Adjusting audio system to center sound around driver vs passengers?

Adjusting audio system to center sound around driver vs passengers?

In the June 14, International Business Times article on the MS, the writer says, "In-car entertainment is nothing new, but Tesla's attention to detail goes beyond anything other car manufacturers are producing; for example, if driving alone, the owner can tell the audio system to centre music around the driver's seat, or centrally if the car is full of passengers"

First off, when will these people learn how to spell "center". Just because they invented the language, it doesn't give them the right to spell incorrectly.
Second, is this true? Is there a voice command to do this? I know the surround sound can be changed (all cars do that) , but can one do it with a voice command?

This is something that is not all that useful, but it sure as hell would be super impressive to show off the capabilities of the car to people.

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Schlermie | 15. Juni 2013

I'm pretty sure there's no voice command to adjust the centering. You "tell" the audio system to center the music via the center display.

Chunky Jr. | 15. Juni 2013

In the Media app, select the equalizer icon. This will bring up a panel that lets you change the EQ settings, and also let you adjust the balance of the speakers.

Tomas | 15. Juni 2013

I know you can adjust it manually. Almost all cars can do that. Nothing special there. The writer implies, or I inferred, that it could be done with voice commands. Perhaps it was a poor choice of worlds when referring to a car that accepts voice commands.

J.T. | 16. Juni 2013

When will these people learn how to spell "words"?

Mark E | 17. Juni 2013

The correct spelling for 'centre' in the UK is 'centre'. Its the US that spells it incorrectly. It also happens to be spelt the correct way in Australia, New Zealand and probably lots of other English speaking countries. The US has quite a few unique spelling efforts, including 'color' instead of 'colour', and 'labor', instead of 'labour'.

StingerBob | 17. Juni 2013

So now they have "boot" and "bonnet" and we have "trunk" and "frunk". Will they compromise with "boot" and "fronnet"?

JPPTM | 17. Juni 2013


British vs. American English

It is a misfortune for Anglo-American friendship that the two countries are supposed to have a common language. A Frenchman in America is not expected to talk like an American, but an Englishman speaking his mother tongue is thought to be affected and giving himself airs. Or else he is taken for a German or a Dutchman, and is complemented on his grammatical mastery of the language of another nation.
Bertrand Russell, "Can Americans and Britons Be Friends?", Saturday Evening Post, 3 June 1944

The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.
George Bernard Shaw, widely attributed beginning in the 1940s, e.g. Reader’s Digest (November 1942). Not found in his published works.

Variant: The English and the Americans are two peoples divided by a common language.
We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.
Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost (1887)

Brian H | 17. Juni 2013

In Canada, you can pretty much get away with both. The British standard is nominally correct, but if you use American spelling, people just assume you're writing for an American audience, too, and are taking care not to confuse and upset them.

jemartin | 17. Juni 2013

I don't want to sound like a party pooper (poopre in British English?), but I'd like to get back to the original subject: The audio fade/balance equalizer is one of the coolest user interfaces in the car. I show it to new passengers all the time. This being said, I have a feeling that it has the opposite effect of what I would expect: When I center (centre) the sound on me - the driver - it seems to amplify the front left speakers. To get the effect I want, namely to hear the rear right speakers equally strongly than the front ones, I have to move the dot to the rear-right position. I think it's just a matter of the Tesla Engineers having translated literally the effect of the old fade and balance buttons on old (ICE) cars. They missed an opportunity to be really ahead of the curve here (in a small way).

john_cohn | 17. Juni 2013

I agree. I lost a good part of the right speakers when I moved the "sweet spot" to the driver. Particularly for '60s songs, I got a lot of instrumentals with a very, very distant vocal track. Not what I hoped for. I will try putting the sound in the rear-right position.

hnashif | 17. Juni 2013

I believe that it's spelled "it's", for this use, and not "spelt""its", around the globe, including in Australia and New Zealand.

Brian H | 17. Juni 2013

His, hers, its;
He's, she's, it's.

J.T. | 18. Juni 2013

Very few rules without exception in the English language, but "it's" ALWAYS means "it is". As an aside, it's ALWAYS "a lot". "Alot" is not a word.

stimeygee | 18. Juni 2013

Yes, the interface looks cool, but it's really just operating the fade and balance as usual. Too bad they didn't try to use that to actually center around one listener. Would have been neat.

Brian H | 18. Juni 2013

I think "it's" can mean "it has" sometimes. "It's been a long time coming." "It's got a strong fan base."