Date: Sun, 14 Apr 1996 01:28:53 -0400
Subject: HARMON KARDON STEREO OPTION $675.00
Talked with Neal House from Harmon Motive who designed the system.
(317-342-5551 ext 350) His system is looking for high level unbalanced
inputs. The 4 speaker outputs from any head unit. That means, any available
head unit with 4 speaker output will drive the Harmon Kardon amp speaker
So now you can install (for example) a SONY single CD head unit with
a SONY trunk mounted cd changer & retain the stock Harmon system. This lets
you play single CD's up front & shuffle 10 Disks in the trunk. I'm told the
BMW trunk changer does not allow shuffle play.
When I receive my 328is,( May
96) I plan to purchase a head unit (CD radio) & check this out. The BMW
ALPINE radio is married to the rear ALPINE changer via what they call the I
bus. This makes the system unique.
Harmon Kardon which owns JBL & Harmon
Motive implies that a Harmon Kardon system is used in BMW. I assumed the
speakers might be made by JBL. In fact, according to Neal House the entire
amplifier-equalizer-speaker system is made by Harmon Motive. Neal claims that
this is the best system they have done. Harmon Motive also does Ford etc. My
experience is that a front mounted CD player is the way to go. A rear changer
will be nice for dedicated stuff.
All the above is not supported by anything you can take to the bank. Will share my experiences.
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