Subaru Teams With
McIntosh Audio To Produce
A Landmark Sound System
FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS, audiophiles
have considered McIntosh Audios home and car sound systems among the finest
in the world. Discriminating buyers regularly spent thousands of dollars to have
McIntosh car audio components custom-fitted to their Ferraris, Porsches and other
luxury cars, as the audio companys highly regarded components were never available
as original equipment on any vehicle.
With the introduction of the Outback H6-3.0 VDC models, Subaru is pleased to be the exclusive partner of McIntosh Audio, offering the first original equipment automotive system from McIntosh.
The McIntosh AM/FM/CD/Weatherband cassette system installed in Outback H6-3.0 VDC sedans and wagons features 11 speakers in seven locations. A five-channel McIntosh amplifier drives the system, producing 200 watts of power. A patented McIntosh circuit design eliminates distortion at higher volumes and a superior six-band, four-channel parametric equalizer helps tailor the sound.
Despite the systems state-of-the-art design, its faceplate and controls remain user-friendly. Oversized buttons and knobs are immediately familiar and easy to adjust.
The McIntosh audio system is far more than a bolt-on accessory. The system is specifically tuned to the vehicle, says McIntosh Technical Services Representative Chuck Hinton. In fact, before offering the system, Subaru worked with McIntosh for more than a year to re-engineer components and optimize the audio systems qualities specifically for the Outback H6-3.0 VDC sedans and wagons.
At the partnerships inception, Subaru delivered several vehicles to McIntoshs Binghamton, New York, headquarters. Using sophisticated metering systems, McIntosh engineers evaluated the interior of the Outback to determine the best way to combine the vehicle and audio components.
While McIntosh developed the sound system, Subaru tailored the interior of the Outback, adding insulation in several areas to dampen noise and heighten the speakers performance. Even the vehicles storage compartment was modified to utilize its interior boundaries for maximum bass production. The resulting combination of sound system and vehicle was well worth the extra effort by both companies.
Subaru wanted a better sound system, Hinton says, and McIntosh helped them provide it.