Burmester knows that listening to music depends on your mood and situation, particularly when travelling by car: "That's why we offer S-Class drivers three different basic settings: ‘Pure’ is the ideal, purest listening variant. With ‘Easy Listening’, the music takes a step back. The sound is like slightly wrapped in cotton and does not distract you from what is happening on the road. And with ‘Live’ you get the maximum sound version. It should actually be called ‘bigger than life’. Furthermore, using what is called the VIP setting, the sound can be optimised separately and individually for each of the four seats. This function has been precisely tuned for each of the aforementioned sound settings.
During final approval of the tuning, Burmester decided not to use the surround effect for news programs, thus allowing the spoken word to sound more natural, making it easier to understand.