Los Angeles, CA (November 16, 2007)–At the LA Auto Show, THX unveiled its next-generation THX II Certified 5.1 surround sound audio system, which will make its debut in the 2009 Lincoln MKS.
The next-generation THX II Certified 5.1 Surround system sports a 12-channel amplifier that delivers 600 watts to 16 speakers, including a 10-inch subwoofer. Each speaker is placed throughout an acoustically engineered cabin. A center channel speaker array features THX Slot Speaker technology, which enables sound to be distributed through a very narrow opening on the Lincoln MKS dashboard. This approach is said to allow for a wider sound image and better control of how sound waves are distributed throughout the vehicle cabin, according to THX.
The system also incorporates volume-processing technologies designed to compensate for increases in vehicle speed and exterior noise.
“THX car audio systems have raised the bar for automotive audio performance, radically shifting consumer perceptions about what’s expected from a factory-fit audio system,” said Robert Hewitt, vice president of sales at THX. “It was only a matter of time before we advanced the award-winning car audio system design to true 5.1 surround sound.”
The THX II Certified 5.1 Surround system in the Lincoln MKS will decode and play multi-channel audio from DVD movies and DVD-Audio discs. The system will feature a hard drive jukebox, making it easy to access and store favorite tracks, and comes equipped with a DVD-based navigation system. In addition, the AM/FM tuner is compatible with the Radio Data Broadcasting System (RDBS) and displays radio station call letters, formats and song titles.