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      11-25-2019, 12:02 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I currently have a 2019 430i with the Harman Kardon System and a 2020 530e with Harman Kardon. The 430i system sounds noticeably better than the one in my 530e. Is it possible to swap the amp from the 430i to the 530e since i'm parting out the 430i?
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Have you broken in the 530e speakers yet?
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Have you broken in the 530e speakers yet?
I didn't think about that... I have been listening to them consistently for the last month. My daily commute is 2 hours one way
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speakers are fine.. you need more power and to get rid of the bmw tune.. look at a helix dsp match product.. 1000bucks 30 min install problem solved.
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Hey Guys,

I currently have a 2019 430i with the Harman Kardon System and a 2020 530e with Harman Kardon. The 430i system sounds noticeably better than the one in my 530e. Is it possible to swap the amp from the 430i to the 530e since i'm parting out the 430i?
I think the specs are the same. But the interior spaces are not and the materials are likely different as well. That might account for the difference.
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To clarify, if you have a 2020 530e with the iDrive 7, you would not be able to swap the amp. The reason is that on newer G-chassis cars with IDrive 7 and the new MGU headunit, the audio systems are wired differently and no longer use the MOST optic connections that were on the older models, but instead use the Ethernet Ring for the audio connections. They also split the duties from one amplifier to a 2-piece system (the Receiver Audo Module, or RAM, and the Booster/Amplifier) for the Harman Kardon and Bowers and Wilkins systems.

Not sure if the change from MOST optic to ethernet would cause the difference in sound quality or if it would be more the way the 2 cars are set up differently.

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To clarify, if you have a 2020 530e with the iDrive 7, you would not be able to swap the amp. The reason is that on newer G-chassis cars with IDrive 7 and the new MGU headunit, the audio systems are wired differently and no longer use the MOST optic connections that were on the older models, but instead use the Ethernet Ring for the audio connections. They also split the duties from one amplifier to a 2-piece system (the Receiver Audo Module, or RAM, and the Booster/Amplifier) for the Harman Kardon and Bowers and Wilkins systems.

Not sure if the change from MOST optic to ethernet would cause the difference in sound quality or if it would be more the way the 2 cars are set up differently.
Thank you for that information. I'll be sure to order B&W Next time
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speakers are fine.. you need more power and to get rid of the bmw tune.. look at a helix dsp match product.. 1000bucks 30 min install problem solved.
I'll check that out, thank you
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