Building on many years of fruitful collaboration with BMW, HARMAN Automotive has equipped the next generation of the BMW 5 Series, including the BMW i5, with captivating sound, courtesy of Harman Kardon. Featuring elegant design and a rich array of DSP features, the Harman Kardon surround sound system empowers elevated listening experiences for drivers and passengers alike.
Beautiful sound to heighten every in-car moment
For those who care just as much about how a car sounds as how it drives, the Harman Kardon system, which is one of the options for a branded audio system in the new BMW 5 Series and the BMW i5 for consumers to choose from, equips the vehicles with 12 loudspeakers and an amplifier output of 205 watts for precisely tuned, consistently high-quality sound throughout the cabin – an attractive upgrade over the car’s standard audio system.
Technical prowess for deeper listening
The Harman Kardon surround sound system in the BMW 5 Series features Dynamic Frequency Compensation, which is a speed-related frequency regulation that ensures audio playback is perceived consistently, regardless of speed or road noise. Customers can even select an “Enhanced” preset mode in the sound settings to enjoy more enveloping sound.
Depending on whether drivers choose the combustion engine version of the 5 Series or the i5 electric version, the Harman Kardon system is adapted to provide optimal sound. For example, the electric i5 includes a special speaker configuration in which the central bass woofers, which are located below the seats in the combustion engine version, are housed in the front doors in a special dual core configuration. This provides room for the i5’s car battery while reducing resonance for smooth, stable sound.
Splendid design for premium driving
In the BMW 5 Series, the Harman Kardon surround sound system ensures that all drivers enjoy excellent sound in their vehicle, complemented by handsome design that includes elegant speaker grilles in steel, a unique hexagonal hole pattern, and an illuminated Harman Kardon logo.
“The optional Harman Kardon surround sound system provides the new BMW 5 Series with rich, enveloping sound that offers drivers and passengers listening experiences so enjoyable that every journey becomes exceptional,” said Greg Sikora, Senior Director, Global Acoustic Systems Engineering at HARMAN.