E-Class (W212) Harman Kardon or not?

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Does anyone have a W212 saloon with the Harman Kardon option?

I haven't spec'd it on my order at this stage, but am wondering if it's worthwhile. I know the real answer is to find a car, listen to it, and make up my own mind but if anyone has any comments on how it compares to the standard audio system I'll be pleased to hear them.
 

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yes, get HK. Standard sound system is utter rubbish
You've obviously never been in a 1976 Mini Clubman with a transistor radio taped to the dash then if you think that:D.

I think it depends on what you listen to, how into your music you are etc. The standard set up is fine for me but then I rarely listen to anything other than the radio. :thumb:
 

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I had 212 for a day.

The sound system lacked depth, clarity, power and much else. Sounded tinny. Probably fine for just speech (like Radio 4) though.
 

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I had 212 for a day.

The sound system lacked depth, clarity, power and much else. Sounded tinny. Probably fine for just speech (like Radio 4) though.
I've had aW212 for 9 months and like I say it's fine for me. Depends on the criteria I already mentioned and I suppose what you normally drive (in your case). Chances are the stereo in your cars are higher spec but if you had been used to driving a Vectra then it would be a step up.
 

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In a heartbeat ... sounds rather delicious!
 
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Thanks for the input, guys.

I must say that the standard system in my W204 is distinctly underwhelming (though much better once I tweaked the equalizer in the engineering menu) and I found the standard one in the W212 to be a worthwhile improvement, but still not what I'd call "good".

It sounds like I need to go and listen for myself.
 

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Thanks for the input, guys.

I must say that the standard system in my W204 is distinctly underwhelming (though much better once I tweaked the equalizer in the engineering menu) and I found the standard one in the W212 to be a worthwhile improvement, but still not what I'd call "good".

It sounds like I need to go and listen for myself.
That would be the best idea! Horses for courses and all that!:thumb:
 

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