So, the other day I borrowed an A5 with the B&O system from my dealer to try it out. First off the system is really good and second the system really sucks
It's good because the sound quailty is crisp, smooth and of high quality at low/normal volume levels. But! The bass is not as satisfying. It flutters and there is not enough "punch" in it.
I took the car to one of swedens best car-audio-mod dealers and we took a look at it. He put in one of his test-CDs and gave the system a thorough test.
He was dissapointed that it was a "flat" subwoofer and it definately needed replacement. He also said something that I noticed but couldn't figure out what it was... That the software was "bad" (depending on how you see it).
He told me that the software was programmed so that the system manipulated the output volume so that the sound quality never sounds bad. For instance, when I played a song with bass and had the system at max volume (which btw bugs me that you can actually reach max volume pretty fast!) and when the harder bass kicks in the system automatically adjusts/lowers the volume. This makes the bass flutter and that's probably why the sound quality/bass is "bad", in combination with the flat subwoofer to save trunk space.
So the software is "good" for a certain target group, the one's who wants a "beautiful" sound and maybe mostly listenes to classic music. But for others, like me, who listens to Soul, RnB, House and Techno the programming impairs the overall quality of the system.
So I'm mostly (read deeply) disappointed at the software rather than the subwoofer. But of course the subwoofer is too poor in relation to the rest of the system and to what you pay for the system.
But I will buy the system anyway and replace the subwoofer and the "slutsteg" as it's called in swedish... don't know the english name for it but it's the "last" part that increases the current and adjusts the impedance... and from what I've understood that's where the software is.