Meridian develops 14-speaker in-car audio for luxury Kia K8

posted on Friday, 12th March 2021 by Steve May

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Meridian Audio has extended its automotive business, partnering with the Kia Corporation to bring a purpose-designed surround sound system to the new K8 sedan.

The K8 is the first vehicle within the Kia range to feature Meridian. The 14-speaker audio system has been engineered by Meridian and features several of the British audio innovator’s proprietary DSP technologies.

The K8 features Meridian Horizon, an upmixing technology which provides multi-channel audio from two-channel stereo content, as well as centre image and ambience level controls for the user; and Meridian lntelli-Q Data-Driven Equalisation optimises audio playback within the cabin based on data available from the vehicle.

Meridian Digital Precision ensures the clarity and emotions of the performance are delivered, regardless of the format used, while Meridian RE-Q Cabin Correction technology removes unwanted cabin resonances, to preserve the rhythm and timing of the performance.

“For the K8, Kia has focussed on delivering a luxury interior that is sophisticated, contemporary and technologically advanced. This matches Meridian’s focus to develop high performance audio systems that feature innovative technologies and have been designed into quality, user-friendly solutions within the vehicle,” says John Buchanan, CEO of Meridian Audio.

“Our engineers are familiar with the challenges that in-car environments present and through our programme of continuous research, we have developed a number of new audio technologies that combine to provide exceptional in-car entertainment experiences,” says Buchanan. “Meridian worked very closely with Kia’s development teams to create a tailored audio system for the K8 which provides driver and passengers with a truly immersive, captivating listening experience.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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