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HARMAN Continues to Drive Innovation for In-Car Audio with Revolutionary Portable Bluetooth Speaker System at CES 2016

Press Release   •   Jan 05, 2016 16:49 GMT

CES 2016, LAS VEGAS January 5, 2016 – HARMAN International Industries (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is introducing its latest Car Audio innovations at CES 2016. Drawing from its 60-plus years of experience in acoustic design and signal processing, as well as proven technologies from each of its four divisions, HARMAN is demonstrating its breakthrough solution – the seamless, scalable Infinity Voyager Drive lifestyle audio system. The system leverages next-generation connectivity capabilities, building on the principles of personalisation and adaptability to create unprecedented in-cabin audio experiences for today’s consumers.

The Infinity Voyager Drive solution is a revolutionary, full-range portable Bluetooth speaker system personalised to fit consumers’ on-the-go lifestyles in and out of their vehicle. Designed specifically with today’s always-connected consumers and music lovers in mind, Voyager Drive is a unique lifestyle audio system that pops into and out of the vehicle dashboard to seamlessly follow consumers from their car, to the house, the beach, campsite, or anywhere else their journey may take them.

A completely new approach to in-vehicle audio, Voyager Drive brings branded car audio to new markets with the first-of-its-kind scalable, versatile audio system designed specifically for entry-segment vehicles. Leapfrogging the constraints of traditional door speaker and head unit architectures, Voyager Drive gives OEMs the ability to offer cost-effective and low-complexity branded audio solutions for this fast-growing segment as well as for emerging markets, making lifestyle audio available to customers that previously have not had access. What’s more, Voyager Drive’s Bluetooth connectivity allows for over the air (OTA) content updates to ensure that the latest entertainment options are always accessible and up to date.

“Automakers recognise that premium audio can be an effective way to differentiate their vehicles and appeal to new customers, and they are looking for next-generation features that go beyond traditional sound reproduction,” said John Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Car Audio for HARMAN. “With our industry-leading technology solutions across a range of categories, HARMAN is uniquely positioned to deliver this level of innovation and experience. We are redefining the concept of automotive audio as adaptive and tailored to each individual in ways never before possible and, for the first time, we are extending these experiences beyond the vehicle to seamlessly connect music to more elements of consumers’ daily lives.”

Voyager Drive is designed to appeal to the fast growing segment of young consumers who demand portability and personalisation without compromising quality. On its own, Voyager Drive provides a best-in-class listening experience to entry segment vehicles through a detachable wireless speaker and six dynamic in-dash speakers. The system can be expanded at any time with the addition of Voyager Drive+, a removable car bass box that functions as a full-range portable audio system in and out of your vehicle.

In addition, the Voyager Drive lifestyle audio system offers a host of advanced technologies that connect your music to your life and enhance your on-the-go lifestyle in ways never before possible, including:

  • Connectivity capability from HARMAN’s AMX brand that links your music to lighting and other atmospheric elements in your home or vehicle to amplify your experience and reinforce your mood;
  • Wide, immersive, size-defying sound made possible by Dirac Panorama sound stage technology for an improved in-vehicle listening experience;
  • Built-in speakerphone functionality with advanced microphones and SoundClear® echo noise cancellation technology so your calls come through loud, clear and hands-free.

With its combination of advanced technologies only a company like HARMAN can provide, Voyager Drive truly shifts the traditional car audio paradigm to bring branded lifestyle audio to an entirely new segment of vehicles.

HARMAN at CES 2016
Visit the HARMAN showcase during CES 2016 for demonstrations of the company’s full portfolio of connected car and lifestyle audio systems that enable the connected life. The HARMAN experience showcase is located at the Hard Rock Hotel. Follow HARMAN online during CES 2016:

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