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Old 11-19-2008, 04:46 PM   #1
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A Great Upgrade to My 330ci Sound System - BSW Subwoofer Review

When I purchased my first BMW, a 2002 330ci, I loved the car. I enjoyed everything about the car, except the sound system. It left a lot to be desired. I started looking into all kinds of upgrades. Many shops refused to do head unit and speaker upgrades, and those that would wanted to charge an excessive amount.

Then I found Bavarian Soundwerks. After speaking with them, they determined the best route for my situation would be a subwoofer upgrade. Not only would it add the low frequencies and bass punch that I had been missing so much, it would also allow me to dial out the bass from the rest of the speakers in the car.

I had one problem. As a television producer, I am often obligated to transport production equipment. So giving up trunk space was not an option. No problem! BSW’s d110 replaces the stock Harmon/Kardon “subwoofer box” that hangs down from the rear deck in the trunk. The d110 needed a minimal amount of additional space.

After BSW did an excellent job installing the subwoofer box, I picked up the car. Right off the bat, the fit and finish of the d110 looks like it belongs in the car….like it came from the factory. And at first glance, I was really wondering, “Is this really going to make a difference?”

Then I started listening and wow! I couldn’t believe how much the d110 transformed the sound system in my car. All of a sudden, the stock speakers in the car didn’t sound as bad. And then there was a wonderful amount of low end in the sound that just wasn’t there before. The d110 should have come in the car from the factory!

I drive my car…a lot. Over 75 miles a day. The d110 has allowed me to enjoy my music so much more. And my long drives for work aren’t as much of a chore anymore. This upgrade has really helped me enjoy my car even more!

Thank you BSW!

I can post pictures for anyone who would like to see. And if anyone in the area would like an audition of the system, let me know.
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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Great man, sounds like you were very happy with the results. You might want to look into replacing the standard speakers as well to complete the whole setup but if you can get away without spending the money and still be happy with the system, I think I'd save it and leave it as is.
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:28 PM   #3
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What's the weight in comparison to the HK subs?

Glad you like it!
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:12 AM   #4
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Great man, sounds like you were very happy with the results. You might want to look into replacing the standard speakers as well to complete the whole setup but if you can get away without spending the money and still be happy with the system, I think I'd save it and leave it as is.
After hearing what BSW did with their stage 1 in a 550i...I may have to go the stage 1 route...it sounded awesome!
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What's the weight in comparison to the HK subs?

Glad you like it!
That's a good question. Let me see what numbers I can get. I'll post back and let you know.
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After hearing what BSW did with their stage 1 in a 550i...I may have to go the stage 1 route...it sounded awesome!
Well I can tell you, if you go Stage 1, make sure to get an aftermarket amp. It makes it all worth it I think. I ran my stage one off the factory amp for a few months and the improvement was noticable over stock, but when I added a SoundStream Amp, the Rainbow speakers from the Stage 1 really came alive.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:56 PM   #7
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What's the weight in comparison to the HK subs?

Glad you like it!

Coupe - 41lb
Sedan - 43lb

That includes everything. SUPER light in the grand scheme of things!

I need to weigh the HK subwoofers but they are in the ballpark of 10-15lb. In the end it is nothing you will notice
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Old 12-25-2008, 06:52 AM   #8
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did ypu keep the stock Head unit. i am intrest in futting a 12 in my car but im worried that it wont hook up to my stock head unit. if there is a place to could you show me a pic.
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His vehicle does have the stock head unit unless he changed it recently.
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