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Had a the car, a 90D, a couple of weeks now and its a bit early to draw too many conclusions ...... BUT

One thing both the wife and myself do already agree on is that we are unimpressed with the quality of the Ultra High Fidelity Sound System, to the extent that I am wondering whether it is actually fitted - are there any clearly visible ways to tell? Our system seems to lack in range and power compared to our last car, which did have the 'enhanced' package.

I am very fussy about Audio so not really a surprise in my case that I am not bowled over but once the wife complained I knew it wasn't just me, she is not an audiophile and is just comparing it to the system we had in the Audi A6. A £2500 upgrade set my expectations fairly high as that's a lot of 'upgrade', probably naively, heh

How would I check it has the upgrade fitted?

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It has 12 speakers so can you find them all? A pano roof is a requirement too I believe so if you don't have that you won't have it


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i don't think Pano roof is a requirement at all.
If you see a subwoofer fitted in the corner of the boot, then I guess you have HI Fi .
 

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i don't think Pano roof is a requirement at all.
If you see a subwoofer fitted in the corner of the boot, then I guess you have HI Fi .

That's odd. You're right that in the design studio selecting the hi fi doesn't demand a pano roof, but I'm sure I read that something to do with the radio antennae required the glass roof. That was on the US forum mind you. Apologies if I've got that wrong.


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I have the Pano roof, will check whether the sub is in the boot although I am not exactly sure what I am looking for, what does it look like?

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If you look at the design studio I think it gives the positioning of the speakers so you should be able to spot them in the car
 

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I do not have upgraded hi-fi so I can't be sure, but I recall reading that the sub woofer takes up the passenger side cubbyhole in the boot. (EDIT: the following posts suggest I should have said "takes up the driver's side cubbyhole".)
 

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That's odd. You're right that in the design studio selecting the hi fi doesn't demand a pano roof, but I'm sure I read that something to do with the radio antennae required the glass roof. That was on the US forum mind you. Apologies if I've got that wrong.


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I think its something to do with Pandora? I am not sure?

But I don't remember needing a pano roof to have hi fi?

I am sure someone more knowledgeable will come along to give us a definitive answer. :)
 

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I have the Pano roof, will check whether the sub is in the boot although I am not exactly sure what I am looking for, what does it look like?

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Unfortunately I don't have hi fi, so can't show you, but in your screen you'll also have options to turn on or off Dolby.

The standard sound do not have dolby option.
 

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How would I check it has the upgrade fitted?
The most visible part is the subwoofer in the boot. On standard cars, the boot is symmetric, with open pockets left and right behind the wheel arches which connect through to the space underneath the liftable panel. On upgraded cars, the pocket on the right hand side is instead filled up with the subwoofer.

But I don't remember needing a pano roof to have hi fi?
On US cars, the upgraded sound comes with satellite radio, needing an antenna in the roof.

On EU cars, the satellite radio was replaced with DAB radio (just needing an ordinary antenna like the FM). Later on, (but after my car, grrrr!) the DAB radio became standard on all UK cars regardless of the upgraded sound option.
 

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If you DO NOT have the upgraded audio then you will have two wells either side of the boot (just behind the wheel arches) for "cable storage".
If you DO have the upgraded audio then you will only have one well on the LEFT side and the sub will be fitted on the RIGHT side (as looking in from the back of the car)
 

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I'm not sure what result I'm hoping for here. @Jolltax isn't happy with the sound, so the hi fi not being fitted and a row leading to a refund and some reparations, or that it is fitted but not very good?
 

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Same here, I have gone for the high fidelity audio option too, I'm sure I thought it was pretty good in the Tesla I hired which had it fitted. Maybe my ears aren't up to the OP's level :)
 

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As everyone has said the subwoofer is a dead giveaway.

Also while all cars have a speaker grille on the inside of the boot lid, only UHF cars actually have speakers inside it.
 

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Discussion Starter #15 (Edited)
Really appreciate all the info in this thread, I am actually away on business at the moment so cannot check personally but I am pretty confident from speaking to the wife that we have both the 'Dolby' option and the sub-woofer in the boot cavity on the drivers side of our car.

So the Ultra High Fidelity Sound System is fitted to our car, when I get home I will check that the speakers are actually connected but I suspect it is working as intended.

I think maybe just our expectations have been set by our experience of other cars as we always maxxed out the OEM HiFi options, as I mentioned in my original post I am fussy about sound. I think the price, and the its billing as "Ultra High Fidelity" gave me the wrong idea. I think the system as fitted does not benchmark well against the competition in terms of sound quality - obviously this is to my ears and is very subjective.

I think, if you are like me, a better route to achieving good sound would be to buy the standard system and spend £2500 on a bespoke upgrade from a reputable aftermarket specialist.

Interesting recent thread here on the same subject

Thanks all for your knowledge and help!

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Jolltax, you might like to read this article:-

Tesla Model S aftermarket audio option – UK specific article

I do not claim to have bat-ears, but I tested standard and UHF systems several times before deciding not to spend the extra. Whilst UHF was clearly better than standard, I decided that standard wasn't that bad and UHF wasn't that good, and certainly not worth the money. I thought I might get an upgrade similar to the one in the Teslapedia article, but I find myself enjoying the silence of the car and actually listening to music less than previously.
 

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I have been told (but have no personal experience) that the UHF sound option on the Model X is significantly better (i.e. there is a larger difference between it and the standard option) than on the S.
 
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