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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Features New Bose Sound System 

Redesigned and updated with newly engineered speakers and proprietary technologies, the Bose system in the 2016 MX-5 delivers improved audio performance, optimized for driving with the top down.

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Bose has announced a new sound system for Mazda’s fourth-generation MX-5 Miata roadster.

Redesigned and updated with newly engineered speakers and proprietary technologies, the Bose system in the 2016 MX-5 delivers improved audio performance — optimized for driving with the top down.

Cabin acoustics in the MX-5 differ significantly depending on roof position.

2016 mazda MX-5 speakers

When the top is down, reproducing lifelike sound with a conventional approach compromises clarity and musical detail — vocals and instruments can be lost when competing with ambient noise.

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Bose tuned the system with two separate equalization (EQ) settings – one for top-down driving and one for top -up.

The EQ settings, combined with Bose AudioPilot 2 noise compensation technology, adjust automatically depending on roof position, wind noise and road noise.

Bose also added new speakers to the driver and passenger seat headrests.

2016 mazda MX-5 speakers

Debuting in the 2016 Mazda MX-5, each pair of 2-inch (50mm) Bose UltraNearfield speakers were developed specifically for headrest placement and performance rather than simply placing conventional speakers in a headrest to add a feature.

The new Bose UltraNearfield speakers work with proprietary Bose TrueSpace digital signal processing technology — and it’s this combination that delivers on the promise of headrest speakers.

2016 mazda MX-5 headrest speakers

TrueSpace technology creates a wide sound stage, even though the speakers are just inches away from the listener.

The music envelops the driver and passenger, it’s spacious and natural, and remarkably, it doesn’t fade in the breeze.

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