Harman to Bring an End to in-Car Arguments over Music

The prospect of driving for hours with the Frozen soundtrack on repeat is too much to bear, but Harman might just have a solution…

American audio specialists at Harman have developed a new in-car technology that allows each individual to listen to their own choice of sounds, allowing the driver and passenger to listen to Ken Bruce while the children listen to Let It Go. Again.

Technical wizardry means that the sound zones created for each passenger don’t interfere with each other, ending once and for all the arguments over who gets to choose the music. Now video game sounds, sat-nav directions, audio books and music can co-exist happily, without blocking out the ambient sounds that a driver needs to remain safe on the road.

Zones are created through the car’s existing speaker system, although a couple of extra 50mm directional speakers are placed in the headrests while flat electro dynamic planar loudspeakers are located in the headlining.

“Individual Sound Zones and the HALOsonic technology suite enable automakers to offer enhanced experiences to passengers, as well as imagine new possibilities as the car itself continues to evolve in use beyond the traditional people mover,” said Michael Mauser, lifestyle division president at Harman. “With Harman’s science-based architecture and acoustic precision, we’re pushing the barriers of sound and creating the ultimate personalized experience throughout the vehicle cabin.”

Individual Sound Zones can be integrated into any Harman in-car audio system via the amplifier, providing car manufacturers with the possibility to further enhance in-car listening experiences.

And stop arguments.

Phil Huff

Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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