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While setting the stage for dynamic automotive and design tradition, Kia and Harman Kardon both strive for simple and pure elegance in their works.

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Kia &
Harman Kardon®:
A Brand Partnership to Surprise

Driving a Kia is a driving experience like no other. By combining spirited driving pleasure with exclusive traveling comfort, Kia goes beyond your expectations. It is a vehicle for driving fun and adventure. A companion that takes you safely to any destination. Amazing sound is an essential part of your Kia experience. Kia brings a new beat to the global auto industry - that‘s why Kia and Harman Kardon build a perfect brand partnership. Harman Kardon takes the in-car listening experience to a completely new level. The uniquely designed sound systems from Harman Kardon create emotional sound full of depth and details. Together, both brands create a difference that you won‘t just see. You will hear it.

Car models

Stinger

A New Chapter of Excellence
By Kia and
Harman Kardon

The Kia Stinger not only combines an exhilarating driving experience with high-end comfort, it also takes the in-car listening experience to a completely new level with the Harman Kardon premium sound system. Its 15 high-performance speakers placed throughout the vehicle cabin mesmerize listeners with 360-degree high-resolution sound.

The speed of sound.
For the audiophile in us all. The available 720-watt Harman/Kardon® QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound System turns miles into music with state-of-the-art audio quality through 15 speakers.

Turn it Up

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 15 speakers
  • 720 Watts Amplifier Power
  • Clari-Fi™
    QuantumLogic®
    Technologies

System overview

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11 ×100 mm Mid-Range Center Speaker (IP Center)
24 ×25 mm Tweeter (Front and Rear Doors)
34 ×80 mm Mid-Range Speaker (Front Rear Doors)
44 ×160 mm Door Woofer (Front and Rear Doors)
52 ×200 mm SVC Subwoofer (Under Front Seats)
61 ×12-channel Amplifier
Optima

Pushing the Boundaries
With Premium Sound by
Harman Kardon

The Harman Kardon premium sound system is the perfect companion for every drive in the Kia Optima. With 14 high-performance speakers located in ten different parts of the car, passengers can feel and hear every note of their favourite songs, for a crisp, authentic listening experience.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 14 speakers
  • 630 Watts Amplifier Power
  • Clari-Fi™
    QuantumLogic®
    Technologies

System overview

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12 ×80 mm Front-Mid Coaxial Tweeter (IP)
21 ×100 mm Mid-Range Center Speaker (IP Center)
32 ×80 mm Mid-Range Center Speaker (Rear Deck)
42 ×160 mm Door Woofer (Front Doors)
52 ×160 mm Coaxial Door Speakers (Rear Doors)
61 ×200 mm DVC Subwoofer (Rear Deck)
71 ×11-channel Amplifier
Sorento

A Thrilling sound
on all terrains

The Kia Sorento’s sophisticated design is enhanced by the Harman Kardon premium sound system, which includes twelve high-performance speakers in the ten best possible locations. This makes every ride in the SUV a thoroughly enjoyable musical experience, regardless of the terrain.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 12 speakers
  • 630 Watts Amplifier Power
  • Clari-Fi™
    QuantumLogic®
    Technologies

System overview

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12 ×25 mm Tweeter (Mirror Sails)
21 ×100 mm Mid-Range Speaker (IP Center)
32 ×160 mm Mid-Woofer (Front Doors)
42 ×160 mm Coaxial Door Speaker (Rear Doors)
52 ×80 mm Mid-Range Speaker (Rear Deck)
61 ×200 mm DVC Subwoofer (In the Rear)
71 ×11-channel Amplifier
Niro

MAKING ROAD TIME QUALITY TIME
WITH PREMIUM AUDIO

In the Kia Niro, the Harman Kardon premium sound system helps make road time quality time by providing crisp, clear, and dynamic sound with its eight speakers at eight different locations in the car.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8 speakers
  • 315 Watts Amplifier Power
  • Clari-Fi™ Technology

System overview

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12 ×25 mm Tweeter (IP)
21 ×80 mm Mid-Range Speaker (IP Center)
32 ×160 mm Woofer (Front Doors)
42 ×160 mm Woofer (Rear Doors)
5200 mm DVC Subwoofer with Enclosure (Rear Quarter)
67-channel Amplifier
Cadenza

AUDIO THAT MAKES
A GOOD DRIVE GREAT

The Kia Cadenza is pure charisma on the outside and refined craftsmanship on the inside. With 14 speakers positioned at 12 locations throughout the vehicle, the Harman Kardon premium sound system provides the audio quality that helps make a good drive great.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 14 speakers
  • 630 Watts Amplifier Power
  • Clari-Fi™
    QuantumLogic®
    Technologies

System overview

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12 ×80 mm Coaxial Tweeter (IP)
21 ×100 mm Mid-Range Speaker (IP Center)
32 ×160 mm Woofer (Front Doors)
42 ×25 mm Tweeter (Rear Doors)
52 ×160 mm Mid-Woofer (Rear Doors)
61 ×160 mm Mid-Range Speaker (Rear Deck)
7200 mm DVC Subwoofer (Rear Deck)
811-channel Amplifier
Soul

ROLLING IN STYLE
WITH HARMAN KARDON

The Kia Soul offers drivers and passengers alike an outstanding audio entertainment experience every time they set foot in the car: the Harman Kardon premium sound system comprises eight speakers at eight different locations. What’s more, optional front-door speaker lights can instantly create an upbeat mood, making the driving experience even more enjoyable.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8 speakers
  • 315 Watts Amplifier Power
  • Clari-Fi™ Technology

System overview

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12 ×19 mm Tweeter (IP)
21 ×100 mm Mid-Range Speaker (IP Center)
32 ×160 mm Mid-Woofer (Front Doors)
42 ×160 mm Coaxial Door Speaker (Rear Doors)
5200 mm DVC Subwoofer (Rear Quarter)
67-channel Amplifier
Sportage

MORE THAN READY
WHICHEVER ROAD YOU CHOOSE

The Kia Sportage’s Harman Kardon premium sound system comes with eight perfectly positioned speakers that offer the powerful music experience you crave when you are on the road. In addition, the speed-dependent volume control feature masks background noise, creating a pleasant environment in the vehicle cabin.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 speakers
  • 315 Watts Amplified Power
  • Clari-Fi™ Technology

System overview

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12 ×25 mm Tweeter (Sail Panel)
21 ×80 mm Mid-Range Speaker (IP Center)
32 ×160 mm Mid-Woofer (Front Doors)
42 ×160 mm Woofer (Rear Doors)
5200 mm DVC Subwoofer with Enclosure (Rear Quarter)
67-channel Amplifier
  • Engineering Premium Audio in Your Car

    The addition of Harman Kardon premium audio to the Kia line-up marks an extension of a long-lasting partnership between HARMAN and Kia formed in 1998 that has produced some of the industry’s most technologically advanced and best-reviewed audio systems. Harman Kardon engineers worked with Kia during the earliest stages of vehicle development, spending hundreds of hours fine-tuning the audio system specifically for the vehicles cabin size, materials and seating configurations. The result is a system that enhances the driving experience with the true emotional response previously attained with only the finest home-audio equipment, transfixing listeners with 360 degree spatial envelopment and rich, high resolution sound.
     

  • Music Meets Pure Driving Experience

    Harman Kardon is distinguished by its comprehensive expertise and the continuous pursuit of an excellent sound experience at home and in the car. The sound systems are highlighted by extraordinary design, premium materials and sophisticated details which ultimately lead to a stunning and unique music adventure.
     

Videos

Harman Kardon®
cutting edge technologies

At Harman Kardon, we strongly believe in first-class quality music reproduction. Music must always preserve its character and nature. Music is a full and rich emotional experience. That attitude determines how we see and use technology. For Harman Kardon, technology has one purpose and one purpose only – to serve the music!

  • HARMAN Clari-Fi™ is a revolutionary technology that brings compressed music back to life. Clari-Fi analyzes digital audio files in real-time and corrects waveform deficiencies based on the existing audio information. Thereby it scales the amount of treatment based on the quality of the individual source signal “rebuilding” much of what was lost in the compression modus. It is easy and convenient as it works at home, on the go, in the car – with Clari-Fi it's simply sounds so much better. Once applied, Clari-Fi works automatically, no need to configure or adjust.

  • HARMAN’s in-house developed QuantumLogic® sound technology creates an unprecedented 7.1-channel surround sound listening experience from any mono, stereo, or multi-channel signal source, hence setting a benchmark in audio signal processing excellence. Revolutionary new audio algorithms, pulling the strings in the background, extract signal streams and impulse responses from the original recording and give audio tracks a natural yet controlled sound quality. It provides a level of subtlety and detail that is as close to the original recording as possible. It is just like being there.

Harman Kardon®
Automotive Reviews

  • 2016 Kia Sportage

    “The new Kia Sportage marks the latest product resulting of the cooperation between HARMAN and Kia. According to the Hi-Fi expert, the Sportage is going to offer a best-in-class sound experience thanks to the patented Clari-Fi technology. The Clari-Fi technology improves the quality of compressed audio sources.”

  • 2016 Kia Optima

    “You can opt for a Harman Kardon premium sound system with 590 Watt, 10 speakers, external power amplifier and the technologies ClariFi (improves audio quality) and QuantumLogic Surround (transforms audio signals into 7.1 surround sound).”

  • 2016 Kia Optima EX

    “When it comes to listening quality, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is available. Included with this is the firm’s Clari-Fi technology, which undoes the damage caused by audio compression, so the MP3s on your iPod or smartphone sound much better. Additionally, this system comes with Harman’s QuantumLogic system, which creates a pretty convincing surround-sound experience.”

  • Kia Optima

    A new-for-2016 feature is a Harman Kardon 630-watt, 14-speaker audio system with Quantum Logic surround sound and Clari-Fi technology. Clari-Fi basically adds in the missing audio information from compressed digital audio, and while it sounds like a black art that could result in horrible artifacts it’s actually extremely effective at making your MP3 and other digital files sound like full-bodied recordings.

  • Kia Optima

    Oh, and the ”QuantumLogic” Harman Kardon stereo really is brilliant, with crisp tones and clear bass coming from even older songs, a product of the brand’s Clari-Fi restoration technology, which revives lost tones from digitally compressed music.

  • Kia Optima

    …and Kia’s first offering of Harman Kardon’s most trick QLS surround sound system. This (also pure magic) super stereo has the ability to extract signals from an original recording and redistribute them for a clearer and more detailed sound; it uses an amazing patented technology that can rebuild audio signals lost in the digital compression process.

  • Kia Sportage

    The 320W 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is excellent. Given their expertise in speakers and their Clari-Fi technology, which excels at improving the quality of compressed music (satellite radio being the worst offender), Harman in-car audio routinely sounds better than anything else in the market. If there’s a sound system worth springing for over what’s on the base trim, it’s one made by Harman.

  • Kia Sportage

    As for the Harman Kardon branded sound system in the Sportage, it's the best system available in a compact CUV.

  • Kia Sportage

    But wait, there’s more: A 320-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system sits at the top of the Sportage’s Hi-Fi mountain. Built with eight speakers, including a subwoofer, an amplifier and their new, and quite amazing, Clari-Fi music restoration technology, it’s worth the extra coinage.

  • Kia Sorento - Rudolf Huber, Motorzeitung

    “The new Harman Kardon sound system with a total output of 640 watts produces a great sound.”

  • Kia Optima - Jana Möller, SHOTS Magazin

    “A great praise must be given to the sound system by Harman Kardon, which perfectly suits the interior of the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid. Your ears will be spoiled by clear, hard basses or soft string arrangements.”

  • Kia Optima Hybrid - Matthew Keegan, Business 2 Community

    “As for the Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Premium Surround Sound with ClarifFi (standard in the EX), this 630-watt, 10-speaker unit delivers excellent sound. I like what automakers have done in the sound department over the past few years, by offering top-shelf audio systems on top-trim models.”

  • Kia Stinger – Manuel Carrillo III, Carblog

    “In two words: holy crap! The Stinger GT’s Harman Kardon audio stands proud among the five best OEM car audio systems I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been a Bose fan all my life, and I enjoy the Performance Series audio systems they’ve got in the Infiniti Q60 and the all-new QX50, but Kia’s system sounds a class above the Infiniti/Bose systems. What I especially appreciate is how Harman Kardon places low-, mid- and high-frequency speakers in each door. Many automakers with premium audio systems fail to be as comprehensive. Having full-range sound emanating from each door creates a full-bodied, spatial ambiance that fewer speakers and clever digital signal processing can’t match.”

  • Kia Stinger GT – Miles Branman, Digital Trends

    “Harman Kardon is renowned for its quality electronics, but the Stinger’s 720-watt, 12-channel unit is a new benchmark. Few vehicles — at any price point — can match the sound quality, range, and balance of the system.”

  • Kia Sorento – Stephen Edelstein, Digital Trends

    “Our test car had the optional Harman Kardon surround-sound system, which produced crisp sound consistently throughout the cabin.”

  • Kia Stinger GT – Lawrence Ulrich, The Drive

    “…A knockout Harman Kardon audio system with 15 speakers, 720 watts, seat-mounted subwoofers and resonance chambers in the center roof pillars…”

  • The Fast Lane Car

    “You can also spec a 320-watt Harman Kardon sound system to get the best audio experience.”

  • Kia Stinger - Helena Stone, The Gadgeteer

    “The built-in 720-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system packs in 15 speakers and it supports hi-res audio files. The audio system inside the Stinger is actually the best sounding speaker system we’ve ever listened to from all of Kia’s vehicles.”

  • Kia Stinger - Christian Wardlaw, J.D. Power

    “A 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system is available for the Stinger, featuring Clari-Fi technology designed to improve the quality of digitally compressed music files. It sounded good, faithfully reproducing everything from classic rock to reggae.”

  • Kia Cadenza - Keith Buglewicz, Kelley Blue Book

    “The Harman Kardon audio system really is superb, with definition so sharp that Hailee Steinfeld sounded like she was sitting on the dash snapping her fingers in "Starving." If you like music, or if you just like nice-sounding things, it's worth the money.”

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