The symphony has a front loading 6 CD changer built into the dash, thats all. Safer getting the AMI, plus the Concert radio has an SD memory card slot that will take up to 16GB (some people have said their recent A4's can take 32GB)cards.
Thanks amack. I have the hard copy of that brochure, but good to have pdf. The configurator is annoyingly slow too.
I was reading some other posts here and noticed chat about SD cards - thought at first this was referring to those with the MMI High pack, but obviously surprised. Surprised (pleasantly) that the standard audio has this feature.
Sorry to hijack your post! Can anyone clear up what the deal is with the SD cards, I will be picking up my Q5 in a few weeks and want to know if it will take SDHC or only the HD cards?? Any limitations on the size of the card??
Hi guys - i'm in the process of speccing up a new Q5. I'm going to have to go for the standard model - lack of cash for the SE/S-Line, but am a bit worried about the quality of the 6 speaker stereo. The brochure shows that if you upgrade to the Symphony then it offers the following:
"Audi Symphony radio. AM/FM twin tuner with TP memo function. Front-loading 6-CD changer with MP3
compatibility and active front and rear speakers. Includes colour centre console screen, SD memory-card reader and AUX-IN socket. Cannot be combined with Satellite Navigation"
Does anyone know what they mean by active speakers - i thought in the standard care the 6 speakers would be powered by the Concert stereo- if you upgrade to Symphony does that mean as the speakers are stated as 'active' an amp is also included, but not if you have the Concert stereo?? I'd only be interested in the Symphony if it is going to be more powerful than the Concert - i understand the Sympony has a 6-disk changer built in, and that both models take SD cards.
I think the option you are referring to is 8UM. I believe that only changes the radio CD to make it a 6 CD changer for vehicles without HDD satnav.
I cannot find an option for the "Audi Sound System" which adds 4 more loudspeakers, boosts output to 180 watts and contains a six channel amp and which is standard on the SE line.
I own an S line and can confirm that unless you have exceptional hearing or a complete audiophile the "Audi Sound System" gives exceptional performance. If it didn't my daughter would let me know as she is a music scholar in voice and piano and it's always her music that takes priority!!
It seems that the "infotainment" options offered in the UK (as opposed to Germany, or Macedonia for example) are a little bit different than for the other countries, but nevertheless:
- The basic/standard radio is the Chorus, which doesn't have a SDHC-slot and comes with a monochrome screen (on the dashboard)
- The mid-of-the-range model is the Concert, which on top of Chorus has a SDHC-slot and a color screen
- The Symphony is the top model (short of MMI) and on top of Concert it has a CD-changer in the glove department
I guess that for most of us, a CD-changer is not something that we would miss, while a SDHC-slot and a color screen do make a difference. Additionally, I think that Symphony, Concert and Chorus have all the same active output power.
I personally took the Concert radio in combination with Audio Sound System (a 255 EUR option in Germany, 300 in Macedonia). The Audi Sound System is much cheaper than the Bang&Olufsen system and - while I didn't have the chance to hear them both - the A.S.S. sounds pretty much OK (no significant distortion when turned up loud, much much better than most serial-production cars' sound systems but still somewhat worse than a good home stereo).
Still, as I could guess from the posts above, you don't have the choice of selecting individual options in the UK and you have to buy them in packs..? Or it's cheaper that way and you can still order indiv.opt.?
Hi - thanks. The Chorus comes as standard in the UK - with 6 speakers and colour screen on the 'standard' car model. There is no option to upgrade to ASS, only pay another ?2000 to go for the SE model car - which comes with ASS. Cheers.
I have an S-Line with the stereo that comes as standard (concert + ASS, same as the SE model), and can honestly say that it is superb - noticeably better than the Bose system I had in my A3 beforehand, IMHO.
I really can't see why you'd need to further upgrade.
I have a SE model and find the stereo fitted in that perfect. what with the Aux connection for my ipod touch and the SD card slot I can carry enough music with me to never need CDs. Also the speakers can handle very (and I mean VERY) loud music with no distortion whatsoever, well i had to test it didn't I
We had a CD changer fitted in our A4 before the Q5 and didn't even consider it as an option for the Q5 due to the AUX and SD being standard.