The 2013 Ford Escape is on its way to dealerships with sleek and sophisticated styling, the latest customer-satisfying technologies, and the automaker’s typically sharp focus on fuel efficiency. And if you think all that sounds good, Ford Dealership In NC says: wait until you hear its audio system.
Well, truth be told, the Escape actually will showcase three different sound alternatives, including the base setup, a premium nine-speaker system and, for hardcore audiophiles, a 10-speaker option from Sony. But all three will deliver serious listening pleasure as a result of Ford’s equally serious approach to tuning the systems.
“We tuned the audio system so that it sounds natural—as if you’re listening to music inside a theater rather than in your vehicle,” said Ford audio engineer Christine Templin.
There were two different aspects to her team’s work: High-tech analysis using sound-wave files and computers, as well as more subjective efforts using human ears and a rather unique playlist specifically created to put the systems to the test—and recently released to allow Escape owners to hear the difference for themselves. According to Car Dealerships In Lansing, the top 10 songs used to engineer the Escape’s audio experience include:
- “La Grange” by ZZ Top—Listen for the clean snare drum clicks, rhythm guitars played through separate right and left channels, and a strong bass line.
- “The Race” by Yello—Note how the Escape audio system creates a sensation of a car racing from side to side; according to Templin, “It should sound spacious with transients of doors slamming.”
- “Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed—Pay attention to how the voices of the backup singers seem to move from far to near, while enjoying the overall tonal balance and loud dynamics.
- “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney—Listen for the particular clean-sounding vocals and clearly defined instruments.
- “Remember Me” by Eminem—Keep your ears open for the loud dynamics and bass extension.
- “S.O.S.” by Rihanna—Notice the way the tweeters prevent shrillness while the system also ensures superior tonal balance and a clean, distinct bass line.
- “Déjà Vu” by Beyonce with Jay-Z–Check out the clean, even bass, as well as vocals that don’t break up or sound overly bright.
- “I Have a Song to Sing O” by Peter, Paul and Mary—With three vocals panning left, center and right, this song provides an ideal test for audio staging and imaging.
- “Bird on a Wire” by Johnny Cash—Particularly tricky because of the intimate nature of the recording, this tune shows off the tonal balance and spatial qualities in the Escape’s audio systems.
- Mozart’s “Piano Quartets 1 & 2” played by Bruno Giuranna—Templin advises listeners to notice the natural tone of the piano, with the strings brought forward in the audio mix.
Just be sure to get the tunes cued up quickly, as the new Escape is scheduled to hit the marketplace later this spring at New Mexico Ford Dealers and your local Ford dealer.