Enjoying studio-quality music on the road is not a problem today, but it is a burden for the car. Panasonic is therefore developing a gentle assembly.

With the increasing demands for quality audio systems in cars, the sound of luxury models often equals a studio environment. But the increasingly intoxicating melodic experience is redeemed by the increasing number of speakers with an increasingly powerful construction. Larger and heavier components, however, increase the weight of the car and, with their immodest performance, put a strain on the car’s electrical system, including the control electronics. The result is clear sound, but at the cost of a greater load on the car and thus higher fuel consumption.

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It is precisely against these evils that Panasonic Automotive sets out to fight, which is developing a new generation of Klipsch speakers in cooperation with premium car companies and specialists in the field. These are able to maintain excellent sound levels in a much smaller and lighter design. Thanks to this, it also has lower energy and software requirements. Therefore, even more compact and modest amplifiers will suffice. The next-generation 24-speaker array, complete with an 8-inch subwoofer, will debut in the 2025 Infiniti QX80.

But everything is not just about music. The car’s audio system runs practically continuously without us knowing about it. It uses an active noise suppression system, which uses inverse waves to eliminate unpleasant frequencies coming from, for example, the engine or chassis. The audio software will be able to receive over-the-air updates, so it will continue to improve.

Infiniti

Infiniti was founded in 1989 by Japan’s Nissan as its luxury brand modeled after Toyota and its Lexus. With Infiniti, Nissan focused on the American market, it only came to Europe in 2008. It does not use the brand in its home country of Japan.

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