Does Tesla Model 3 Have Best Sound System?


Time for some more Tesla Model 3 advice from our friend, Brian, The Money Guy.

We’ll start with a little disclaimer so as not to offend anyone. InsideEVs is not a financial website and although we are compelled to cover a minimal amount of financial and/or stock-related stories, it’s not what we’re about. No one here holds any Tesla stock or ever has. You may or may not appreciate Brian’s money advice and that’s your choice. We don’t share his videos as financial advice, but rather because he makes fantastic Model 3 review videos.

The Money Guy’s newest video in his collection of Tesla Model 3 reviews focuses solely on the car’s sound system. We’ve heard from many people that it’s a solid system when compared to several other cars. Keep in mind that once the Premium Upgrades package isn’t required, this premium sound system will be a paid option. In general, we’ve always been told that Tesla vehicles have pretty outstanding sound systems. Perhaps this is because CEO Elon Musk is an audiophile and a huge music fan?

It turns out, Brian is an audiophile as well. He tells us that when he was young he had a $1,000 car with $2,000 worth of audio equipment. Sound familiar? Sadly, unless you have an opportunity to get inside a Model 3, you won’t really know how the sound system fares. No YouTube video will be able to convince you. Nonetheless, Brian spells the system all out for you. Perhaps we can round up some more opinions in the near future.

What do you think of the audio system in the Tesla Model 3? Do you own a different EV that has an amazing sound system that you’d like to share with us? Let us know in the comment section below.

Video Description via The Money Guy Show on YouTube:

Does The Tesla Model 3 Have The Best Sound System Available?

The Tesla Model 3 has revolutionized the automotive industry in many ways. In this video, we are going to focus on the audio system which might be an overlooked feature in the Tesla community.


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Well, there was minimal useful info here about the system.

The stereo in my Model 3 is absolutely phenomenal. It’s honestly one of my favorite things about the whole car.

Good to hear!

Yeah, you could say that.

I see what you did there. 😉

Would be nice if someone did an audio recording.

Of the sound system? And play it back on your laptop or smartphone? Right.

InsideEVs is flooded with basically content-free articles. This article could as well have been: “We really are no experts, but a random guy thinks his cars audio is good. The end.”

You can easily measure audio quality at different locations in the car, if you have the tools and knowledge. If you don’t have any, don’t start writing in the first place. btw: Most older persons ears just are not good enough anymore to judge audio quality, even if they think they can.
Quantity of articles instead of quality will work only for a short time.

Yep! At 62 I can attest to the hearing issues that older people have. My high frequency cutoff is very low. Discriminating sounds amid backround noise is challenging. The nice thing about the Model 3 is that it provides a relatively quite environment to deploy an 11 speaker audio system with a subwoofer in the trunk that’s ported through the rear deck. I haven’t bothered to locate all of the speakers yet. I spent most of my first road trip listening to “Ordinary Vegan Podcasts” and some music from the Woodstock era on the way to Woodstock for the first time. It was a 1900 mile multipoint 8 day road trip through New York and Vermont. Road trips in a Tesla are really nice.

I bet AM – talk radio sounds fantastic…

Nope that is one thing that is missing AM radio.

Really? If I were a billionaire I would give all my conservative friends a model 3 so that they will not be brainwashed by right wing radio lol

No AM on Model 3…

But has Tunein streaming which internet streams nearly all radio stations worldwide… over 100,000 stations… including talk radio.

SeriusXM has low bit rate, in the i3, and it doesn’t sound great.

Yes the i3 Sirius radio isn’t impressive. But when playing my USB music files on the i3 Bolt and P100D, both me and my friends agreed the HK on the BMW was much clearer than the Tesla system or Bolt ‘s Bose system.

HK upgrade system one of the underrated qualities of the I3. Clobbers the Model 3 sound. Truer, clearer — so good it becomes an emotional experience where the Model 3 sound just doesn’t quite get there — its sound is perfectly fine though.

You do know that HK owns S11n? And that HK was taken over by Samsung in 2017?

I know that is meant to be sarcastic, but a nice clear sound system makes even talk radio easier to listen to.

I have the Model 3 and the sound system is far and above any I have heard. That said I am not an audiophile.

Well, it’s good to hear from audiophiles and also people who admit they’re not. This gives us a better idea of whether or not the sound system really appeals to most people. Thanks!

If you love audio music, upgrade your music collection to high bit rate and set up a USB stick to play your music. Vastly better than streamed music.

In Apple Music goto: File, Create…, Create Lossless Version.
And build a smart playlist with only high bit rate music: > 256 bit.

Yep! I’m a huge audio guy. Taught music for 16 years and then was a college professor for audio design, etc. Used to rebuild speakers and such. Today’s streamed music and audio quality on most platforms is terrible.

FWIW Deezer and Tidal offer lossless streaming. I’m sure a few others do as well.

Yep. Much better quality.

In that case Steven, and bearing in mind the importance of the source in any system, what would you say is the best way, without modification of the car, to get music into the premium Model 3 sound system, given the various routes available. Presumably not internet streaming?

Streaming on some services is much better than others. As stated above, Tidal and Deezer offer lossless. A lot of it still points back to the low quality of many current digital recordings, but that’s a whole other story. Downloading music in an upgraded format, rather than streaming, is always a better option. REXisKing explains it well above. In many cases, you can choose parameters for downloading files. If you have something that can deal with storing the larger files, you will always be better off. There are a myriad of sources out there to learn more. I could write a dissertation on this topic, but I don’t have the time, haha. Take care.

It doesn’t sound like it does.

I wonder why people are so critical of it?

At some point I am sure Tesla will offer an upgrade over stock.

Yeah, I’m hoping for a stock split too! 3:1 would be great, but I will gladly take lower ratio.

I’ve been saying that for years. If Tesla did a 1 to 3 split many smaller investors would jump in. As occurred when Apple split.

Have Model 3 (Premium audio system included in package) and can confirm it is a top-notch sound system.

Also own Model S (2015 with premium audio option) which is very good audio but Model 3 has superior dynamic range (no weak points)… near if not reference studio quality… overall excellent tuned system. Would be interesting to know backstory… for sure Model 3 audio got special love by someone during Model 3 development.

Good point about every Model 3 coming with the PUP and premium audio so far. It explains why they are able to put such a nice sound system in. It also makes it so that there is plenty of room below the system now where they can cut speakers and reduce amps (or whatever they choose to do) for the non-PUP system and still have a nice sound system for folks who don’t put that much weight on the sound system in their buying choices.

Actually I am playing the game of 3 skips when I am alone on a long trips. Shuffling songs un my 256 GB iPadPro I really start to think after the 2nd skip. I just do not want to get stuck with something really bad.
And there are noc exceptions, no 4th skip.

Live a little, give yourself an extra skip from time to time.

“We’ve heard from many people that it’s a solid stock system when compared to several other cars”

I thought the current Model 3 system is part of the “premium option” that is “required” on all the LR models.

I am curious to see compare it with the $35K version when it comes out.

True. It’s the “stock” system now since the Premium Upgrades package is required and all you can get, but it will become a paid option down the road. A lesser system will take its place in cars without the upgrade. I clarified it in the article. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Does Tesla Model 3 have the best Sound System? Yes.

I think it’s ok. Still no speed controlled volume, the EQ bands are still not labeled, still no iPod interface via the USB port. It’s got room for improvement 🙂

Room for improvement? Tell us more.

Yeah, how about showing the encoding format of the source and the full unabbreviated metadata? I mean, it has this giant screen in the middle, might as well put something on it :p

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I’ll still add my subwoofers in the back and in the Frunk!

Frunk woofer? Would that actually work through the firewall? Interesting idea.

Here is another idea for you. If you pull the Frunk lining in the RWD version, there is a huge space where the front motor would normally go. I don’t know if audio stuff could be put there, but it is something to think about.

I really like the sound. Equalizer works well, and you can move the center of the sound anywhere in the cabin. My one gripe about the audio system is the MP3 player. In my last car (Chevy Volt), I used a 32GB USB drive loaded with all my favorite music. I would put it on shuffle and skip when I wanted to. I can’t do this in the Model 3 as there is no shuffle. What the heck? This seems like a simple thing to code and fix in an OTA update.

Worse than no shuffle is the problem with turning off the car, and then the music on the USB has to be reset from the beginning. It doesn’t even retain the USB source, but selects another source when the car is started.

I loaded up a 128 GB USB drive with 22,000 songs and it takes 10 minutes to reload every time the M3 is turned off … I only use it on long trips … around town I use a small USB drive.

I have just stuck to the streaming for now. Have you messed with BT pairing a phone for music (if that is even possible)?

M3 audio is inferior to premium MX audio, but it has an ace in the hole: something similar to iTunes’ “sound enhancer” which performs spatial postprocessing using x86 DSP. I quite like the effect.

Seven Electrics are you still pretending you own a model 3?

“Sadly, unless you have an opportunity to get inside a Model 3, you won’t really know how the sound system fares. No YouTube video will be able to convince you.”

Yes, very few people will be listening to a YouTube video on a sound system as good as what upscale cars typically have these days. And the sound track in the video can’t possibly sound better than the quality of your computer speakers.

Kinda like watching an ad for a 4k television on an old tube TV. 😉

I am an audiophile. Just tell me what brand it uses!

Interesting thought. What if they have blown off the brand names that increase prices just for the brand name premium, and built a superior sound system without paying a huge $$ to some other company just to used their name?

The worst sound system I’ve ever owned had the BOSE brand name on it (stupidly boomy), followed by the second worse having the Harman Kardon brand name (tweeters way too bright).

I do believe that Tesla has managed to put into mobile form the McIntosh MAC7200, tubes and all. The Model 3 is the only vehicle on the market with a tube amplifier, because, as we all know, tubes are better than transistors.

I don’t know for sure, but I suspect it’s Hurtwurst.

Model 3 sound system is ok, but not as great as the Burmester sound system in my Porsche.

I tested my M3 with the ‘Eagles’ live (Hell Freezes Over) version of ‘Hotel California’ … when the kick drum ‘kicks in’ my shirt sleeves vibrate … awesome sound with no distortion!

No. I believe Logic 7 from the old R53 MINI was better and the Logic 7 from the E60 BMW was better.

Well like most here I don’t have a Telsa 3 sitting around to test it lol. But given Telsa’s reputation I have no doubt that it is a good system. However this is kind of a subjective topic. By good you could mean just above average for most. As there are a fair amount of audio systems. Within even Telsa competition hierarchy. Which probably would fair quite good as well. Personally for $2,000 you can get in a pretty good system. But it won’t be in the upper echelon of an elite SQ audio system. A good SQ deck such as the Pioneer DEX P-99RS or Sony’s new RSX-GS9 can easily cost you over $1,000-$1,500. That’s just for the head unit. Speakers it really just depends if you decide to go passive or active. That can greatly increase your cost. Add in any sort of custom soundproofing, shielded wiring, distribution system also adds in the cost. Personally on my own system. I have about $11,000. You wouldn’t know it by looking at it. As made it look as factory as possible. Like the Telsa 3 it’s an 11 speaker system. But is fully active 3 way with a custom sub… Read more »