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    5.1 icon OFFICIAL "Cars with Factory Surround Systems" Listing

    This is a list of currently available New & "Pre-Owned" cars with factory installed surround music systems. (Video systems w/Dolby Digital for movies not included)

    Please respond to this thread if you have actually used/heard/seen a car/truck/suv with a factory installed surround system. I would like this to be an acurate list with verified information, as opposed to hear say.

    Reply with the year and model of car, and I will add it to the list

    Current list updated on 9/21/2012

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    Acura TL (2004-2007): Panasonic ELS 5.1 System - DVD-Audio/DTS;
    (2008-present): Panasonic ELS 5.1 System - DVD-Audio/DTS/DPLII
    Acura TL Type-S (2007): Panasonic ELS 5.1 System - DVD-Audio/DTS;
    (2008): Panasonic ELS 5.1 System - DVD-Audio/DTS/DPLII
    Acura RL (2005-2013): Bose 5.1 System - DVD-Audio/DTS
    Acura RDX (2007-present): Panasonic ELS 5.1 System - DVD-Audio/DTS/DPLII
    Acura MDX (2007-2013): Panasonic ELS 5.1 System - DVD-Audio/DTS/DPLII
    Acura TSX (2009-present): Panasonic ELS 5.1 System - DVD-Audio/DTS/DPLII
    Acura ZDX (2010): Panasonic ELS 5.1 System - DVD-Audio/DTS/DPLII

    Buick Enclave (2008-present): DVD-Audio/DTS/DVD-Video
    Buick LaCrosse (2010-present): DVd-Audio/DTS/DD/DVD-Video

    Cadillac Escalade ESV (2007): DVD-Audio/DTS/DVD-Video
    Cadillac Escalade EXT (2007): DVD-Audio/DTS/DVD-Video
    Cadillac SRX (2007): DVD-Audio/DTS/DVD-Video
    Cadillac STS (2007): DVD-Audio/DTS/DVD-Video
    Cadillac STSV (2007): DVD-Audio/DTS/DVD-Video
    Cadillac DTS (2007-2008): DVD-Audio/DTS/DVD-Video

    GMC Acadia (2007): DVD-Audio/DTS/DVD-Video

    Hyundai Genesis (2009-present): DVD-Audio/DVD-Video/DTS-CD

    Infiniti M35/M45 (2007-present): Bose DVD-Audio/DVD-Video

    Lexus IS (2006-present) Mark Levinson sound system - DVD-Audio/DTS/Dolby Digital/DVD Video
    Lexus LS (2007) Mark Levinson sound system - DVD-Audio/DTS/Dolby Digital/DVD Video
    Lexus GS (2007) Mark Levinson sound system - DVD-Audio/DTS/Dolby Digital/DVD Video
    Lexus ES (2007) Mark Levinson sound system - DVD-Audio/DTS/Dolby Digital/DVD Video

    Saturn Outlook (2008): DVD-Audio/DTS/DVD-Video
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    Can someone verify the status of the Cadillac, Infinity, Lexus, and Chrysler vehicles with surround sound. They don't have to be DVD-A, but should have some sort of logic to the surround (i.e. DTS, DPLII), not just a multi-speaker system with a "surround" button.
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    Lexus IS350 (2006-present) Mark Levinson sound system - DVD-Audio/DTS/Dolby Digital

    I assume all Lexus vehicles have this option. I picked up my Lexus last fall and have not had time to play with it much as it is now parked for winter. I do know if you want to play Dolby Digital the car has to be parked with the parking brake on so the video screen can be active, then you can select your options like surround or stereo. Once that is done you can drive away with your option selected, it is setup like that so you can't watch movies while driving. I am a little disappointed so far with the results for DVD-Audio, it is not as discrete as I was expecting but perhaps when I have more time to play things will get sorted out.

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    Thanks MacDaddy!
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    OK, here's the General Motors list so far;

    Cadillac

    2007 Escalade ESV
    2007 Escalade EXT
    2007 SRX
    2007 STS
    2007 STSV

    GMC

    2007 Acadia

    Saturn

    2008 Outlook

    Buick

    2008 Enclave

    These are all equipped with the Bose 5.1 discrete surround sound system with the DVD based navigation radio. They will play DVD-Audio, DTS, DVD-Video, CD, MP3, and XM radio as well.

    Dennis

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    Thanks Dennis. Data added to master list.
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    Question (and apologies if this has been asked and answered before):

    Why have there never been SACD players in autos? Or universal players? At least I have never seen any mention of them in this forum.

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    So, the Acura systems don't play DVD-Video discs, even without showing the video? If so, that's a shame. If they have DTS and DPL II processing, why not Dolby Digital? I have a large and growing collection of concert DVD's, and I assumed I would be able to play them in the Acura TL or MDX that I hope to get soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VACamper View Post
    So, the Acura systems don't play DVD-Video discs, even without showing the video? If so, that's a shame. If they have DTS and DPL II processing, why not Dolby Digital? I have a large and growing collection of concert DVD's, and I assumed I would be able to play them in the Acura TL or MDX that I hope to get soon.
    You are correct. The ELS System in the dashboard of the TL, RDX and MDX, as well as the Bose System in the RL, do not play DVD-Videos, even with the video "shunted". The MDX will play them w/ full Dolby Digital with the optional rear seat video system - but since I do not own one, I have to say that I have never heard nor verified this.
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    Jon,

    I'm just starting to look at new cars, and will only buy one with 5.1 surround capability. Based on info from manufacturer web sites, I can offer the following updates to this list:

    - The Acrua TL and TL Type S both support Dolby Pro Logic II now

    - The Infinity M35 and M45 offer a Bose 5.1 surround sound system with DVD-video/DVD-audio drive and 14 speakers, including personal surround speakers in the shoulders of each front seat. No mention of DTS or DPL II support.

    - None of the lesser Infinity models seem to offer 5.1 surround. I would have seriously considered the G35X or G37 coupe if they did.

    As I run across info on other models, I'll post more info here. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VACamper View Post
    Jon,

    I'm just starting to look at new cars, and will only buy one with 5.1 surround capability. Based on info from manufacturer web sites, I can offer the following updates to this list:

    - The Acrua TL and TL Type S both support Dolby Pro Logic II now

    - The Infinity M35 and M45 offer a Bose 5.1 surround sound system with DVD-video/DVD-audio drive and 14 speakers, including personal surround speakers in the shoulders of each front seat. No mention of DTS or DPL II support.

    - None of the lesser Infinity models seem to offer 5.1 surround. I would have seriously considered the G35X or G37 coupe if they did.

    As I run across info on other models, I'll post more info here. Thanks!
    Thanks for checking in. I haven't looked at cars in a while. I do know that the Infiniti "M" looks pretty sweet. It's a bit on the pricey side, but it seems to be well made. It's funny how Infiniti's seem to fly under the radar compared to Lexus. I wonder why?

    Again, anyone who test drives or buys a car with a 5.1 in the dash audio system please report back here if your car is not on the list. I'd appreciate it, and so would others looking for new or off lease cars!
    :-jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonUrban View Post
    Thanks for checking in. I haven't looked at cars in a while. I do know that the Infiniti "M" looks pretty sweet. It's a bit on the pricey side, but it seems to be well made. It's funny how Infiniti's seem to fly under the radar compared to Lexus. I wonder why?

    Again, anyone who test drives or buys a car with a 5.1 in the dash audio system please report back here if your car is not on the list. I'd appreciate it, and so would others looking for new or off lease cars!
    I just sat in some new Infiniti's at the Portland auto show and they are unreal. Just beautiful. No one touted the audio in vehicles and many had no clue what they were selling! The new 2009 Murano is also sweet. Those machines that will not play video while driving can be altered very easily to ignore that feature. Sometimes it works just off the parking brake signal. The Player i put in the truck was real easy, i had an installer install it and told him to not hook up that switch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacDaddy View Post
    Lexus IS350 (2006-present) Mark Levinson sound system - DVD-Audio/DTS/Dolby Digital

    I assume all Lexus vehicles have this option. I picked up my Lexus last fall and have not had time to play with it much as it is now parked for winter. I do know if you want to play Dolby Digital the car has to be parked with the parking brake on so the video screen can be active, then you can select your options like surround or stereo. Once that is done you can drive away with your option selected, it is setup like that so you can't watch movies while driving. I am a little disappointed so far with the results for DVD-Audio, it is not as discrete as I was expecting but perhaps when I have more time to play things will get sorted out.
    It's too bad that after paying all that money for the Mark Levinson system that you don't get a discrete DVD-A system. I have heard it's not very discrete. I wonder why?

    After I saw how much the Mark Levinson system cost, I got an Acura TL instead.

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    I have started looking at used Acura TLs 2004 & up for myself. Seems like I read somewhere in the last week or so that the 2008 TL still supports DVD-A...
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    The 2007 and 2008 Cadillac DTS models with the Navigation option have DVD-A players, as does the 2008 Escalade.

    For some reason, Cadillac thinks of these sound systems as "Navigation" systems only. I have pointed out to a few salespeople that they may want to stress the DVD-Audio functionality, just like Acura does in their radio ads, but there is no interest or understanding.

    Even the official Cadillac marketing literature only reveals the DVD-A function by way of the telltale DVD-Audio logo on photos of the front of the Navigation screen.

    The system also plays DVD Video on the screen as long as the car is in Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexB View Post
    The 2007 and 2008 Cadillac DTS models with the Navigation option have DVD-A players, as does the 2008 Escalade.

    For some reason, Cadillac thinks of these sound systems as "Navigation" systems only. I have pointed out to a few salespeople that they may want to stress the DVD-Audio functionality, just like Acura does in their radio ads, but there is no interest or understanding.

    Even the official Cadillac marketing literature only reveals the DVD-A function by way of the telltale DVD-Audio logo on photos of the front of the Navigation screen.

    The system also plays DVD Video on the screen as long as the car is in Park.
    THANKS! I added these to the list.
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    This is what the Mercedes C-Class is touting with it's navigation system. I take it that this should be added to the list. I didn't check but I'm sure this is available in all models.


    "harman/kardon® LOGIC7® discrete multichannel surround sound system"

    Enjoy a studio-quality 450-watt, 12-speaker harman/kardon® LOGIC7® digital surround-sound system. Twelve optimally placed speakers deliver an enthralling surround sound experience from MP3s, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, the 6-disc in-dash DVD changer, and even discs in DVD-audio and DTS formats. An integrated microphone monitors vehicle acoustics and adjusts frequency response to deliver an optimal sound experience.
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    The 2009 Acura TSX now has an optional technology package with the ELS surround sound system. Now, that the car is a bit bigger and prices start at $29,000, this could be one of the cheaper buys. Hopefully it doesn't cost $5,000 like the Lexus. Otherwise, you'd be better off getting a TL.

    But, if it is cheaper to get the TSX with the ELS, I would have gotten this car if it was available back in 2006.

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    Just a note to say that the new Infiniti EX35 Crossover SUV has a Bose surround system but does not play DVD-Audio!

    Only the M's do that.
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    Dolby or DTS?

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    You can now go to the Acura website and build your own TSX.

    The new TSX with the technology package is $32,060. That's about $3,000 cheaper than the TL. If I were in the market for a new car with DVD-Audio surround sound, this is the way I'd go. They made the TSX bigger, and that was my only issue with the old one. For my needs, the TL is a bit on the big side. If you want the horsepower though, the TL is an excellent choice.

    So, the TSX is the cheapest luxury car with DVD-Audio capability.

    The Saturn Outlook might be the cheapest vehicle possible but I can't tell if you have to buy the Advanced Audio Package or the DVD Entertainment package to get it.

    Plus, I'd put my money into the ELS system.

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    Ferrari 612 Scaglienetta/ONLY

    Bose Surround system that plays EVERY format known to me;
    CD, CDR, DVD, DVD AUDIO, SACD, MP3

    It was made EXCLUSIVELY for the above vehicle
    Not even an option, on ANY other car.

    Sounds beyond incredible
    For $275,000 it better!

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    CPR, have you actually heard this system? And, if so where, and with what source material? Details.

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    Has anyone actually heard this system?

    (Link from ca auto news)

    http://www.carpages.ca/go/autonews/0...o_upgrade.aspx

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