2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test


2011 Infiniti M56: 16 Speakers of Goodness

June 24, 2011

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After spending the better part of a week in the Hyundai Genesis R-Spec, I came to realize that its thoroughly magnificent Lexicon audio system has probably ruined every other stereo for me. Seriously, it's just that good.

Nevertheless, last night I decided to see how the M56 stacks up (in more ways than just the stereo, but you'll have to wait a few more days for the full Genesis story). Equipped with the Deluxe Touring package, our M56 has a 16-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo. Most notable is the little speakers on the front seat tops, which are unique to Infiniti, meaning they are either an ingenious idea soon to catch on or a gimmick nobody else bothers with.

My test CD was Dave Matthew's Crash and I thought the system did a great job of separating out the myriad instruments and vocals. In total, it seems like an excellent system that I'd be happy paying extra for. In the end, however, I still prefer the Lexicon. I'm not an audio aficionado, so you'll just have to settle for my simple, layman's, SAT-style conclusion of ...

Hyundai Lexicon > Infiniti M56

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 11,607 miles

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