Do Bowers & Wilkins Make The Best Car Stereo?

The Volvo XC90 can be equipped with a 19 speaker, 12-channel, 1400W Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system that’s amazing! But is it the best sound system in a car today?

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26 Comments

  1. ZE_GERMAN on May 11, 2021 at 5:26 am

    You could’t get this quality system in the Aftermarket world for this price. It is definitely worth it. Especially since there are very few shops that even have RTA equipment and know how to use it. There goes so much into building a system, from sound Dampening, Custom Fabrication Picking the right components, using all Audiophile quality wires, connectors, tuning. especially trying to integrate it all into the factory infotainment system, there is so much. $3k for the Upgrade is cheap. Volvo probably spend Millions for some engineers to design this system and for it to sound the same in every car that comes off the assembly line A set of quality 3 way component system from Focal or Hertz will run you +$700-2000 and thats just the front doors. There is a Shop in Washington state that do $10K and up systems. In one of their system they used a $2500 Center speaker, Thats just One Speaker!



  2. Maxi Designs on May 11, 2021 at 5:29 am

    How good is it compared to Audi Q7 B&O Sound System?



  3. Kyle R on May 11, 2021 at 5:31 am

    Spends 3k on a stereo, plays low quality audio files via bluetooth. LOL



  4. Faiz M on May 11, 2021 at 5:32 am

    I doubt it’s the Nautilus tweeter those speakers are $40,000 used I doubt they’ll use that in a car that only costs double that



  5. meryl laveta on May 11, 2021 at 5:34 am

    Here’s a list that helped me out.
    whinyl.com/bcrstr-guide/
    In the end, I went with #5.

    "2:27"



  6. Huw Williams on May 11, 2021 at 5:34 am

    The sound system may be great but you have to have money to burn to pay £3000 extra [in the UK] for it on top of the very good standard system. What I mean is that it is installed in a car, which isn’t the best place to listen to a premium stereo, even when parked up with engine off. It is money that must be written off over the ownership period of the car because it will have zero effect on the car’s resale value.
    However good it is, the only really relevant question is, ‘is it worth the money?’ By any objective standard and looking at what else that money can buy, no it is not. If money is no object, then OK it may be that some people can justify it to themselves.
    The only way I could justify it is if it was on an used car or a heavily discounted ex dealer demonstrator where it was effectively given away free.



  7. Nick G on May 11, 2021 at 5:35 am

    Will get to listen to it when I finally get to do my OSD next week



  8. Yağız Toprak OKUMUŞ on May 11, 2021 at 5:36 am

    U know there is also a midrange driver right next to the center twitter right? U never mention that.



  9. Scotty Svensson on May 11, 2021 at 5:38 am

    Yes B&W better than German rivals but in market Naim by Bentley (2200 w) best of the best



  10. Anthony Godinez on May 11, 2021 at 5:43 am

    What do you think about Focal audio?



  11. Corey Snowden on May 11, 2021 at 5:44 am

    I have a 2021 polestar wag..system is well balanced and sounds great to me.



  12. George Mocan on May 11, 2021 at 5:45 am

    Can you download Tidal on the car?



  13. Ollie Spink on May 11, 2021 at 5:46 am

    So much better than rang rover



  14. Aakash Narang on May 11, 2021 at 5:48 am

    Thanks a lot from India Kris! Awesome content bro 🙌🏼



  15. J High on May 11, 2021 at 5:49 am

    I found my 2017 XC90 T6 R-Design online at a dealer 4 hours away from my home. The car had been custom ordered for another buyer who backed out after the car was delivered. The car was fully loaded with every option and included the Bowers and Wilkins audio system. I knew nothing about the B&W beforehand but needless to say, it was a bonus in disguise. The sound is beyond amazing and I’m nowhere near being called an audiophile. I leave it pretty much in the Concert Hall setting. I got a great deal from the dealership ($4,000 off the MSRP sticker) who wanted to sell the car since it had been custom ordered and was sitting on their lot for almost 4 months. 4 grand off the sticker was like getting a free B&W audio system included in my car. I’m just glad the original buyer changed his mind.



  16. Alfonz33 on May 11, 2021 at 5:52 am

    nice quality but the subwofer is low, JL audio make some nice subwofers!



  17. paul woodburn on May 11, 2021 at 6:05 am

    Your getting the best audio. B&W are the the best audio manufacturer



  18. Yapaul Aung on May 11, 2021 at 6:06 am

    That speaker setup cost more then my car



  19. jlewit on May 11, 2021 at 6:07 am

    AlumINIUM



  20. TheArrogantOne on May 11, 2021 at 6:07 am

    of course not, Harman Kardon is the best, S60s speakers are so much better than the S90s



  21. Ricardo Novaes on May 11, 2021 at 6:09 am

    V90 polestar ??



  22. Ilovecomedy7 on May 11, 2021 at 6:09 am

    Harman Kardon sound system is not good enough ? Does Bowers & Wilkins make that much difference ?



  23. Tony Karim on May 11, 2021 at 6:10 am

    There is no better than Bowers and Wilkins even for headphones especially for orchestral / epic music.



  24. Aaron Harstine on May 11, 2021 at 6:17 am

    So Samsung actually owns Harman now which consists of tons of audio brands including revvel, lexicon, jbl,ect…. Samsung recently purchased the automotive division of Bang and Olufsen. In addition, Harman actually licenses the Bowers and Wilkins name for automotive uses in luxury cars. I say this just to let you know pretty much all ‘bespoke’ car audio systems are really just fancy looking Samsung stuff that relates no more to the brand than the actual name. The Bowers and Wilkins that makes amazing headphones and home stereo systems is not the same brand that is in the car.



  25. Maxi Designs on May 11, 2021 at 6:19 am

    I like how customizable the sound is?



  26. wan asma v on May 11, 2021 at 6:23 am

    The B&O speakers is cool but VOLVO GUI is confusing at best.