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BMW Z4 gets THX sound system

March 30th, 2006 · No Comments

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, the US home cinema sound and vision certification operation, is hitting the road. The company has inked a deal with BMW, to certify in-car sound systems for the Roadster and Coupe Concept (pictured above, when both made their debut at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit) as part of its THX Certified Car Audio program.
This makes BMW the first European manufacturer to offer a THX Certified Car Audio system.
Never shy of expanding its remit to certify pretty much anything it can get its hands on, Kaling Lim, Executive Director of THX, says: “THX is dedicated to providing high-end entertainment experiences beyond cinemas, home theaters and listening rooms. More and more consumers will demand car audio that can rival the performance of premium home entertainment products.”
So how does a car get THX approved? Apparently, the quality of speakers, subwoofers and assorted audio components are only half the story; boffins from THX also consider the vehicle’s acoustic design, examining speaker layout and positioning. The kit is then tested under a variety of road and driving conditions to measure exterior and interior noise.
So if you opt to buy a Beemer Z4, what will you get? How about:
10 speakers!
Digital ten-channel audio amplifier and digital sound processor!
7-Band Graphic Equalizer!
Two sub-woofers with an output of 100 Watts located behind the seats!
Two woofers each developing 40 Watts at the front of the car!
Six midrange loudspeakers and tweeters, fitted in the doors and behind the seats, each driven by a 25 Watts terminal!
Total power output of 430 Watts and an SPL (sound pressure level) of more than 120 db!
Yeah, but what about a cool-looking THX badge on the bodywork? That’s what we all really want…

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