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Audio System Questions

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by habanero69, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. habanero69

    habanero69 I Dont Need Cialis. I Drive an EV.

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    I've done some searches before posting but other than a couple of mentions, my questions are not fully answered. So here goes... I have a new MS60 that I took delivery last Friday. I have just started to utilize the audio/sound system and I have a few questions and/or issues. I have the upgraded system...

    1) When I have the option to turn on the expanded sound field (I forgot the exact term; dolby or sound expansion...something like that), the overall sound is thin/weak; I need to turn the volume up, and even then it seems less than high fidelity. I have little bass, even with the EQ set nearly max for bass. If I disable the expanded sound thingy, I get much more fuller sound, lots more base, and overall a much improved sound experience. Also, with the sound expansion OFF, the center sweet spot is odd in the fact I have to have the front/back fader set to almost be totally on the rear speakers to achieve a nuetral front to back. If I turn ON the expanded sound it is almost centered front to back in the natural (0) fade position. Is this what others are experiencing?

    2) I have an Apple iPod plugged into the USB port. It sees the device, but I have no control over it. I must do all music starting and selection from the device itself, and not from anything on the Tesla UI. Is this normal? Seems odd since my BMW would control the same iPOD as if is was part of the music library in the car; I never touched the iPOD but did all music selection and playing from the BMW controls.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  2. Lex

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    Hey and congrats on your new ride.

    The Dolby Surround is a processing system, and I'm not sure why everyone wants to use it with recorded stereo music but they do, and I don't. Why would you want to process the stereo music ? Your car is trying to produce a sound field that has been professionally tweaked.

    But... if I ever get around to turning my Model S into a drive-in theatre with a pocket projector and a white wall somewhere :D then I will try it with a movie that is sending stereo out with encoded Dolby Pro Logic, and perhaps there will be some kind of surround separation, who knows.

    As for controlling iPhone (or Android) playback, if you use Bluetooth you can skip songs or go back.. usually :rolleyes: but sadly that's pretty much it right now.
     
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    I should also say that it's suggested the Dolby processing has been majorly improved in recent updates (.100 and beyond ?) and that it's rumoured that it will be further refined in the 8.0 update. But I say just turn it off.

    With my UHFS I currently push the fader back -8 and tip the high EQ up 0.5 and that's it. It's really quite good.
     

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