Lincoln Aviator 28-Speaker Sound System Will Blow Your Mind

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2020 Lincoln Aviator

Revel Ultima 3D sound system debuts in the Aviator, with unique packages for the rest of the Lincoln lineup.

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is positioned to be a game-changer in the luxury sport utility world, introducing never-before-seen levels of power and luxury in a vehicle of this size. This includes a new rear-drive platform, a powerful new twin turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and a host of premium luxury amenities that will bring the legendary comfort of the Navigator to the new, smaller Lincoln SUV.

One of those amenities is a new, premium sound system that sounds like it could be one of the most impressive and the most dynamic audio packages in any segment. The new Revel Ultima 3D sound system incorporates 28 speakers that are spread from the floor to the ceiling, coupled with the latest in sound clarity technology to create a listening experience that should get attention from even the toughest audiophiles.

Lincoln Aviator Sound Mode

“With this new system, the listening experience is immersive and designed around the client no matter where they’re seated in the Aviator,” says Joe Kafati, multimedia supervisor, Lincoln. ”Our engineers obsessed over the interior quietness and sound quality in the vehicle, just like all other aspects to truly transform Aviator into a sanctuary on the road. Music is a mood changer – it relaxes you, rejuvenates you or energizes you based on music preferences. Music is a breather from a hectic day, and this audio system allows clients to tailor that experience and create their own world inside Aviator’s spacious and airy cabin.”

28 Speakers

The most significant aspect of the Aviator’s new Revel sound system is the spread of 28 speakers scattered throughout the cabin. This includes speakers in all of the normal places that you would expect, such as the dashboard, the doors and the cargo area, but to create the immersive 3D sound, there are speakers mounted between the seats and in the headliner. Over each of the front and second-row seating positions, there is a pair of 40-millimeter speakers and these eight small speakers are the most unique aspect of the Aviator’s sound system, with slight tuning adjustments from those speakers creating the stunning sound quality.

Lincoln Aviator Speakers

“Our goal is to break down walls,” says Brandon Wheeler, manager, customer acoustics, Revel. “As you increase the immersion, you find yourself inside an incredibly expansive listening environment – one that seems to extend beyond the vehicle interior. Guitars, left and right, are very wide. The vocals are incredible. It’s really changing the norm of what you’d expect from sound in terms of reinforcement and position.”

Listening Modes

In addition to the sprawling speaker system Revel Ultima 3D sound system in the 2020 Aviator features three listening modes, each of which has a unique sound. Stereo mode offers the optimal sound from every speaker, Audience mode creates the sound of “the best seat in a concert hall as the stage widens in all directions” and On-Stage mode puts you on the stage with the musicians with 360-degrees of premium sound.

Lincoln Aviator Sound Mode

Finally, the Aviator’s sound system features a system called Clari-Fi, which enhances the sound quality, essentially repairing the damage done during the digital recording process.

Lincoln Aviator Sound Mode

Ultimately, while the 2020 Lincoln Aviator should have many reasons to pick it over the competition, anyone who wants a remarkable sound system without the fuss of aftermarket upgrades may want to experience this system before buying another model.

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