Harman Intros Car-Specific Audio Systems for Aftermarket

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Harman is launching during CES this week, new car-specific audio systems for the aftermarket.

The first U.S. system will be offered for the Jeep Wrangler under the JBL brand and will include a 12-channel digital amplifier.

Called Vehicle Specific Audio Upgrade Packages, the systems may include amplifiers, speakers and subwoofer enclosures depending on the car.

Other systems may be offered under other Harman brands such as Infinity in the future, and some may be offered for the  expediter market.

The components of the Vehicle Specific systems are designed to perfectly fit in the original factory locations and to use the existing factory radio and wiring harnesses for simple installation.

The components are also tuned and  time aligned to match the acoustics of each particular car model.

In the future, Harman will likely offer systems for the Ford F-150, followed by the Chevy Silverado.

Outside of the U.S., Harman has already launched vehicle specific systems in Russia for the Hyundai IX35 and plans additional models soon for the Suzuki Swift  in India; and Chevy Cruz  in Russia and Brazil.

Harman also announced that it’s Aha Radio  Internet Radio platform that delivers to a car radio thousands of Internet radio stations plus apps, is now adding new OEM services including the ability to upgrade a sound system over the air and the ability to provide car diagnostics.  The Aha Updates and Aha Diagnostics services are aimed at car makers.

Source: Harman




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