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What are Model X Stereo Upgrade Options?

Baxterdown

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Feb 4, 2021
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Hi everyone,

I've been doing research for upgrading the stereo in my MX. I've been driving a loaner with Premium Sound for three days and IMHO there is a huge difference between it and the standard audio on my car. I'm wondering if you guys wouldn't mind chiming in with your thoughts on the following:

I would like more bass and more treble than what I've got. I like to listen to pop and dance music and while the standard system is not horrible, coming from my Range Rover's Merdian 825W system and now experiencing the loaner's better stereo, I see where my car falls flat.

Here's the biggest challenge. I am looking for a more immersive experience. Turning Dolby Surround on/off on the loaner makes a HUGE difference in how music is piped through the system. So my first thought is that no matter how much base and/or treble I'm able to add to the car I'll never accomplish the "sitting in the middle of everything" goal because the system will never have a surround option, which brings me to my first question:

  • Does Tesla offer an OEM upgrade option? If so, I would prefer to go this route.

Searching threads around the forum I gathered the following:

  • There seems to be one vendor of choice: Reus. Unfortunately, they are in CA and I'm in FL. Also, from what I read in one thread, their upgrades seem to be beyond what I want to spend ($3k-$5k). I'm still going to reach out to them and see if they have any less expensive options.
  • I read in some threads that NVX makes a custom sub, but from what I saw on their website is specifically designed for the MS and they have no MX option.
  • It looks like Tesla doesn't use standard speakers. Is this so? I'm no expert but I remember reading one thread that said the installer had to make bases for the replacement speakers.
  • Light Harmonic seems to be out. I read some bad experiences from forum members with them. Unless you guys can share something different (must be recent), I'm not taking a chance.
  • I'm scared to give the car to a "regular" stereo shop. Standard stereos in ICE cars all seem to be built similarly and easy to upgrade. I've gathered Tesla stereos are very tied to the MCU (and integrated to the car's electronics) that unless you have a ton of Tesla experience, you could screw up the car. Is that right?
  • I read a thread where the owner was asking if cutting into the car's harness to add the sub and amp would void the warranty. There was a lot of discussion but no clear conclusion. I'm wonder if anyone has had any experience with this.
Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Jose
 
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elguapo

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Apr 24, 2013
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There’s no OEM upgrade offered by Tesla. Their speakers are somewhat “non-standard” from what I understand and do require experience to work with - but that’s from two audio shops in my area who would not touch it.

To your point, I wouldn’t let anyone touch it who doesn’t have at least 3+ references of successful Tesla audio upgrades.

Sorry I don’t have a better answer.
 

elguapo

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Apr 24, 2013
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Thanks @elguapo

I forgot to ask. Is the car pre-wired for the sub and additional speakers? I'm wondering if I could by the parts from Tesla.
Definitely not pre-wired for the sub. Not sure about anything else.

Sorry, Tesla really didn’t want people circumventing their offerings, it would appear. There are expert shops who can do it though.
 

ngng

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Jul 23, 2018
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Definitely not pre-wired for the sub. Not sure about anything else.

Sorry, Tesla really didn’t want people circumventing their offerings, it would appear. There are expert shops who can do it though.

I don't suspect it would be too difficult: Run your power, ground, switched 12v. Adds ome type of a line audio converter for input. Build a box. done.
 

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