Revel Lincoln Review
The Lincoln Motor Company has always had the reputation for providing a quiet ride. Its engineers pride themselves on clever engineering and thoughtful design solutions to deliver one of the quietest cabins on the road—which is something most luxury drivers crave. Even before you turn the key on a Lincoln, its interior is designed so that you can take refuge from the hectic world outside.
But today’s consumers don’t always like a quiet environment. Some like it loud.
For those folks who like the best of both worlds, Lincoln recently inked a deal with Revel that will add the premium loudspeaker brand to Lincoln vehicles. The pairing will make Lincoln the only automotive brand to offer Revel audio systems.
Revel’s automotive audio systems will be seen – and heard – for the first time in the next-generation Lincoln MKX midsize utility.
Introduced at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month, the new audio system in the MKX offers uncompromising acoustics and intuitive technologies.
“The Lincoln collaboration with Revel is the next step in our commitment to build vehicles that exceed luxury expectations,” said Matt VanDyke, global director, Lincoln. “Revel is synonymous with the finest home speaker systems, and it’s that exceptional audio experience we want our Lincoln drivers to enjoy.”
Since 1996, Revel has served its audiophile customer base with premium home audio equipment. Emphasizing science-based speaker architecture and acoustic precision, Revel systems are designed to recreate a musical performance as precisely and purely as it was recorded.
Revel’s tireless devotion to musical accuracy is the reason that the general sales manager of South Hills Lincoln, Jeff Innes, believes his customers will embrace Lincoln’s new partnership.
“Revel is a highly-recognized name in home audio systems, said Mr. Innes. “People have been known to spend upwards of $20,000 for just a few speakers for home systems. I think that customers will respond very positively toward the addition of Revel audio to the Lincoln brand.”
Revel, Harman International’s most premium loudspeaker brand, designed both a premium Revel audio system and a Revel Ultima system for Lincoln that audiophiles will enjoy.
To replicate the Revel home audio experience in Lincoln vehicles, engineers from Revel worked closely with Lincoln engineers and designers. Fusing form, function and innovation, the teams employed what Revel refers to as the Science of Sound in the vehicle design process. Placement, tuning, calibration and number of speakers are unique to each Lincoln model to ensure superior audio quality and accuracy.
“The Revel system for Lincoln was created for the unique interior environment of each Lincoln model,” said Phil Eyler, senior vice president and general manager, Harman global car audio. “The system is tuned to create an immersive audio experience unlike any other on the road.”
All Revel home loudspeakers are designed with the tweeter and midrange speakers positioned close together – known as point-source architecture. This architecture is crucial to delivering the remarkably pure sound quality for which Revel is known. The Revel system for Lincoln maintains that standard by carefully integrating the architecture into the vehicle design, improving the accuracy of midrange and high-frequency reproduction, an essential element to a true high-fidelity system.
Tweeters are positioned within custom Revel Waveguides to optimize high-frequency dispersion, allowing a seamless blend between the tweeters and midrange speakers. This uncompromising design approach ensures that every detail of a song reaches a Lincoln passenger’s ears at the exact same time and magnitude, for the purest, most authentic listening experience.
Revel audio systems for Lincoln feature QuantumLogic Surround. This next-generation surround-sound technology delivers an authentic, multi-dimensional experience while eliminating the smearing effects that often hamper typical surround-sound systems.
Lincoln owners will use the MyLincoln Touch screen to select from three distinct listening modes – Traditional Stereo; Audience, for an intimate concert experience where the boundaries of the vehicle seemingly disappear, and On Stage, a surround-sound experience that puts listeners in the middle of it all, placing individual instruments and musical elements throughout the cabin.
Revel Ultima includes Clari-Fi, a patented Harman technology that works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music. Many audio details originally recorded in a music track can be lost in the compression process. Clari-Fi intelligently and seamlessly reconstructs the digitally compressed music for an enhanced listening experience regardless of the source.
Underscoring the Lincoln and Revel commitment to quality and craftsmanship, every Revel component is meticulously tested prior to vehicle production. This attention to detail includes calibrating each Revel amplifier to within 0.2dB channel-to-channel to ensure precise system balance.
Lincoln and Revel designers worked closely to establish a speaker grille design that complements luxurious Lincoln interiors while passing rigorous acoustical testing for optimal performance. Vehicles equipped with a Revel Ultima sound system will include upgraded aluminum speaker grilles for an elegant experience.
“Revel and Lincoln have so much in common in terms of our devotion to quality, craftsmanship and performance,” VanDyke said. “This collaboration is such a natural one.”
And one, according to Mr. Innes, that further enhances an already successful brand.
“Lincoln has committed to partnering with top suppliers to bring the highest quality and craftsmanship to their products in a very smart way, as to not price themselves out of the market,” said Mr. Innes. “Lincoln is definitely making leaps and bounds in the product that is being brought to the market and the new 2016 Lincoln MKX is a perfect example of that elegance and sophistication.