Jaguar is offering the world’s most advanced, fully integrated mobile multimedia system as optional equipment on its new XJ Series. Where specified, in conjunction with the Alpine Premium Sound System, passengers have access to an unprecedented array of information and entertainment sources, effortlessly and independently controlled by both front and rear occupants.
Unlike other mobile multimedia systems – where only one source can be selected at any one time – each occupant of the new Jaguar XJ Series can view or listen to their own source, whether it be radio, CD, MiniDisc, TV, DVD or satellite navigation.
So for example, the front occupants could be following instructions from the satellite navigation and listening to a CD, with one rear passenger watching a DVD and the other watching TV, all at the same time.
Rear passengers are provided with a widescreen monitor in the back of each head restraint, a control panel mounted in the rear armrest, twin AV inputs to accommodate external sources such as a camcorder or games console, and independent headphone sockets to ensure their channels don’t disturb other occupants. Front occupants are provided with a touch-screen monitor that doubles up as a control panel for all multimedia channels as well as other functions such as climate control.
Every effort has been made to ensure the different elements of the system integrate harmoniously with the look and feel of the XJ’s interior. Alpine worked closely with Jaguar to ensure seamless integration of the system and associated components.
Commenting on the state-of-the-art multimedia system, Alpine’s OEM Sales Director, David Sheen, said: "Even though this is the most advanced factory-fitted in-car multimedia system available, we’ve spent months on R&D to ensure it’s child’s play to operate."
Using the latest D2B technology to link the various sources, amplifiers and monitors together, the Alpine multimedia system uses fibre optic cables to distribute data around the car at nearly six million pulses per second. Fibre optic cables were chosen instead of standard copper cables because they are much lighter and can carry far more data.
The new XJ Series also benefits from a number of other features built into the Alpine Premium Sound System. These include a Digital Signal Processor that uses a high performance amplifier to tailor the sound for each seating position (getting round the traditionally difficult in-car acoustic environment), and the latest DDDrive - Alpine’s patented Dual Direct Drive speaker technology that produces superior sound quality from a smaller unit that is 25% lighter than conventional speakers.Published 6 April 2003