Hamann launches App-controlled Active Sound System for BMW X5 and X6 M50d

Tuning, Videos | September 28th, 2015 by 1
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German powerhouse Hamann launches a new app-controlled Active Sound System for BMW X5 and X6 M50d. Active Sound has been a hot topic recently in …

German powerhouse Hamann launches a new app-controlled Active Sound System for BMW X5 and X6 M50d. Active Sound has been a hot topic recently in the automotive industry with more and more automakers using the “fake sound” to enhance the driving experience from within the cabin.

While most of the engine sound is naturally generated, there is always a small percentage of artificial sound that comes through the car’s speakers.

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BMW has programmed several sounds in their ECU, but until today, there was no easy to way to access them and choose the one you like best. This is where Hamann comes in and designs an app that lets your standard bimmer sound like a powerful M car.

To showcase the technology, Hamann introduces a high-grade stainless-steel sports exhaust system with Active Sound System for BMW X5 M50d xDrive (F15) and BMW X6 M50d xDrive. An impressive V8 sound can be achieved thanks to controllable high-performance sound actuators, while the Hamann App exclusively developed for this model offers several volume levels and virtual “accelerator pedal”

Here is a video highlighting the features:

One response to “Hamann launches App-controlled Active Sound System for BMW X5 and X6 M50d”

  1. KJ Marway says:

    *This is not intended to start a flame war, it is purely opinion based and is not intended to insult those who drive diesel vehicles*

    Absolutely awful. It’s still a diesel! The need for a fake engine sound is proof enough that diesel powered cars are a farce.

    “an impressive V8 sound can be achieved thanks to controllable high-performance sound actuators” – we’ve gone from such icons as the screaming S85 V10, and an authentic V8 in the E39 M5, to fake .wav files (assumption) creating theatre.

    Either way, when you’re out in your diesel powered car, and the V8 sound effects kick in, it’s very unlikely your hairs will stand on end – why? Simple, because it’s just an imitation.

    Yes there are petrol powered cars with Active Sound (which I’m still highly against), however, the majority of the time, they’re not pumping in fake sounds, rather they amplify and enhance the engine sound.

    I fear for the future of genuine powerplants from the mad engineers at M (perhaps mellowing with age?), and in turn, authentic engine sounds that scream and roar because that’s the only way they know how to.

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