Standard vs B&O Audio (Non-unleashed)

Hugo

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I've got the standard B&O system with no complaints. Sounds a lot better than my JVC Tacoma "upgrade. "





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Greetings! I finally received my truck, an XLT Sport Supercab w/ B&O Standard (not unleashed). I am VERY happy with its sound system, it's a no-brainer upgrade for the ~$600 it costs IMO. I drove a bunch yesterday listening to all sorts of songs, here are my thoughts:

Bass is good, not over-pronounced, but definitely a full rich sound there. Listening to "High Roller" by Crystal Method is my standard subwoofer test song. There are some low notes near the beginning that are *completely inaudible* without a sub as the frequency is just too low for regular woofers. So, there is definitely a sub in this system :) It sounds amazingly clear - not rattle the windows loud/overpronounced like an aftermarket sub, either, just deep and clear and super pleasant sounding.

The speaker placement is not what I'm used to in normal cars - I think maybe because some of the speakers are in the front dash area instead of the doors? Anyway it sounds very "Front heavy" to me , with stock settings I couldn't really hear anything coming from the back of the car at all. I moved the fader back one or two ticks and it balanced things out better for my taste at least.

Also, that sound system has two sound modes, "Stereo" and "Surround sound". In most cars I can't STAND the audio filters they put on fake surround sound modes and always prefer plain stereo, but somehow, in this car the "Surround sound" mode sounds better to me. It doesn't sound hollow at all like these modes sometimes can, and somehow it tricks me into hearing the side speakers more than the front ones. Dunno what/why it is exactly, but I like it. Recommend trying both modes and seeing which you like better.

Next few drives I will play with the EQ and tweak the midrange/highs a bit more, to see if adjustments make it sound even better to me. But, it's a great system, I highly recommend checking the box on it, especially over the basic speaker setup you get otherwise.

Unfortunately I have not heard the "unleashed" system, so I can't compare it to that. But I'm not at all disappointed in my choice, very happy with it. Hope this helps!
 

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I have the regular B&O as well. It's definitely pretty good and would agree there is a concentration of sound from the dash. The stereo setting lowers that a bit. The bass won't rattle the windows but this truck is very quiet at speed so you really don't need that.
 

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Has anyone been able to hear the difference of the B&O vs standard? I have read reviews on the unleashed but have not heard any comment on the regular B&O upgrade if its worth the cost or not on an XLT.
I looked at a Lariat yesterday that had the regular B&O system and it was ok, but you could clearly hear the distortion at higher volume. Glad I got the Unleashed in my Platty.
 

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I looked at a Lariat yesterday that had the regular B&O system and it was ok, but you could clearly hear the distortion at higher volume. Glad I got the Unleashed in my Platty.
Just picked my truck up with the regular B&O and I'm pretty impressed compared to my 18 stock system well worth the extra money
 

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I have a question looking at it from the other direction. Say I am about done impatiently waiting for my truck to be build and the dealer has one that is very close to mine on the lot. The biggest option missing that I feel is the only one holding me back is it the B&O Standard. Could one be just as happy replacing the basic speakers with something better down the line? For the B&O (without the subwoofer option) Is there an amp somewhere as well?
 

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