Sounds Good When I Go Vroom

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly


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More than 10 years ago, Acura teamed up with Grammy Award — winning engineer Elliot Scheiner and Panasonic to create the first ELS DVD-A surround sound system for the Acura TL luxury sedan. Today, the group launched the RDX SUV, which sports the next generation of the ELS sound system. The Acura/ELS Premium Sound System uses a 25-bit D/A converter and is the first production sound system to use a digital 96kHz sample rate for smoother sound. Advanced electronics allowed Scheiner to precisely tune the acoustics of each speaker and the timing of each of six audio channels.

Nine of the 10 speakers use a high-energy Neodymium magnet (subwoofer uses a Ferrite magnet) for high-quality sound and drastically reduced weight. A 6.7-inch mid/low-range dual-thickness polypropylene cone speaker is in each door and a 1-inch soft-dome tweeter near each A-pillar. A center-channel 2.75-inch midrange polypropylene cone speaker is centered on top of the instrument panel, and the left and right two satellite channel speakers are positioned just behind the second-row seats, positioned high and angled into the interior. A special superlow-distortion 8-inch subwoofer powered by a separate 100W amp is positioned in a tuned enclosure on the right sidewall of the cargo area to provide rich, deep bass, without intruding on passenger room or useful storage space.

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