British audio specialist Meridian Audio has been chosen by EV manufacturer Rivian, to provide the branded audio system for its electric vehicle platform.
Meridian says it has been collaborating with Rivian for more than 12 months, with a focus on designing, engineering and tuning high-performance audio experiences for the company’s range of vehicles.
“We were thrilled to have won the opportunity to work with such an exciting new company and to have been selected to engineer the in-car audio experiences for Rivian’s electric vehicles,” commented John Buchanan, CEO of Meridian Audio. “Meridian is demonstrating itself to be the premium audio brand and technology partner of choice for automotive brands seeking market-leading sound solutions. Rivian’s goal to redefine expectations in the automotive industry through the human-centric and nature-conscious application of innovation and technology makes Meridian the perfect partner for them. We are delighted that the renowned Meridian sound experience now extends to the Rivian R1T and R1S electric vehicles, and we are excited about the future with Rivian.”
According to Rivian, sound design was considered early on in the development of its vehicles, meaning Meridian has been able to develop a close, collaborative relationship with the company.
“Meridian has designed an audio system that provides both the driver and the passengers with a truly immersive listening experience,” added Buchanan. This was achieved with a number of Meridian’s proprietary technologies that have been tailored exclusively for these electric vehicles.
Powered by Meridian’s DSP (Digital Signal Processing) systems, the combination of each technology has been designed to retain absolute precision of the audio signal, resulting in a sound that is claimed to be natural, three-dimensional and remarkably easy to listen to.
Meridian has tailored a number of its systems for the automotive market. These will feature within the Rivian R1T and R1S models, including its RE-Q cabin correction technology that removes unwanted cabin resonances, preserving the natural rhythm and timing of the performance.
The vehicles will also include the company’s Intelli-Q is data-driven equalization that optimizes audio playback within the cabin based on data available from the vehicle such as speed, window state, occupancy and audio source.