The best sounding music systems on regular Indian cars

The best sounding music systems on regular Indian cars

The aftermarket audio segment is dying out with such competent OEM systems.

BHPian reppy recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Hey people!

I wouldn’t consider myself an audiophile, but I do have a sharp ear I guess. My go-to system at home is a Marantz + Monitor Audio Silver setup – it sounds dynamic, warm and captivating! Everything at the same time!

So while I test cars, I test the audio on my favorite tracks: David Guetta’s Titanium, ACDC’s Rock n Roll Train and Coke Studios Paar Channa De and Nawazasheim Karam.

So here are my top systems according to my ears (the third one is a surprising pick, but in terms of VFM, just wow!):

  1. Volvo XC90’s B&W – fantastic clarity, volume and sound staging – the benchmark!
  2. Burmester from the Mercedes E350 – great clarity, staging and volume, but a bit bassy and thumping for Indian tracks
  3. MG Hector’s Infinity – fantastic staging, clarity and volume! Can’t beat this for the price!

this is what GTO had to say about this:

Excellent wire idea. Let’s focus on the regular cars here, and those under 40 lakhs as well as cars over 50 lakh generally have good sound systems.

  • MG Hector: I like the bass, love the highs. Definitely one of the best ICE for 20 lakhs.
  • Tata Nexon: Impressive sound quality for the price.
  • Skoda Octavia & Superb. The Canton system with subwoofer is truly spectacular. Makes it a disco on wheels.
  • For an open Jeep, the Thar deserves a mention here. The way they have placed speakers on the roll bar is just amazing. Not a good SQ if you compare it to a conventional car, but the excellent performance for a Jeep.
  • In the 30 to 40 lakh segment, the Kia Carnival (A+ sound) and the ex-Ford Endeavor have both made great strides.

On the other hand, cars like the Honda City, Toyota Fortuner etc. really disappointed me in terms of the audio experience they offered. Maruti also needs to improve his game, it has been left in the SQ arena. The top-of-the-line Hyundais & Kias have a decent sound, but not as good as the “Bose” branding would have you believe.

The aftermarket audio segment is dying out with such competent OEM systems. 10 years ago every car of mine went straight to the audio store for an ICE upgrade. Today, with such capable stock systems, there’s absolutely no need to do the same, or rip open your aftermarket door pads.

Skoda Kushaq ICE with the subwoofer offers superior sound to the Creta / Seltos systems.

I thought the XUV700’s ICE was decent, but not great like Hector’s ICE.

this is what BHPian lapis_lazuli had to say about this:

  1. Skoda Superb
  2. MG Hector
  3. Let’s not forget the Hexa: after a little tweaking with the controls, it sounds great!

this is what BHPian Mach_1590 had to say about this:

Not an audiophile, but the 10-speaker sound system is my Endeavor is pretty good. Tight bass and excellent highs make for an enjoyable experience. Once you turn up the volume (above 10), the bass is too much for most people. On the other hand, the music system in Ecosport S is nothing to write home about, it’s basic and needs an upgrade even for an average Joe. On this 50 lakhs side, I found the XC60’s sound system to be audiophile grade and was blown away by the experience. That said, most mainstream cars under 15 lakhs have a basic stock configuration.

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