Audi-O Comparison - 2012 Audi A8 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8 L: Audi-O Comparison

June 07, 2012


Back in March, I posted my impressions of the $6,300 Bang & Olufsen audio option in our long-term A8. In a nutshell, I thought it sounded great, but I didn't have any reference as to how great compared to the base Bose system. Until last night...

We have a short-term A8 L in the lot right now, so I decided to give it the old apples-to-expensive-apples treatment. I'll admit, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference, but that fear was shelved in a few seconds.

There's an obvious difference between the two. The bass is weak in the base system and it also lacks the clarity in the highs that the B&O system delivers. Using the same tracks in both cars, the screaming highs simply fell apart with the Bose. Now, don't get me wrong, it wasn't some crackly mess that I would've heard in some econobox; not at all. But there IS a difference and you don't have to be an audiophile to pick up on it.

The big question, of course, is, "Is it worth $6,300?"

Honestly, if you're already throwing down $84,700 for the car, kicking it to $91,000 wouldn't bother me. Then again, I'm a fiscal idiot. You know what they say about a fool and his money? Yeah, that's me.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 14,883 miles

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