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Who can ever think of a car without a sound system? As music remains as the integral part of human life, so buying a car also hints at getting the sound system together with it. Car manufacturers understand the pulse of their clients and their ear for improved quality of music. So they work toward prioritizing the sound system equally as the other essential parts of the car. While some brands of car adhere to basic sound systems, other try to please their clients with the provisions of extended features too. But what remains as the top most concern for every car manufacturer is the functional aspect and the excellent sound output of the sound system. Here are ten such amazing surround sound systems for cars.
1. Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System
The effort of the engineers at Bang & Olufen have resulted in the creation of sound system that is suitable for every condition on road. The improved technology and the superior quality of sound of this sound system keeps it among the best car sound devices of the world. The aesthetic property of the sound system is really incredible. The acoustic lenses of the speaker are set beneath the dashboard of the car and in similar level to the wind shield. The loudspeaker grilles are shaped organically and made from aluminum. The anodized and polished surface of the aluminum surface of the sound device imparts a classic look.
In order to ensure improved functions, these speakers are equipped with woofers, subwoofers and additional loudspeakers that produce up to 1400 watt of sound. ICEpower amplifier works in supporting this function. It has been engineered to minimize the vibrations and external noises inside the car by enclosing the loudspeakers inside sealed cabinets. The extended Movie Mode enables the passengers inside the car to enjoy movies with the required impact of sound and graphics.
The sound engineers have given special attention to stick to the traditional style of Bang & Olufen while designing this sound system. Attention has been paid to every minute details for the purpose. Moreover, the enclosed speakers ensure that the passengers inside the car can pick up personal calls without being overheard at all.
2. Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System
A car that has been equipped with Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System retains the freshness of your favorite tune. The impact is so novel that you will feel that the tune is being played for the first time. The appearance of this car sound system is kept totally traditional. The classic brownish black color of the speaker are anodized and volume and tuner knobs are of brushed aluminum. Digital displays on the speaker’s panel LCD screen makes it very user friendly.
The sound system comprises of 19 speakers. It also has a six disc capacity DVD/CD auto changer set inside the dash board. The sound output ranges up to 45 watts, imparting power of 20-20,000 Hz.
The sound system has been engineered to minimize sound distortion. Hence, the musicality of a live music concert is retained in the superior quality sound output.
3. Bowers & Wilkins System
The Mercedes-Benz and Harman Kardon partnership can be best judged by the perfection reflected. While one portrays on road excellence other expresses musical excellence. This sound system is the right choice for all the music lovers all over the world. Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system had been first introduced in the E-Class model of Mercedes in 2002. All the later models possess this excellent surround sound system now. The sound engineers have also designed specific Harman Kardon surround systems for each specific models of the car brand to impart superior quality sound, which triggers at the number of speakers, the sound quality and position of speakers too.
The most stunning USP of the sound system is that a virtual model is created first, which passes through several scientific tests including the human ear test so that the best product can be handed over to the customers. Then audio comparison is made and the finer details are catered to so that the sound system matches the mechanism of each of the model of Mercedes-Benz.
The most beneficial test, the human ear testing is a great method to capture customer choice. The multi-physical parameters of the sound system and the correct position to set the same inside the car is done by computerized simulations.
4. Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 Digital Surround Sound System
Logic 7 is the most preferred sound system for cars all over the globe. David Griesinger masterminded this sound system with his team of Lexicon engineers. This sound system, which was originally meant for home music system, became available for cars in 2001. Sharpness and volume in sound and detailed fine tuning are the key factors of this sound system.
The output of sound is imparted in separate manner in each of the car models it is installed in. This makes the music quality of each of the car excellent. The distribution of sound within each of the car is solely done on the basis of the original inspiration of the music recording. So the music is totally natural, without any artificial effect, imparting a 360 degrees surround sound effect.
Unlike most sound systems in cars, this sound system delivers a three dimensional music effect and passengers sitting in every corner of the car experiences the same listening pleasure. The mechanism of recording the sound in 48 tracks and reducing that to two tracks on a stereo CD ensures that the sound remains impeccable.
5. Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound System
This car sound system aims at producing the most superior quality of sound without the minimal distortion. This sound system also understands that the same output of sound will vary for car to car. Therefore, specific sound systems are designed for specific car models. This car surround system has passed the test of excellence from Global Automotive Component Branding in 2006. It is also regarded as the best car sound system of the world. But do not expect a compact structure as the sound system has huge speakers
Ignoring the huge size of the speakers, the excellent sound quality of the product is imparted by 5.1 channel surround sound, a radio with AM/FM/XM compatibility and multi player for CD, DVD, MP3, AAC and SACD. The sound system is also equipped with hard disc drive for music storage and Bluetooth. The finger touch options for function and display make it extremely user friendly.
The cost of this car speaker is comparatively higher than others. Hence, it is preproduced in such a way that it can be installed into the car with ease only when the customer wants. The superior quality of sound is kept intact within a shell that is based on noise compression technology.
6. Dynaudio Audio System
This sound system was first installed in the Volvo. It was in the year 1997, when Dynaudio Audio System was installed in Volvo that comprised of 10 speakers. Soon it became the most accepted car audio systems and was awarded as the best of the category by C70 in 2001. Later on Limousine incorporated the same sound system in its cars. But yet another advanced version was launched in 2006 that got installed in Volvo. But after the ownership of Volvo shifted from US car company, Ford, to the Chinese car maker Geely in 2010-2011, this surround sound system will cease to exist anymore.
This sound system is equipped with dolby sound and factory fitted high end sound output. The digital surround sound system of the device and the compact structure is top favorite among car music lovers.
This sound system is identified as the best factory fitted sound system. The latest technology of sound engineering is combined with a high powered amplifier of 910 watts, which makes it unparalleled.
7. THX II Certified Audio System
This car sound system has a state of the art sculpture and extended sound features. All the Lincoln series of cars of 2011 are equipped with this sound system. The multiple fine tuning options that respond to the soft touch of buttons range from bass, treble, vocals, theatrical modes, etc., enhancing your experience of listening to car music.
This sound system is more of a music library than a mere car music system. It has compatibility with CD, DVD and USB ports and is capable of delivering uncompressed music in the 5.1 surround sound effect. Along with this the 12 channel amplifier produces 600 watts of sound from the speakers.
Better control of the buttons and broader sound is imparted by this sound system by means of the THX Slot Speaker that makes uniform circulation of sound throughout the vehicle where the device is installed.
8. Rockford Fosgate Audio System
What could be the most compatible sound system for Mitsubishi lancer than the Rockford Fosgate Audio System? The sound that it imparts can reach really loud levels without almost nil distortion. The user friendly touch screen function, excellent sound quality and in built storage device makes the sound system a mini music library for your car. This device is the leader in the world of mobile audio systems since 25 years and designed for those who look for the accurate precision in sound.
Different moods are reflected through the sound system by means of the the 10” long sub woofers that have six levels of PUNCH which can adjust the nature of output from bass to theatre. The advanced sound processing system and the optional touch screen NAVI device with hard drive unit helps to customize the sound system.The intelligent sound compression system can adjust the volume level of the vehicle in accordance to the speed of the same on road. High end audio output is achieved by means of the 600 watt amplifier.
The extensive capacity of the hard drive of 30 Gig makes the on-board sound system a mini library by recording CDs directly into the car music system. The nine speakers impart surround sound effect throughout the car. The Sound Field Image and Custom Genre EQ settings help in promoting full control over the PUNCH of the sound system.
9. Boston Acoustics/Kicker SRT
While playing music really loud dominates the preference level of basic users, Kicker SRT is capable of playing lowest frequency of bass effect for those who look for further precisions.This fully equipped car sound system features high definition amplifiers, sub woofers for imparting the most natural acoustics and rear stage upgrades. The Boston Acoustics is mostly preferred by those who are comfortable in driving mid range vehicles.
The Kicker SRT is equipped with 400 amp. amplifier and the Sirius Satellite Radio that can connect as many as 130 channels, among with 69 are free and comprise of subjects like music, news, entertainment, sports, etc. Along with these there is a six disc changer with AM/FM stereo, MP3 compatibility and DVD system. The Boston Acoustics has seven speakers with sub woofers along with a capacity of 368 watts.
The auxiliary jack of Kicker SRT enables you to have a mini music library experience by plugging in the iPod or the MP3 device. The Sirius Satellite Radio is provided complementary to the users where you will get an option to enjoy live sports coverages, world class news from Fox, CNN, NPR, etc. and programs for family and kids too. Thus, both Kicker and Boston aim to satisfy several generations.
10. Bose Media System
This high priced car sound system is a great replacement for the ordinary cassette players in your vehicle. Capable of getting installed easily in the dash board of the vehicle, it is packed with possibilities. The screen display and improved wattage capacity makes it the most sought after car device.
The sound device is equipped with navigational keys for better control. It is capable of supporting SACD, DVD, MP3 and AAC devices. The extended features include Bluetooth, mood sensing system, 5.1 playback capacity, CD/DVD burning options, USB 2.0 input drive, hard drive, etc. are there in this sound system.Moreover, the 6.5 inches LCD display makes it more convenient to use.
This is a high priced device and is meant for the niche clientele who look for precision.The electronic bell that is provided with it informs the driver of the vehicle about the transformation of the formats of music from MP3 to DVD and so on. The navigational system also gives a live update on the traffic system of the area the vehicle is traveling in.