After dash overhaul and Apple CarPlay, Volvo turns to Dirac for audio

Sections: Car Audio, Infotainment

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New interface, new Apple integration with CarPlay, new audio enhancements courtesy of Direc

Volvo seems to have thoroughly stepped away from its moniker of the 80s as the stoic Swede known for safety. Now it has entered a new dawn of technology, with probably some of the ideas coming from new owners Geely Automotive. First, they go all Tesla with a vertical dashboard infotainment display. Next, they are the first to show off Apple CarPlay. Finally, Dirac has been brought on to enhance the Harman/Kardon audio systems.

The Dirac Live sound optimization technology will be utilized as key component in Volvo Car Group’s new premium audio systems. The first car models with Dirac Live will reach market in Q2.

Dirac Chief Scientist Lars-Johan Brännmark said, “We have been working closely with Volvo’s team of dedicated sound engineers. By using advanced acoustic measurement and analysis methods, we created an exact model of each car’s acoustic properties. Using the Dirac Live technology, we then created a digital controller that optimizes the sound of the audio system based on the cabin properties of each model. When it comes to musical performance, the end result is extraordinary. By combining our sound technology with Harman Kardon’s high quality components, Volvo Cars has succeeded especially well in terms of clarity and imaging.”

On a technical level, Dirac Live is an advanced mixed-phase audio optimization technology, which utilizes impulse response and frequency response optimization. Dirac Live is used in the automotive, high performance audio, professional cinema, and professional audio markets. It is also available for computer audiophiles as the Dirac Live Room Correction Suite software from Dirac’s online store.

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  • Ari Freed

    i love the direction Volvo is going in.*I currently drive the jeep grand cherokee overland summit. But i am thinking of getting the 2015 volvo xc90. Any info on this vehicle would be appreciated. Pricing? Estimated time of arrival for sales and i am an audiophile. will this vehicle be offerred with harmon kardon plus Direc technology? Keep up the good work. I am a retail clothing store owner that loves the new direction the Volvo company seems to be headed to compete with other luxury auto makers! I await your response. Ari Freed