New Alpine Multimedia System Debuts In Jaguar Super Eight Concept Car

Jaguar Concept Eight

 

A dramatic 8.2 fully-digital multimedia system from specialists Alpine Electronics has made its debut in Jaguar’s new Super Eight concept car. The spectacular 860W concept system employs 14 speakers to recreate sound precisely as the artist intended. The latest speaker and amplifier technologies have also been incorporated in this no-expense-spared installation that takes sound reproduction to new heights.

The 2-way front speaker set-up is complemented by a centre fill speaker located in the middle of the dash. The rear compartment has also been extensively remodelled to incorporate additional mid speakers in the rear shelf while increased diameter subwoofers provide a stirring deep bass sensation. The Jaguar’s rear doors also feature the latest Alpine DDLinear drivers and soft dome tweeters. As featured on current Alpine Jaguar Premium Sound Systems, time alignment means all occupants receive the sounds at precisely the right moment, wherever they are seated.

World’s most integrated in-car rear entertainment system

Rear seat passengers are treated to the world’s most integrated in-car rear entertainment system. Based on the current Jaguar XJ installation, the fully-integrated D2B network incorporates a switchpack in the central armrest, allowing the rear seat occupants to enjoy whatever medium they choose via individual fold-down screens - all totally independent of the front occupants’ selection.

Amplifier

At the heart of the new system lies a fully-digital Class D 8.2 amplifier. Producing 860Watts (8 x 70W channels and 2 x 150W channels for the subwoofers), the amplifier features a number of technologies normally the preserve of home cinema - Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS - to recreate the cinema experience on the move. A massive 112 band parametric equalisation is available allowing the audio signal to be manipulated at specific frequencies to complement the vehicle’s interior acoustics. This has allowed Alpine to tune the system specifically for the Super Eight concept.

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Published 10 April 2004 Melanie Carter
 
 

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