As manufacturers wage in a battle of decibel domination, high-end audio systems have reached deafening levels of sophistication, not to mention volume
Pairing up with the audio experts at Meridian, Land Rover has become the first brand to offer “3D Surround Sound.” The brand’s Trifield Signature Reference System utilizes 29 speakers—four of which are in the truck’s roof lining— and pumps out an incredible 1700W of crystal-clear aural goodness. Though not yet its own option, the system comes standard on the Rover’s over-the-top of the line Autobiography Edition, which will hit your bank account to the tune of over $100K.
Maserati/Bowers & Wilkins
Just as no good music derives from one sound alone, speaker giant Bowers & Wilkins notes its systems come alive from a mix of key “ingredients” —some you’d more expect to see elsewhere on a car than in its components. As the official outfitter of Maserati’s flagship Quattroporte, B&W has outfitted the sport sedan with a 15-speaker system, crafted from materials like carbon-fibre and Kevlar. Fueled by finely-honed surround technology, the system allows customers a choice of listening modes, “effectively putting them on stage or in the audience.”
Born out of an 18-month joint R&D venture, the ‘Naim for Bentley’ system – roughly a $16K option across model lines – utilizes an 1100 Watt amplification system, next-generation Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and an advanced acoustic speaker set-up to deliver what both brands describe as an “as-live” in-car audio experience. Cop the coupe, and 11 strategically placed, custom-built speakers (10 in the convertible) will treat your ear to “every caress of finger upon guitar string”. Hopefully you own a few tracks with real instruments in ’em.