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    eh it was much more suitable fix for me than hassle myself to spending more money on it. I actually enjoy the exhaust note more than the sound system if anything LOL.

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    I found this enclosure by Basser, a European company, that is designed to fit in a B8.5 Sportbackís cubby in the side of the trunk. I am just not sure if it would fit in the B9. This would be the best solution for me as I donít want to get rid of the spare and donít want lose space in the trunk. It looks like it could work but hesitant to order until I get confirmation.


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    Do you have a link for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groove1 View Post
    I found this enclosure by Basser, a European company, that is designed to fit in a B8.5 Sportbackís cubby in the side of the trunk. I am just not sure if it would fit in the B9. This would be the best solution for me as I donít want to get rid of the spare and donít want lose space in the trunk. It looks like it could work but hesitant to order until I get confirmation.


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    Unfortunately the B8 enclosures wont fit into our 'B9s'. Initially back in late June, I contacted a manufacturer in Europe (probably a different company than the one you are speaking of) that also made them for the "B8" S5 Sportback, and he sent me the template. The shape/measurements were off compared to my "B9". Its not too involved to build one yourself though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuaTTrings View Post
    Unfortunately the B8 enclosures wont fit into our 'B9s'. Initially back in late June, I contacted a manufacturer in Europe (probably a different company than the one you are speaking of) that also made them for the "B8" S5 Sportback, and he sent me the template. The shape/measurements were off compared to my "B9". Its not too involved to build one yourself though.
    Thanks a lot for the info. I contacted the manufacturer and they said it would fit but they asked for pics of my trunk to confirm. I requested they send me dimensions of the front of the enclosure. I may try to build one myself but was hoping I could just purchase one.


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    You are correct

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    You're funny, I'll bitch about anything that doesn't please me. Get off the internet and go find a sandbox if you don't like complaints on the internet.




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    You're right to complain about such a feature without using it. Based on previous history of B8 B&O performance, and an enhancement to the B9 platform, you have every reason to believe it would be far superior in sound.

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    Let me start by saying I had one of the first S5 Sportbacks' delivered in Canada (April 2017) and was VERY alone on the topic of audio performance. Now that I've followed up on my research, I finally find others struggling with this!

    Also, I work for Audi Downtown Toronto and have the opportunity to test, compare and measure the differences in performance.

    Here is how they rank with a B9 platform (tested with identical MMI audio settings, Android Auto Spotify source, audio settings on Spotify set to "extreme quality):


    >>>S4: top-notch performance. The A-pillar speakers add amazing depth and the bass hits HARD at all volume levels. You feel like you're at a live concert. UNBELIEVABLE performance. Best I've experience in any Audi to date, including the "advanced" B&O systems featured in C and D segment cars (A6, A7, A8)

    >>>A4 allroad: Open wagon concept that still performs well. Using the S4 as a benchmark, it produces about 85% of the relative performance

    >>>Q5: SUV open body that also performs well. Continuing to use the S4 as a benchmark, the Q5 produces about 75% of the relative performance

    >>>S5 Sportback: Open body with frameless doors: Performance is fine with ideal conditions; closed windows/sunroof, not at a high speed, and volume no more than mid-range. THIS is where things get ugly. Bass is terrible over 50% volume, driving on the highway produces worse results, and opening a window/sunroof compounds all of these factors.

    I thought I was taking crazy pills. Your comments help me believe, at least for this particular reason, i'm not losing my mind.

    In fact, I am ordering an S4 for my next lease based on a tighter driving feel, better acceleration and B&O performance. To me, the insanely good looks of the S5 Sportback are worth the aforementioned trade-off.

    Have questions? Want me to test something for you? Feel free to reach out.

    Thanks for everyones input - great comments.

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    Your S3 with B&O will outperform a B9 platform (an S5 coupe or Sportback) in all areas.

    The S3 will sound better than the S5 Sportback when volume is above mid-range. The S5 loses quality of bass over 50% volume, where the S3 maintains power throughout. Lower range will allow the S5 to sound more "crisp" from the A-pillar speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8VS3 View Post
    Has anyone had a chance to hear the how the normal 10 speaker system sounds yet? Thinking of moving to an S5 Sportback from an S3 with the B&O system but likely won't be going Technik this time around.
    Your S3 with B&O will outperform a B9 platform (an S5 coupe or Sportback) in all areas.

    The S3 will sound better than the S5 Sportback when volume is above mid-range. The S5 loses quality of bass over 50% volume, where the S3 maintains power throughout. Lower range will allow the S5 to sound more "crisp" from the A-pillar speakers

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    My front passenger speaker on the dash blew( dealer fixed under warranty) and yesterday big center speaker from the dash blew and it's currently rattling....
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    Hmmmm so I suppose the suggestions are: listen to music with the windows up and sunroof closed, and turn down the treble in the EQ.

    I currently have a BMW 428xi with the better-than-stock Harman Kardon "premium" sound system and it's pretty meh as well. There isn't even a subwoofer (though I guess the S5 Sportback may as well not have one either). What's weird is that XM satellite radio sounds like absolute garbage on the sound system, but it much better with music over bluetooth. So I guess its the opposite problem in the Audi.

    I just put an order in for a S5 Sportback and ticked the B&O option so it's a little sad to hear about the quality. Is there any difference between bluetooth or a phone over USB, (and further, if you are or aren't using CarPlay or Android Auto)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBlahBlah View Post
    Hmmmm so I suppose the suggestions are: listen to music with the windows up and sunroof closed, and turn down the treble in the EQ.

    I currently have a BMW 428xi with the better-than-stock Harman Kardon "premium" sound system and it's pretty meh as well. There isn't even a subwoofer (though I guess the S5 Sportback may as well not have one either). What's weird is that XM satellite radio sounds like absolute garbage on the sound system, but it much better with music over bluetooth. So I guess its the opposite problem in the Audi.

    I just put an order in for a S5 Sportback and ticked the B&O option so it's a little sad to hear about the quality. Is there any difference between bluetooth or a phone over USB, (and further, if you are or aren't using CarPlay or Android Auto)?
    B&O is fine as long as you add a sub. The stock speakers canít handle bass. With a after market sub and amp you can turn the bass down and let the sub do the heavy lifting with the bass. See my stealth install. Image1520391248.498157.jpgImage1520391278.450614.jpg


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    Quote Originally Posted by Groove1 View Post
    B&O is fine as long as you add a sub. The stock speakers canít handle bass. With a after market sub and amp you can turn the bass down and let the sub do the heavy lifting with the bass. See my stealth install. Image1520391248.498157.jpgImage1520391278.450614.jpg


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    Turned out niiiiice! Would you mind sharing where you tapped the bass signal from (one of the speakers or from the stock sub)? Thanks in advance.

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    The best quality audio source will be uncompressed audio from a CD (still retains a 6-disk changer in the glove box), followed by directly connecting via USB with Android Auto or Apple Car Play. I set Spotify to be "extreme quality" to ensure the highest bitrate is being delivered.

    Honestly, the B&O is good, however, it weakens under the aforementioned conditions in my previous comment. Clarity is VERY good (A-pillar speakers add 3D audio depth). Bass gets rough over 50% volume. Sounds like some folks have come up with clever resolutions to this problem.

    Nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBlahBlah View Post
    Hmmmm so I suppose the suggestions are: listen to music with the windows up and sunroof closed, and turn down the treble in the EQ.

    I currently have a BMW 428xi with the better-than-stock Harman Kardon "premium" sound system and it's pretty meh as well. There isn't even a subwoofer (though I guess the S5 Sportback may as well not have one either). What's weird is that XM satellite radio sounds like absolute garbage on the sound system, but it much better with music over bluetooth. So I guess its the opposite problem in the Audi.

    I just put an order in for a S5 Sportback and ticked the B&O option so it's a little sad to hear about the quality. Is there any difference between bluetooth or a phone over USB, (and further, if you are or aren't using CarPlay or Android Auto)?
    I have to reduce bass based on volume input. Over 50% volume, bass needs to be reduced to avoid sounding "flat".

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS4AWLEY View Post
    I have to reduce bass based on volume input. Over 50% volume, bass needs to be reduced to avoid sounding "flat".
    Great, thanks - can't wait to give it a try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv2sleep View Post
    Turned out niiiiice! Would you mind sharing where you tapped the bass signal from (one of the speakers or from the stock sub)? Thanks in advance.
    I tapped into the stock sub signal. The stock sub has dual voice coil so there are 4 wires going to the sub. I left the stock sub hooked but I only have the sub volume at 50%, this way the stock sub does not distort. I have the volume on my amp turned up so that my JL speaker dominates the bass output.


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    Agree 100% on the sound system reviews on my S5 Sportback even with Windows closed. Lacking mid-bass, muffled low base that distorts with volume past 50%, over-powered highs. From the iPhone perspective, the system sounds MUCH better over blue tooth. Deeper sound and much less harsh highs than the USB connection. I cannot listen to the system over USB as the highs, even at low volume, bother my ears. This is disappointing as you need to be connected to USB to use Apple Play. Pop, Rap, Blues, Clean guitar music sound best on the system over Bluetooth only. Rock/distorted guitar music sounds muddled and uninspiring.

    The premium BOSE system in my prior Infiniti RS400 Q60 sounded much, much better.

    From the B&O site:

    "GALA PLUS

    The Bang & Olufsen Sound System uses a microphone integrated in the ceiling of the cockpit to measure changing noise conditions, and automatically adapts the volume and balance accordingly. At the same time, the intelligent loudness system ensures that the perceived balance of bass, mid-range and treble remains constant at all volume levels to ensure clean, crisp and precise sound."

    So this seems to confirm suspicions.

    I have the Soundstage set to the Front as I thought it sounded best with this setup. Balanced does not sound good to me and while the Rear setting does reduce the harsh highs, the sounds seems to isolated from the Front listening position. For those that changed to the Rear Soundstage, what did you do with other balance settings, etc.?

    Would love a solution to this. Given the feedback of much different experiences over different sources and inputs, it definitely seems to be more of a processing/eq issue than a low quality speaker issue. I can see how the upgraded subwoofer would help with the low-bass but that won't fix the mid-range bass, right?


    <<<Update>>>

    I have to say I am very pleasantly surprised, but like others have noted, after about 1,800 miles of driving the sound has warmed up considerably. The harsh highs have disappeared and there is much more mid-range base. I know much of this is subjective, but I have actually achieved better sound quality turning up the surround and 3D effect to their maximum settings. This is the opposite of my prior BOSE experience. The system still struggles a bit with low, low base and could benefit from an upgraded sub-woofer, but I am very happy with the dramatic turn-around of sound quality after the speaker break-in. Good quality on both bluetooth and the USB connected to an iPhone.
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    I added a 10 JL micro sub (amp-ported JL box combo) and it sounds awesome! Subwoofer control works the new added sub just fine Treble 3 clicks from Max, Bass 2 clicks down from center, and Sub control in the middle. 3D and surround off. I messed with 3D and surround setting and can't tell big differences so I turned it off. I did notice if I turn it up and sit in back seat the rear pillars speakers seem to put out minimal sound? Not sure if anyone else noticed that.

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    What if you instead replaced the factory subwoofer with a different one, so you wouldnít have to go through the hassle of installing everything? It may not sound as good but it may be easier. Hereís a link to a possible replacement, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MAG9YG..._2vKXAb30180CP
    And then you would go about of opening the enclosure, splicing the wires, and reinstalling.

    Protip:

    Also if you want the best sound quality from your phone, disable CarPlay or Android Auto because the sound quality is noticeably worse when playing through them. And make sure on iPhones sound check is disabled {Settings>Music>Sound Check = o}. For some reason MMI will constantly turn it on.
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    Thank you to all who posted the great ideas. Added a couple of 8" JL subs with an XD600 JL amp. Wow, what a difference the additional bass makes. System now sounds great with windows up or down. Turned bass a few clicks down from center and the sub volume a quarter turn past center. Had the old sub removed. Hired the professionals at Luxury Details in MA. They performed meticulous custom work.





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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMG View Post
    Thank you to all who posted the great ideas. Added a couple of 8" JL subs with an XD600 JL amp. Wow, what a difference the additional bass makes. System now sounds great with windows up or down. Turned bass a few clicks down from center and the sub volume a quarter turn past center. Had the old sub removed. Hired the professionals at Luxury Details in MA. They performed meticulous custom work.





    Now that is a great install! Awesome job!
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    I have to agree. Just got my 2018 S5 SB the other day and while the sound system is "good", it does not compare with the Fender system in my MK7 Golf GTI. The Fender system, to me, sounded GREAT from day 1 with little to no adjustments. In the S5, I'm still fiddling with the levels (bass & subwoofer).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMG View Post
    Thank you to all who posted the great ideas. Added a couple of 8" JL subs with an XD600 JL amp. Wow, what a difference the additional bass makes. System now sounds great with windows up or down. Turned bass a few clicks down from center and the sub volume a quarter turn past center. Had the old sub removed. Hired the professionals at Luxury Details in MA. They performed meticulous custom work.





    So I'm guessing you removed the spare tire or is this below the spare?

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