CES 2015, LAS VEGAS – HARMAN, the premium global audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation group (NYSE:HAR), introduced today at CES 2015 the JBL® Concert Edition plug-and-play audio upgrade package. Specifically designed for individual vehicles to bring premium audio performance to existing vehicles, the JBL Concert Edition builds on the JBL brand’s longstanding leadership in audio and acoustics. The vehicle specific packages serve as an easy way for consumers to upgrade their car audio systems with equipment specifically optimized for their vehicle.
JBL Concert Edition packages leverage existing wiring harnesses and speaker locations in the vehicle to bring a superior audio experience into the vehicle beyond current aftermarket products available. The package provides a complete system solution in a single box that includes four speakers, a pair of 8-inch DVC subwoofers and a DSP amplifier each professionally tuned to the interior of the car for the ultimate acoustic performance. They are cosmetically designed to perfectly integrate into the cabin of the specific vehicle reducing the installation costs associated with aesthetic modifications for traditional aftermarket products. Unlike conventional aftermarket amplifiers, JBL Concert Edition amplifiers are specifically contoured for individual vehicles and feature EFI shielding to protect them from picking up unwanted engine noise when powered up.
The JBL Concert Edition will first be available for the Ford F-150 in the US and will be solid exclusively through Car Toys beginning in March 2015. Packages for additional auto manufacturers will be made available by June 2015.
“At HARMAN, we have a reputation of providing premium audio systems and services for our diverse automotive partners and we’re committed to providing the same caliber audio experience in our aftermarket products,” said David Slump, president, HARMAN Automotive Services. “The JBL Concert Edition upgrade package leverages JBL’s expertise in audio engineering to bring a superior audio performance not found in other products. We’re excited to partner with Car Toys to introduce this audio package in the United States.”
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.