2020 BMW M8 – Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround 16-speaker Sound System Test

Update 10/6/20: It appears there is a software update for the M8 that some users claim results in improved audio quality.

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This video was filmed with in-ear, binaural microphones, so if you listen with headphones, it will sound like you’re sitting in the driver’s seat!

WAV uncompressed audio tracks used:
Homeworld Collapse by Arthur Vyncke | https://soundcloud.com/arthurvost
Aimless Lyrics and Illuminate by Punch Deck | https://soundcloud.com/punch-deck
The Travelling Symphony by Savfk | https://www.youtube.com/savfkmusic
Twenty Ninteen Americana Instrumental by Wayne John Bradley | https://soundcloud.com/ayneohnradley

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26 Comments

  1. Remi Visser on April 12, 2021 at 1:54 am

    There are 16 speakers actually



  2. Boshiko on April 12, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Im new here , which are the best and their good ?

    Burmester
    Bower & Wilkin
    Harman Kardon
    Naim
    Lexicon
    Bose
    JBL
    Pioneer
    Sony



  3. Vini Camp on April 12, 2021 at 1:55 am

    You could review a B&W of a mclaren! Would be really nice



  4. xanksnap on April 12, 2021 at 1:56 am

    lol you claim to offer a review (which insinuates to the viewer you have some expertise on the topic) of the sound system in this vehicle and you couldnt even confidently assert whether the car even had the sound system in it???!! lol! it says bowers and wilkins on all of the speaker grills and has the logo on the center speaker grill in the middle of the dashboard you moron.

    btw smarter, more capable reviewers than you have had nothing but good things to say about this system, although many lament that for vehicles this expensive, this audio system should be standard equipment.



  5. Daniel Paek on April 12, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Can you review x5 b&w? Would love to see the comparison of xc90



  6. Pietro Cubichello on April 12, 2021 at 1:57 am

    How can you have good bass when you have it set to medium in your settings? Treble should be max and bass 3/4 and on stage. Then this system sounds great. At the beginning you need to be able to set up the system and not judge without having the slightest idea about it 🤦🏻



  7. Aldo Antonio Vicente Silva on April 12, 2021 at 1:58 am

    How about a test NAIN for Bentley Daily Motor?
    Hey folks don’t forget, in November vote for TRUMP !!!



  8. Herr Lich on April 12, 2021 at 1:59 am

    is the system much better than the G20 H&K for 1000$



  9. Havva Güler on April 12, 2021 at 2:04 am

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  10. Pietro Cubichello on April 12, 2021 at 2:04 am

    The 2 bass speakers should be under the seats



  11. silox on April 12, 2021 at 2:05 am

    green and brown isnt the best spec. very nice video tho 🙂 but wish it would be in 4k



  12. Krutik Mistry on April 12, 2021 at 2:07 am

    This happens because BMW is very notorious in playing fake engine sounds through its speakers which sometimes affects treble and base…..



  13. the wall on April 12, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Wonderful job! Keep up the good work I’ve always loved blowers and Wilkins and once again, how powerful is the bass? 🙂 I’d love to see more Bang & Olufsen videos.



  14. Nicolas Limnell on April 12, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Hahah I can see that you don’t understand anything about audio systems and sound quality. Default settings on equalizer and on bass and treble.



  15. Pedro Brognara on April 12, 2021 at 2:19 am

    From ur rating it means this sound system is a little inferior than hk in m2c?

    Comparing to that vid clearly this has much less midbass/bass. No punch at all on rock track. Maybe this has a better mid/highs (the b&w signature), but quite disappointing at this car price. I owned bmw m340i and was a bit frustrated bc sound was low and not punchy or crisp as my old 328if30 used to be.



  16. beinghappyiseasy on April 12, 2021 at 2:25 am

    There are 16 drivers in the cabin. Your content could have been far more informative if you had done some research before creating your video. A huge amount of engineering went into the creation of that system which should have conveyed. Otherwise I think you did a great job with operational detail.



  17. PLAY_HRD on April 12, 2021 at 2:28 am

    Had to give your video a thumbs down for a few reasons. First, take the time to review the manufactures information before shooting a video about sound systems, saying you don’t know where the speakers are at instantly makes you sound less than credible. Second, in less the Bowers & Wilkins system comes with unique menus in the iDrive then the iDrive system isn’t a reason to like or dislike the B & W system. Third, the cost of the car is irrelevant, you’re supposed to be giving your opinion on if the B & W system is worth $3400 over the stock Harman / Kardon system.



  18. Jamie R. on April 12, 2021 at 2:31 am

    I had a Jaguar XF with a top-spec B&W system in it, it was truly stunning, in fact, I went out and spent 7k on a B&W home audio set-up ! You are not playing the right music for a B&W system, listen to a single voice and single instrument track, it all about tone. If you want a thumping bass go for the base BMW system and then get a 15" sub from walmart, for the trunk, it will make the style of music you are listening to sound amasing !



  19. J High on April 12, 2021 at 2:42 am

    My Volvo XC90 has their top level Bowers & Wilkins audio system and it’s worth every bit of its $3200 price.



  20. Frank B on April 12, 2021 at 2:45 am

    I personally think this takes the cake of the best sounding system..



  21. Robert on April 12, 2021 at 2:46 am

    Interesting review. Couple of things I noticed. One: it is really hard to take any reviewer seriously wearing sandals driving an M. Two: You dont show the actual settings you have the sounds levels set to but complain about the mids and lows? You clearly showed yourself messing with the eq settings but never showed what you were reviewing at? Three: As pointed out below, take the time to research a little, you completely missed the drivers under the seats.
    You understood how to use the cruise control options which most find unintuitive so you must know how to use the controls which can only lead me to believe you didn’t like the car for other reasons so you wanted to criticize the sounds system.



  22. Jonathan Kitto on April 12, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Speaker locations for clarification: 2 on dash (centre), one on each A-Pillar (diamond), two in each of the doors (1 tweeter, one mid-range), woofer under each seat, two each side of the rear seats , 4 on the parcel shelf. 16 in total. 3 Diamond Tweeters, 4 Aluminum tweeters, 7 midrange drivers, 2 sub woofers. Amp in the boot/trunk.



  23. Ayush Dutta on April 12, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Finally a channel I’ve been lookin forever 😭😭



  24. gtron212 on April 12, 2021 at 2:49 am

    B&W Diamond is horrendous and very disappointing, B&O has way better sound. They f*cked up when they switched out B&O for B&W.



  25. Deyc11 on April 12, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Finally found the perfect channel! Love your videos man. One question. Can you test Burmester in C class? Compare a bit with the 340i Harman Kardon ones that you already reviewed?! Keep up the good work



  26. Kamani Williams on April 12, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Ok but 3:10 – 3:17 that Audio with the equalizer is so satisfying to listen to, I’ve replayed it like 20 times now