Who Ever Knew The Tesla Sound System Was This Incredible?



Accolades from Germany’s Auto Motor & Sport (Source: InsideEVs via Tesla)

The Tesla sound system is so good it can get you arrested

Tesla is often lauded for the advanced tech that goes into its vehicles. But, it’s not just self-driving sensors and better batteries that make its electric vehicles so next-level. The sound system is pretty amazing too.

TMZ recently reported that internationally renowned music producer and DJ, Skrillex, was almost arrested for playing his music too loud in his Tesla Model X. Literally, his music. Apparently, the LAPD wasn’t too keen on the artist blasting his music demos on Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

*This article comes to us courtesy of Evannex (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman.


Skrillex in his black Tesla Model X and on the cover of Rolling Stone (Instagram: @skrillex / Rolling Stone)

Skrillex was taken out of his Model X, handcuffed, and then let go with a noise violation after police figured out his identity. He was seen DJing a house party later on that night, so it must have all worked out. That didn’t stop him from chastising Tesla’s Elon Musk for making a sound system so good.


Skrillex vents to Elon Musk on Twitter (Source: TMZ via @Skrillex)

Check out Skrillex’s tweets to his 6.6 million followers along with video footage of the incident. With a sound system this powerful, it’s no wonder other world-renowned DJs, including Zedd and deadmau5, also selected a Tesla as their personal ride.

Above: Video footage of the incident with Skrillex’s Model X in the background (Youtube: Best Drops Ever)

And that’s not all — world-famous musicians ranging from Jay Z and Shakira to Katy Perry and Anthony Keidis all boost the volume to 11 in their Teslas. In fact, the Tesla sound system is so good that Germany’s Auto Motor & Sport called the Model S sound system “extraordinary” while beating Audi A7’s Bang & Olufsen system for just 1/3 the price. It’s definitely a statement when a German publication (in the land of Mercedes, BMW, and Audi) gives kudos to Tesla, the Silicon Valley disruptor, in lieu of automakers on their own turf.

To be fair though, the birth of Tesla’s award-winning sound system all started in Germany with a small audio engineering company, S1nn, based in Stuttgart. The company was started by top-tier audio engineering talent that came from the likes of Bose and Harmon Kardon. Michael Fabry, engineering manager for acoustic and audio systems, explained:  “Being involved in the [Tesla] Model S project from the start was a huge benefit… we could work with Tesla on every aspect of the design.”


Speakers placed on top of the dashboard helped create a more solid front soundstage (Source: What the Hi*Fi)

One of the big advantages S1nn found working on Tesla’s all-electric car was that cabin noise levels were so quiet compared to a rumbling internal combustion engine. “That’s a dream for us, as you don’t immediately lose bass when you start the car… [And] as the Model S has a gigantic battery, the stability of the current we get to the audio system is excellent. That really helps audio performance – we are always trying to get as much current as possible to the amplifiers. With Tesla, that comes free,” explains Fabry.


The 25 litre subwoofer in the truck helps boost bass (Source: What the Hi*Fi)

Fabry admitted that, “Tesla asked us to make the system loud.” But to perfect the overall soundscape, Tesla actually turned to “music producer Rick Rubin [who] was among those invited to evaluate and approve it. Rubin, who has produced albums for artists such as Adele, U2 and Eminem, added the finishing touches to the audio system’s sound.” I’m sure that Rubin and S1nn were probably happy to hear that Skrillex made such a ruckus in his Tesla. Yes… Tesla’s sound system is so good, it can get you arrested.

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX, Check out the site here.

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31 responses to "Who Ever Knew The Tesla Sound System Was This Incredible?"
  1. Mark C says:

    Cuffed for being too loud, many pathetic sounding vehicle stereo systems can get loud enough to get the attention of the police.

    They didn’t say a thing about sound quality, but it did say, if you’re somehow famous, the law doesn’t apply equally to you by the LAPD.

    1. sven says:

      Mark C said: “Cuffed for being too loud. . .”

      Although the article says that “Skrillex, was almost arrested for playing his music too loud in his Tesla Model X,” that’s not true. He was pulled over for playing his music too loud, an was almost arrested because he was driving without his driver’s license or any ID. The police had to determine if he stole the car, whether he had any outstanding warrants, not to mention to whom they should make the tickets out to. Handcuffing the unidentified driver and making him sit in the back of the patrol car while sorting everything out, prevents the driver from taking off and starting a high-speed chase.

    2. jim fox says:

      Exactly! Since when did “LOUD” = GOOD??
      Probably since 90% of real music was killed off by rap..

  2. Mister G says:


    I hope my model 3 has a comparable sound system.

    1. John says:

      I’m sure it’ll have a “premium” option.
      But I doubt it will be as good as the S.

      1. Loboc says:

        If the audio guys have access during design, it can be. I’d love to hear the 32-speaker system in Caddy CT6.

        1. jim fox says:

          Audiophile sound is IMPOSSIBLE in a car; the environment is totally unsuitable.
          32 speakers? Ridiculous- I’ll bet the sound is horrible.

          1. Aaron says:

            You really need to get with the times. Audiophile-quality systems have been available for years. Even my lowly system has a 10-band equalizer, allowing for compensation of absorbed sound from the interior.

  3. Edward Arthur says:

    Just like CO2 etc, noise is a pollution too!

    1. DJ says:

      Seriously. I’m all for these F nuggets at a minimum getting a ticket. Cops used to when I was younger, wish they would again!

      1. floydboy says:

        Don’t worry, they do a LOT more than just give tickets to SOME!

  4. James H says:

    Rick Rubin also produced for Metallica.

  5. Matt says:

    Can we say “loud” instead of “good”? Those are not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination.

    1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      Loud or good, it is all the same for brain dead jerks creating so much noise pollution that they get arrested. It is the same as “rolling coal” jerks, they also put in some quite loud woofers to get more attention.

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Actually, so far as I can see, it’s the EVANNEX writer who confuses “loud” with “good”, and not the DJ in question.

      Sadly, from my experience in shopping for and buying a set of audiophile grade speakers for my home theatre system, there are all too many people who think “louder” equals “better”.

      Niven’s Law for Musicians: If the applause wasn’t louder than the music, something’s wrong. Play better or softer.” — Larry Niven, Niven’s Laws

  6. Texas FFE says:

    Incredible sound systems in cars is so 1970s.

    1. Aaron says:

      As someone who did professional/competition systems in the 80s, I disagree. The technology just wasn’t there. It barely was in the late 80s.

  7. MikeG says:

    The difference between the default and the upgraded system is like night and day. The stock system sounds like a fart in tin can.

    1. AlanSqB says:

      But is it $2500 better? I don’t always listen to music when I drive, but when I do, I want it to sound really nice. I actually stopped listening to music in my current vehicle (Nissan LEAF) because it’s just an awful experience.

      I’ve specced out the S I want to buy with my OA, but I just haven’t been able to make myself click the button for the extra $2500 sound system. I guess I need to go back to the showroom (70 miles away) and spend some more time playing with the radio. During my test drives, I haven’t really wanted to waste time playing with the radio because I’ve been too busy driving!

      1. Djoni says:

        On the other hand, the sound system in the SL trim is very adequate.
        It is much better than any other car I had, but this is subjective.
        The point being, better than that, I’m not sure I can tell the difference.
        Agreed with the comment about that electric drive give you a much nicer environment for a sound system.
        The bonus is you don’t have to play loud to ear well.
        I like that.

      2. Aaron says:

        The benefit of having the “S” model LEAF is that upgrading the head unit is relatively easy. I replaced mine and the speakers, adding an amplifier and subwoofer, and it sounds great.

    2. Warren says:

      Interesting. The stock model S system sounds awful. At our car shows, my friend with the P100D equipped with the upgraded stereo flat out agreed with me that the HK system in the i3 was much clearer, and sounded better than his stereo.

  8. Four Electrics says:

    The X premium sound option is very good. It’s my favorite listening environment.

  9. Ken says:

    I’m sorry, but who? Never heard of the guy and i’m not that old. Everyone else mentioned that drives a Tesla i’ve heard of. But i don’t know what a Skrillex is. Sounds like something i buy at Home Depot.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      If you’re into the dub step genre or even the periphery, he’s got some really catchy songs.

    2. jm says:

      I’ve actually got a case of Srillex right now. Dr prescribed a skin cream I have to use once a day for 6 weeks – should clear it right up.

  10. Volt says:

    Stock stereo in Model S is garbage so has to be the upgraded sound system

  11. turbonium959 says:

    You lost me at “TMZ recently reported”.

  12. terminaltrip421 says:

    I’ve mentioned before that a character on the sitcom American Housewife drives a model x and the way it was revealed was the character was sitting outside playing music quite loudly. I was impressed enough to wonder if it came stock.

    1. WARREN says:

      Maybe the X system is superior sounding compared to the Model S system?

  13. Mil says:

    People playing music so loud that you can hear it from outside the car are just pricks saying “look at me, look at me”.