2018 B&O Play System

Discussion in 'Ford Raptor Audio/Video/Electronics Forum [GEN 2]' started by lawdog, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. lawdog

    lawdog Full Access Member

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    Ok, another generic complaint...speaker placement, obviously not unique to the Raptor.

    The interior A-Pillar placement of the tweeters cannot be the best location, and the covers seem very restrictive. Anyone know why Ford didn't place them more toward the front/angled into the cabin, like most systems do, instead of basically across the windshield?

    Also, when will companies/audio engineers actually test with normal people in the cars? The driver door speaker is so low it's almost always obscured by my leg while driving. If I move it, there is a noticeable difference in imaging, especially in DSP/surround. Why wouldn't you move the high/mid driver(s) up to avoid this? You could leave the woofer low because those low frequencies are basically omnidirectional. Some manufacturers do this (hell, Ford does it with the Lincoln/Revel systems), as do many aftermarket component systems.

    Probably expecting too much, but some of this is a simple fix for the manufacturer. Anyway, still generally pleased with the system, which makes the little issues even more annoying. Can we haz a Revel too, pls?
     
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    mmacfn FRF Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    This is a great thread.

    I have to say, i like the B&O system and so does my wife. I am not an audiophile however, i like like good music thats clear. Seems fine to me.
     
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    I have a few questions about the B&O system. Is this a single disc player or does it hold multiple discs like the Sony system. Also, does this have a hard drive for music? If so, does it only load music from cd's or can we load music through other sources?
     
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    CD's are going away. This is going to be a single-disc player. You are referencing the old "Sync 1" system which was circa 2010-2012. That had a hard drive called the "Jukebox" and could be had with an in-dash 6CD changer. As far as I know, there were no disc changers in any vehicles with Sync 2 (My Ford Touch) and certainly none in vehicles with Sync 3.

    In fact, a CD player is not standard on RAM trucks. You have to option for one if you want it. Streaming Bluetooth music, USB thumb drives, or stand-alone USB-connected phones / MP3 players have replaced CD's.
     
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    thanks troverman,
    so no hard drive?
     
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    No hard drive. The B&O system is just speakers 7 amp...but the audio head unit remains the same Sync3 as before.

    I had a 2012 truck and a 2010 Lincoln with the hard drive unit. The reason these vehicles had the hard drive was because they used it for the navigation system. There was a 10GB partition for customer music, but the only way to load it was via CD's. Pretty painful.

    The Sync 2 and Sync 3 systems use flash memory for navigation and so there is no hard drive. A cheap USB drive would allow much more music storage than a 10GB drive, anyway.
     
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    Anyone know anything about that kicker sub amp combo from stage3 Motorsport?
     
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    Some discussion of I think the same thing here:

    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f260/kicker-subwoofer-54617/

    And I think sumurfslayer added one to his truck...a kicker in the existing enclosure:

    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f266/added-sub-52819/

    And Guy did the same thing here with a Pioneer sub:

    http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f266/diy-stereo-upgrade-under-$500-00-a-53213/

    All were improvements over stock, per the owners, but not going to win any competitions.
     
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    Agreed.

    Much better than the stock Sony sound.
    It’s not as warm or natural sounding as the Bowers and Wilkens in my Volvo, however.

     
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    Volvo has had some good stock systems...one of the best I've ever heard was when they had the relationship with Dynaudio years back. The true B&Os in the top-line Audis are really good, and I liked the Mark Levinson in my old Lexus. I want to hear the Revel in the top-line Lincolns...it's supposed to be incredible.
     

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