Starting next year, Lincoln vehicles will offer audio systems from high-end audio firm Revel.
“The Lincoln collaboration with Revel is the next step in our commitment to build vehicles that exceed luxury expectations,” said Lincoln global director, Matt VanDyke. “Revel is synonymous with the finest home speaker systems, and it’s that exceptional audio experience we want our Lincoln drivers to enjoy.”
Revel and Lincoln engineers and designers worked closely to bring the Revel home audio experience to Lincoln vehicles. The teams employed Revel’s “Science of Sound” in the vehicle design process, resulting in placement, tuning, and calibration unique to each Lincoln model.
“The Revel system for Lincoln was created for the unique interior environment of each Lincoln model,” said the senior vice president and general manager of Harman (Revel’s parent firm) global car audio, Phil Eyler. “The system is tuned to create an immersive audio experience unlike any other on the road.”
Revel home loudspeakers are designed with the tweeter and midrange speakers positioned close together, which they call “point-source architecture.” The setup will be maintained in Lincoln vehicles through careful integration into the vehicle design of each respective Lincoln model to improve the accuracy of midrange and high-frequency reproduction − essential for an essential component of high-fidelity systems. QuantumLogic Surround, a next-generation surround-sound technology that delivers an authentic, multi-dimensional experience, will also be included in every Revel-equipped Lincoln.
Meanwhile, the MyLincoln Touch (and the upcoming SYNC 3) infotainment system will give drivers the opportunity to select from three distinct listening modes: Traditional Stereo, Audience, and On Stage. The latter is a surround-sound experience that puts listeners in the middle of it all.
In addition, Revel Ultima includes upgraded aluminum speaker grilles and Clari-Fi, a patented Harman technology that works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music. In fact, there are many audio details originally recorded in a music track that can be lost in the compression process, but Clari-Fi seamlessly reconstructs the digitally-compressed music for an enhanced listening experience regardless of the source.
“Revel and Lincoln have so much in common in terms of our devotion to quality, craftsmanship and performance,” VanDyke said. “This collaboration is such a natural one.”
The first Lincoln vehicle to receive the Revel audio system will be the upcoming 2016 Lincoln MKX. The all-new midsize crossover is expected to debut in calendar year 2015.