About the MATCH UP 7BMW
High power and super fidelity
High power and super fidelity
Audiotec Fischer wants to help you put exceptional sound into your BMW. Their MATCH UP 7BMW factory amplifier upgrade will make your BMW's HiFi audio system achieve greatness, offering up to 65 watts RMS to each of your front, rear, and center channel speakers, up to 320 watts RMS for the subwoofer, plus computer-controlled digital signal processing that'll let you tweak the sound to perfection. Note: This amplifier will not work with BMW's Harman Kardon audio system, or in vehicles without underseat subs. To be 100% sure that this amp will work in your BMW, enter your VIN at BMW's website and check the listings — if you see option code S676A, this MATCH amp will replace your factory amp.
Simple to install
The UP 7BMW replaces your vehicle's factory amplifier. After you unplug and remove the factory amp, you use the included bracket to mount your UP 7BMW in its place, plug the included adapter cable into the factory amp's harness, and it's ready to go. The amp also features speaker-level inputs, so you could use one to improve the sound in almost any vehicle, even one that isn't a BMW.
Computer-controlled sound processing
Once you've downloaded the DSP PC-Tool app from Audiotec Fischer, you plug your PC or laptop into the amplifier's USB port. A detailed control panel will appear on your computer screen that lets you set virtually every tunable audio parameter to get the best musical fidelity possible in your Bimmer. The visual display shows the resulting sound curve of each setting, so you'll know for sure how your adjustments are affecting audio output.
EQ and time alignment
The built-in processing includes a 30-band graphic equalizer on every channel to compensate for all the dips and bumps in speaker response inside your car, so each speaker will sound its best. The time alignment feature lets you correct for each speaker's placement, so the sound from each speaker gets to you at the same time, centering the stereo image for your sitting position.
Other DSP features
You can configure almost any type of high-pass and low-pass filter on each channel, so every speaker can play at peak efficiency. Filters and EQ can be set separately for each channel, or channels can be linked together for common settings. Augmented Bass Processing optimizes bass response. StageXpander widens the stereo image, while a RealCenter function allows you to focus the sound for both driver and passanger.
Download BMW-customized presets
Audiotec Fischer wants to make sure you get great sound with no hassle by providing you sound setups designed for your BMW. You download the file, and apply it via the DSP PC-Tool app. You can still tweak and tune your system even after a preset has been applied.
Control panel of the DSP PC-Tool software (for the PP 52DSP shown)
- 7-channel car amplifier with digital signal processing
- designed to replace the factory amp in select BMWs with HiFi audio system
- includes bracket and wiring adapter for installing amp in the factory amp location
- front, rear, and center channels: 65 watts RMS x 5 at 4 ohms
- subwoofer channels: 160 watts RMS x 2 at 2 ohms
- DSP adjustments and settings made via computer (Windows only) or optional remote control
- built-in Real Time Analyzer for tuning your system
- download DSP PC-Tool Software from Audiotech Fischer
- inputs: 4 assignable speaker-level, 1 optical SPDIF
- output: mono preamp (3 volts RMS)
- channel settings can be separate or linked together
- control button toggles between 2 presets
- 7-channel 64-bit 195 mHz digital processor
- time alignment in 3.5 mm (0.0105 msec) increments
- 30-band graphic EQ with fine tuning
- 1-band parametric EQ
- adjustable high- (20-20,480 Hz) and low-pass filters (20-300 Hz)
- selectable filter slopes (6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42 dB/octave)
- selectable filter characteristics (Butterworth, Bessel, Linkwitz, Chebyshev, and self-defined)
- phase adjustment:
- adjustable in 11.25° increments on front, rear, and center channels
- adjustable in 5.625° increments on sub channels
- includes system connection harness, mounting bracket, and USB cable
- Advanced Diagnostics Error Protection prevents factory receiver error messages
- Power Save Mode turns amp off when there's no input signal
- optional URC 2A remote control available
- optional DIRECTOR touchscreen remote control available
- optional MEC HD Audio interface adds a USB digital input
- optional MEC BT extension card adds a Bluetooth input
- fuse rating: 25A x 2
- 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended when not using factory harness for power
- dimensions: 6-1/8"W x 1-7/8"H x 5-1/8"D
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # UP 7BMW
What's in the box:
- Mounting bracket
- 14" Wiring harness (terminated in a female 42-pin plug on one end splitting into both a male 20-pin plug and a male 8-pin plug on the other end)
- 58" USB cable (Type-A one end
- mini-B on other end
- 3-Pin power/ground/remote plug w/set-screws
- 2-Pin remote plug w/set-screws
- Four 5 mm counter-sunk torx-head screws
- Instruction manual
MATCH UP 7BMW reviews
This is what I have been looking for all along. Unfortunately Crutchfield's database claimed it was compatible with my 2013 BMW X5 hifi without pillar speakers. Thankfully the manufacturer's website claimed it works. 100% plug and play. It is very slightly wider the then stock amp so the tightening screw does not go in all the way. But it holds firm. This amp is a dream for those who wish to tweak their sound to perfection. Free software along with freely available sound profiles makes for getting the sound you want out of your speakers.
Pros: All settings available in software to tweak every bit of the sound. Gains, crossovers, sub settings, every channel can be tweaked in groups or individually.
Cons: Only 2 presets can be stored at a time. Also you have to go to the truck to change the setting. Although I believe there is an accessory with a touchscreen that you can purchase to use along with this that can be installed in the front. For the cost of this thing it should have just been included.
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Fantastic improvement in sound quality. Put this into my '14 F30 (328i) and I finally have decent sound. Very highly recommended.
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Just to clear things up, this amp WILL WORK in BMW 2 series with the Harmon/Kardon (HK) audio system. I suspect it won't work in BMW 3 series and higher cars with HK audio because in those cars the amplifier is connected to the MOST bus through digital "fiber optics". The 2 series and lower cars with HK audio have amplifiers that are connected through differential balanced lines (analog). With that being said, I installed this amp in my 2018 BMW M2 with no problems. Installation took all of 20 minutes. Tuning of the amp took way longer than that. The Audiotec Fischer website has generic sound files for this amp; they are terrible for the 2 series HK system. You can use them as a base line, but you should expect to spend a good amount of time with a laptop PC and a calibrated mic. I used a MiniDSP UMIK-1 microphone for the system tuning. Once I got the tune to where it sounded decent to me, I noticed the soundstage had risen up from my left knee to centered right in front of me on the dash. The overall system sound is much better but this amp will reveal how bad the OEM HK speakers are. I will be replacing those soon. I didn't give this amp 5 stars for a couple of reasons- First, the DSP software is only available for PC, no Mac software. Second, bass enhancement effects are tied to specific amp output channels; channels F and G. Channel H is pre-amp output that could be used for a sub; but no bass enhancements.
Pros: Perfect fit for BMW M2 Fully adjustable DSP
Cons: No Mac software Limited audio effects control
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More details on the MATCH UP 7BMW
Overview: The MATCH UP 7BMW is an add-on amplifier and sound processor, designed to easily install into compatible BMWs with the (Option 676) HiFi sound system, offering more power and dynamics over the factory system. The included adapter harness and mounting bracket allow the amplifier to be mounted in the factory amp location, utilizing the existing amp wiring harness, and can even be hardwired in other BMWs where the adapter harness won't work.
DSP: Configuration of the cutting-edge 64 bit DSP in the UP 7BMW processor is straightforward and intuitive using the DSP PC-Tool V4 software, that's downloadable from Audiotec/Fischer's web site (compatible with all Windows operating systems from XP through 10, MAC not supported). The unit features 4 main input channels and an optical input. An Auxiliary Input is also available via an optional MATCH Auxiliary Extension Card Slot (MEC slot) sold separately. All of the inputs are freely configurable to any of the 8 output channels: (2) Front, (2) Rear, (2) Subwoofer, (1) Center, and (1) Line Out. The 5 sections of the DSP PC-Tool include the following:
- Main: The Main screen, of the DSP PC-Tool, allows you to modify each input with its own 30-band graphic and/or parametric EQ along with both high- and low-pass filters. Filter types include: Butterworth, Bessel, Tschebychev, Linkwitz, and Self-Defined, with available slopes in 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, and 42 db/octave. Other Main options include quick adjustments for Phase, Polarity, and Time alignment and the ability to mute any of the outputs.
- DCM: This screen lets you activate and configure an optional wired remote, such as the Director or URC.3 (sold separately). Buttons on the remote can be assigned different functions from this screen and also include options for adjusting the Signal Detection Sensitivity for the Main, Digital, and MEC Aux input sources.
- FX Menu: The UP 7BMW offers FX processing that's specific for
each output section: Front, Center, and Augmented Bass.
- Front Processing: includes StageXpander, which enlarges the sound stage of the front speakers for a wider stereo panorama, and ClarityXpander, which improves the high frequency response for crisper and clearer highs.
- Center Processing: includes RealCenter, which emphasizes the mono information from the left and right channels, and ClarityXpander which improves the high frequency response.
- Augmented Bass Processing: Includes Dynamic Bass Enhancement, which extends boosts the deep bass response in relation to the overall volume, and SubXpander, which adds subharmonic tones to the fundamental bass for an ultra-deep bass response.
- I/O: The Input and Output Configuration screen lets you assign any of the analog, digital, and aux inputs to any of the output channels by simply dragging-and-dropping the icons. Input channels can have 5 bands of either Graphic Shelf EQ or Parametric EQ applied along with Time Delay that's independent for both left and right channels.
- Time: This page lets you adjust the Phase and Polarity of each input channel as well as setting the distance, in either inches, centimeters, or milliseconds, for the Time Delay. Here, output channels can also be Muted.
- RTA: The UP 7BMW includes a built-in RTA (Real-Time Analyzer) that can give you a visual representation of the frequency response inside your vehicle.
Class HD Technology: The UP 7BMW combines the efficiency of a Class H amplifier with the principle of a Class D amp. The result is an unsurpassed efficiency that easily outperforms any conventional Class D amplifier. By varying the internal supply voltage based on the amplitude of the input signals, idle losses are significantly reduced and overall efficiency is close to maximum at any time.
Advanced Diagnostics Error Protection, 3rd Generation (ADEP.3): The amplifier utilizes a new ADEP circuit to allow the processor to be integrated with new OEM car stereos. Newer stereos can detect the presence of connected speakers, and when common amplifiers are connected, the radio will display failure messages with some features, such as fader function, being lost. The ADEP circuit avoids these problems without loading the speaker outputs of the factory stereo during high volumes.
Automatic Signal Detection: Switching from analog to the digital input is done automatically as soon as a digital signal is detected on the Optical input. This feature can be deactivated in the DSP PC-Tool software and can be switched manually with an optional remote control.
Start-Stop Capability: The switched power supply of the UP 7BMW assures a constant internal supply voltage even if the battery's voltage drops to 6 volts during engine cranking. If the supply voltage drops below 10.5 volts for more than 5 seconds, the amplifier goes into protect mode (Status LED will light red) to avoid any further battery drain.
Power Save Mode: The Power Save Mode will turn off the internal amplifier stages and the remote outputs when the input signal has dropped off for more than 60 seconds. When a signal is re-applied, the amplifier and remote outputs will reactivate within a second. This feature was developed since many newer vehicles use a CAN or BUS system which may "invisibly" keep the factory radio on for up to 45 minutes after the vehicle has been turned off, thus, keeping the sound system active. The turn-off time can be changed or deactivated completely using the DSP PC-Tool software.
MATCH Extension Card slot (MEC): MATCH has included an Extension Card slot inside the processor to accommodate one of their optional Extension Cards such as the HD-Audio USB interface, which adds a high-resolution USB audio input, or the Bluetooth Audio Streaming card (each sold separately). Each of the cards provides an additional input and comes with a replacement side panel for the amp, which provides the necessary cut-outs for the additional ports. To access the Extension Card slot, 2 screws are removed from the end-plate and the bottom plate will slide out giving access to the inside of the unit.
Installation: The UP 7BMW includes a mounting bracket that allows it to be mounted in the same location as the factory amplifier, utilizing the existing mounting hardware. The included wiring adapter plugs into the factory harness, removed from the original amp, and has 2 Molex plugs (System Connector 1 and 2) that plug into the UP 7BMW providing power, ground, and all the speaker input and output wires. If the amp is going to be installed in a non-compatible BMW, the system includes a separate power, ground, and remote terminal-block that can accommodate 8 gauge wire for hardwiring. Pinouts for the System Connectors include:
System Connector 1:
1. Left rear high-level input (-)
11. Left rear high-level input (+)
2. Left front high-level input (-) 12. Left front high-level input (+)
3. Right front high-level input (-) 13. Right front high-level input (+)
4. Right rear high-level input (-) 14. Right rear high-level input (+)
5. Right rear speaker output (-) 15. Right rear speaker output (+)
6. Left rear speaker output (-) 16. Left rear speaker output (+)
7. Right front speaker output (-) 17. Right front speaker output (+)
8. Left front speaker output (-) 18. Left front speaker output (+)
9. Ground 19. +12 Volts
10. Ground 20. +12 Volts
System Connector 2:
21. Not used
25. Remote in
22. Right subwoofer output (-) 26. Right subwoofer output (+)
23. Left subwoofer output (-) 27. Left subwoofer output (+)
24. Center channel output (-) 28. Center channel output (+)
Left Side Panel Controls:
- Auto Remote (On/Off): Determines if the automatic turn-on feature is activated or not.
- Clip LED: Lights red if one of the analog inputs is overdriven.
- Fuse LED: Will light if one or both of the internal fuses is blown.
- System Connector 1 socket.
- System Connector 2 socket.
- POWER/GND/REM hardwire connector socket.
Right Side Panel Controls:
- USB Input: A USB Mini-B (2.0) socket is provided for connection to your PC with the provided cable.
- Control: This pushbutton is used for both switching between software setups (1 and 2) and to initiate or reset the amplifier.
- Status LED: Indicates the operating mode of the amp and if the undervoltage protection circuit is activated.
- Control Input: This multi-pin socket is used for an optional wired remote such as the Director or the URC.3.
- Optical Input: Used for inputting stereo digital signals in the S/PDIF format.
- Gain: A small Gain dial is provided for adjusting the input sensitivity.
- Remote Out: This 2-pin plug is used to turn on/off an external amplifier connected to the Line Out socket.
- Line Out: A mono pre-out is provided for connecting an external amplifier.
- Output Power RMS/Max:
- @4 Ohms: 5 x 65 / 130 Watts (Front, Rear, and Center channels)
- Subwoofer Output @2 Ohms: 2 x 160 / 320 Watts
- Amplifier Type: Class HD
- Inputs: 4 x Speaker-level inputs, 1 x Optical S/PDIF (12 - 96 kHz)
- Input Sensitivity: High-level 2.0 - 8.3 Volts
- Input Impedance (High-level): 13 Ohms
- Outputs: 7 x Speaker outputs, 1 x RCA Line Out
- Output Voltage (Line Out): 3 Volts RMS
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 22 kHz
- DSP Resolution: 64 Bit
- DSP Power: 295 MHz (1.2 billion MAC operations per second)
- Sampling Rate: 48 kHz
- Signal Converters: BurrBrown (A/D and D/A)
- S/N Ratio (Digital Input): 105 dB (A-weighted)
- S/N Ratio (Analog Input): 103 dB (A-weighted)
- THD: < 0.03%
- Damping Factor: >100
- Current Draw: 450 mA
- Max. Remote Output Current: 500 mA
- Operational Voltage: 10.5 - 16 Volts
- Fuse Type: 2 x 25 A Mini fuses (ACS)
- Dimensions: Width - 6.125", Height - 1.875", Depth - 5.125"
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