LOS ANGELES, CA – HARMAN (NYSE: HAR), the premier global audio and infotainment group, is making its mark at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show with several leading automakers debuting vehicles that feature HARMAN branded audio systems. With brands like Harman Kardon, JBL, Infinity, Mark Levinson and Lexicon, HARMAN technology and solutions can be found on automaker stands throughout the show -- a reflection of the company’s strong, longstanding automotive OEM partnerships and industry-leading audio innovation.
On the innovation front, HARMAN’s Clari-Fi™ technology is expanding to new vehicle models with the launch of the 2016 Kia Sorento compact SUV. An exclusive, patented HARMAN technology, which leverages HARMAN’s experience in music recording, signal processing, and psycho-acoustics, Clari-Fi automatically analyzes and improves the audio quality of all types of compressed, digitalized music sources, reconstructing the information lost during the compression process. This includes identifying which music files have been compressed and the type of reconstruction required to restore the full listening experience. Clari-Fi is currently available in Lexus RC and NX vehicles, along with a range of home audio and multimedia products from HARMAN, HTC and Sharp. Clari-Fi will continue to be incorporated into new home, multimedia, and automotive audio offerings throughout the coming year.
HARMAN works closely with all of its automotive partners to ensure that each HARMAN premium audio system is specially designed and tuned to provide the best-in-class audio for any vehicle category or price point. Debuting vehicles at the show featuring HARMAN branded premium audio systems include:
BMW X5M and X6M
World-debut vehicles at the LA Auto Show, the all-new X5M and X6M from BMW combine M-typical performance with the flexibility of an X model. The available Harman Kardon premium audio systems provide a sound experience that is as remarkable as the driving experience. Proprietary HARMAN technologies including Logic 7 surround sound, ultra-lightweight ALumaprene loudspeaker technology, and the AuraVox software-supported equalizing system.
Also making their North American debut at the LA Auto Show are the BMW 2 Series Convertible and X6, both available with Harman Kardon premium audio.
Beautifully redesigned inside and out, the all-new 2016 Kia Sorento crossover SUV will debut with an available 12-speaker, 630 watt Infinity premium audio system featuring Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology. Logic 7 surround sound provides rich, immersive 7.1 channel audio from any 2- or 5.1-channel source, and a Dual Voice Coil enclosed subwoofer offers a deep bass extension and a tight and punchy low frequency response.
Additional Showcase Vehicles
With a partnership roster that includes BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Subaru, and Toyota, LA Auto Show attendees have plenty of opportunity to experience HARMAN premium audio on the show floor, including in the new Lexus RC. The RC features HARMAN’s Clari-Fi technology as part of the available Mark Levinson premium audio system. This 17-speaker, 835 watt surround sound system is powered by a 12-channel digital amplifier and features an all-new acoustic lens rear speaker design that envelops every passenger with three-dimensional sound.
HARMAN at Connected Car Expo
HARMAN’s reach at this year’s LA Auto Show extends beyond premium branded audio systems and into the Connected Car. Rahul Misra, Director of Automotive Sales Engineering at HARMAN International & Aha Mobile, is part of a panel focusing on the evolution of device connectivity and how the smartphone is impacting the automotive industry during the Connected Car Expo. In its second year, this event is a part of the LA Auto Show specially organized to unite automotive and technology professionals in an effort to increase development and foster relationship building in the connected car industry.
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.