The 2015 smart fortwo and forfour cars will feature HARMAN’s JBL sound. This marks that HARMAN, a premium global audio and infotainment group, has provided in-vehicle audio for smart, deepening its relations with the Daimler Group in the field of in-car infotainment. The JBL-equipped smart fortwo and forfour cars made their global debut on July 16 in Berlin and will hit the roads later this year.
The JBL sound system is expected to allow drivers and passengers of the fortwo and the forfour to obtain an ultimate listening experience while on the go. Designers and engineers at both JBL and smart worked together to develop a customized audio system that would surely pave way for an optimal sound in the compact interior of the cars.
For example, JBL and smart rendered the subwoofer removable to make the trunk more spacious when drivers need to carry extra baggage. Likewise, the well-defined JBL sound supports the illusion of driving in a spacious car.
True to the concept of “JBL FOR more bassboom,” the speakers in the fortwo and forfour are positioned to make sure that drivers and passengers are “smart-surrounded” with sound.
The new smart fortwo features a six-channel DSP high-performance amplifier and eight speakers, including the removable subwoofer. Its center loudspeaker is positioned in the middle of the dashboard; while two tweeters are placed to the left and right of the A-pillar.
The low midrange speakers are positioned to the bottom of the driver and passenger doors, while two surround speakers are located at head height.
On the other hand, the smart forfour features an eight-channel DSP amplifier, including two more pairs of high-frequency and low mid-range speakers, with the surround speakers positioned in the C-pillars.
“We are delighted to bring JBL audio to the new smart, and to extend our collaboration with the Daimler Group” says Michael Mauser, President of Lifestyle Division HARMAN. “Our brand JBL has an excellent record as a maker of professional sound equipment for concert halls and other public venues in the music industry. JBL takes this experience and distils it into audio systems for in-car entertainment. Drivers of the new smart can look forward to a thrilling sound experience when they take their new car onto the roads.”