The new Mazda MX-5 joins the range of Mazda vehicles equipped with Bose sound systems. The Japanese manufacturer is partnering with Bose for a long time, and Mazda customers are very happy with the sound and connectivity. The first Bose sound system for Mazda was introduced in 1993, and Bose audio has been offered in Miata models since 1998.
Redesigned and updated with newly engineered speakers and proprietary technologies, the Bose system in the 2016 MX-5 was optimized for driving with the top down.
Cabin acoustics in the MX-5 differ significantly depending on roof position. When the top is down, reproducing lifelike sound with a conventional approach compromises clarity and musical detail. 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. 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.