CHILLING fact: Canadian winters are cold. That’s why boom 973 has embraced Thermal Audio technology to help take the chill out of winter. boom 973 takes pride in being Canada’s first radio station to provide this amazing technology.
To experience thermal audio:
- Listen to boom 97.3
- Turn up the volume a few decibels louder than normal.
- Sit back and enjoy the ride, with added warmth.
- Call us and tell us how you’re enjoying Thermal Audio, 416-870-0973
No matter what climate you live in, the temperature throughout the year varies. For some climates that means blazing hot summers to frigid cold winters. What many people don’t realize is that the temperature is derived from frequency vibration (regardless of climate or season) that makes it possible to maintain at a consistent level all year within an enclosed space.
Frequently asked questions:
- Is my vehicle equipped for Thermal Audio? Thermal Audio works with 97.3% of all vehicles on the road with the exception of AMC’s “Pacer” and the Volkswagen “Thing”. Otherwise, If you have a working radio & working speakers, YES!
- How many degrees warmer does Thermal Audio make my car? This ultimately depends on how LOUD you turn your speakers up while listening to boom 97.3. The louder it gets, the hotter it is but ultimately anywhere between 2 to 4 degrees warmer.
- When do you switch on Thermal Audio? We usually wait until the first day of Winter, but if there is an impending cold snap approaching before Winter arrives, we will sometimes turn the technology on sooner.
For more information see below.
What is Thermal Audio?
Thermal Audio refers to the heating technology used in the sound system installed in vehicles manufactured after 1992. It allows any sound system installed into the vehicle to generate heat and thus warming the interior based on radio waves being played within the system’s speakers.
Technology / History
Using a Frequency modulated audio being received via the FM Tuner, the broadcaster can adjust an audio sound wave’s vibrations to generate heat. A low 20 Hz frequency tone that is below the average human ear’s detectable aural range is embedded into the FM signal and while the FM signal and the audio system is activated can generate heat.
This technology was created by a former audio engineer Adam Stephens. He realized when working with audio in the low frequency bandwidth that his speakers were generating heat similar to when a mobile phone generates heat when a radio antennae was being used for a determinate length of time. He developed the idea further and found that the 17 Hz bandwidth was the preferred range that would still generate heat but would not cause health risks. He patented the technology on March 18th, 1991 with the National Patent Offices of Canada under the heading “Thermal Audio”
In 2007, Stephens through testing saw increased use of the vehicle’s battery and causing car batteries to die sooner than advertised. He revised the technology to utilize solar energy. Using 63% of the energy as it hits the Earth’s surface and reflected in the vehicle’s windshield the internal thermal audio in the speakers the solar energy is stored. However, as Canadian winters often have little to no sunlight over extended periods of time, Thermal Audio switches its energy reserves to the car batteries with little to no noticeable energy drain.
Thermal Audio can also be used within home Hi-Fi systems, however Stephens doesn’t recommend this as a home heat source as the Thermal Audio vibrations are designed for small spaces in mind. It however can work within offices, cubicles, closets and dorm rooms.
After reaching an agreement with the majority of vehicle manufacturers in mid-1992, Thermal Audio works with virtually every make and model of auto manufactured sound systems. There are however, some makes and models where the technology does not work, but not many.
Any vehicle manufactured from 1992 – 2015 has the ability to utilize Thermal Audio. Any automobile audio systems outside those dates will not support Thermal Audio technology, except for one manufacturer… AMC. The two-door compact “Pacer” (produced by the American Motors Corporation between 1975 and 1980) has a sound system that will support Thermal Audio technology. However, it can only heat the vehicle to a maximum 15 degrees Celsuis. This is due to its “fishbowl” like interior circulates the added warmth coming from your car’s radio when tuned to the supported FM Station.
For a list of compatible vehicles with Thermal Audio technology, see below:
- Audi (USA)
- BMW of North America
- General Motors Corp.
- Global Electric Motorcars, LLC
- Jaguar (USA)
- Kia Motors America
- Land Rover of North America
- Mazda (USA)
- Mercedes-Benz (USA)
- Mitsubishi Motors USA
- Nissan USA
- Porsche (USA)
- Regal (Buick)
- Toyota (USA)
- Volkswagen of America, Inc.
- Volvo of North America