Tesla Model S Audio Teardown By Light Harmonic – Video


Light Harmonic Technician Tearing Down The Frunk Of A 2014 Tesla Model S P85

Light Harmonic Technician Tearing Down The Frunk Of A 2014 Tesla Model S P85

Two technicians from Light Harmonic take apart a 2014 Tesla Model S 85, with ultimate attention to detail.

Light Harmonic is a high-end car audio company with locations in California and China. The company specializes in cutting edge digital audio technology that runs at minimums of 32 bits and 384 kHz, meant to match analog sound quality.

Light Harmonic has received many accolades and awards from multiple reputable companies and publications including The Wall Street Journal, Audiophile, Forbes, and CNET.

The video offers helpful Tidbits to assure that the teardown process is as smooth as possible.

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Light Harmonic Technician Tearing Down The Inside Of A 2014 Tesla Model S P85

Video Information:

00:50 – Frunk & Fuse Box Teardown
08:41 – Passenger Door Teardown
10:22 – Model S.12P Comparison
12:15 – Subwoofer Teardown
17:00 – Amplifier Teardown
21:40 – Dash & Media Console Teardown
28:50 – Center Console Teardown

Tools Needed:
– Window/Door Pry Bars
– 10mm Socket
– 13mm Socket
– Ratchet/Socket Wrench
– 7inch Socket Extender
– Driver
– T20
– T25
– T30

The company offers the first and only “Tesla-optimized” after-market audio. Check out the system in the video below:

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These guys are NUTS!!!

These guys are awesome (if one believes their web site). If I could afford a high end Tesla, I would get it done. They are like white hat “hardware hackers” (and Musk said hacking “is a gift”).

Tesla should learn from them; they say that Tesla has weak amps and base speakers.

On LightHarmonic’s web site, they claim:

“Eight Core Digital Amplifier”
“Intuitive Class D amplification with Smart Power Management consumes less energy while providing 400% more power, on demand.”

“Tesla’s factory-installed power squandering Class A/B amplifier uses four power amp chips. Our efficient Class D power plant has eight and still uses less energy. This innovative design provides a firm bass foundation for its striking and inviting midrange tones..”

P.S. One really good question is whether this would void the warranty on the car.

I am guessing not for these experts. But if you hire Best Buy or no-name garage guys to try the same thing, you might void your warranty and destroy the electrical system!


Story ends there 😉

It’s like claiming that lossless compression is bad because You loose quality… All that ultraviolet that gets cut off…

Yes well audiophiles are quite nuts. They will happily pay $5000 for an optical cable with gold plated (!) connectors used for carrying digital information.

You can get reasonably high quality gold plated (electroplated) connectors for much, much less than that. If you’re paying more than about $35-50 for an audio cable, then you’re over-paying.

And it’s not silly to use gold-plated connectors. They never corrode. If you think you can never have static or dropouts in a digital signal… then think again.

What is silly is using silver core wires… especially for a digital signal!

You didn’t read his message clearly enough. He said an OPTICAL cable with gold connectors.

People Make too much out of Music . It’s Only Noise tuned up & on key…organized chaos..

While the human hearing on each ear typically top out at about 20 kHz, the difference between the ears (ie, left/right phase) extends to 2000 kHz in some cases. It may not be heard, but it provides ambiance and “feelings” that one cannot really describe. This is one reason why some say records have rich sound compared to digital. Then the higher sampling rate would provide this “feeling” even when each channel is cut at 20 kHz by anti aliasing filter.

But in a car, all the noise while driving would make such tech far less effective. 384 kHz might be ok, maybe even 44.1 kHz may do, though anti-aliasing 44.1 kHz “almost brick wall filter” is lot tougher to make nice than 384 kHz.

Sound is in the ear of the beholder, Wether it’s music or loud Engine Rumble..l o l …It all boils down to preference…..

Light Harmonics are doing for Tesla, exactly what Harman Kardon did for the official BMWi partnership for the i3 and i8.

Tesla should officially partner with LH.

More info on the Harman factory work for the u vehicle’s premium sound:


They all Left quietly after a short stint, Bose, Clarion & numerous others, Gone !..These succeed better as aftermarket for those who want them , Many don’t.The Factory Equipment for the majority is more than adequate ..Let’s keep in mind , we’re buying a car !

Clip, Clip, Clip, Clip, Clip, Clip, Clip, Clip, Clip….A Tesla seems to be completely “clipped” together, with exception of some T10 & T20 bolds