2017 Acura NSX Press Kit - Audio and Connectivity

The new Acura NSX makes it easy for the driver to operate the navigation and audio functions while focusing on driving. An advanced, user-friendly suite of audio and connectivity technologies is controlled by a single, 7-in. capacitive touchscreen. The Display Audio system is supplemented by steering wheel-mounted controls to put access to features and functions at the driver's fingertips.

Display Audio capacitive touchscreen (shown smaller than actual size)

Audio and Connectivity Features

  • 290-watt Acura Premium Audio System with eight speakers
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC)
  • 7-in. Display Audio system touchscreen
  • HD Radio
  • Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • Pandora compatibility
  • MP3 and Windows Media
  • SMS Text Message function
  • USB audio interface
  • MP3 and auxiliary input jack

Acura Premium Audio System

Every NSX includes as standard a 290-watt Acura Premium Audio system with FM radio and eight speakers, including a powerful subwoofer, which has been engineered to be lighter than comparable systems found in competing high-end sports cars. Portable electronic devices can be connected to the system wirelessly via the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, or hard-wired through the USB and input ports. The audio system in the NSX also supports the RBDS technology standard.

Radio Broadcast Data System

The Display Audio system also supports the RBDS. RBDS allows FM radio stations not broadcasting in the HD Radio format (stations using a conventional FM radio signal) to transmit information that can be displayed on the audio system.

Display Audio Touchscreen

The 7-in. Display Audio touchscreen is capable of displaying rich graphics and allows the driver and front passenger to operate the high‑resolution touchscreen in identical fashion to a smart phone or tablet through tap, pinch and swipe user inputs.

The available Technology Package adds Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, while Acura HD Digital Traffic adds additional functionality to the Display Audio touchscreen.

The Display Audio system touchscreen shows a distinct NSX animation upon vehicle startup. Intuitive operation of the system is ensured thanks to an easy-to-use menu interface and numerous NSX‑exclusive icons that resemble smart phone apps. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported by the system, as is Pandora Internet-sourced music.

HD Radio

A standard feature on every NSX, HD Radio delivers subscription-free, high-quality digital sound with much clearer sound quality and fidelity from FM radio stations broadcasting in this format.

Next-Generation AcuraLink

Seamlessly integrated into the Display Audio system of the NSX with Technology Package is the next‑generation of AcuraLink.

Available in-vehicle and on a free-to-download mobile device app, AcuraLink offers these helpful features and benefits:

  • Cloud-Based Navigation
  • Mobile Assist
  • Messages and Alerts
  • Remote Services
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Assist Services

The AcuraLink smartphone app is available for either Apple iOS or Android-enabled cell phones. It is designed to provide in-vehicle navigation features mirrored from a smart phone to the NSX, allowing for in-dash guided mapping directions with voice instruction over the audio system speakers. By downloading the AcuraLink navigation app onto your smartphone, you can stream the entire navigation system onto the Acura NSX Display Audio touchscreen.

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay allows the use of apps within the driver's iPhone to work seamlessly within the vehicle's Display Audio system. CarPlay essentially turns the native in-car control system (NSX touchscreen) into an Apple iOS device, allowing the driver to use their iPhone within the car by utilizing the Display Audio touchscreen instead of looking down at the iPhone (when plugged into the center console USB port).

Intuitive operation is assured as the icons and graphics that appear on the NSX Display Audio system touchscreen are identical in appearance to the iPhone apps when using CarPlay. CarPlay relies heavily on the hands-free voice operation features of Siri that are embedded within the CarPlay system, allowing users to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.

Apple CarPlay requires a compatible Apple iPhone to be plugged into the 1.5‑amp USB interface port in the center console's rear storage box.

Android Auto

Android Auto integrates compatible Android smartphones with the Display Audio system. Android Auto projects a customized version of an Android smartphone onto the Display Audio touchscreen when it is plugged into the car's USB port in the center console rear storage box. Once plugged in, all phone calls are handled over the onboard Bluetooth wireless connectivity feature.

Android Auto requires a compatible Android-based cell phone to be plugged into the 1.5‑amp USB interface port in the center console's rear storage box.

Siri Eyes Free

Playing a key role to support Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free builds upon Apple's hands-free Siri functionality by enabling voice control operation of an Apple iOS mobile device that is linked with the sophisticated NSX Display Audio system.

By pressing and holding the TALK button on the steering wheel when their Apple iOS mobile device is paired via Bluetooth, the driver can use Siri to perform a number of tasks while keeping their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road.

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink

A standard feature included on every Acura NSX, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink allows a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to be wirelessly paired with the vehicle's Display Audio system, allowing for convenient hands-free operation.

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

The Acura NSX Bluetooth Streaming Audio hands-free in-car system helps the driver to stay focused on the road. The Bluetooth Streaming Audio technology allows the audio feature of a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device such as a smart phone or MP3 player to be paired wirelessly with the vehicle's audio system. Certain compatible devices will even display metadata of the musical artist, album and song title on the Display Audio touchscreen.

Text Messaging

The Acura NSX Text and Email Message technology allows text messages and emails to be audibly read aloud and allows the driver to respond with any one of six different preset messages.

The NSX system is compatible with text-capable Android and BlackBerry devices that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP). Apple iPhones do not support this feature, but the Siri Eyes Free mode (iPhone 5 and 6) offers the ability to initiate, hear and respond to text messages via voice commands.

Pandora Compatibility

The Display Audio system includes an interface for listening to Pandora, a free streaming music service that allows users to open an online account and create up to 100 personalized Internet "radio stations" based upon their favorite music genres or artists.

USB Ports

The NSX is equipped with two USB interface ports inside the vehicle. The center console storage box has an integrated 1.5-amp USB interface port that connects with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the vehicle's audio system, including the Display Audio touchscreen. Located in the glovebox is a 1.0-amp USB interface port that supports legacy iPod, MP3 and other USB functionality, but does not support CarPlay.

Acura NSX Technology Package

The optional Technology Package available for the new Acura NSX includes the following features:

  • 580-watt Acura ELS Surround Sound System with nine speakers
  • Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Acura HD Digital Traffic
  • Next-generation AcuraLink connected-car system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Available SiriusXM Radio

580-watt Nine-Speaker ELS Studio Audio System

Designed, engineered and manufactured in collaboration with Grammy and Emmy award-winning recording engineer and music producer Elliot Sheiner, the ELS Studio Audio System produces vibrant and lustrous surround sound quality with strikingly authentic tonal quality that can "finally capture and reproduce music the way we hear it in the studio," according to Sheiner.

The ELS Studio Premium Audio sound system has been designed to provide enhanced performance and sound quality within a constrained acoustic space while respecting other vehicle design priorities, including maintaining a low vehicle weight.

ELS Studio Premium Audio system speaker layout

Sporting nine speakers and a 12-channel amplifier, the 580-watt ELS Studio Premium Audio system is carefully tuned to maximize the performance and acoustic properties of each audio component in the new Acura NSX. The result is a remarkably accurate and dynamic sound that creates the ultimate in-car listening experience for any musical genre.

Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and HD Digital Traffic

Included as part of the Technology Package, the Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and HD Digital Traffic utilizes GPS technology to give the driver highly accurate and easy‑to-follow turn-by-turn driving directions to any address in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Developed in partnership with Garmin, this advanced GPS-based navigation system employs rich‑looking graphics to vividly display terrain and 3D buildings while allowing the driver to choose faster, less congested driving routes through its subscription-free HD Digital Traffic information. The system includes a free map database update each year for up to ten years. The navigation system can be operated manually via the touchscreen by utilizing its tap, swipe and pinch functionality.

Using the Voice Recognition system, the driver can operate the navigation and audio systems, adjust the climate control and operate a compatible smartphone.

Next-Generation AcuraLink

AcuraLink enables a wide array of connectivity, information and helpful services for enhanced convenience, accessibility and assistance. This option allows NSX customers to connect with online, cloud-based content and services both inside and outside of the car using the in-car audio and media system or by using the AcuraLink smart phone app.

AcuraLink features include:

  • Continuously updated traffic information
  • Cloud-based navigation services
  • 24/7 concierge service
  • Messages and alerts
  • Access to a digital version of the NSX owner's manual
  • Mobile assist services
  • Convenient scheduling of service appointments for the NSX

Front and Rear Parking Sensors

Front and rear parking sensors employ ultrasonic waves to detect obstacles and the distance between them and the vehicle, and the sensors located at the corners of the vehicle will audibly alert the driver.

SiriusXM Radio

SiriusXM Radio is available as a stand-alone option for NSX models equipped with the optional Technology Package. When listening to SiriusXM Radio, the Display Audio system shows the current category, station, song title and or artist's name.

Equipped with the latest version of SiriusXM satellite radio, the Display Audio system in the Acura NSX includes many convenient features, including:

  • Listen to all songs in their entirety on preset channels with an instant replay feature that will replay the song from the beginning
  • A Sport Flash feature that shows an on-screen alert if your favorite sports team scores or makes a big play in a live game that is being broadcast on SiriusXM Radio while you are listening to non-sports programming; touching a soft-key on the Display Audio touchscreen will allow you to hear up to 30 seconds of audio before and including the big play
  • Fast-forward, rewind and pause functionality