Sony is bringing its audiophile home audio technology to the car for the first time as standard equipment in the new Ford Explorer Platinum Edition.
The system is based on more than 100 hours of tuning to optimize the audio for the vehicle. It is also designed so music sounds like its coming from a stage that’s larger than the vehicle itself, said Sony.
The Ford Explorer system uses 12 high-power speakers in 10 locations and an all-new Class D amplifier. Combined, the 12 speakers are capable of a maximum 500 watts and include center and surround speakers, a subwoofer with an 8-inch enclosure, and door woofers and chrome tweeters with translucent grilles.
Sony says the speaker’s coils are square instead of round, for greater efficiency and heat dispersion.
“Explorer is about pushing boundaries,” says Matt Zuehlk, Ford Explorer brand manager, “and authentic high-end home theater sound isn’t just for the living room anymore. The new Platinum series gives customers everything – including a sound system that will knock your socks off.”
The Explorer is a top selling midsize SUV. The Platinum edition also includes features like a 10-inch digital display and leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel as well as active park assist, lane-keeping system and rain-sensing wipers plus 20-inch wheels.
The full audio system includes:
|Two 1-inch dome tweeters|
|Two 6×9-inch door woofers|
|One 80-mm center speaker|
|Two coaxial (1-inch tweeter and 6.5-inch woofer) speakers|
|Two 80-mm surround speakers|
|One subwoofer system (12-liter enclose with 8-inch driver)|
|500-watt high-power amplifier with high-performance DSP|