2011 Infiniti M56: Surround-Sound Movie Time
April 04, 2011
Our Infiniti M56 comes standard with navigation and the 8-inch display screen. It also has the optional Bose sound system (it's part of the $3,800 Deluxe Touring package) that includes 16 speakers and 5.1-channel surround sound. Since listening to my regular music doesn't involve surround-sound, I was curious to see how what the audio experience was like when I popped in a DVD movie to watch.
I'll leave it to our senior technology editor, Doug Newcomb, to eventually give the M56 his full audio review, but surround sound was definitely working when I tried out Saving Private Ryan. The Bose system also includes two personal speakers in each seatback for the front seats. Their output is pretty discrete, but they were putting out what seemed to be rear-channel support when I put my ear up close to hear.
It was odd having this great surround-sound experience matched to what is still a pretty small viewing screen. I don't think you're ever going to go sit in your M56 in your garage to watch movies if you've got a decent home theater setup at home. But it's still neat and, if nothing else, something to impress your friends with.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @6,202 miles