[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
Spied on the Street! 2019 Pilot and Pilot PHEV mule
More.......................
All-New 2019 Honda Insight Brings Style, Sophistication and 55 mpg City Rating
More.......................
It's Official: Honda to supply Red Bull Racing in Formula One from 2019
More.......................
Will the next-gen TLX bring back double wishbones? Or a Plugin Hybrid model?
More.......................
Acura tackles Pikes Peak with 2019 RDX, NSX, and TLX entries
More.......................
Honda Partners on General Motors’ Next Gen Battery Development
More.......................
Trucks Set Records as Core Products Deliver American Honda May Sales Gains
More.......................
First in a Generation: All-New 2019 Acura RDX Arrives in Showrooms June 1
More.......................
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2018 French Grand Prix
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2018 WC
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Nikkei: Battery wars: Japan teams up for next-gen electric cars
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: DC-R
Join Discussion......
Insight --> Re: 3rd Generation Honda Insight Reviews
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: 2018 Accord 1.5T Sport CVT Impressions
Join Discussion......
Videos --> Re: MS woman goes Dukes of Hazzard in her 9th Gen Civic EX
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Odometer
Join Discussion......
Classifieds: Buy & Sell --> Re: 1999 Zanardi NSX 6MT, 2008 CR S2000 for sale
Join Discussion......
MDX --> Re: Camera directed car toward oncoming traffic after windshield replacement
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2019 Chevy Blazer Revealed As A Sporty Crossover
Join Discussion......
RDX --> Re: 3rd Generation Acura RDX Reviews
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2019 Volvo S60
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Next gen RLX and ILX
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Some juicy Acura info!!!
Join Discussion......
Acura TL Performance Luxury Sedan Features Exciting New Technology
 Date: September 01, 2003 00:01
 Submitted by:  Tuan
 Source: Honda Press Release
 Credibility Rating: N/A


SEATTLE ? The all-new Acura TL performance luxury sedan is the first vehicle in North America equipped with a standard DVD-Audio 5.1 surround sound system and a standard hands-free phone system. Acura?s top-selling sedan also features an assortment of other high tech amenities that make it one of the most comprehensively equipped cars in its class. These amenities include standard XM Satellite Radio with over 100 coast-to-coast digital stations, an available voice recognition navigation system, and an innovative Maintenance Minder system.

The Acura/ELS Premium 8-speaker Surround Sound System with DVD-Audio, DTS and CD, 6-disc Changer, AM/FM Tuner and Dolby Cassette comes standard on the 2004 TL and plays DVD-Audio (DVD-A) discs and CDs. DVD-A 5.1 music discs contain up to seven times the data capacity of a CD. This extra space is put to good use as DVD-A discs are recorded in six channels (surround sound) instead of two (stereo). The result is a huge increase in fidelity, 24-bit resolution compared to 16 bits for CD, and digital surround sound with 500 times the resolution of CD audio.

The TL?s new sound system was developed with Grammy-winning music producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner, considered one of the world?s leading authorities on 5.1 surround sound mixing and DVD-Audio. Scheiner, who has produced albums for a long list of music legends including Steely Dan and Fleetwood Mac, worked with Acura to develop a cutting edge system tuned specifically for the 2004 TL.

?It has been a thrill to join in the development of the Acura / ELS Surround Sound System for the new Acura TL,? said Scheiner. ?While mixing DVD-Audio tracks in the studio, I have often imagined how incredible it would be to have a similar experience in my car. The way the Acura / ELS Surround Sound System captures and recreates this experience is simply amazing. DVD-Audio will be a ?must have? feature for all premium audio systems.?

The 8-speaker TL audio system was designed to take advantage of the six discrete music channels available with the DVD-Audio format. Speakers are located on the top of the instrument panel near the A-pillars, with a dedicated center channel speaker in the middle of the dash. The two front doors have specially designed drivers, which reproduce the enhanced frequency response and dynamic range of DVD-Audio. Two identical drivers are located in the rear parcel shelf flanking an 8-inch powered subwoofer. Center speaker and subwoofer level controls built into the head unit allow for fine-tuning of the audio output to suit the driver?s individual taste. In addition to playing DVD-A discs and CDs (including DTS-enabled CDs), the TL sound system also plays XM Satellite Radio, which is provided as a standard feature.

Broadcast from the world?s largest digital radio facility and powered by two satellites located over the east and west coast, XM Satellite Radio provides over 100 coast-to-coast, digital radio channels, 35 of which are commercial-free. Programming includes 70 music channels and 30 channels devoted to sports, talk, children?s programming and entertainment. A three-month subscription to the XM Satellite Radio service is included with purchase of the vehicle and customers are able to continue service after that time for $9.99 a month.

The TL is also the first vehicle in North America equipped with a standard Bluetooth hands-free phone system. The Acura HandsFreeLink system enables a Bluetooth wireless link with compatible mobile phones, so that drivers can place and receive calls using the TL?s voice recognition and audio interfaces. Up to six phones can be paired with a few simple commands. Once a phone is paired, the HandsFreeLink system senses when the phone comes within 30 feet of the TL and automatically establishes a wireless link.

To place a call, the driver pushes the steering wheel-mounted ?talk? button and says, ?call? or ?dial.? The driver then says the number to be called or indicates an entry stored in the system?s phone book. The system confirms the number or phonebook entry via the audio system and dials.
When HandsFreeLink detects an incoming call, it mutes the audio system, displays the incoming number on the Multi-Info Display screen and notifies the driver with a tone. The driver answers the call by pushing the ?talk? button. The system also includes a handy ?transfer? feature, which allows drivers to transfer an existing call from his phone to HandsFreeLink or vice versa with the push of a button when entering or exiting the vehicle.

When placing or receiving a call, information that is typically displayed on the user?s mobile phone display, such as the number of an incoming caller, the strength of the phone signal and battery life is displayed on the Multi-Info Display located on the right side of the instrument cluster.

The 2004 TL also features the latest generation of the Acura Navigation system with Voice Recognition as a factory-installed option. This latest-generation navigation system features an 8-inch touch screen display, coverage of virtually all roads in the contiguous United States and over 7 million points of interest (POI). Unlike many navigation systems on the market, the Acura navigation system can be controlled with simple, easy-to-use voice commands. To utilize the voice command menu, the driver presses the ?talk? button on the steering wheel and says one of 293 commands. A microphone located in the overhead console picks up the command and the navigation system responds accordingly. Synergy between the navigation system and HandsFreeLink also allows hands-free dialing to any of the points of interest listed in the system.

To ensure proper maintenance of the TL, a new Maintenance Minder system monitors the oil service life and coordinates maintenance interval timing for service items such as oil filter, tire rotation, air-cleaner, automatic transmission fluid, spark plugs, timing belt and coolant, automatically alerting the driver when maintenance is needed. When the ignition is initially turned on, Maintenance Minder system icons are displayed on the Multi-Info Display indicating whether or not service is needed, and if so what kind.

While Acura customers have come to expect the brand to deliver the latest technology, the 2004 TL sets a new benchmark within the entry luxury segment. In addition to the above-mentioned features, the TL comes equipped with a long list of standard amenities including keyless entry with customizable features, 8-way memory seating, power lumbar support (driver?s side), high intensity discharge (HID) headlights and a 1-touch power moonroof. The 2004 TL will go on sale at Acura dealers nationwide October 6, 2003.

Last edited by Tuan on August 28, 2003 00:45

Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  blue tooth
yehonatan 0
  Maybe it's just me
Dick W 0
  Real or simulated wood?
Legendry329 1
  Acura / ELS sound system
osaze 2
  Real or Simulated Wood
stlgasman 1
  293 command?!
princed 3
  Perforated sport seats
osaze 3
  Find out how bluetooth technology really works...!!!
osaze 0
First Drive: 2019 Honda Insight
Read Article....................
2019 Honda Insight PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
First Drive: 2019 Acura RDX
Read Article....................
2019 Acura RDX Features & Specifications
Read Article....................
PR Photo Gallery - 2019 Acura RDX Advance
Read Article....................
PR Photo Gallery - 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2018 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy
29