With sound bars taking over living rooms, it was only a matter of time before one appeared in a car. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E kicks off the trend with an award-winning sound bar system designed by HARMAN’s Bang & Olufsen.
Mustang Mach-E’s B&O system is the first sound bar system of its kind and the first from Ford. Stretching across the dashboard, in specially-developed Heathered Grey textile, the dashboard-mounted tweeters are designed to replicate the look and feel of B&Os high-end home systems. The design also helps break up what would normally be a sea of black plastic.
Mach E’s B&O system consists of 4 tweeters (2 in the dash and 1 in each rear door), 4 midwoofers (1 in each door), a midrange speaker in the dash, and an Externally Coupled Subwoofer (ECS) located in the cargo area, totaling 560 watts.
The ECS uses the cabin’s shape to produce powerful base, despite being around 50% lighter than a traditional subwoofer, and taking up 80% less space.
Using the B&O system in the Mustang two-door, HARMAN engineers crafted a similar aural experience for Mach-E. While EVs are quieter than traditional internal-combustion vehicles, they do have new sources of noise. This was something engineers overcame to preserve rich bass performance while maintaining clarity.
The tuning also makes the most of spoken voice, which helps podcasts and audio books be more immersive, and gives phone calls extra clarity. Mach-E’s Sync 4A system even has integrated apps for podcasts to take advantage of the spoken voice tuning.
With all the attention paid to Mach-E’s sound system by Ford and the engineers at HARMAN & B&O, it’s going to be exciting to hear how this system compares to other premium EV sound systems.