2015 Kia K900: Rocking Out With the Lexicon Sound System
October 23, 2014
On big luxury sedans, you typically have to pay extra to get a premium sound system. For instance, you have to pay $6,400 to get the optional Burmester system in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, or $6,300 to get the fancy Bang & Olufsen system in the Audi A8. But Kia seems to think that a flagship luxury sedan should have a flagship sound system right from the start. As such, every 2015 Kia K900 comes standard with a 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound audio system.
It's pretty easy to get jazzed about something that, with 17 speakers and a 900-watt amplifier, it's kind of like your own rolling Best Buy audio demo room. You can even make it a game to go around the K900's interior and try to spot all the speakers. There are eight speakers in the frontal seating area (doors and dash), six total speakers in the rear doors and then three speakers (including the subwoofer) in the rear deck.
With all this audio firepower, you'd expect the K900 to sound pretty awesome. I don't think it will disappoint. I won't claim to be an audio quality analyzing expert, but I also think if you drive enough cars you'll get a pretty decent feel for what's good and not so good. This Lexicon impressed me most with its balance. The bass is there without being overly boomy while the highs are crisp and measured. I actually went to the system's sound settings for bass and treble and found that the default settings were actually perfect for me. I'm sure it also helps that the K900 is so quiet to begin with.
I've played a variety of music from my iPod and it all sounded great. Even the normally low-fidelity quality of satellite radio seems to sound a tad better in the K900. I also broke out some old stuff that I rarely play to let my two young children listen to the clock-and-drum intro of Pink Floyd's "Time" and the variety of instruments found in Marvin Gaye's "Right On." In today's world of smartphone speakers and earbuds, I'd bet a lot of today's kids have completely missed out on the audiophile experience.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,965 miles