Our Clubman Diesel has the Harman/Kardon HiFi system and I love it. This is a new option for 2010 models that was announced back in the summer. For a factory option the sound is great.
The h/k HiFi system comes with 480 watts of output through 10 speakers – 5 on each side of the car’s interior.
One speaker sits at the bottom of the a-pillar and features a prominent harman/kardon label. Two speakers are in the doors – one in the bottom front corner, the other in front of the arm-rest. The two remaining speakers are in the back and grouped behind one oval cover in the side panel.
I had the factory h/k sound system in my previous 2004 Cooper S as well, but I would say the new version is even better. The 2010 version doesn’t have additional presets like “H/K MINI”, “electronic”, “instrumental”, “spacial”, “festival” which the 2004 version had (read a great review of the previous h/k system here). That said, there is little fiddling one can do with the new h/k – other than bring some good tunes and listen. And that is perfectly OK. I tried out the settings of the old system in the first week I got my car in 2004 and then never again.
I love listening to music but I’m not that audiophile that I can describe or compare the sound of a HiFi system. Actually I believe there is little point in doing so as I would say whether a car sound system sounds good or not depends on the type music you, dear reader, are listening to: acoustic, classic, electronica, hip-hop, melodic death metal, rock or whatever. Each music will have it’s own strengths and shortfalls – or the Harman/Kardon will have.
So my recommendation is to burn a few of your favorite tracks on a CD, take it to a dealer (or friend) who has a MINI with the h/k and do a “test drive through sound”.
Here is a selection of my favorite MINI Motoring Music:
|Ever After Love (Love Beats)||The Lucky Ones||Nude Dimensions Vol 3|
|Clive The Runner||Bobby Hughes Combination||Nhu Golden Era|
|Contraband||Gustav Brom Big Band||Mojo Club Dancefloor Jazz Vol.9 – Never Felt So Free|
|Cannonball||Supertramp||Brother where you bound|
|Makesome Brakesome||Krushed & Sorted Featuring Ernie||Sound And Pictures Of Capetown|
|Witness Dub||Roots Manuva||London Lounge – London By Night|
|Latazz||The Funky Lowlives||DJ-Kicks: Stereo MC’s|
|144.000||Visit Venus||The Endless Bummer|
|Ginger & Fred||Voom:Voom||DJ Kicks: Trüby Trio|
|Please Stand By||BFC||DJ-Kicks: Terranova|
|Coffee Talk (Yukihiro Fukutomi Remix)||Jazzanova||Saint-Germain Café: The Finest Electro-Jazz Compilation|
|Croque Monsieur||Dino & Tery||The Daydreamer|
|Harp Junction||Bobby Hughes Combination||Nhu Golden Era|
|Just One Of Those Things (Brazilian Girls Remix)||Blossom Dearie||Verve Remixed 3|
Feel free to share your favorite motoring music in the comments.
Motor on, rock on and enjoy!