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I consider myself a bit of a audio aficionado. I run a set of Klipsch speakers in my home entertainment system, and hope to enjoy some quality music while on the road.

The RLX has a 5 levels of speaker options. My question is which would be of best value to get. Is the top option Krell worth it and how does it compare to ELS? I might even consider getting something aftermarket if anyone has any suggestions.
 

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I personally haven't listened to the Krell system, but I have heard some really positive things. From what I understand Krell is top audiophile company. Here's a video look I found online showing some of its features.

An exclusive look at the Krell sound system in the 2014 Acura RLX - YouTube!

I would call your Acura dealerships and see if they will let you sit in one of their models and take a listen when the RLX comes in.
 

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Here are the prices

RLX $48,450
RLX with Navigation $50,950
RLX with Technology Package $54,450
RLX with Krell Audio Package $56,950
RLX with Advance Package $60,450

You can get more info in their press release
 

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What is the ELS sounds system? Is that the base sound system or another higher end option audio system for the RLX?

Whats included in the advance package?
 

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ELS is the system that Acura has used for awhile now. They considered to be very good. But Acura is turning it up a notch by hiring Krell to work on their system.
 

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Whats does ELS stand for though?
ELS stands for Elliot Schiener a music producer of acclaim who supposedly tunes the system. The system is a very nice Panasonic. Krell is an audio manufacturer that makes absurdly expensive audio components, particularly amplifiers, which also happen to be very good. The real evidence will be in the pudding. My guess is that the Krell will be better than the ELS but I still have to hear the Krell to make that determination, I have owned 3 ELS radios, 04 TL (excellent) 07 MDX (good) and 14 MDX (almost as good as the 04 TL). The Krell has a pretty steep bar to exceed.
 

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I own the base navi els with 10 speakers. It's nice but lacks presence. As said in other posters go to the dealer and hear them for yourself. I might be a little too picky. My last car had a 6 speaker Bose system that I thought was a great balance of power and clarity. Good luck!
 

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ELS 14 "Tech" Speaker System

I have an RLX w/the tech package and it has the 14 speaker ELS system. I consider myself to be somewhat of an audiophile for reference...

The system is nice, but its not balanced. Clarity for highs and mids is decent, but the lows are not so great. Everyone has different tastes for hearing sharper sounds vs softer sounds, etc. So for comparison to other Acuras we have owned, the system isn't as good as the ELS in our 4G TL, but is better than our 3G ELS TL. I knew if I would have test drove the Krell or Advanced RLX I would have bought it for the sound system, but I didn't see the point in tempting myself to spend an $2k extra for it. I have tempted myself before by test driving the nicer model (namely our X5), and ended up buying the more expensive one with a bigger engine (main reason - more fun to drive) but it also had nicer rims and trim. The RLX, from the Tech package up, looks the exact same, and I would have only been paying for the sound system. None of the other options or features interested me. The system is fine and I do enjoy it! If you are less frugal, go for the Krell and please let me know how it is :)
 
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