Lincoln Aviator’s 28-Speaker 3D Sound System Is An Audiophile’s Dream

Lincoln’s all-new 2020 Aviator allegedly boasts one of the most immersive sound systems in the industry in the new Revel Ultima 3D, featuring three listening modes in Stereo, Audience and On-Stage.

It also comes with an immersion control slider in the center stack and four sets of dual-height speakers in the SUV’s headliner. In total, the sound system features no fewer than 28 speakers and produces a 360-degree listening experience, according to the automaker.

“With this new system, the listening experience is immersive and designed around the client no matter where they’re seated in the Aviator,” said Lincoln multimedia supervisor Joe Kafati. “Our engineers obsessed over the interior quietness and sound quality in the vehicle, just like all other aspects to truly transform Aviator into a sanctuary on the road.”

In stereo mode, Aviator passengers sit precisely in the sweet spot between a pair of speakers, whereas Audience mode allows them to enjoy the best seat in a concert hall “as the stage widens in all directions” and the On-Stage mode provides 360-degree sound.

“As you increase the immersion, you find yourself inside an incredibly expansive listening environment – one that seems to extend beyond the vehicle interior. Guitars, left and right, are very wide. The vocals are incredible. It’s really changing the norm of what you’d expect from sound in terms of reinforcement and position,” added Revel exec, Brandon Wheeler.

Pump up the volume

In the Aviator, new dual 40-millimeter speakers are positioned above each occupant in the front and second row, which means there are a total of 8 speakers in the ceiling, working alongside the three-way speakers in the doors and two-way front and rear speakers.

The Revel Ultima system also comes with Clari-Fi, a patented Harman technology that rebuilds audio details lost in digitally compressed music in real time. To help with the quality of the sound, the Aviator also boasts an acoustic laminated windshield and side glass, as well as acoustic underbody shields and wheel arch liners. Meanwhile, the chassis has been tuned to reduce road-induced low-frequency rumble and there’s an additional barrier between passengers and the engine compartment to keep vibrations and noise out.

“The first time you hear it, you’ll get goosebumps,” stated Wheeler. “I can almost guarantee it.”

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  • Merc1

    It’s been more years that I can count since I’ve desired a Lincoln, but they have a winner here. I can’t wait to see how this and the lame Cadillac XT6 sell.

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    • ErnieB

      Yeah.. I think many are in this group..

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    When my wife gets hers I might have to trade cars with her to test it for myself.

  • Super Rob

    Speakers in the headliner sounds like something that should have been invented long ago.

  • ErnieB

    Again…Cadillac is gonna have to take their fingers from the snooze button and listen to Lincolns new HiDef music.. because its loud and clear.

  • Craig

    I would absolutely love this. But then… I love classical music and don’t listen to it nearly enough. And can well imagine that with 28 speakers – the Aviator/Revel system would indeed give me goosebumps. But most people – at least the Millennials I know – don’t care about SOUND quality AT ALL. The speaker [as in ONE speaker] they hear most [all?] music from is on their phone. Not exactly goosebumping.

  • IT’S A SHAME NO ONE OFFERS A CD HEAD UNIT OR A LEAST A HARD DRIVE TO STORE NON COMPRESSED MUSIC. THE IDEA “REBUILDING” THE MUSIC TO PLAY IT THROUGH SUCH AN EXTRAVAGANT SYSTEM DOESN’T SOUND VERY APPEALING. STREAMING MP3’S ISN’T AN IDEAL MUSIC SOURCE.

    • Ben

      Lexus got your back fam. Oh and you don’t have to stream MP3 files. There are many different file types that offer the same fidelity that as CD can. They’re much larger and will obliterate your date, but if you’ve downloaded them to your device, you’re golden.

    • badcyclist

      I don’t know what you mean by “NO ONE”. Volvo’s B&W system, which seems to be what Lincoln is attempting to copy with their off-brand stereo, includes a CD player.

      • Marc Gruben

        I wouldn’t call Revel an “off-brand”; it’s a product of Harman International which owns a few small audio companies like JBL, Infinity, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, AKG, Bang & Olufsen Automotive, just to name a few. Oh.. and Harman International was acquired by Samsung Electronics for $8 Billion back in 2016.

      • I WAS GENERALIZING AND DIDN’T RESEARCH EACH AND EVERY CAR MANUFACTURER. IN GENERAL MOST DON’T OFFER CD PLAYERS. I HAVE A MERIDIAN HOME SYSTEM AND WHEN I SAW RR/JAGUAR WAS USING THEM IN THEIR CARS IT SOUNDED INTRIGUING EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT THERE WAS NO GOOD MUSIC SOURCE. I HAVE THOUSANDS OF CD’S WITH NO DESIRE TO BURN THEM ALL TO A MEMORY STICK OR HARD DRIVE.

        • Ben

          In reality, your CD quality music would be a bottleneck for very high-end audio equipment, similar to manual transmissions in extremely high HP cars. Car are getting to a point in the audio equipment it would make no sense to have a CD player for audiophiles or casual listeners.

          A casual listener will likely stream only MP3 files and an audiophile will likely use music sources from their devices that have higher fidelity than CDs do, such as DSD. The only reason to keep CD players around is if your demographic for a certain vehicle model is older and less likely to adopt newer and better technology (more expensive Lexus models, Volvo, etc).

          • UNFORTUNATELY DSD NEVER TOOK OFF. MY POINT WAS WHY GO THROUGH INSTALLING SUCH A COMPLICATED SYSTEM TO STREAM COMPRESSED MUSIC. CASUAL LISTENERS ARE OK WITH MP3’S AND EARBUDS.

          • Ben

            DSD is around, but it never “took off” because its extremely difficult to stream and thus not supported by streaming services such as Spotify or Google Music. There are other formats that rival or surpass the fidelity of CD quality audio. My point is, a true audiophile would go that extra length of downloading those large files to a phone or maybe a dedicated device kept in the car.

            If you want the very best fidelity, you won’t use CDs, but downloaded audio. If you are a casual listener, you’ll stream MP3s. This leaves such a small amount of people that still use CDs that its almost not worth it to include a CD player inside the vehicle. That’s all I’m pointing out.

            But here’s the kicker, with such great sound systems that can read such high quality audio, do you really want to listen to it in your car? No matter what vehicle you drive, there’s wind noise, vibrations, engine note, exhaust note, tire noise, and ambient sound. Unless you’re sitting in a room designed to sample audio, expensive sound equipment is arguably wasted, especially in a car.

          • IN A VERY ROUND ABOUT WAY WE AGREE WITH EACH OTHER.

  • SteersUright

    Shaping up to be one awesome SUV.

  • eb110americana

    The Revel Ultima system I listened to in the Continental was the best factory system I have ever heard. I don’t doubt that this will be amazing.

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