2016 Lincoln MKX to Feature High-End Revel Audio Systems
Lincoln appears to have been very particular about the development of its 2016 MKX. It sweated the small stuff, such as the joints between the A-pillars and the headliner and the amount of foam in the steering wheel.
For the audio system, Lincoln went so far as to lock down Revel, the manufacturer of high-end home stereos who has never before put its work in automobiles, as the supplier of the MKX’s two available audio systems: a 13-speaker setup and a 19-speaker Revel Ultima package. The automaker also had trained listeners, who passed nearly 100 listening tests, evaluate the performance of the systems. Kevin Voecks, Revel product development manager, said, “Over the course of three years and hundreds of hours of tuning and refining, our collaboration with Lincoln has created the most authentic audio experience possible.”
Revel worked with Lincoln engineers to bring its point-source architecture to the MKX’s interior. That technology places the the midrange speakers next to the tweeters, which are fitted with Revel Waveguides, round rims that optimize the dispersion of high-frequency sounds.
QuantumLogic Surround technology, Revel’s next-generation surround sound, allows MKX occupants to hear their favorite music in one of three different ways: traditional stereo mode, Audience mode, which simulates the feeling of being at a concert, and On Stage mode for a 360-degree experience “that puts listeners seemingly in the middle of the soundstage, arranging individual instruments and musical elements throughout the cabin.”
The Revel Ultima System comes with Clari-Fi technology. The patented innovation restores audio details typically lost in the digital compression process in real-time. That kind of attention to the little things should be a perfect fit for the MKX.
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