Mini Audio Upgrades
A BMW/Mini are famous for failing to deliver to their customer’s sonic requirements. The standard system offers poor speaker positioning as usual however, manufacturers such as Hertz, Rainbow and Audison have specifically designed speakers that cope very well with this these days, as they offer a very wide dispersion characteristic. We offer free audio consultations upon request, so feel free to get in contact with us today.
Our recommendation would be to opt for an Audison bit Play HD as a source. This device is capable of delivering 24-bit word length music with a 96kHz sampling frequency. It will play many formats including WAV, FLAC and even OGG Vorbis if you let it! Control is usually via a standalone infra red remote control or a app on a mobile device. In this instance, the on-board display in the centre console has been tapped into and makes operation as easy and safe as with any other on-board device. The output of the bit Play HD is fed via TOSLINK to an Audison bit ONE HD signal processor. Here it is split into the necessary frequency bands and offered for treatment via a 10-band parametric equaliser, Butterworth or Linkwitz-Riley filters and time alignment on every channel. In this instance, sticking with the classic 3-way setup with a slight deviance which we will talk about later. Once processed, signal is sent via a bespoke high-speed digital connection to an Audison Voce 5.1K HD amplifier. At this point, Audison signals are still in 24-bit, 96kHz form with no noise and no distortion.
Audison TH 1.5 II violino tweeters and AV 3.0 mid range speakers are employed to look after tops and mids and if you have ever heard them, you will know what capable hands they are in! With the standard mounting positions for the mids but our recommendation would be to build new A-pillar covers manufactured to house the tweeters on axis. This enables the tweeters to demonstrate their highly superb imaging capabilities as well as the “air” they seemingly use to separate every high-end utterance – A key feature of hi-res listening. Bass is taken care of by a pair of replacement 8 inch under seat woofers snaffled from a forthcoming Audison Prima pack. This is where the slight variation in system configuration comes in as these are wired in parallel and driven from the 1000 Watt mono output of the 5.1K HD amplifier.
This is just one set up that we know works incredibly well in the Mini. We specialise in thinking ‘outside the box’ when it comes to audio upgrades, thus giving the perfect system bespoke to you.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange a free audio consultation, please give us a call on 01223 563030. We have loan cars available upon request and most audio installs are carried out with 1-2 days depending on level of upgrade.