Audio software

Sound that is authentic, artistic and emotional

We’re providing the future sound experience, today. Incomparable soundscapes delivered from the top audio brands, including ELS Studio, Fender and Blue Note, offer a wide range of audio profiles to satisfy even the most discerning music aficionado.

Fender Premium Audio®

The raw emotion of a live performance

One companion that every driver has when they hit the road is the music they love. Panasonic Automotive and Fender combine precision engineering and a passion for innovation to deliver an emotional  sound experience to drivers everywhere. This collaboration benefits from Fender's historic expertise in sound and sound amplification together with our knowledge of in-vehicle audio systems.

The Fender Premium Audio System was designed early in the vehicle development process, ensuring powerful low-frequency response, accurate imaging and uncompromised clarity. Each system is embedded in the vehicle's interior design, allowing consumers to enjoy this unique experience each time they take to the open road.

Now, the best seats in the house are in the first three rows

The Fender Premium Audio System is a featured option in the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV. The all-new VW Atlas is available with the most advanced Fender Premium Audio System to date – featuring 12 speakers and 480 watts of amplifier power.

Panasonic Automotive and Fender engineers and designers worked meticulously to create a sound system that performs well at all volume levels, provides outstanding harmonics and is a great fit for the all-new Volkswagen Atlas. In terms of both sound and aesthetics, drivers and passengers seated anywhere in the vehicle can experience the raw emotion of a live performance.

“As a collaborator with Panasonic Automotive and Volkswagen, we take great pride in the Fender Premium Audio System for the all-new Atlas,” said Jim Ninesling, Senior Vice President Electronics – Fender. “After years of hard work, the result is an audio system that delivers uncompromised quality and clarity in every row – producing the realistic ambience of a performance venue in the Atlas and all of the Volkswagen vehicles equipped with Fender Premium Audio Systems.”

The premium audio system designed by people who know a little something about life on the road


The Fender Premium Audio System was born from a collaboration between two brands known for precision in engineering and passion for innovation. To develop one the best possible audio system for the road, Fender formed a partnership with Panasonic that combined Fender's 70 plus years of expertise in sound and sound amplification with Panasonic's 65 years of experience with mobile audio systems.

The Fender Premium Audio System is embedded in the vehicle design. Three years of research, development and tuning in a new, state-of-the-art sound lab, resulted in a nine-speaker system that delivers uncompromised clarity, regardless of volume, with a unique sound that music fans everywhere will love.

The system features proprietary Panasonic speaker technology. The system covers the cabin with directional sound from front door speakers that generate imaging beyond the capabilities of traditional speaker designs. It cuts through the noise and other distractions with front dual voice coil speakers, with extended range for all musical genres. The design features lower inter-modulation distortion and smooth mid-range response to eliminate harshness. It is harmonically complex, with extended range tweeters and properly voiced 16cm speakers revealing original instrumentation timbre and harmonic richness.

The Fender Premium Audio System first appeared in the 2011 Volkswagen Passat. The system was available in the 2015 Golf, the North American Car of the Year and the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year. The Fender Premium Audio System is also available on select Volkswagen Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf family, Passat and Tiguan models.

Now drivers can have Volkswagen's superior German engineering matched with the highest quality sound.


ELS Studio® Premium Audio

Precision crafted audio performance

An exclusive system for Acura vehicles, ELS Studio® Premium Audio provides drivers with an uncompromised emotional listening experience that makes drivers feel as if they are in a recording studio. Drawing upon a rich leadership in audio technology, Panasonic Automotive engineering integrates precision tuning for a one-of-a-kind automotive innovation that creates unique sound characteristics similar to those present in studio recordings. Proprietary features such as Acoustic Motion Control™ create the ultimate listening experience for any music genre. 

To create ELS Studio® Premium Audio, we collaborated with 8-time Grammy® Award-winning producer and engineer Elliot Scheiner – a recognized leader in recording and mixing who has worked with music legends, including The Eagles, Faith Hill, Queen, Sting, Van Morrison, Ben Folds, Joe Jackson, Beyonce and Foo Fighters.

Driving a passion for music, ELS Studio Premium Audio is advancing the capabilities of automotive audio performance. Propriety speaker technology has enabled optimized designs that are more energy efficient for today’s vehicle landscape, with better sound quality.

From the studio, to your Acura vehicle

The premium audio system, branded "ELS Studio® Premium Audio System," after Scheiner's industry recognized moniker "ELS," was introduced in 2003 on the Acura TL, and due to its success is now available in all Acura models globally, including the ILX, TLX, RDX, MDX, NSX & RLX. The "ELS Studio" designation serves to distinguish this system as the ultimate automotive listening experience.

Discussing the system, Scheiner said, “With ELS Studio® we can finally capture and reproduce music the way we hear it in the studio.”


To create ELS Studio®, Scheiner, together with Panasonic engineers, carefully tune the system to maximize the performance of each component, resulting in a remarkably accurate musical experience. 

This engineering partnership has created one-of-a-kind automotive innovations that bring out the unique sound characteristics present in recordings made in the studio. Specially designed speakers and amplifiers combined with proprietary features such as Acoustic Motion ControlTM create the ultimate listening experience for any music genre. 

ELS Studio 3D

Since its inception, ELS Studio® has earned the respect of leading musicians, producers, and engineers for the ability to capture and reproduce music as it sounds in the studio. 

Please visit Acura ELS Premium Audio System for more information.



Blue Note® Premium Audio

Authentic, ageless sound

Some music is so powerful and authentic that it transcends time. Blue Note Records has produced this type of music since 1939 through jazz and an art-first philosophy. Over seven decades have passed since Blue Note Records changed the game for recorded Jazz. Since then, the label has grown to incorporate other genres of music which embody the same authentic, art-first philosophy that created the brand. Blue Note is committed to broadening its reach by fully connecting with enthusiasts, aficionados and lovers of music, – while remaining true to its "artist first" heritage.

Panasonic Automotive partnered with Blue Note to ensure that this legendary sound continues to be delivered through custom branded audio systems for the global automotive market. Blue Note® Premium Audio provides exclusive content for Panasonic Automotive's customers and a performance-driven sound that is timeless.

Proprietary technology to enrich the audio experience

Continual innovations keep elevating sound experiences at Panasonic Automotive. To reduce unwanted noise, Acoustic Motion Control™ assists in diminishing speaker vibrations and door rattles, while our active noise cancellation (ANC) looks to tune out everything else. When it comes to improving the sound drivers want, enhancements to MP3 playback and unique sound processing are helping to drive consumer’s passion for music.

Recent innovations in energy efficiency, including lightweight speakers and woofers, are helping reduce system cost, weight, and design complexity. Optimized speaker designs are delivering improved sound distribution and quality. New microphone technologies are allowing more advanced noise cancellation, voice recognition and features, like in-car communication.

Under a new U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule all electric and hybrid-fuel cars will be required to produce noise when traveling at low speeds to prevent these vehicles from injuring pedestrians, especially people who are blind or are visually impaired.