on the B&O system?
Rage Valley EP - Centipede. Demonstrates the powerful dynamic range of the B&O - especially with Stealth's settings. It's actually f'ing amazing what this sounds like on this system.

Dave Matthews - Some Devil EP (whole album is acoustic). Also Alice and Chains live acoustic is impressive on this system.

Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize - outstanding demo of B&O

Kendrick Lamar - The Art of Peer Pressure - probably the most impressive demonstration of subsonic bass you will find on a car audio system. You will low tones on this track that most people will never ever hear anywhere.

I'm not a hip hop freak, these are just some good demos of the system. For the best rock and roll mix in the history of rock and roll - of course Exile on Main Street by the stones (remastered) is the creme de la creme.

This system gets better with volume in my opinion. Enjoy!
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      03-21-2014, 10:44 AM   #14
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Don't want to derail the thread/conversation , but figured it might be of interest
to some to see the EQ with settings to take out the B&Q "adjustments" from factory.
The settings below are from my M5 which did come with the B&O system and had a few
upgrades done to it (front speakers, subwoofer, amplifier), the results have been a significant increase in sound stage and quality.
As it's an upgraded B&O system the settings below may NOT be working well for the standard B&O system

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Don't want to derail the thread/conversation , but figured it might be of interest
to some to see the EQ with settings to take out the B&Q "adjustments" from factory.
The settings below are from my M5 which did come with the B&O system and had a few
upgrades done to it (front speakers, subwoofer, amplifier), the results have been a significant increase in sound stage and quality.
As it's an upgraded B&O system the settings below may NOT be working well for the standard B&O system

Yeah I wouldn't use these settings. Your upgrades basically compensated for the areas the B&O is weak and so these settings in some areas are the opposite of what you need with a stock system (esp. Bass)
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So stealth for the fader do you have it set for a front bias or rear bias of 6?
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So stealth for the fader do you have it set for a front bias or rear bias of 6?
Rear bias. Obviously only do this if you're only using front seats.
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A number of people on this board have been using my Bang and Olufsen settings. I found that the settings I used only worked at high volumes, but didn't really provide the richness of sound I expected at lower volumes.

I then turned to my friend @blue.thunder - that German fellow of impeccable taste with his own custom Individual colored M5 - to see if he could take my settings a step further to create high fidelity at any sound level. Blue Thunder came through and his settings are superb. I am sharing them here.

We didn't use any calibration software so I won't pretend these meet any objective standard of perfection, but I have to say that music with these settings sounds pretty awesome with any kind of music at any volume.

Use Expanded Mode for these settings.

Expanded Mode
Treble +7
Bass +6
Fader -6

EQ:
100 Hz +7
200 Hz +3
500 Hz +1
1 kHz -2
2 kHz -4
5 kHz -2
10 kHz +3
+1
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Rear bias. Obviously only do this if you're only using front seats.
Interesting...how does the rear bias help? My back seats aren't used. I'm no audiophile but can appreciate good sounding music from a solid source. I have your old setting right now but think I'll switch over to the new ones.

I didn't get a chance to hear the L7 system that comes stock with the M5 until a couple weeks ago. When I heard it I really thought the $3700 B&O upgrade was kind of a waste. It's awesome in the style department but wish there was a bigger difference between the two. Looking back it's the one feature I could probably do without. I find myself enjoying the sound from my downpipes more lol.

Anyways I'll give the new settings a shot. I appreciate the insight
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Thanks, Stealth. Changed the rear bias and it greatly improved the sound field.
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^ Yeah wow what a difference. I had no idea. Have always has the best EQ settings on my cars based on what people posted but didn't mess with the fader. I have it 5 or so notches to the rear and it's made a world of a difference.

Thanks Stealth & All!
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Hi Guys, can someone post me a BMW X5M 2017 Bang & Olufsen settings

i would like have a good bass in my car with some hip hop music

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