New VW Golf gets Dynaudio Excite sound system as an option

The new, seventh-generation VW Golf and iconic Golf GTi are being offered with the option of a Dynaudio Excite sound system for the first time in the UK.

All models from SE specification and above (including the GTD and GTi) can be fitted with the system, which includes a 5.8in colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, CD player, iPod connector, SD card input and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Excite Sound system integrates with the car's standard Composition Media System, but can also be specified with the optional Discover/Discover Pro navigation systems.

As for audio, the Dynaudio set-up includes nine speakers around the cabin, a dedicated subwoofer and 400W digital amplifier. The dual two-way systems (one each in the front and rear pasenger compartments) each comprise a pair of Dynaudio soft-dome tweeters and two 16.8cm MSP mid/bass drivers.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is used to control the sound around the car's interior. The driver can select which seat in the car should be designated as the audio 'sweet spot' and the system will then calibrate itself accordingly. There are four audio settings to choose from: authentic, dynamic, soft and speech.

MORE: Dynaudio Excite Sound System review

by Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.