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Rockford Fosgate Upgrades Car DSP System

1/12/2011 02:32:59 PM Eastern

Las Vegas - Rockford Fosgate has upgraded its
automotive digital signal processor (DSP) system for OEM-system integration
with the International CES launch of the 360.3 at a suggested $599.

The new model,
due in May at the same price as its predecessor, is designed to upgrade OEM
sound quality without removing the factory head unit. The device taps into the
speaker-level outputs of a factory system.

Like before, the
device lets installers independently adjust the time alignment, phase, level,
crossover points, and equalization of each driver to compensate for the effects
of a vehicle's interior on sound quality.

The new model,
however, offers multiple improvements, thanks to a four-fold increase in
processing power. The stepped-up processor, for example, makes it possible to use
a microphone to automatically tune the system. The previous model required
manual tuning.

Another
enhancement is the addition of full 31-band parametric equalization, whereas
the previous model offered fixed Q, center-point frequencies, and boost/cut
levels. The new model also adds user-selectable sweet spots that can be
switched to produce the best stereo imaging for different seating locations.
The previous model featured one preset sweet spot.

The new model
also raises the number of input/output channels to eight from six, adds an
auxiliary iPod input, and adds a port for an optional stereo-Bluetooth dongle.

Other features
include stereo analog input and optical S/PDIF input.

 

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