Mazda is getting the hype going for the new fourth generation of its popular roadster due this summer. It has announced that the 2016 MX-5 Miata is getting the fully redesigned Bose sound system that includes the ability to automatically adjust sound quality with the roof modes to create the ultimate listening experience.
“Through the years of our close collaboration with Mazda, we’ve witnessed firsthand how the MX-5 has become an industry icon with a loyal legion of owners and enthusiasts around the globe. So, we wanted to make the sound system for the new MX-5 better than it’s ever been. We improved audio quality, and for open-air driving, the experience is thrilling. You’ll feel and hear the difference the first time you listen,” says Marc Mansell, vice president of the Bose Automotive Systems Division.
As all roadster drivers know, the acoustics in the car change depending on the position of the roof. Bose has designed a special audio system that solves this problem by creating two different equalization (EQ) setting that automatically adjust with the roof.
The dual EQ system is paired with the Bose Audiopilot noise compensation technology the adjust for the added effects of wind noises so that driver and passenger can get just as much enjoyment out of the listening experience as the wind in their hair.
The system accomplishes this with an all new speaker system that places special 2-inch speakers in the driver and passengers headrests. They are called Bose UltraNearfield speakers and Bose designed them specifically for car headrests.
The little headrest speakers use Bose TrueSpace digital signal processing technology which creates a wide soundstage feel even though the speakers are right next to the listener. This means that even though the speaker is really close it won’t feel like it is just sitting there blaring in your ear and yet because of the proximity and the special technology the sound doesn’t get blown away.
To round out the system are a pair of 6.5-inch speakers in each of the doors, 1-inch neodymium tweeters – yes tweeters – in each of the A-pillars, a 5.25-inch woofer in a 6-liter enclosure under the passenger footwell, and a 7-channel digital Bose amplifier mounted below the convertible-top storage space.
The new 2016 Miata has a starting price of $24,915 for the sports edition. However, the Bose system only comes standard on the two higher end models, the Club and the Grand Touring edition which have starting prices of $28,600 and $30,065 respectively.