Published on August 10th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
World premiere: An Impressive 3D Sound Experience in the New Panamera
For the very first time, the new Panamera features the newly developed 3D High-End Surround Sound System from Burmester. Two additional loudspeakers in the A-pillars work with Auro 3D technology to generate a three-dimensional spatial sound pattern that is reminiscent of the best concert halls in the world.
This optional system available for all Panamera models has a total power output of 1,455 watts – including a 400-watt, class-D sub-woofer and a two-way centre system.
Evolution of the sound experience in the new Panamera
To do this, state-of-the-art audio technologies were used, including powerful and highly efficient class-D amplifiers, intelligent algorithms to improve sound quality and the latest developments in Auro 3D processing.
While the surround sound system in the first Panamera featured 16 loudspeakers, the new Panamera features 21 perfectly positioned loudspeakers, delivering an impressive sound experience. The system in the new Panamera com-prises a total of four woofers, seven mid-range speakers, two broadband speakers and seven tweeters, as well as a subwoofer at the rear.
Porsche is the only manufacturer to use the Burmester Air Motion Transformer (AMT) in vehicles. The AMT technology – used for the front channels – is completely redesigned in the new Panamera and offers an efficiency level that has been increased by six decibels.
Efficiency enhancements and lightweight construction also applied to the sound system
Highly efficient class-D amplifiers control all 21 of the loudspeakers. The total power output has now been increased by around 40 per cent to 1,455 watts but with a considerably reduced level of energy consumption. 400 watts are available to the sub-woofer alone. The amplifiers achieve an efficiency level of over 95 per cent, and because it weighs just 14.3 kg, the Burmester sound system achieves a new optimum value of 0.009 kg/W for its power-to-weight ratio, as is tradition in the sportscar segment.
Realistic and clean sound with 3D processing and signal enhancement
The developers made a conscious effort not to use any of the spatial sound effects common in cinemas — instead they wanted a format that focused on delivering the best-possible music playback. Working with Galaxy Studios based in Belgium, the team eventually implemented an algorithm developed especially for music in the Burmester sound system.
This algorithm produces a 3D musical impression that could previously only be experienced in concert halls. The Auro 3D processing format used for this purpose in a vehicle for the first time is distinguished by an extremely realistic spatial impression that can be generated from any source material – even mono sources. In the new Panamera, the 3D processing format makes it possible to subtly extend the sound in front of and even above the listener.
With all of these enhancements, the new Burmester 3D High-End Surround Sound System delivers an even more emotional and realistic sound experience than be-fore. In Germany, the system costs 6,747.30 Euro for the Panamera 4S and Panamera 4S Diesel, and 5,331.20 Euro for the Panamera Turbo.