2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test


2011 Infiniti M56: Do We Really Need Seat Speakers?

January 05, 2012

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Seat speakers have been around for awhile now. Remember the Fiero's perforated headrests?

But even as the sheer number of speakers in some high-end systems has grown, few automakers have gone the seat speaker route. I can understand why after driving our M56 again last night.

For one, they don't sound any better than your standard door-mounted speakers, at least from my admittedly untrained ears. Don't get me wrong, the Infiniti's system sounds great overall, it just isn't noticeably better than other similar systems.

Second, they look ridiculous. Not quite aftermarket levels of lame, just "they couldn't find a better place for those" kind of stupid. Maybe they would look more appropriate in a $35K G37, but in a nearly $60 M they're just not right.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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