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Hey guys what do u think of the sound quality of the 12C ?

I got my car last year and i found the speakers quality rather poor .

anyone aggree? :(
 

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Hey guys what do u think of the sound quality of the 12C ?

I got my car last year and i found the speakers quality rather poor .

anyone aggree? :(
Don't have my car yet, but I did spend some time fiddling with a dealer demo stereo. In the default f/r fader settings and flat EQ, I didn't find it impressive. But, when I set the f/r more rearward, bringing door speakers into play, and adjusted the EQ, it did sound rather nice. A very clean articulated sound, like a small home audio system. This was using FM only, however. Will need to spend more time exploring it to pass judgement.
 

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Well that's the problem sound like a small home audio system :-( i was expecting much more when I plug in my iPod , doesn't give me impressive quality. and the bass rather bit weak even I turn up to 10,

got a aston I found the the aston n got much better sound system ( sigh )

well I need to listen to the engine sound instead then!
 

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Well that's the problem sound like a small home audio system :-( i was expecting much more when I plug in my iPod , doesn't give me impressive quality. and the bass rather bit weak even I turn up to 10,

got a aston I found the the aston n got much better sound system ( sigh )

well I need to listen to the engine sound instead then!
Not sure if there is some type of expander setting for compressed mp3 files. Otherwise you may try transferring the music to your iPod in a lossless format. Maybe AugustWest can chime in. Think he is handy with these things.
 

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Audio system is defo going to show you how poor a source FM is! If you're judging by FM you need to plug in your iPod! This isn't the fault of the system, but rather just that FM has really poor dynamic range and a bunch of other artifacts that the Meridian system makes pretty obvious.

In fact - playing around with it - I find it to be so good that I don't want to listen to compressed tracks from my iPod - you can actually hear the compression - uncompressed Pink Floyd (from Mobile Fidelity Ultradisk Gold CD) is *incredible* (listen to any track, but "Time" is particularly amazing). I find that adding rear +3, but everything else is "flat" sounds best to me.
 

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I agree with August. I've just binned my nano which is only 8gig and am in the process of recompressing my favourites to apple's lossless format. It sounds very good to me though I confess I am rather a philistine when it comes to such matters!
 

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I agree with August. I've just binned my nano which is only 8gig and am in the process of recompressing my favourites to apple's lossless format. It sounds very good to me though I confess I am rather a philistine when it comes to such matters!
What is the highest quality format supported on iPod/iPhone? Do you have to change the format settings in iTunes on your computer? Or somewhere on the mobile device?
 

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What is the highest quality format supported on iPod/iPhone? Do you have to change the format settings in iTunes on your computer? Or somewhere on the mobile device?
I wish I could answer this - but I ripped from my CDs three years ago and don't remember (I do recall that I had to really limit the ones I did "uncompressed" in order to have enough space). And now I sometimes buy tracks directly from my phone after I shazam them - I have no clue if I'm getting the "full" version or not.
 

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BUT - I do know you can get the actual, full, CD-level track on your iWhatever. It just take a lot of space!
 

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You can rip your CDs into iTunes using Apple Lossless, AIFF or WAV formats, all of which would give better sound than mp3. But, I don't know if that higher resolution will come across the wire into the Meridian? I thought Doris is supposed to have a hard drive. Any news on transferring music files and the supported formats? If it can be done over wifi and in WAV or AIFF, then I suppose all the problems will be solved.
 

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Hi Guys,
A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of this forum post so I thought I would join up. I work at the Meridian Audio Oxford Boutique but we deal in home audio. Good thing is though I have a great contact on the car audio.
I have emailed him and will post up his response.
All I can say is I have heard the system in the Evoque and that sounds awesome. So bear with me.
Gadget :D
 

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Hi Guys,
A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of this forum post so I thought I would join up. I work at the Meridian Audio Oxford Boutique but we deal in home audio. Good thing is though I have a great contact on the car audio.
I have emailed him and will post up his response.
All I can say is I have heard the system in the Evoque and that sounds awesome. So bear with me.
Gadget :D
I think they use Boris in the Evoque.
 

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I can confirm that the sound quality from the system is definitely not one of the 12C's best features at the moment.

Rather than enveloping you like the Bose systems in my old 911's, Audis or the Harmon/Kardon system in my M3 the Meridian sound stage seems to be very front weighted and projected from the front footwell area. The frequency response seems to be far from flat too. I have tried all the settings to get an acceptable sound and even when shifting the F/R balance very much to the rear things don't sound well balanced and rather than feeling the sound stage is surrounding you you are made very aware of the position of each speaker! As you increase the system volume other settings appear to change too - It's like there's an ill-adjusted DSP in the system!

As a result I haven't bothered with the ICE system, preferring to listen to the engine instead!

The good news is that McLaren are well aware of this and are currently working with Meridian on improving the configuration.
 

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I can confirm that the sound quality from the system is definitely not one of the 12C's best features at the moment.

Rather than enveloping you like the Bose systems in my old 911's, Audis or the Harmon/Kardon system in my M3 the Meridian sound stage seems to be very front weighted and projected from the front footwell area. The frequency response seems to be far from flat too. I have tried all the settings to get an acceptable sound and even when shifting the F/R balance very much to the rear things don't sound well balanced and rather than feeling the sound stage is surrounding you you are made very aware of the position of each speaker! As you increase the system volume other settings appear to change too - It's like there's an ill-adjusted DSP in the system!

As a result I haven't bothered with the ICE system, preferring to listen to the engine instead!

The good news is that McLaren are well aware of this and are currently working with Meridian on improving the configuration.
Meridian had a meeting with Mclaren last week and hopefully this will be addressed. I am passing all your feedback on to Meridian in the hope they can improve the system to your liking.
 

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Meridian had a meeting with Mclaren last week and hopefully this will be addressed. I am passing all your feedback on to Meridian in the hope they can improve the system to your liking.
Hi Gadget

Whilst you are passing info back to Meridian, can you ask about DAB. I have been told that it's not included as there is only a small Market for it. I use it all the time in the Uk"........ comments?
 

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can you disable the DSP?
 
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