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Infinity Speakers Target OEM Replacement

Las Vegas – Infinity plans an
International CES unveiling of its new Reference X series of 10 car speakers,
which use a variety of technologies to play loud when connected to factory head
units or to low-power aftermarket head units.

All feature 3-ohm voice coils to
compensate for the increased impedance caused by thin-gauge factory speaker
wires running to factory head units, a spokesman said. In addition, when
connected to a low-power aftermarket head unit, the speakers’ reduced impedance
will yield higher output compared to a standard 4-ohm speaker, he noted.

In both applications, the
speakers’ woofer cones are likewise designed to boost output as well as bass
response. Their PlusOne woofer cones offer a larger radiating area than
conventional speakers of the same size to play louder with smaller amps and
increase bass output to help offset road noise, the company said.

“Typically, when an aftermarket
speaker is simply bolted into a factory location, the overall output and
ability to deliver bass are reduced. That’s not the case with Reference,” he

All but two models feature
adjustable tweeter levels to compensate for high-frequency loss caused by
mounting location or by road noise. And pivoting tweeters in four models can be
aimed toward listeners to increase speaker-mounting-location options.

Nine models are two-way speakers,
including one two-way component system, and one model is a three-way speaker
with a super tweeter.

Pricing wasn’t available.