Don't get too excited. The Passat system isn't what you would get from Dynaudio as an aftermarket manufacturer, it's as cheap as it gets. Same goes for pretty much any stock system, including the "highly regarded" Mark Levinson Lexus systems. It'll satisfy a mommy or an entry level enthusiast, but these systems still push volume over quality, as you'll notice with the 10+ speakers in the car. Sometimes I wonder if any of these engineers ever took an acoustics class, but audio is an afterthought for a car manufacturer, regardless of what they tell you.
its too bad because the premium packages can get pretty expensive in many cars. The only stock system that i really cared for was the premium system in the chrysler 300 hemi...i also wasn't a fan of the mark levinson in the lexus sc430...they could do much better for the money.
The premium packages can be a pain too. Every time i look at a new car and select the premium climate options or the navigator they try to sadle you with those expensiv ecrappy premium sound systems too. blah!
The one thing I have heard about the Passat is that the car is very easy to get sounding good. They did pay attention to the speaker locations and did a great job there. The car is also natural for good SQ, nice flat dash, rather low center console, not a lot of weird shapes and curves in the dash. The drivers aren't what Dynaudio would give you had you bought their mobile lineup, though. Of course, that's a given. I like the new Passat, though, very nice car. Not like you couldn't buy Dynaudios true mobile reference speakers, pop them in place, and get even better sound quality. This system is still the one that people will use as a reference. It beats the living crap out of the Bose systems that so many automakers try to shove down your throat.
Just so you guys know this system uses plastic speaker baskets compared to the metal claw syle ones they are know for. I'll keep my System 360 anyday over this one.
Just so you guys know this system uses plastic speaker baskets compared to the metal claw syle ones they are known for. I'll keep my System 360 anyday over this one.