The Beats by Dr. Dre audio system currently available in the 2012 Chrysler 300C will make its way into the 2012 Dodge Charger. The system will simultaneously makes its debut at the Detroit Auto Show and the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week.
The 10-speaker system will be standard on the Charger R/T Max model and part of the Blacktop or Rallye Appearance Group options packages on the SXT trim. Or you can get it as part of the (deep breath) Sound Group and Wheels and Tunes package on the Charger R/T. Chrysler says it will hit the showrooms and streets in the first quarter of this year.
We first saw and listened to the Beats by Dre system in a 300 S at last year’s New York Auto Show. It pounded out the bass better than most OEM audio systems, thanks to a dual-voice-coil 8-inch subwoofer in a sealed enclosure in the trunk (which looks a lot like the Kicker subs in other Pentastar products).
The bass from the trunk-mounted sub is reinforced by 6×9-inch woofers in each front door, two more 6x9s and an 8-inch speaker in the rear deck, a trio of 3.5-inch speakers across the dash and another 3.5-inch in each rear door. Power comes from a 12-channel amp that incorporates “Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm” that Dre supposedly uses in the studio.
Chrysler also claims that Dre and his sometimes Svengali, producer Jimmy Iovine, worked alongside Chrysler engineers to design and tune the Beats system. Acura has Grammy award-winning producer Elliot Scheiner tweaking the automaker’s ELS audio systems. So what OEM audio/musician partnerships are next? Maybe Coldplay’s Chris Martin designing one for Mini? Or how about Rascal Flats coming up with one for Ford pickups?
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