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2006 Lexus GS 430/Mark Premium Surround System and Olufsen/Audi Advanced Sound

Tom Martin on ML/Lexus

I’ve to a wide variety of car audio while writing for our sister Winding Road, and I have to say many “high-end” OEM-branded are mediocre at best. Boomy and coarse treble are just the of a long list of problems heard.

But given the constraints car audio designers face, I should cut the car manufacturers some They constantly deal small room dimensions, placed listeners, limitations on placement due to ergonomic and safety and, no kidding, a “budget” for current drawn from the electrical system. I’m sure are severe restrictions on total cost, too.


With this as background, I was surprised by the Mark Levinson system in the recently introduced GS 430. Befitting the Lexus Levinson has gone to great to build an audiophile-grade system for the While I find some of the car audio specs a bit scary—stuff 14 speakers and 7.1 channels—Levinson worked to most of the obvious flaws haunt other manufacturers. It mundane, but Levinson actually what is basically a 4-way The key is that the company uses drivers, not just woofers and This might not seem a breakthrough until you consider the of most car audio speakers. a 7 woofer/midrange somewhere around left ankle, what are the for midrange suckout? Pretty given that most 7 have narrow dispersion about 1kHz. Equally Levinson literally spent of hours voicing the system. The task included getting changes from perfectionist

engineers—the stuff your car audio shop can’t do.

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As you’d expect, Levinson an audiophile sensibility to the party. shows up most dramatically in the imaging. Levinson has gone to lengths to create a sense musicians are playing in front of like they would if were on stage. This with the weird experience of systems, where half the is in the left door and the other somewhere over on the right of the car. The treble has a rare of purity and leaves the midrange for vocals) clear and detailed—most OEM car do one or the other but not both.

Levinson has also put in gutsy and tailored the equalization so that the GS can do deep bass and provide a sense of bass articulation just repeated thuds). I have liked better articulation, but compared with systems, the Levinson setup is Other than that, the midrange isn’t as smooth as it be, perhaps because the midrange and are reflected off the windshield as a practical way to the outstanding soundstage. Again, you notice this if you use home as a reference, but it’s an amazing for car audio.

As icing on the cake, Levinson took great pains to sure the sound in the back was truly listenable. This is tough, once you think the typical challenge of using the deck for low frequencies and the presence of and seats. The DSP used to pull off the sounds quite good, if you’re driving alone, I you’ll prefer straight

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