Harman Kardon and Renault continue their collaboration with the brand new audio system of Renault Austral, to reveal all the nuances of a finely tuned sound
HARMAN International (read more here), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. This is focused on creating technologies for the automotive, consumer and enterprise markets. The company is pleased to announce the continuation of the partnership with Renault with the launch of the all-new Austral in the Autumn. The Renault Austral is a compact SUV with an athletic and angular look, equipped with an optional Harman Kardon premium audio system in the higher trim lines. Harman Kardon combines high-performance speakers with cutting-edge technologies and an iconic design for a premium in-vehicle sound experience. The Harman Kardon premium sound system creates an extraordinary musical experience by transforming the ordinary into something more meaningful.
New Renault Austral, born from the collaboration with Harman Kardon
Over 65 years of deep experience in acoustic design, tuning and signal processing. Harman Kardon is dedicated to providing a sound so captivating and immersive that it appeals to the listener’s senses and focuses them on the present. The purposeful design and rich, multi-layered sound, combined with Renault’s characteristic French style and charm, create meaningful and special moments while driving.
Statements on Austral and the partnership of Renault and Harman Kardon
Starting with the 2021 partnership, Harman Kardon and Renault have proven to be a perfect match. Harman Kardon’s acoustic engineers worked closely with the Renault engineering team to create a state-of-the-art audio system that blends seamlessly into the vehicle’s unique environment. Furthermore, the collaboration with Jean-Michel Jarre, French artist and sound engineer, shaped the final direction of the audio project,
he has declared Greg SikoraSenior Director, Global Acoustic Systems Engineering di HARMAN.
Pure, clear and detailed sound as the artist intended
The Harman Kardon premium audio system is not limited to just playing music, but reveals all the nuances of a finely tuned sound. The highlight of the system is the patented shared motor coaxial speaker (midrange and tweeter) in the center of the dashboard. This “hypnotizes” the listener with the best representation of music and speech. 12 high-performance speakers, including high-power dual voice coil woofers with an externally coupled subwoofer (ECS) for dynamic, low-distortion bass reproduction. not forgetting theamplifier with a total power of 485 watts which offer a full frequency range at any volume level.
Virtual Center Technology
To discover the power of quality audio, every detail of the premium Harman Kardon system is precisely tuned to the Austral’s interior. Virtual Center technology processes the audio signals from each speaker to ensure an unbiased stereo soundstage directly in front of each listener. In addition, Vehicle Speed Compensation features an advanced algorithm that maintains the level of music playback at any vehicle speed. Whether relaxing on a long family road trip or enjoying a live concert while riding in the mountains.
The patented surround sound algorithm QLS (QuantumLogic Surround) offers each passenger an individual stage, enclosure and surrounding content, for a truly immersive experience. The built-in surround midrange speakers create a great value addition to natural sound enjoyment for front and rear passengers. With a single touch, occupants can choose from five sound environments to suit their individual preferences for in-car listening.
- Studio: a precise, clear and detailed reproduction, faithful to the artist’s intentions, but at the same time exciting and dynamic.
- Concerto: A large stereo soundstage creates an atmosphere in front of the listener as if they were in a concert hall.
- Lounge: Offers an intimate setting with a deeply inspiring atmosphere to feel closer to the artist and the stage.
- Immersion: Creates the feeling of being surrounded by the instruments and inside the music, giving the listener a new dimension of sound.
- Club: Pronounced and intense bass extension with a loud, wide and high-contrast sound.
The iconic design reflects the flair of Renault design
Harman Kardon has created a seamless integration of all speakers, in line with the outstanding atmosphere of the vehicle. The stainless steel speaker grilles with matt black coating and highlighted design elements are a highlight of the design of the front doors. The central grille with the prominently incorporated logo and the prominent 3D surface on the dashboard complete the perfectly harmonized design. The striking shape of the central grille is a superb expression of the precise manufacturing and premium quality of Harman Kardon and Renault.
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