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In this video at the 09:58-10:03 mark it is claimed that Tesla makes their own sound systems and air bags. I wasn't aware of this, is this true? If so, I'm even more amazed at Tesla, if that's possible!
 

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In this video at the 09:58-10:03 mark it is claimed that Tesla makes their own sound systems and air bags. I wasn't aware of this, is this true? If so, I'm even more amazed at Tesla, if that's possible!
Not sure about the air bags, though that sorta goes along with making their own seats and other interior stuff. The sound system is a hybrid - Tesla gets their radio tuners from a European company (though they're mostly manufactured in Mexico) and does not make their own speakers, either, but they do make, program, and update the Infotainment unit, which does all the sound mixing and of course presents the UI, and of course they make all the wiring. Everything has to be right, to Elon's ears, so you're either getting what the CEO thought was brilliant on his last drive, or somebody in Palo Alto is stressed out trying to get it there.
 
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Not sure about the air bags, though that sorta goes along with making their own seats and other interior stuff. The sound system is a hybrid - Tesla gets their radio tuners from a European company (though they're mostly manufactured in Mexico) and does not make their own speakers, either, but they do make, program, and update the Infotainment unit, which does all the sound mixing and of course presents the UI, and of course they make all the wiring. Everything has to be right, to Elon's ears, so you're either getting what the CEO thought was brilliant on his last drive, or somebody in Palo Alto is stressed out trying to get it there.
Thanks for the info. Speakers are important to any sound system, any idea who makes them for Tesla?
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They're made to Tesla's specs by a Chinese manufacturer (which is probably what Bose does too). I suppose the same could be said of the head unit and amps, in a way - they don't manufacture them in Fremont, just have someone who can do it cheaper build to a Tesla design. Tesla does write all the firmware (except what they get from 3rd-party libraries). Nice article in Teslatap about the Model 3 audio system: https://teslatap.com/articles/audio-systems-for-the-model-3/

Sounds like you will opt for Premium audio when the time comes!
 
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They're made to Tesla's specs by a Chinese manufacturer (which is probably what Bose does too). I suppose the same could be said of the head unit and amps, in a way - they don't manufacture them in Fremont, just have someone who can do it cheaper build to a Tesla design. Tesla does write all the firmware (except what they get from 3rd-party libraries). Nice article in Teslatap about the Model 3 audio system: https://teslatap.com/articles/audio-systems-for-the-model-3/

Sounds like you will opt for Premium audio when the time comes!
Great link and article, Thanks!
 
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They're made to Tesla's specs by a Chinese manufacturer (which is probably what Bose does too). I suppose the same could be said of the head unit and amps, in a way - they don't manufacture them in Fremont, just have someone who can do it cheaper build to a Tesla design. Tesla does write all the firmware (except what they get from 3rd-party libraries). Nice article in Teslatap about the Model 3 audio system: https://teslatap.com/articles/audio-systems-for-the-model-3/

Sounds like you will opt for Premium audio when the time comes!
Everybody has their favorite tracks to test their new sound systems, what tracks did you use to test your Model 3 sound system?
 

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You might want to read this article and how the M3 got the industry's best factory sound system.

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-sound-system-secret/

Essentially, they hired the engineers behind Bang & Olufsen $12k aftermarket speakers and said "do the same for us, but we'll include it as OEM."

I agree, my M3 has the most amazing sound system I've ever heard in a vehicle!
 
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You might want to read this article and how the M3 got the industry's best factory sound system.

https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3-sound-system-secret/

Essentially, they hired the engineers behind Bang & Olufsen $12k aftermarket speakers and said "do the same for us, but we'll include it as OEM."

I agree, my M3 has the most amazing sound system I've ever heard in a vehicle!
Elon must have looked at the then newly designed 2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII audio system.

Mercedes-Benz uses a Burmester-design audio system
BMW uses Bowers & Wilkins
Bentley partnered with Bang & Olufsen for the Continental GT and Naim Audio for the Mulsanne.

Rolls-Royce, however, unlike its “ordinary” counterparts and developed its own setup, dubbed Bespoke Audio.

From Rolls-Royce:
PHANTOM BESPOKE AUDIO SYSTEM

The marque had a clear brief when it began designing Bespoke Audio for Phantom: to integrate studio quality audio into a motor car. Indeed, the men and women who created Bespoke Audio for the brand’s flagship benchmarked the system against a recording studio’s playback room rather than systems created
for automotive applications.

Studio-quality design

The marque had a clear brief when it began designing Bespoke Audio for Phantom: to integrate studio quality audio into a motor car. Indeed, the men and women who created Bespoke Audio for the brand’s flagship benchmarked the system against a recording studio’s playback room rather than systems created for automotive applications.

However, configuring an audio system for a motor car is significantly more challenging than creating an audio system for a static, purpose-built facility because external disruptions such as road surfaces, wind buffeting and ambient noise corrupt audio quality dramatically. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ response was to build the environment the audio system was destined for in tandem with the audio system itself.

The Architecture of Luxury
Only the Architecture of Luxury, the marque’s proprietary spaceframe, could allow the brand to meet its brief. Aluminum was selected as it has a higher acoustic impedance than steel, reducing external noise entering the cabin. Further optimising the material’s acoustic properties is the construction technique; engineers eschewed traditional methods, instead introducing extrusions and complex internal structures to both improve the rigidity of the motor car and minimise flat, resonant surfaces. The largest ever cast aluminum joints in a body-in-white and double-skinned bulkhead and floor sections better insulate sound; measures that both isolate external noise and optimise the performance of sound inside the cabin.

Designers also gave the acoustic performance of the bass speaker special consideration at the architectural stage. Exceptional low frequency performance is engineered into the very fabric of Phantom as it incorporates a resonance chamber into the body’s sill section; the frequency response of the Bespoke Audio speaker component defined the chamber’s size and shape. In essence, the motor car itself is a subwoofer.

The world’s most silent automotive soundstage
In addition, Phantom is equipped with 6mm thick acoustically dampened glass, which combines double-glazing with infrared and UV protection and high-strength laminated safety glass. 130kg of dense, high-absorption sound insulation is installed throughout the motor car. Its extensive application in the headliner, doors and boot cavity drastically reduce reverberation.

Rolls-Royce also worked closely with its tyre partner to invent ‘Silent-Seal' tires, which feature a specific foam layer placed inside the rubber carcass that reduces overall tyre noise by 9db compared with a standard alternative. When Rolls-Royce’s acoustic test engineer first reviewed results road and vibration tests, the sound levels were so low they paused to check their instruments were calibrated correctly. Once readings were taken it was noted that the Rolls-Royce Phantom is the most silent car in the world.

Unrivalled control
A powerful amplifier controls 18 channels (one for each speaker), providing a 1300-watt output. State-of-the-art optimisation technology and high precision magnesium-ceramic compound speaker cones enable near-infinitesimal changes in sound with an outstanding frequency response.

Two active microphones in the cabin also enable an adaptive function, detecting the absence or over emphasis of frequencies before triggering the amplifier to adjust the loudness of certain frequency ranges to counteract it. The Bespoke Audio system makes the most of the highest quality, uncompressed dynamic rate music providing an exceptional listening experience.

Perfected by ear
To finely tune the Bespoke Audio system, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars depends on the most sensitive of instruments – the human ear. This helps to judge the more intangible, subjective elements of audio, such as timbre, pace and responsiveness.

Thousands of miles are driven to ensure Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ systems are the very best, listening to a wide range of music – from house to heavy metal, and trap to techno. Only when the engineers can truly ‘visualise’ musicians playing around them do they sign off the sonic delivery.

These factors contribute to a uniquely Rolls-Royce standard of sound for patrons of the marque, many of whom are themselves musicians and will settle for nothing less than perfection.


Elon made the Tesla Model 3 sound system as close as one could get to the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII Bespoke Audio by designing their own with the best audio engineers.

Gotta love Elon's quest for excellence.
 

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Gotta love Elon's quest for excellence.
Amen to that!! This sentence alone can easily define Tesla as a whole and why they have such a defining lead in their market space, and why everyone is starting to want a Tesla. 5 years ago, everyone wanted a Camry, BMW, Subaru, etc. I only hear people talking about Tesla now, and it's because they have an obsession with delivering the best vehicles money can buy in their defined price ranges.

They don't try to make money, they try to make sense. Even Elon said on Battery Day that they don't care about margins and that they only make like 1% per car. If that were any other auto maker, they wouldn't even bother making the car! They cheap out any way they can to squeeze in margins. That's how we have been conditioned our whole lives until Tesla came along with far superior vrhicles in their price ranges. It's almost surreal how a car can actually get better on its own over time with SW updates, and you don't even need to trade it in for the next model year to get the upgrades!

Just this year alone, my M3 has gotten more range, faster acceleration, and countless new features that it didn't have before - all for free! No trade ins, haggling, or dealer upselling required.
 

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Elon must have looked at the then newly designed 2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII audio system.

Mercedes-Benz uses a Burmester-design audio system
BMW uses Bowers & Wilkins
Bentley partnered with Bang & Olufsen for the Continental GT and Naim Audio for the Mulsanne.

Rolls-Royce, however, unlike its “ordinary” counterparts and developed its own setup, dubbed Bespoke Audio.

From Rolls-Royce:
PHANTOM BESPOKE AUDIO SYSTEM

The marque had a clear brief when it began designing Bespoke Audio for Phantom: to integrate studio quality audio into a motor car. Indeed, the men and women who created Bespoke Audio for the brand’s flagship benchmarked the system against a recording studio’s playback room rather than systems created
for automotive applications.

Studio-quality design

The marque had a clear brief when it began designing Bespoke Audio for Phantom: to integrate studio quality audio into a motor car. Indeed, the men and women who created Bespoke Audio for the brand’s flagship benchmarked the system against a recording studio’s playback room rather than systems created for automotive applications.

However, configuring an audio system for a motor car is significantly more challenging than creating an audio system for a static, purpose-built facility because external disruptions such as road surfaces, wind buffeting and ambient noise corrupt audio quality dramatically. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ response was to build the environment the audio system was destined for in tandem with the audio system itself.

The Architecture of Luxury
Only the Architecture of Luxury, the marque’s proprietary spaceframe, could allow the brand to meet its brief. Aluminum was selected as it has a higher acoustic impedance than steel, reducing external noise entering the cabin. Further optimising the material’s acoustic properties is the construction technique; engineers eschewed traditional methods, instead introducing extrusions and complex internal structures to both improve the rigidity of the motor car and minimise flat, resonant surfaces. The largest ever cast aluminum joints in a body-in-white and double-skinned bulkhead and floor sections better insulate sound; measures that both isolate external noise and optimise the performance of sound inside the cabin.

Designers also gave the acoustic performance of the bass speaker special consideration at the architectural stage. Exceptional low frequency performance is engineered into the very fabric of Phantom as it incorporates a resonance chamber into the body’s sill section; the frequency response of the Bespoke Audio speaker component defined the chamber’s size and shape. In essence, the motor car itself is a subwoofer.

The world’s most silent automotive soundstage
In addition, Phantom is equipped with 6mm thick acoustically dampened glass, which combines double-glazing with infrared and UV protection and high-strength laminated safety glass. 130kg of dense, high-absorption sound insulation is installed throughout the motor car. Its extensive application in the headliner, doors and boot cavity drastically reduce reverberation.

Rolls-Royce also worked closely with its tyre partner to invent ‘Silent-Seal' tires, which feature a specific foam layer placed inside the rubber carcass that reduces overall tyre noise by 9db compared with a standard alternative. When Rolls-Royce’s acoustic test engineer first reviewed results road and vibration tests, the sound levels were so low they paused to check their instruments were calibrated correctly. Once readings were taken it was noted that the Rolls-Royce Phantom is the most silent car in the world.

Unrivalled control
A powerful amplifier controls 18 channels (one for each speaker), providing a 1300-watt output. State-of-the-art optimisation technology and high precision magnesium-ceramic compound speaker cones enable near-infinitesimal changes in sound with an outstanding frequency response.

Two active microphones in the cabin also enable an adaptive function, detecting the absence or over emphasis of frequencies before triggering the amplifier to adjust the loudness of certain frequency ranges to counteract it. The Bespoke Audio system makes the most of the highest quality, uncompressed dynamic rate music providing an exceptional listening experience.

Perfected by ear
To finely tune the Bespoke Audio system, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars depends on the most sensitive of instruments – the human ear. This helps to judge the more intangible, subjective elements of audio, such as timbre, pace and responsiveness.

Thousands of miles are driven to ensure Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ systems are the very best, listening to a wide range of music – from house to heavy metal, and trap to techno. Only when the engineers can truly ‘visualise’ musicians playing around them do they sign off the sonic delivery.

These factors contribute to a uniquely Rolls-Royce standard of sound for patrons of the marque, many of whom are themselves musicians and will settle for nothing less than perfection.


Elon made the Tesla Model 3 sound system as close as one could get to the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII Bespoke Audio by designing their own with the best audio engineers.

Gotta love Elon's quest for excellence.
FYI: The Continental GT has a option for the Naim system as well. If I recall it was a $8k upgrade.
 

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This video sounds like it was made to comfort stockholders and defend the China market.
 
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This video sounds like it was made to comfort stockholders and defend the China market.

Yes it is a bit Rah-Rah :ROFLMAO: , but MOST of it is true.

The one exception that I found is that Tesla does not make their own computer chips. Tesla did DESIGN the self-driving computer chip(and maybe others?) but does not manufacture them. Tesla has TSMC(Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) to do this for them.

Defend the China market? Why would Tesla need to defend the China market? Is there something wrong with Tesla being in China?
 

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