2/24/2017 Spring 2017 About the Author All-Around Sound By Jon Heller 2/24/2017 Spring 2017 From rock to hip-hop to country, the available Harman Kardon system in the all-new 2017 Impreza takes dynamic, versatile audio to the next level. For the all-new 2017 Impreza, Subaru created a vehicle ideal for every stage of life and, similarly, looked to audio partner Harman Kardon to make an available sound system just as impressively versatile. The result? An 8-speaker, 432-watt-equivalent system as adept at hitting the sub-bass notes of country favorites as illustrating complex layers of sophisticated jazz. To create world-class sound across genres, Harman Kardon concentrated its efforts in three main arenas: powerful speakers and leading amplifier technology; interior vehicle mapping; and Clari-Fi music restoration. These come together in a system that creates full, rich audio characterized by strong bass (despite no subwoofer), a clean midrange and brilliant highs. With the Harman Kardon system, it can seem as if each instrument is playing from specific places in the car – an immersive effect created via eight speakers in six locations and a 432-watt-equivalent digital amplifier. Harman Kardon GreenEdge, 8-speaker, 6-channel, 432-watt Equivalent Premium Audio System. Why “equivalent”? Harman Kardon’s GreenEdge™ digital technology provides the volume and quality of a traditional 432-watt amplifier while requiring far less energy to operate. Additionally, engineers spent hundreds of hours fine-tuning the system to the Impreza’s interior. As a result, the Harman Kardon system is equally engaging from any position in the vehicle. The third key component of the available Harman Kardon system is Clari-Fi – cutting-edge technology that analyzes compressed music then rebuilds lost details, making the sound more faithful to original recordings. The 2017 Impreza is also the first Subaru that comes with a HARMAN multimedia system head-unit. HARMAN, the parent company of Harman Kardon, is an industry leader in the connected car segment, and all new Impreza vehicles have HARMAN built head-units, including those without the Harman Kardon audio system. Whether you’re a classical aficionado with the highest standards or looking to get the most out of the latest pop hits, road-tripping in the all-new 2017 Impreza with the available Harman Kardon audio system is guaranteed to be a whole lot of fun. THE DRIVE ULTIMATE SPRING ROAD TRIP PLAYLIST By Drive Staff Gearing up for a road trip may sound like summer, but is there any better way to celebrate spring than by hitting the highway and rolling down the window? We don’t think so, either. In honor of the all-new 2017 Impreza and the possibilities it offers, the Drive staff presents our ultimate spring road trip playlist. We’re an eclectic bunch, so the selections run a spectrum of styles and eras, but we think that, taken as a whole, it offers a nice arc of springtime cheer. Ready to roll down the window and turn up the volume? Check out our ultimate spring playlist! Below, a few contributors from our staff offer thoughts on their choices. My contribution is ‘For the Love’ by Donney Wright. It’s a shameless plug for my dear husband. His style is influenced by classic hip-hop, which he talks a lot about in this song. Hope you enjoy! – Leanna Wright, Graphic Designer Getting the kids (and dog) ready for a long trip ahead is sometimes like preparing for an exam … at a water park … in the wave pool. ‘Suddenly I See’ by KT Tunstall is one of those songs that just makes me smile and sets the mood for the rest of the trip. Well ... at least for a few hours. – Kristyn Elliott, Art Director I remember when I first heard ‘Daylight’ by Matt & Kim; it had a really contagious energy. The album, ‘Grand,’ became my soundtrack to summer 2009. Good times and great road music! – Matt Lee, Editor Our friends at audio partner Harman Kardon also dreamed up a list sure to thrill when played on the available Harman Kardon sound system for the 2017 Impreza. Hit the road and enjoy! Harman Kardon front speakers in the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza.