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Sound System in 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Uses Sony Home Audio Tech

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/31/2015 Megan Stewart
2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Sony Sound System 2© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Sony Sound System 2

The new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum edition will feature an exclusive Sony Audio System, and will introduce two industry-first features: Sony's Live Acoustics and Clear Phase technologies originally developed for premium home audio systems. The new 500-watt system utilizes Sony's home audio technology to bring concert-quality sound to the new Explorer Platinum.

Sound System in 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Uses Sony Home Audio Tech

To integrate the sound system into the new Explorer, Sony engineers spent over 100 hours tuning the system to give drivers and passengers the best in-car experience. The system features 12 high-power speakers in 10 locations, an all-new Class D amplifier that doesn't strain the speakers, as well as a subwoofer with an 8-inch driver and 12-liter enclosure, door woofers, and chrome tweeters for sound integrity.

"This technology was previously available only in our high-end home audio systems," said Goro Shiraishi, a concertmaster with the Sony Philharmonic Orchestra, in a release. "We've now applied the algorithm of Live Acoustics to Ford Explorer Platinum's audio system to transform the listening experience to be among the finest in the world."

Clear Phase optimizes the sound to make it seem like it's coming from a stage larger than the Explorer. Vocals are clarified, and the technology even helps to eliminate sound dispersion. The technology helps each instrument have its own "space" in the vehicle so no one sound overpowers another.

Source: Ford

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