2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Audio Review
March 5, 2015
One of the benefits of our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is the excellent 12-speaker Meridian sound system. The 770-watt system is a $1,200 option on the base, S and V8 S trims, but it comes standard on this 550-horsepower R Coupe beast, and man does it sound good.
There are three basic adjustments for bass, treble and the subwoofer but they're so well balanced with the factory settings that I leave them alone almost all of the time. Aside from the default "Stereo" setting you can choose from Meridian, Dolby Pro Logic and dts Neo:6 surround-sound settings. To my ear, they seem to adjust pitch, adding progressive amounts of echo in to the speakers. Of the three, the Meridian system provides the best surround sound without sounding too artificially enhanced.
I tend to listen to the burbling exhaust most of the time but with a few hundred miles on the highway this past weekend I discovered that all my music choices sounded crisp and clear in the Jag, even at maximum volume. Depending on the genre of music, bass can distort just a bit but only when the volume is at a painfully loud level.
The system connects to Bluetooth- or USB-connected devices quickly, indexes my 5,000+ song index immediately when connected via USB, and even when the sun is beating down on the screen it's still completely clear and legible. The audio commands are easy to learn, touchscreen buttons respond well to input and the screen graphics look great. Since our long-term Tesla Model S with its cavernous interior and 15-speaker Bose sound system left our fleet, there are a few contenders for best sound system. Some would argue the 17-speaker Lexicon sound system in our long-term 2015 Kia K900 is better, but I still consider the stereo in our Jag to be the best choice if you're music orientated.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 16,100 miles