Washington, D.C. has its beauty and history, but like any city, it also has its traffic. The U.S. capital city’s traffic tops the list of complaints for many locals, and for good reason. The traffic in the nation’s capital tends to be jam-packed, slow and, most of all, noisy.
Fortunately, a few luxury cars have incredible audio systems to block out the irritating sounds so you can enjoy your favorite tunes without distractions. Check out the specs below for four luxury in-car audio systems.
1. Mark Levinson Audio for Lexus
The Lexus packs a wallop of sound with its impressive in-car setup. The 7.1-channel Mark Levinson Reference audio system takes surround sound to a whole new level with 19 bespoke, metal-coned speakers. The system features a range of 20 to 20,000 hertz, so no matter how loud the noise gets outside, the sound is crystal clear inside your car. Meanwhile, the system boasts 450 watts of power for sound you can really feel. This surround sound system is available in several Lexus vehicles, including the popular LS, with prices varying according to the car model.
2. Bang & Olufsen BeoSound for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz entered the high-end car audio game with this game-changing sound system from Bang & Olufsen. The BeoSound premium audio system features four acoustic lenses and 15 speakers with exterior grilles, which combine to make the car’s cabin space feel incredibly roomy. BeoSound also features two separate amplifiers. The 750-watt ICE Power is the primary unit, while the 450-watt digital signal processing unit provides additional backup. This 7.1-channel surround sound system costs about $6,400 and can be added to certain Mercedes models, including the CLS550.
3. Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound for Audi
Bang & Olufsen also designed another standout audio system for the Audi A8. This incredible piece of technology boasts a heart-stopping 1,400 watts of power — on the higher end of wattage ratings for most luxury cars. Meanwhile, 19 speakers are strategically placed to offer spot-on acoustics inside the cabin. This Bang & Olufsen system lives up to the other high-tech features in the A8, but you’ll have to pay about $6,000 extra to have this system installed.
4. Naim Audio for Bentley
If you’re looking for blow-your-hair-back, melt-your-face level sound, Bentley Mulsanne’s Naim audio system is the answer to your prayers. Essentially, this system brings together one of the best audio system manufacturers with one of the top luxury car manufacturers. The system has 2,200 watts of power, which nearly doubles the next highest system on this list. Plus, 20 speakers feature a layout that fills every inch of the cabin with warm, rich and deep sound. Although few people will get to experience this audio system firsthand, it’s undoubtedly one of the finest in-car audio systems in the world.
Whether classical, country, rock or top 40, the right audio system can replace the background noises of D.C.’s dreaded traffic jams. These top-notch sound systems can create a mobile living room of sound in your car.