In the Volvo XC90, considerable importance has been attached to providing innovative infotainment. One result of this focus is that Volvo is the first carmaker in the world to launch Dolby Prologic II in a car audio system.
Volvo introduced the Dolby Pro Logic Surround Sound system back in 1997, when it was featured in the Volvo C70. It represented a revolution in mobile audio quality. Dolby Pro Logic II is a further development of the system, tailored specifically for the in-car audio environment.
Dolby Pro Logic II creates the conditions for optimum audio perception even for passengers in the rear seat, and the sound profile is both broader and more natural.
The Volvo XC90 can be specified with up to 13 loudspeakers, one of which is an 8-inch 140-watt active subwoofer for better bass quality. The Alpine surround amplifier is rated at 305 watts and is combined with an in dash CD-player for either six discs.
Rear-seat passengers have access to their own control unit for the audio system, located conveniently in the C-post. There they can plug in their headphones and listen to a separate audio source than the one playing for, say, the front passengers.
Rear Seat Entertainment
The Volvo XC90 offers more than audio entertainment – it offers pictures as well. The passengers in rows two and three have access to a roof mounted DVD player with a 7-inch wide, retractable color monitor.
The design is extremely compact and the screen is lowered on powered hinges. The functions are remote-controlled and wireless headphones can be used to avoid disturbing other passengers in the car. The DVD player plays ordinary CDs as well.
Navigation made easy
The navigation system (option) is an important part of the infotainment unit on the Volvo XC90. The crystal-clear 6.5-inch widescreen display is recessed into the upper face of the dashboard, from where it pops up at the touch of a button in the steering wheel.
The Volvo XC90 is equipped with the latest generation of Volvo Navigation System, VNS. This means, for instance, that the system is DVD-based and features new ways of logging in the destination, for example via the postal code. A function whereby the system calculates the estimated time of arrival is also included, along with a map that is accurate down to 150 ft.
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