Meridian to develop high-end sound systems for Range Rover
Meridian Audio in Huntingdon, which makes high-end audio and video entertainment equipment, will supply its technologies to the next generation of premium Range Rovers.
The in-car audio systems will match the sound quality of Meridian’s high-end home entertainment equipment, says Bob Stuart, Meridian co-founder and chief technical officer. Meridian’s partnership with Range Rover begins with the all-new Evoque model to be launched at next week’s Paris Motor Show. It sees Range Rover and Meridian specialists working together to raise the standard of automotive in-car entertainment. The Evoque will be available with two optional high-end Meridian sound systems – a powerful 380W 13-speaker arrangement and a top-of-the-range 825W 19-speaker unit, using full surround-sound. Both are said to offer amazingly sharp, crystal clear quality. Meridian says that state-of-the-art amplifiers incorporate its latest digital processing technology to ensure perfectly optimised sound quality, while both systems feature branded Meridian high-efficiency speakers with lightweight neodymium rare earth magnets for exceptional clarity and dynamics. Range Rover and Meridian Audio specialists have also applied the sophisticated Meridian Trifield surround staging technology, along with Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS Neo:6; finally Audyssey MultEQ XT audio tuning system, which digitally corrects any imperfections created by the cabin environment to deliver accurate, enveloping, and distortion-free sound for all seating positions. To complete the entertainment options, the Range Rover Evoque is also available with digital and satellite TV, DVD playback capability, a hard drive virtual 10 CD multiplayer, and DAB/FM/AM/Sirius tuners with a high performance twin antennae system. For rear seat passengers, there is a comprehensive entertainment package which features full eight-inch video screens in the front headrests, a dedicated touch- screen remote control, and state-of-the-art digital infra-red wireless headphones which provide stunning DVD-level sound quality. Meridian was founded in 1977 by Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd. With over 30 years’ history of innovation and development of uncompromised consumer home entertainment systems offering exceptional performance, this award-winning company is widely recognised as a world leader in high-quality audio and video reproduction. Meridian developed the first audiophile CD player, the world’s first consumer digital surround controller and the MLP lossless packing system included in Blu-ray Disc. Bob Stuart said: “Cars do provide a uniquely challenging environment. We believe that the hi-fi systems used in the next generation of Range Rovers will set new standards in automotive in-car entertainment.”