The new EQS under the magnifying glass: the Burmester® surround sound system
The optional Burmester® surround sound system is a prerequisite for experiencing the specially designed Sound Experience with the two soundscapes Silver Waves and Vivid Flux (see separate chapter). The high-end audio system with 15 loudspeakers, 15 separate amplifier channels and a system output of 710 watts offers many more refinements. These include the three-dimensional surround sound, a personal sound setup, settings focused on individual areas of the interior, as well as the classy design of the speakers with grilles made of metal and Burmester® lettering. MBUX Entertainment is included and enables seamless operation of streaming services via the central display, the steering wheel or the "Hey Mercedes" voice assistant.
In total, the Burmester® surround sound system comprises 15 powerful speakers. Mercedes uses the front bass technology developed in-house: The two subwoofers are integrated into the body shell in the bulkhead on the driver and front passenger side.
Two sound presets allow for different listening enjoyment. If you prefer music that is unadulterated, choose the "Pure" style, which does without effects. A special feature of the "3D sound" mode, on the other hand, is the virtual surround sound. With the help of two 3D speakers in the overhead control panel and a corresponding algorithm, used by the digital sound processor in the amplifier, real surround sound in multi-channel format is generated there.
Further individualisation options are offered by the "Sound Focus" and "Equalizer" functions. With the former, the sound is optimised for the front seats, the rear seats or all seats. The equalizer function can be used to adjust bass, mid and treble. Even more convenient: With sound personalisation, a setup wizard allows you to enter your music preferences and configure the Burmester® sound system accordingly. The wizard saves the result in a personal profile.
Anyone opting for the Burmester® surround sound system automatically has the MBUX Entertainment function on board. It enables seamless operation of streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn or TIDAL via the central display, the steering wheel or the "Hey Mercedes" voice assistant.
The Burmester® surround sound system also features Vehicle Noise Compensation (VNC). As a result, the sound impression is maintained in the face of changing driving noises - on the motorway as well as in city traffic. An intelligent algorithm continuously decides whether a desired music signal or interfering noise is present and precisely adjusts the sound.