Harman Kardon audio experience for Polestar 2

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The Polestar 2 EV will feature a vast range of integrated audio functions, utilizing high-quality components and the latest sound technology to create an advanced audio experience for customers.

The design brief given to digital sound engineers was to create a new soundscape that would be in keeping with the Polestar brand. The result is unique new warning, notification and functional sounds that are said to have a clean, clear, robotic feel.

“We wanted the sounds inside Polestar 2 to reflect our minimalist and digital nature,” explained Thomas Ingenlath, CEO at Polestar. “When you listen to the tone of the various notes, they sound clean and high-tech. Their clarity also enhances safety by alerting the driver with sharp, distinct sounds.”

As part of the Plus Pack on the Polestar 2, 13 Harman Kardon speakers – including a ventilated subwoofer in the rear body cavity and an air-powered subwoofer in front of the dashboard – now total 600W and provide the vehicle with an elevated and dynamic audio setup. The Harman Kardon system enabled designers to hide speakers in an array of interior locations, including front speakers that are now positioned high up on door panels behind textile covers to save space within the cabin.

Over-the-air (OTA) updates will enable the Polestar 2’s audio system to receive updates remotely, containing improvements that will be rolled out to customers once available. The latest release in February 2021 included a surround-sound mode update.

Due to the silent running of the Polestar 2, engineers had to integrate the battery pack into the NVH solution, resulting in interior noise levels that are 3.7dB lower than an equivalent combustion engine vehicle.

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