In case you missed it, Bang & Olufsen and BMW unveiled the new X6, which comes with B&O bespoke 5.1 surround sound, at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. The system was tuned specifically for the BMW X6 and features "anodized aluminum grilles, illuminated detailing, two sound modes, a motorized opening center speaker unit and laser engraved Bang & Olufsen logos."
With 16 separate active loudspeakers (each powered by its own amplifier channel), the 1,200-watt sound system includes B&O patented Acoustic Lens Technology (ALT) that offers 180-degree "horizontal sound dispersion." In simpler terms, the electronic company promises that no matter where you sit in the X6, you'll be getting the same balanced sound. Passengers can choose between two audio modes depending on what kind of sound they want: Expanded Mode will make you feel like you're in a much larger space than inside a car and Studio Mode apparently gives a more vibrant tone that stays true to the original recording. Plus, thanks to the Dynamic Sound Optimisation (DySop) tech, all sound is monitored through the on-board microphone so timbre and volume can be adjusted according to internal and external noise.
Though the BMW X6 isn't exactly new (it was launched in 2008), this new second-generation model certainly is. Slated to be hitting the market anytime now, the BMW X6 boasts a more extravagant design and new individualization options, as well as enhanced performance and reduced fuel consumption.
“Everyone at Bang & Olufsen Automotive is happy to have been able to apply our audio expertise to such a vivid and successful model. The all-new BMW X6 is another step in our valued partnership with BMW,” says Jens Peter Zinck, Vice President and Head of Automotive at Bang & Olufsen.