Harman offers plug-n'-play car audio solution with JBL Autostage
The aftermarket audio category is not what it used to be, now that all manufacturers already provide you with a basic in-car entertainment system. Though enthusiasts will still rip out the pre-installed gear and get their own audio systems installed, but there are still issues related to adding an extra battery for the amplifier, and even losing manufacturer's electrical warranty.Harman has taken a unique approach to add aftermarket sound upgrades to your car's pre-existing head unit with the launch of JBL Autostage. The unique plug-n'-play approach of Autostage allows car owners to add an additional amplifier and speakers without tampering with the stock wires. With no splicing or fabricating required, Autostage utilises the factory head unit retaining and all the benefits that come with it - like steering-mounted controls, connectivity options, etc. Autostage adds a 6.1-channel audio solution to your can, consisting of two front speakers, two rear speakers, two tweeters, a sub-woofer, and an amplifier that seamlessly connects to your car's head unit with its unique 'last-mile', manufacturer-approved connector.The amplifier provided consumes just 5A of power, which is minuscule compared to the 17A that most aftermarket amps consume, eliminating a need for a second battery. There's also a cost and time benefit involved through this approach, and not to forget, there's no compromise on the car's aesthetics through Autostage. The best part is, it's all manufacturer-approved, so there are no issues involved like voiding your electrical warranty. Autostage is available in two versions - Carstage (2,000W peak power) that's better suited for hatchbacks and sedans; and Sportstage (3000W peak power) that's optimised for bigger vehicles like SUVs. It's now a part of the accessory list with most auto manufacturers in India, and is compatible with 95 per cent of cars in the market today.Price for JBL Autostage starts from ?29,990, with zero per cent EMI finance options offered from 12 leading banks. It's available now at new car showrooms and premium aftermarket dealers.