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US 20050271219A1
(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2005/0271219 A1
(43) Pub. Date:
Bruelle-Drews
(54) AUDIO SYSTEM WITH BALANCE SETTING
(86) PCT No.:
Dec. 8, 2005
PCT/US03/01932
BASED ON INFORMATION ADDRESSES
Publication Classi?cation
(75) Inventor: Christian Bruelle-Drews, Hamburg
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Int. Cl? ............................. .. H04B 1/00; H03G 3/00
US. Cl.
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Correspondence Address:
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INDIANAPOLIS OFFICE 27879
BRINKS HOFER GILSON & LIONE
An audio system for a vehicle that includes a system for
allowing an occupant of the vehicle to adjust a balance
ONE INDIANA SQUARE, SUITE 1600
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46204-2033 (US)
setting of each audio source (116). The audio system
(73) Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems
GmbH, 76307 Karlsbad (DE)
(21) Appl. No.:
ABSTRACT
includes a plurality of audio sources (102) that are connected
to an ampli?er (104). The ampli?er is connected to a head
unit (106) that adjusts the balance setting of each audio
source based on predetermined parameters or user prefer
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ences (112). Audio output signals from the audio sources are
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thus reproduced With different balance settings.
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AUDIO SYSTEM WITH BALANCE SETTING
BASED ON INFORMATION ADDRESSES
output signal to the ampli?er. The audio manager module is
an application operable to set the balance setting in the
ampli?er for each audio source based upon the user’s
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
prede?ned settings.
[0001]
1. Technical Field
[0002]
This invention relates to vehicle audio systems and,
[0009] The user interface also provides a passenger GUI
that alloWs the user to setup the multi-channel audio system
based on a passenger information address. In other Words,
the multi-channel audio system alloWs the user to adjust the
more particularly, to a multi-channel audio system With a
balance setting based on each type of audio source.
balance setting based upon the location of certain types of
[0003]
2. Related Art
passengers in the vehicle. The user can identify interest
[0004]
Motor vehicles are currently being equipped With a
mation to occupants of the motor vehicle. For example, the
balance setting for each of these interest groups. For
example, if the children normally sit in the backseat, the user
can adjust the balance setting of each audio source that the
children Want to hear to reproduce audio outputs in only the
rear loudspeakers or only in a selected subset of loudspeak
audio sources can be used to generate acoustic driver
ers.
Wide range of audio sources. The audio sources are used for
a Wide range of audio, communication and driver informa
tion systems that provide varying types of acoustic infor
recommendations from a navigation system, vocal instruc
tions from a speech controlled system, audio outputs from
different audio sources (radio tuner, CD/DVD player, MP3
groups (driver, co-driver, children, backseat, etc.) and set the
[0010] The ampli?er is used to audibly reproduce outputs
thetic speech outputs for reading email to name a feW.
provided by the various audio sources on various combina
tions of loudspeakers that are located in the vehicle. The
ampli?er includes a balance setting circuit that alloWs the
[0005]
The audio sources that are located in the motor
that are provided by the audio sources. The audio manager
vehicle may generate output signals that are meant for
different listeners in the motor vehicle. For instance,
Whereas instructions from the navigation system and traf?c
module controls the balance setting circuit in the ampli?er to
player), traf?c messages, telephone conversations and syn
messages are primarily of the driver’s interest; a concur
rently played CD for the children in the back seat of the
vehicle is likely only of interest to the children sitting in a
back seat for example. The driver or children may not Want
to interrupt the music being played from the CD With
acoustic driver recommendations from the navigation sys
tem.
ampli?er to control the balance settings of the output signals
operate as de?ned by the occupant for each audio source or
type of source.
[0011] Other systems, methods, features and advantages
of the invention Will be, or Will become, apparent to one With
skill in the art upon examination of the folloWing ?gures and
detailed description. It is intended that all such additional
systems, methods, features and advantages be included
Within this description, be Within the scope of the invention,
and be protected by the folloWing claims.
[0006] Currently, the balance setting of speakers in the
capable of having balance settings for each type of audio
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0012] The invention can be better understood With refer
ence to the folloWing draWings and description. The com
source that is used in the motor vehicle.
ponents in the ?gures are not necessarily to scale, emphasis
motor vehicle can only be set concurrently for all audio
sources. As such, a need exists for an audio system that is
instead being placed upon illustrating the principles of the
SUMMARY
invention. Moreover, in the ?gures, like reference numerals
designate corresponding parts throughout the different
[0007]
A multi-channel audio system for a vehicle is
disclosed that includes a menu-driven user interface for
setting the speaker balance setting based upon the type of
audio source that generates an audio output signal. The
multi-channel audio system includes a plurality of audio
sources that may be selected from a Wide range of audio
sources that are capable of being placed in the vehicle. The
audio sources are connected to a head unit and an ampli?er.
The head unit is the component in the vehicle that is used for
audio management. SoftWare modules on the head unit
views.
[0013] FIG. 1 is a block diagram of an audio system that
includes a balance setting system for multiple audio sources.
[0014]
FIG. 2 is a GUI illustrating an example driver
information screen.
[0015]
FIG. 3 is a GUI illustrating an example audio
information screen.
alloW the occupant to use the audio sources located in the
[0016] FIG. 4 is a block diagram illustrating the method
steps taken to adjust balance settings in the audio system.
vehicle and manage such things as balance and volume. The
head unit alloWs an occupant of the vehicle to adjust the
[0017] FIG. 5 is a block diagram illustrating the method
steps taken to adjust balance settings in the audio system
balance setting for a plurality of speakers based upon each
audio source or type of audio source.
[0008]
The head unit includes a user interface module and
an audio manager module. The user interface module
includes an application that generates a balance setting
graphical user interface (“GUI”) on a display of the multi
channel audio system. The balance setting GUI alloWs the
occupant of the vehicle to adjust balance settings for each
type of audio source that is capable of providing an audio
based on passenger categories.
[0018] FIG. 6 is a block diagram of an audio system that
includes a balance setting system for multiple audio sources
based on passenger categories.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE
PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
[0019] FIG. 1 discloses a multi-channel audio system 100
for a vehicle that is capable of alloWing an occupant of the
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vehicle to adjust and set speaker balance settings based on
the type of audio source that is providing an output. The
balance setting alloWs the multi-channel audio system 100 to
reproduce audible output signals from each audio source in
a prede?ned number of speakers in the vehicle. When more
than one audio source is generating an output on the speak
ers, the multi-channel audio system 100 is capable of
simultaneously applying multiple balance settings to the
audio outputs that are generated on the speakers.
[0020]
The multi-channel audio system 100 includes a
plurality of audio sources 102 that are connected to an
ampli?er 104. A set of rear loudspeakers 108 and a set of
front loudspeakers 110 are connected to the output of the
alloWs the user to interact With settings that are generated on
the display. Other mechanical adjustmnent instruments for
controlling the balance setting options provided by the head
unit 106 may also be used such as buttons, knobs or
sWitches.
[0024] Activation of the driver information screen tab 202
brings up a driver information screen 208 that is generated
by the GUI application or module of the user interface
module 112. The driver information screen 208 includes a
balance information GUI 210 and a balance setting GUI 212.
The balance information GUI 210 includes a list of the
respective audio sources 102 that are controlled by the
settings contained in the balance setting GUI 212 of the
ampli?er 104. Additional sets of loudspeakers also could be
connected to the output of ampli?er 104. Several different
driver information screen 208.
types of audio sources may be used in the multi-channel
audio system 100. The audio sources 102 may be selected
from a group of audio sources including, but not limited to,
GUI 210 of the driver information screen 208 includes all of
the audio sources 102 in the multi-channel audio system 100
that provide acoustic driver recommendations to the driver.
As illustrated, the balance information GUI 210 includes
a navigation system, a radio tuner, a mobile or remote
terminal (telephone), a CD/DVD player, a Radio Data
System (RDS) tuner, an Internet radio, a cassette player, a
satellite radio, a teXt-to-speech system, a television tuner or
an MP3 player. Some of the audio sources 102 are illustrated
in FIG. 1, but other audio sources may be a part of the
multi-channel audio system 100 as Well.
[0021]
The multi-channel audio system 100 also includes
a head unit 106 that is connected to the ampli?er 104. The
head unit 106 may include a GUI module 112 that is
operable to generate a GUI on a display. As set forth in
greater detail beloW, the GUI module 112 is used by an
[0025] In the eXample in FIG. 2, the balance information
navigation acoustic driver recommendations that may be
generated from the vehicle navigation system and traf?c
notices that may be generated by the RDS tuner. RDS is a
series of enhancements for VHF and FM radio that started
in Europe and migrated around the World. It provides a
variety of features including a more precise Way of tuning
and an eight-character display of the station. For car radios,
it provides traf?c information as Well as a Way to tune in
alternate frequencies for the same station.
[0026]
The balance setting GUI 212 of the driver infor
mation screen 208 also includes a horiZontal adjustment bar
occupant of the vehicle to adjust and set the balance settings
of the rear and front loudspeakers 108, 110 and to revieW the
214 and a vertical adjustment bar 216. An occupant of the
vehicle can adjust the balance setting betWeen the rear and
balance settings that have already been programmed by the
front loudspeakers 108, 110, by using the horiZontal adjust
occupant and stored in the head unit 106. An audio manager
module 114 is also included in the head unit 106 that is used
to set the balance of the ampli?er 104 for each respective
audio source 102. In other embodiments, the head unit 106
ment bar 214. The vertical adjustment bar 216 is used to
may be connected to each one of the audio sources 102 or
selected audio sources 102. This alloWs the head unit 106 to
control operation of each of the audio sources 102.
[0022] The ampli?er 104 includes a balance setting circuit
116 that sets the balance of the speakers 108, 110 based upon
user settings that are input into the GUI 112. Although not
illustrated, the ampli?er 104 also includes control circuitry
and ampli?cation circuitry that are designed to audibly
reproduce audio output signals in the loudspeakers 108, 110
based on the user de?ned balance settings for the audio
sources 102. The audio manager module 114 is programmed
to control the balance setting circuit 116 of the ampli?er 104
based on the settings that are determined and input by an
occupant of the vehicle.
[0023] In FIG. 2, an illustrative balance setting GUI 200
that may be generated by the GUI 112 is set forth. The
balance setting GUI 200 illustrated is used to set the balance
for the driver of the vehicle. The balance setting GUI 200
includes a driver information screen tab 202, an audio screen
adjust the balance setting betWeen the right-hand and left
hand side of the vehicle. In other Words, the vertical adjust
ment bar is used to adjust the balance setting betWeen the left
and right loudspeakers of the rear and front loudspeakers
108, 110.
[0027] During operation, the occupant of the vehicle can
adjust the balance setting by moving the horiZontal and
vertical adjustment bars 214, 216 to the desired location. For
illustrative purposes only, the balance setting set forth in
FIG. 2 has the audio outputs from the navigation system and
the RDS tuner set to be audibly reproduced only on the
driver side speaker. The horiZontal and vertical adjustment
bars 214, 216 may be adjusted to audibly reproduce acoustic
driver recommendations on all of the speakers or just one of
the speakers. The settings of the horiZontal and vertical
adjustment bars 214, 216 causes the audio manager module
114 to adjust the balance setting of the audio sources 102
such that the audio output signals that are generated by the
various audio sources 102 are set to the balance setting
re?ected in the balance setting GUI 212.
[0028] Also in FIG. 2, the balance setting GUI 200 that is
illustrated may be tailored to the driver of the vehicle. The
tab 204, and a voice screen tab 206. Although not speci?
multi-channel audio system 100 alloWs the balance setting to
cally illustrated, the multi-channel audio system 100
occupants of the vehicle or users of the multi-channel audio
be setup based on passenger information addresses. The
head unit 106 may be operable to alloW the user of the
multi-channel audio system 100 to set the balance setting for
system 100. The display Would be connected to the head unit
106. The display is preferentially a touch-screen display that
co-driver or passenger, children, and adult passengers.
includes a display that is used to display information to
audio sources 102 for groups of interest, such as a driver, a
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a menu-based selection GUI to allow the user to select Which
ated by the audio sources 102 and provided to the ampli?er
104 at step 404. After the balance settings are adjusted for
group the balance setting GUI 200 is brought up during
operation. Other selection methods for selecting the group of
the audio output signals, they are reproduced on speakers
108, 110 according to the balance settings that are controlled
interest may also be used, such as buttons or knobs on the
by the head unit 106, as is illustrated at step 406.
Although not speci?cally illustrated, the GUI 112 may use
head unit 106.
[0029] FIG. 3 illustrates a balance setting GUI 200 that
may be used by children. Selection of the audio screen tab
204 causes the user interface 112 of the head unit 106 to
generate an audio information screen 300. The audio infor
mation screen 300 may control the balance settings for
various audio sources 102 that are directed toWard enter
[0033] Referring to FIG. 5, another block diagram is set
forth illustrating the steps that may be taken to adjust the
balance settings of the audio sources 102 based upon pas
senger categories. At step 500, the user or driver of the
vehicle selects a passenger category using the head unit 106.
The passenger category may be selected using the balance
setting GUI 200 that is generated by the head unit 106. At
tainment and not vehicle navigation or driver information.
As illustrated, the balance information GUI 210 sets forth
that the audio information screen 300 is used to control the
balance setting for the tuner or radio, a television, a
CD/DVD player, a cassette player and an MP3 player. As
With the driver information screen 208, the horiZontal and
settings are adjusted, the audio output signals may be
reproduced on the speakers 108, 110 according to the
balance settings that are supplied by the user for that
vertical adjustment bars 214, 216 of the balance setting GUI
category, as is illustrated at step 504.
212 are used to control and adjust the balance settings for the
audio sources 102 that fall in this category. In the example
set forth in FIG. 3, the balance setting is set to cause the
[0034] FIG. 6 depicts yet another embodiment including
multi-channel audio system 100 to audibly reproduce
audible output signals from these audio sources 102 equally
sources 102 that are connected to an ampli?er 104 and a
on both of the rear loudspeakers 108.
head unit 106. The head unit 106 is also connected to the
[0030] Although not illustrated, the voice screen tab 206 is
used to set the balance setting of various voice-related audio
located on the head unit 106 is used to alloW a user to select
sources 102. Selection of the voice screen tab 206 Will
generate a voice information screen. As With the examples
on the head unit 106 is used for adjusting a balance setting
of a plurality of speakers 108, 110 for the selected passenger
set forth above, the horiZontal and vertical adjustment bars
214, 216 of the balance setting GUI 212 are used to control
and adjust the balance setting for the various audio sources
102 that fall in this category. Types of audio sources that fall
category based on a-respective audio source 102 that gen
erates an audio output signal.
step 502, the user or driver of the vehicle adjusts the balance
setting for the selected passenger category. Once the balance
a multi-channel audio system 600 for use in a vehicle. The
multi-channel audio system 600 includes a plurality of audio
ampli?er 104. A passenger category selection module 602
in this category may be a mobile terminal or a text-to-speech
system.
a passenger category. An audio manager module 114 located
[0035]
The user may select a passenger category to cor
respond to seating locations in the vehicle. As such, the
passenger categories that may be selected to include, for
example, a driver category, a passenger category, and a
[0031] An occupant of a vehicle may adjust the balance
settings for several audio sources 102 instead of having one
balance setting for all audio sources 102. In addition, the
balance setting for the audio sources 102 to be adjusted
based on groups of interest. This alloWs the occupant of the
vehicle to control What speakers audio outputs are generated
on such that different speakers 108, 110 can be used for
different audio sources 102. For example, the balance setting
for a navigation system can be setup to only generate
acoustic driver recommendations and information on a
children category. The passenger category selection module
602 alloWs the user to navigate through a balance setting
GUI 200 that is generated for each passenger category in a
similar manner set forth above. After the user selects a
passenger category, the balance setting GUI 200 for that
particular passenger category may be used to adjust the
balance settings for the audio sources as With previous
embodiments. Once the balance settings are set by the user,
the prede?ned user balance settings are stored in the head
unit 106. Unless the balance settings are adjusted again, each
speaker close to the driver While the balance setting for a CD
player can be setup to play audio outputs on speakers in the
back seat Where children may be located. The children may
time the multi-channel audio system 600 is turned on the
head unit 106 Will revert to the saved balance settings.
not Want to hear the acoustic driver recommendations gen
[0036] As set forth above, some of the audio output signals
may be driver information messages that are generated by
erated by the navigation system and may Want music from
the CD player to continue uninterrupted. Such capability is
supplied to the multi-channel audio system 100 by providing
balance settings for each audio source 102.
[0032] FIG. 4 is a block diagram that sets forth steps that
may be taken by the multi-channel audio system 100 to
control the balance settings of the audio sources 102 in the
multi-channel audio system 100. At step 400, the audio
sources 102 generate a plurality of audio output signals.
After the audio output signals are generated by the audio
sources 102, they are transmitted to the ampli?er 104, as is
illustrated at step 402. The head unit 108 is used to adjust the
balance settings for the audio output signals that are gener
the navigation system. The audio signals from other audio
sources may be muted or reduced When driver information
messages are generated and played to occupants of the
vehicle. The audio signals may be muted or reduced in the
speaker nearest the driver of the vehicle, or in any combi
nation of speakers.
[0037] While various embodiments of the invention have
been described, it Will be apparent to those of ordinary skill
in the art that many more embodiments and implementations
are possible Within the scope of the invention. Accordingly,
the invention is not to be restricted except in light of the
attached claims and their equivalents.
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What is claimed is:
1. An audio system for use in a vehicle, comprising:
a plurality of audio sources connected to an ampli?er,
Where the audio sources are operable to generate a
plurality of audio output signals that are supplied to the
ampli?er; and
reproducing the audio output signals on the speakers based
upon the respective balance setting of each of the audio
sources.
14. The computer program product of claim 12 Where at
least one audio output signal comprises an acoustic driver
information message generated from a respective audio
source.
a control unit connected With the ampli?er for adjusting a
balance setting associated With a plurality of speakers
based on each of the respective audio sources that
generates the audio output signal, Where the control
unit includes a user interface for setting the balance
setting of each audio source, Where the control unit
further adjusts the balance setting based upon a user
preference for each audio source.
2. The audio system of claim I Where the balance setting
is further adjusted to output an acoustic driver information
message to a speaker positioned near a driver of the vehicle.
3. The audio system of claim 2 Where audio output signals
from other audio sources are muted from the speaker posi
tioned nearest the driver While the acoustic driver informa
tion message is being played on the speaker positioned
nearest the driver.
4. The audio system of claim 2 Where audio output signals
from other audio sources play uninterrupted by the acoustic
driver information message in at least one speaker not
15. The computer program product of claim 14 Where the
respective audio source comprises a navigation system.
16. The computer program product of claim 14 Where the
balance setting generates the acoustic driver information
message in a speaker nearest a driver of the vehicle.
17. The computer product of claim 15 Where the balance
setting reduces audio output signals from audio sources
other than the navigation system.
18. The computer program product of claim 15 Where the
balance setting mutes audio output signals from audio
sources other than the navigation system in the speaker
nearest the driver of the vehicle.
19. The computer program product of claim 12 Where the
speakers comprise a front and rear set of loudspeakers.
20. The computer program product of claim 12, further
comprising computer readable program code for generating
a graphical user interface on a display capable of alloWing
the user to adjust the balance setting.
21. The computer program product of claim 12 Where the
positioned nearest the driver.
5. The audio system of claim 4 Where the acoustic driver
information message is muted from the audio output signals
sent to the speakers not positioned nearest the driver.
6. The audio system of claim 1 Where-the control unit
including a navigation system, a tuner, a remote terminal, a
compact disc player, a digital video disc player, an MP3
player, a radio data service tuner, a television, a satellite
includes an audio manager module operable to control the
radio, an Internet radio, a cassette player, and a teXt-to
balance setting of the ampli?er connected to the speakers.
speech system.
7. The audio system of claim 1 Where the control unit
includes a means for adjustment operable to alloW a user to
adjust the balance setting of the audio sources.
8. The audio system of claim 1 Where the control unit
audio sources may be selected from a group of audio sources
22. The computer program product of claim 12, further
comprising computer readable program code for setting the
balance setting for each audio source based on a passenger
category.
includes a user interface module operable to alloW a user to
23. The computer program product of claim 22 Where the
adjust the balance setting of the audio sources using a
passenger category may include a driver, a co-driver, at least
touch-screen display.
one child, or at least one adult passenger.
9. The audio system of claim 8 Where the user interface
module generates a balance setting graphical user interface
on the touch-screen display that alloWs a user to adjust the
balance setting.
10. The audio system of claim 1 Where the balance setting
for each respective audio source is stored in the control unit.
11. The audio system of claim 1 Where the audio source
may be selected from a group of audio sources including a
navigation system, a tuner, a remote terminal, a compact disc
player, a digital video disc player, an MP3 player, a radio
data service tuner, a television, a satellite radio, an Internet
radio, a cassette player, and a teXt-to-speech system.
12. A computer program product for use With an audio
system in a vehicle, comprising:
24. An audio system for a vehicle, comprising:
a plurality of audio sources capable of generating a
plurality of audio output signals;
an ampli?er connected to the audio sources for receiving
the audio output signals generated by the audio sources;
a plurality of speakers connected to the ampli?er; and
a head unit connected to the ampli?er operable to control
a balance setting of the speakers for each respective
audio source that is generating the audio output signals,
Where the head unit is operable to generate a user
interface for setting the balance setting of each audio
source.
computer readable program code for controlling a plural
ity of audio sources capable of generating a plurality of
computer readable program code for alloWing a user to set
25. The audio system of claim 24 Where the ampli?er
includes a balance setting circuit that is controlled by the
head unit.
26. The audio system of claim 24 Where the head unit
a balance setting for a plurality of speakers for each
includes a user interface module for alloWing a user to adjust
respective audio source With a user interface.
the balance setting of each audio source.
27. The audio system of claim 24 Where the user interface
is generated on a touch-screen display.
audio output signals; and
13. The computer program product of claim 12, further
comprising computer readable program code for audibly
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28. The audio system of claim 24 Where the head unit
includes an audio manager module operable to control the
the selected passenger category based on a respective
audio source that generates an audio output signal.
ampli?er based upon the balance setting for each respective
40. The audio system of claim 39 further comprising
audio an audio manager module for controlling the ampli?er
audio source.
29. The audio system of claim 24 Where one audio source
comprises a navigation system for generating an acoustic
driver information message and the balance setting is set to
audibly reproduce the acoustic driver information message
only in a respective speaker positioned near a driver of the
vehicle.
30. The audio system of claim 29 Where other audio
sources continue in a predetermined number of other speak
ers uninterrupted by the acoustic driver information mes
sage.
31. The audio system of claim 24 Where the audio sources
may be selected from a group of audio sources including a
navigation system, a tuner, a remote terminal, a compact disc
player, a digital video disc player, an MP3 player, a radio
data service tuner, a television, a satellite radio, an Internet
radio, a cassette player, and a teXt-to-speech system.
to audibly reproduce the audio output signal in a predeter
mined number of speakers based upon the balance setting
for each of the audio sources.
41. The audio system of claim 39 Where the passenger
category selection module is operable to generate a balance
setting graphical user interface that is used to adjust the
balance settings of the audio sources.
42. The audio system of claim 39 Where the passenger
category may be selected from a group of passenger cat
egories including a driver category, a co-driver category, a
backseat passenger category and a children category.
43. A method of controlling balance settings in an audio
system for a vehicle, comprising the steps of:
selecting a passenger category;
32. A method of controlling balance settings in an audio
system for a vehicle, comprising the steps of:
adjusting a balance setting of at least one audio source for
generating a plurality of audio output signals from a
plurality of audio sources;
reproducing audio output signals based on the balance
transmitting the audio output signals from the audio
sources to an ampli?er;
adjusting a balance setting of each respective audio source
With a head unit connected to the ampli?er; and
reproducing the audio output signals on a speaker based
upon the balance setting of each respective audio
source.
33. The method of claim 32 Where the balance setting of
each audio source is adjusted by an occupant of the vehicle
With a graphical user interface.
34. The method of claim 32 Where the graphical user
interface includes a vertical and horiZontal scroll bar for
adjusting the balance setting.
35. The method of claim 33 Where the graphical user
interface is generated on a touch-screen display in the
vehicle.
36. The method of claim 32 Where a respective audio
output signal comprises an acoustic driver information mes
the passenger category, and
setting for each audio source.
44. The method of claim 43 Where the passenger category
is selected through a graphical user interface generated by a
passenger category selection module located on the control
unit.
45. The method of claim 43 Where the passenger category
may be selected from a group of passenger categories
including a driver category, a co-driver category, a backseat
passenger category and a children category.
46. In a vehicle navigation system having a graphical user
interface including a display and selection device, a method
of providing and selecting from a menu on the display, the
method comprising:
retrieving a set of menu entries associated With the menu,
Where each of the menu entries represents at least one
balance setting associated With each one of a plurality
of audio sources;
displaying at least one of the balance settings associated
With each audio source;
sage generated by a navigation system.
37. The method of claim 36 Where the balance setting is
positioned such that the acoustic driver information message
is reproduced on a speaker chosen by the driver.
38. The method of claim 32 Where the audio sources may
be selected from a group of audio sources including a
navigation system, a tuner, a remote terminal, a compact disc
player, a digital video disc player, an MP3 player, a radio
data service tuner, a television, a satellite radio, an Internet
radio, a cassette player and a teXt-to-speech system.
39. An audio system for use in a vehicle comprising:
a plurality of audio sources connected to an ampli?er;
a control unit connected to the ampli?er;
a passenger category selection module located on the
control unit for selecting a passenger category; and
a user interface module located on the control unit for
adjusting a balance setting of a plurality of speakers for
receiving a menu entry selection signal indicative of the
selection device pointing at a selected menu entry
associated With the balance setting from the set of menu
entries; and
in response to the menu entry selection signal, adjusting
the balance setting associated With the audio source as
indicated by the menu entry selection signal.
47. The method of claim 46 Where the display and
selection device comprise a touch-screen display.
48. The method of claim 47 Where a horiZontal and
vertical scroll bar generated on the touch-screen display are
used to adjust the balance setting of each audio source.
49. The method of claim 46 further comprising the step of
reproducing audio output signals on a plurality of speakers
using the balance setting provided for each audio source.
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