BMW X5

Bang & Olufsen high-end Surround Sound system

Bang & Olufsen's bespoke high-end Surround Sound system for the BMW X5 delivers a truly unforgettable sound experience, perfectly attuned to the cabin of the BMW X5.

Signature style and sound

The BMW X5 incorporates all of the signature features that have successfully been implemented by Bang & Olufsen. Sixteen active loudspeakers powered by a 1,200-watt amplifier provide a rich, layered and authentic sound and each of the seven tweeters is twinned with a mid-range loudspeaker for a homogenous sound experience. BMW’s subwoofer architecture, with the two drivers placed in an extremely rigid part of the body structure under each of the front seats, elegantly eliminates unwanted vibration and ensures a powerful, clean reproduction of the bass. Additionally, data gathered from a cabin-mounted microphone is used to constantly adjust the sound according to changing conditions inside and outside the car, from engine noise and air conditioning to poor road surfaces and extreme weather conditions.

Crucially, all of this cutting-edge technology is backed up by the expertise and experience of Bang & Olufsen and BMW sound engineers who did most of the final sound-tuning by ear. This process is using both advanced digital signal processing and the human ear to test sound clarity, both when the car is static and on the test track with the BMW X5 travelling high-speed.

The pristine sound is matched by timeless design that coherently blends with the interior contours of the car. New and unique design elements of the Bang & Olufsen high-end Surround Sound system for the BMW X5 include round, solid aluminium grilles – these grilles feature the BMW specific ‘Perlglanz’ (Pearl Chrome) colour and perfectly aligned machine-drilled holes which maximize airflow. The bespoke design of the lighting incorporated into the mirror triangle speaker grille on the front door delivers wonderfully homogenous luminosity. To add a final stamp of quality, the Bang & Olufsen name is laser-engraved onto the surface of most of the grilles.

The unique Bang & Olufsen Orchestration, with the loudspeaker cover rising silently from the centre of the dashboard to reveal the large acoustic lens as the LED lights simultaneously illuminate, lends a touch of magic to the whole sensory experience. Bang & Olufsen’s Acoustic Lens Technology distributes sound horizontally with 180˚ of dispersion left to right. This is an in-car audio system that showcases all the sophisticated, stylish elements and precision engineering you expect from Bang & Olufsen and BMW. It’s an audio system that needs to be heard – and felt.

SPECIFICATIONS 

Speakers

16 fully active loudspeakers:
7 tweeters 
7 midranges 
2 subwoofers

Design

Unique aluminium speaker grilles (superbly crafted, precisely 
drilled and with laser engraved Bang & Olufsen logo) 

Amplifier

Fully active 16-channel amplification
1200 watts maximum output – 500 watts dedicated to subwoofers

Sound Features

5.1 Surround Sound with DSP distribution to 16 active loudspeakers