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JBL MS-8 Revolutionises In-Car Sound Experience

Pressmeddelande   •   Sep 02, 2010 19:59 CEST

JBL® MS-8 Revolutionises In-Car Sound Experience

Upgrade your existing car audio system for the ultimate listening experience

HARMAN International (www.harman.com) today announced the launch of the new JBL® MS-8 digital signal processor for car audio. The recipient of the prestigious EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) Award for 2010-2011, the product allows car owners to upgrade their existing sound systems easily and create a luxurious in-car listening experience without having to go through the process of buying and installing new speakers, radios or amplifiers.  

The MS-8 is a revolutionary system from the pioneering JBL car audio brand that creates a new industry category of in-car products. Created from the belief that the car interior represents a challenging acoustical environment to deliver accurate sound, the MS-8 maximises response, bass performance, dynamics, clarity, detail and stereo imaging. This is why leading European car audio journalists have selected the MS-8 for the ’Best Product’ EISA Award.

‘People are used to investing in home audio equipment and speakers’, said Thijs Linthorst, general manager, HARMAN International EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia), Russia and India. ‘Why settle for less in your car? It is often journeys in the car that allow you those precious moments to really enjoy your favourite music tracks without being disturbed. The MS-8 represents an entirely new approach that transforms how consumers easily and non-invasively upgrade the music experience in their car. Literally, it is a box that encapsulates some of the most advanced technology in the world. And with it, people will never experience music in their car the same way again’.

The MS-8 complements any factory-installed or aftermarket audio system, delivering the ultimate listening experience without requiring you to change the existing audio setup of your car. Installation is simple, using a menu-driven, step-by-step process and significantly simplifying what is often a time-consuming procedure.

The MS-8 optimises sound for up to eight channels, producing a full-bandwidth and flat-response signal, while its digital signal processing (DSP) equalisation and correction automatically improve tonal accuracy and compensate for the characteristics of your speakers, electronics, vehicle interior and driver’s seat.

The MS-8 can store calibration settings for up to four seating positions, so you can select best-seat-in-the-house performance for almost anyone in your car. If you want to adjust the sound, the MS-8’s display screen and wireless controller will let you change it to suit your preferences.

In addition, the MS-8 offers Logic 7® technology to create the ideal 5.1-channel surround-sound experience in the car from two-channel source material. ‘The MS-8 will let you fine-tune and manipulate the sound to customise your very own in-car listening experience, unique to your personal taste and needs’, said Evert-Jan Jurgens, marketing manager, Mobile Aftermarket, EMEA, HARMAN Consumer Division. ‘Effectively, the MS-8 is redefining and re-shaping the entire in-car sound customisation experience, turning good sound into great sound’.

The JBL MS-8 is available now for a suggested retail price of €799 in Europe.

Product Features

  • Superior Performance from Any System – Improves every measure of audio performance (frequency response, bass performance, dynamics, clarity, detail and stereo imaging) from any combination of OEM and aftermarket components
  • Easy, Step-by-Step Setup – Simple, menu-driven process makes configuring the entire system easy
  • Optimises up to Eight Input Channels – Sums and configures the input signal for Logic 7 processing and acoustic equalisation
  • Automatic DSP Equalisation Improves tonal accuracy by automatically compensating for the sonic characteristics of the speakers, electronics and vehicle interior
  • Automatic DSP Time Correction – Automatically ensures that the sound from all speakers arrives at the listeners’ ears simultaneously, in up to four individual seating positions, dramatically improving clarity and imaging
  • Logic 7 Technology – Creates the ideal 5.1- or 7.1-channel surround-sound experience from two-channel source material
  • Eight-Channel Amplifier – Integrated
  • Auxiliary Input for iPod Devices – Available

Technical Specifications

  • CEA® power output: 18W x 8 channels @ 4 ohms
  • Maximum power output: 30W x 8 channels @ 2 ohms
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio (line-in/line out): >90dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio (line-in/speaker out): >85dB
  • Maximum input voltage (speaker-level input): 15V
  • Maximum input voltage (line input): 2.8V
  • Maximum output voltage (line output): 2.8V
  • Maximum current draw: 16A
  • Stand-by current draw: <0.01A

For more information: http://press.jbl.com/ms-8

For more information contact:

Susanne Willerup
susanne.willerup@harman.com
+45 26 40 26 41 

For product information contact:

Denmark
Søren Majlund
soren.majlund@harman.com
+45 40 63 24 34

Sweden
Joakim Malm
joakim.malm@harman.com
+46 (0)70 430 49 44

Norway
Frank Bruun
Frank@Harman-neby.no
+ 47 90 05 12 26

Finland
Peter Winqvist
peter.winqvist@harman.com
+358 405 371 072

About HARMAN
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, harman kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.4 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

© 2010 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Infinity, harman kardon, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. GRAMMY is a registered trademark of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

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