The best car audio systems for Audiophiles

Admit it, one of the best comfort amenities ever invented are vehicle audio systems. A long boring drive can be a musical with you as the star singing your national anthem. Askmen.com ranked the best vehicle audio systems in the world.

See the list below:

10. Bose Media System
Available in: Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
Soundtrack: The Best (Farewell Tour), Luciano Pavarotti

Some sports car purists insist a Ferrari’s sound system begins and ends with its engine. Ferrari has even hidden audio systems behind retractable covers in some cars. The 612 Scaglietti is less sports car and more really fast 2+2 GT, so even the

9. Boston Acoustics/Kicker SRT
Maranello faithful shouldn’t be too upset with the addition of the Bose Media System.
Available in: Chrysler 300C/Chrysler 300C SRT8
Soundtrack: Aja, Steely Dan/Exclusive, Chris Brown

Chrysler recognizes the broad appeal of the 300C and wisely offers systems to satisfy multiple generations. If you’re more inclined to drive the mild-mannered 300C editions, you’re more likely to appreciate the optional Boston Acoustics package. Rarely do 368 Watts, seven speakers and a subwoofer produce such full sound.

8. Rockford Fosgate Audio System
Available in: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution*
Soundtrack: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters, Mitsubishi’s Lancer and Rockford Fosgate have each been dismissed as being more exuberant performers than precision players in their respective fields. However, this is not true, especially in this setup. The 650 Watt, nine-speaker system includes an enclosed 10-inch subwoofer in the trunk and is surprisingly adept at handling crisp highs without sounding hollow.

7. THX II Certified Audio System
Available in: Lincoln MKX
Soundtrack: Graduation, Kanye West

The theater experience in the Lincoln MKX crossover is based on more than just the rear-seat DVD player. The optional THX II Certified Audio System is the best auto-based representation we’ve heard of inventor Tomlinson Holman’s standard.

6. Dynaudio Audio System
Available in: Volvo S80
Soundtrack: ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits, ABBA

It doesn’t have a universally known manufacturer’s named attached, but the Volvo S80 features a setup built in collaboration with Danish firm Dynaudio for an impressive package of 12 speakers — each with its own filter — and 650 Watts (truth be told, they did work with Dolby Laboratories to fine tune the surround sound). You can’t help but be impressed by the reproduction, regardless of where you’re sitting.

5. Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound System
Available in: Cadillac CTS
Soundtrack: Synchronicity, The Police

Cadillac has gone from being the punching bag of the luxury car industry to a force that’s reclaiming a healthy share of its former glory. This is due, in no small part, to the revamped CTS model. There are highlights everywhere you look, but for our purposes we’ll concentrate on the Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound System. Its 10 speakers may come up short of other systems in quantity, but don’t equate that to the quality.

4. Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 Digital Surround Sound System
Available in: Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
Soundtrack: Symphony No. 5, Beethoven

One Mercedes-Benz that clings to its old-school character is the exclusive CL-Class coupe. For the privileged few who will pilot these $100,000-plus machines, Beethoven’s beautiful, inspiring Symphony No. 5 sounds its best on an uninterrupted drive while played through the CL’s Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 Digital Surround Sound System. The precision-tuned package delivers 600 Watts and features 14, perfectly placed speakers.

3. Bowers & Wilkins System
Available in: Jaguar XF
Soundtrack: Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd

Three British icons, Bowers & Wilkins, Jaguar and Pink Floyd, come together for our No. 3 best system. Say what you will about the controversial Jaguar XF design, it is a stylish and contemporary replacement for the outdated S-Type. Anticipating XF buyers would appreciate the effort, Jaguar is offering a Bowers & Wilkins 440 Watt, surround sound system with 13 speakers, plus a subwoofer.

2. Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System
Available in: Lexus LS models
Soundtrack: The Four Seasons, Vivaldi

With total harmonic distortion (THD) of less than 0.1%, the 19-speaker, 450-Watt Mark Levinson Reference (7.1-channel) Surround Sound Audio System is a compelling reason to let someone else drive while you close your eyes and experience the concertos of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. You’re not likely to miss a single note because the system has a range of 20 to 20,000 Hz — beyond the hearing range of some people.

1. Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System
Available in: Audi A8
Soundtrack: Time Out, The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Ward’s Auto World gave the Audi A8’s Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System top honors at its 2006 “Interior of the Year” awards. The impressive setup consists of 14 speakers (including a 12-inch subwoofer), each with its own amplifier. And yes, we’ll confess the pair of acoustic lens speakers atop the dash are just plain fun to watch as they extend and retract. Altogether, the remarkable system produces nearly 1,100 Watts. The car’s cool character and the system’s strengths play well with Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, here sounding as fresh as ever.

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