2015 Audi A3: Subwoofer Dial Controls the Low
May 8, 2015
My daughter likes to remind me that she's all about the bass, no treble, and I tell her that's great if she wants to play in a good rhythm section someday. It worked well enough for Charles Mingus, Larry Graham and Carol Kaye, after all. I then like to remind her that the Volkswagen group does great, old school-style digital audio controls better than anyone, like in our 2015 Audi A3 and our long-term GTI of days past.
That's about when she fixes me with a quizzical stare, says I'm weird, and I realize that I'm on a fast track to no longer being the coolest guy in her world.
The A3 is one of a handful of cars that is also all about the bass, featuring as it does this sweet, virtual subwoofer level control dial. Dedicated sub level controls are great if you cycle through a lot of different genres in your mobile listening. It's handy for enhancing music built on doom and boom (dial cranked hard right for hip-hop, dub reggae, Slayer), reinforcing thin, weedy bass on older recordings (Dylan, most traditional country), or just plain making a fool of yourself in traffic, copping air-bass licks to any Sly and the Family Stone song.
More about the audio system in another post, but I like how Volkswagen AG continues to offer a sense of tactile, linear control, even if it is just a picture on the screen and even if it is just for audio geeks.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor