The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum will feature a high-end 12-speaker Sony audio system as standard, the automaker announced. The new system is the first to use Sony home audio technology in a car and uses ‘Live Acoustics’ and ‘Clear Phase’ technologies to bring “realistic concert-quality sound to the new Explorer,” according to Ford.
Essential to the Sony audio system’s clear, concert-like sound is its Live Acoustics algorithm. Sony Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Giro Shiraishi helped develop it, visiting great halls in Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna and using microphones to measure their acoustic qualities. This allowed sound engineers to re-create the concert hall experience in the Explorer’s sound system.
Also contributing to the audio system’s high quality sound is Clear Phase technology. Sony says this allows different sounds and instruments to be strategically distributed among the system’s 12 speakers to recreate a live concert’s full sound stage. Ideally, the system will sound as though the music is coming from a stage much larger than the car itself.
“This technology was previously available only in our high-end home audio systems – 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,” Shiraishi said in a statement.