It’s only in British cars that you’ll find such a system too. The Range Rover Evoque, the newest iteration of the legendary 4x4 which is arriving this autumn, is kitted out with an in-car media and audio system by Meridian, the Cambridgeshire company which has been quietly – if ever so clearly – breaking all kinds of technological barriers over the past few decades. And if that wasn’t enough, Meridian has also applied its technology to the McLaren MP4-12C, the seriously groovy new supercar from the company behind the McLaren F1 stable.
These sound systems are very different beasts from the kind of thing you’d normally find in a car. Here’s where it gets a bit technical. Conventional audio systems use power amplifiers to supply a full-range audio signal to the loudspeakers, where a passive crossover divides the signal into frequency bands to be supplied to the woofer and tweeter. Got that?
What Meridian is famous for is its digital active loudspeakers – using digital signal processing to create crossovers that would be otherwise impossible. It’s the tech that makes Meridian’s household speakers world-beating, and it’s now in a car too. Not only will it play your music – via an iPod dock, USB drive, or ripped to its own hard-drive – but it’ll be deployed for hands free phone conversations too. No need for that grim, in-ear Bluetooth set, therefore.
Sounds good? Oh, it really really does. www.meridian-audio.com