|Soccer Moms Rejoice: Volvo Installs Pro Logic II In New XC90|
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|Written by AVRev.com|
|Tuesday, 19 February 2002|
Dolby Laboratories announced the first vehicle to feature a factory-installed entertainment system with Dolby Surround Pro Logic II technology: the new Volvo XC90 Sport Utility Vehicle. The XC90, which was enthusiastically received at its official debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, boasts a surround sound system with Pro Logic II as well as rear-seat audio/video options.
Pro Logic II is a matrix surround format that can take standard stereo information and convert it to surround sound. It works with any stereo audio format, including CD, FM or satellite radio, cassette, MP3 files, and MiniDisc. It can be incorporated into automotive-sound systems at the factory, as Volvo has done, or through a variety of aftermarket products. Pro Logic II helps bridge the entertainment gap between two-channel audio and the full-fledged surround sound of discrete 5.1-channel systems.
The new XC90 entertainment system includes 13 speakers, one of which is an 8-inch, 140-watt, active subwoofer for improved bass reproduction."Volvo is committed to providing superior automotive entertainment options, so it was a natural choice to select Pro Logic II for the new XC90," said John Neu, XC90 Life Cycle Manager, Volvo Cars of North America. "In a further enhancement to our multichannel audio systems, Pro Logic II enables the driver and passengers to enjoy music in remarkable five-channel surround, thereby improving the overall Volvo driving experience." Production of the Volvo XC90 begins this year. The North American market is expected to account for approximately 65 percent of total Volvo XC90 sales.