BMW i5 with Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System

The new BMW i5 is the first vehicle in the BMW 5 Series to be available as an electric vehicle. As befits a top-of-the-range saloon vehicle, you'll find a premium-class audio system here, namely a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System.

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  • The new BMW i5 is said to offer studio-quality all-round sound, courtesy of the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System.

In the new BMW i5, an all-electric driving system will meet the detailed sound of a premium-class audio system from the Bowers & Wilkins brand, according to the company’s automotive division, Bowers & Wilkins Automotive. The audio system is described as a solution that delivers premium sound without compromise for the first electric BMW 5 Series vehicle. The latest sophisticated technologies are to be used, and the audio system is once again perfectly integrated into the interior of the vehicle, according to the manufacturer’s promise.

Bowers & Wilkins Automotive is continuing a long-standing partnership with the German automotive group, which forms the basis for Bowers & Wilkins audio systems being found in almost every model made in Bavaria.

Premium sound without compromise

The Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System for the BWM i5 is once again tailor-made for the car, using sophisticated technologies derived from high-end hi-fi speaker systems, says Bowers & Wilkins.

For example, there are no fewer than 17 loudspeaker systems in the car’s interior, designed to transform it into a concert hall on the move. There are four 100 mm Continuum mid-range drivers, plus three classic mid-range drivers, also 100 mm in diameter. For the tweeter range, no less than seven aluminium tweeters with a diameter of 25 mm each are used, and for the lower frequency spectrum, two 50 x 80 mm dual-symmetrical woofers are available. In addition, there is a double voice coil subwoofer with a diaphragm measuring 200 mm.

The speakers are driven by an 11-channel amplifier system with a total of 655 watts, whereby the signal processing is of course DSP-based and the Bowers & Wilkins Logic7 sound processing not only provides dynamic equalisation (DEC), but also four sound modes. For these, the manufacturer promises the ultimate all-round sound experience at studio level.

Fine materials for flawless integration into the vehicle interior

Not only have the speaker systems been placed in the best possible positions to deliver the promised perfect sound, but the design concept also allows for seamless integration into the car’s interior. Bowers & Wilkins therefore calls the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System for the new BMW i5 a perfect solution for the eyes and ears, pointing to illuminated tweeter and midrange drivers and etched stainless steel speaker grilles that enhance the car’s interior, even forming an integral part of the design concept.

Getting to the point

The Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System uses state-of-the-art technology and fine materials, also in the new BMW i5 and thus in the first electric vehicle of the BMW 5 Series. Once again, Bowers & Wilkins Automotive promises to have done everything in its power to create a customised solution that transforms the BMW i5 into a travelling concert hall of the same high standard as Bowers & Wilkins branded hi-fi systems.

ManufacturerMasimo Consumer
DistributionBowers & Wilkins
D&M Germany GmbH
A division of Sound United
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Michael Holzinger

Michael Holzinger, founder and editor-in-chief of HiFi BLOG and, has been working for years as a journalist in the fields of IT, photography, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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