At lower volumes (and lower speeds) it is reasonably balanced, with just a little bit rough and angular higher up in the frequency range, giving cause for concern. But turn it up (while the Taycan is very quiet, at higher speeds, tire noise can become disproportionately intrusive), and much of its tranquility leaves it. The more you pile on volume, the more uneven and disgusting it becomes. Each area of the frequency range decides to compete with each other and the result is not unequal to sit inside a person’s migraine.
In the end, this system is just a little unrefined at reasonable amounts and obviously unrefined thereafter. Strange, really, that something associated with Porsche (relatively speaking) should fall apart when asked to shift into high gear.
Bose system: Channels: 14 – 4 x 19 mm treble speaker, 5 x 100 mm midrange, 2 x 165 mm bass, 1 x 200 mm subwoofer, 2 x 220 mm subwoofer. Power: 710 watts. Amplification: Class D. Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC. Apple CarPlay: Yes
More speakers and more power. It’s the story of sound upgrades in a nutshell. But Taycan’s Bose option also includes something called SoundTrue (a system designed to recover lost information from compressed digital music files) and an option to switch between “linear” audio (read “stereo”) and surround sound.
Both of these features are handled fairly quickly. Surround offers a degree of Dolby Atmos-style spatial sound, and because it’s subtle, it’s quite efficient. SoundTrue just pushes the midrange forward and is no less losing than the original.
Overall, this is without a doubt fuller, more dynamic and more faithful than the standard system. Yes, it’s midrange-forward, but it’s less problematic here than elsewhere because the tonal balance is largely naturalistic.
The base performance is particularly impressive. There is all the depth and sway you could realistically ask for, plus speed and control. Such low frequencies do not overturn, do not flood the midrange and do not hang around and make the door panels resonate.
However, the upper end is problematic. It is light to the point of hardness, and at significant volumes it edges close to “shrinking”. And there really does not seem to be a need for that, given that the noise coming into the cabin tends to be much further down in the frequency range. Turn off the tweeter using EQ and it will be a little smaller in advance, but no less splashy and thin.
So what your $ 1,200 buy, in basic terms, is a great, enveloping and quite impressive sound with way too much emphasis on the top end.
Recommendation: Upgrade! But it’s hardly a no-brainer.
Tesla Model 3 Standard and Premium Audio
Telsa owner Elon Musk goes a lot up in the sound of the company’s cars, and this is evident in the design of the sound systems of its best-selling vehicle. Both the standard and premium systems put together by the Telsa team are immersive and well-tuned, making them a pleasure to listen to in such a quiet cabin. Unfortunately, you can not just upgrade your sound system as an option on a Model 3. You must select the Long Range or Performance models to get the advanced setup, which will cost an additional $ 9,000 for the Long Range and $ 14,000 for the performance.
Standard system (unofficial): Channels: 8 – 1 x 1-inch tweeter, 7 x 4-inch midrange, 1 x 8-inch subwoofer. Power: 350 watts. Amplification: Class D. Bluetooth Codecs: SBC, AAC. Apple Carplay: No.
The smaller Tesla sound system you’ll find inside the standard Model 3 model may have six fewer drivers in total, for a total of nine in the entire cabin and trunk, but that doesn’t mean it’s dull.
You get less overall sound and detail, but entry-level OEM still performs better than most, thanks to smart cabin design and the same excellent speaker placement. The system may have a single tweeter, but it is aimed at the center of the dashboard using the windshield as a waveguide.