H JBL συνεργάστηκε με την Smart και παρουσιάζουν ένα Fortwo “boom car”. Έχουν χρησιμοποιηθεί 100 μέτρα καλωδίων, 10 μέτρα μονωτικού υλικού, 16 ηχεία, 5 ενισχυτές και 2 subwoofers 30 εκατοστών το καθένα, ώστε το ηχοσύστημα να μπορεί να παράγει 5.700 Watts.

Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις, η Mercedes ανακοίνωσε και αυτή με τη σειρά της μια ειδική εφαρμογή για το Apple Watch, την MB Companion, μέσω της οποίας ο χρήστης θα μπορεί να βάζει οδηγίες πλοήγησης είτε στο έξυπνο ρολό της Apple, είτε στο iPhone, που μπορούν αυτόματα να περάσουν στο σύστημα πλοήγησης του αυτοκινήτου COMAND Online, είτε και το αντίστροφο. Επίσης μέσω της εφαρμογής, ο χρήστης θα μπορεί να ελέγχει το που βρίσκεται σταθμευμένο το όχημα του, την στάθμη του ρεζερβουάρ καυσίμου, την ένδειξη του χιλιομετρητή κ.α.

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smart and JBL build the world’s smallest mobile concert hall

smart fortwo with incredible sound

Stuttgart. The smart forgigs study realised together with audio partner JBL is probably the world’s smallest concert hall on wheels. The high-end sound system in this fortwo has a total maximum power output of 5720 watts.

Every smart owner knows how great small can be. But the smart forgigs study reveals completely new qualities: together with audio partner JBL, the developers of the brand wanted to find out what kind of a sound experience is possible when the city coupé is equipped with the finest and most powerful audio components.

The result is a mobile sound system that brings even more joie de vivre to the city with a mighty sound. And that’s not all: the smart forgigs can also serve as a mobile amplifier for live concerts by street musicians, for example. smart and music fans can experience the world’s smallest concert hall when it goes on a European tour this summer.

A total of five amplifiers provide impressive sound pressure of up to 150 dB: three JBL GTO 804 EZ amps serve the tweeters and mid-range speakers whilst two JBL GTO 751 EZ amps power the subwoofers. They drive a total of four type JBL GTO 609 C loudspeaker sets, each with two tweeters and two mid-range speakers. In addition to these 16 loudspeakers there are two powerful subwoofers, each with a diameter of 30 cm.

The music signals are provided by a digital signal processor (DSP) from the Italian specialist Mosconi. The sound processor can output via eight channels, and with Bluetooth streaming it can also process uncompressed files in formats such as Wave or Flac and, needless to say, lossless or mp3 files, for example. The signals are transferred from mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones by A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). iOS, Android and Windows devices are supported. The result is crystal-clear high-end sound.

100 metres of cable and 10 square metres of insulating material

The design of the visible components of the mobile sound system is perfectly integrated in the smart design idiom. For example, the ventilation openings in the dashboard served as the visual model for integrating of the loudspeakers. Three mid-range speakers have been integrated in each door and four tweeters have been accommodated in the dashboard. The subwoofers fill the smart’s luggage compartment; they are flanked by a pair of midrange speakers/tweeters on the left- and right-hand sides of the tailgate.

Ten square metres of alubutyl insulation material fully insulate the passenger cell and door panels, 100 metres of electric, loudspeaker and signal cable are hidden behind the panelling. And because music is twice as enjoyable when it can be seen as well, the smart forgigs also boasts interior and exterior ambient lighting. The DJ can use controllers to change colours as desired and for the audio processor.

Impressive sound volume in production vehicles, too: JBL sound system

The smart forgigs is a one-off and is not available for sale. But with the JBL sound system a unique sound experience is possible in all new generation smarts. The JBL sound system develops impressive sound volume and incorporates a 6-channel DSP amplifier (240 watts) in the fortwo and an 8‑channel DSP amplifier (320 watts) on board the forfour. A total of eight (fortwo) or twelve (forfour) high-performance loudspeakers provide for outstanding sound quality: one broadband centre loudspeaker, two tweeters in the mirror triangle, two lower mid-range speakers in the doors (on the forfour additionally in the rear doors), two broadband rear-fill loudspeakers and in the fortwo a removable woofer on the left-hand side of the luggage compartment. The woofer is simple to remove without needing tools, should more space be required in the luggage compartment.

Mercedes-Benz to introduce new App

Guided all the way: Mercedes-Benz is one of the first to introduce Door-to-Door Navigation with Apple Watch

Stuttgart/Sunnyvale. Mercedes-Benz creates an intelligent integration between Apple Watch and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with its new MB Companion App. The MB Companion App allows Mercedes-Benz costumers to search for directions on the Apple Watch or on iPhone initiating a complete door-to-door experience. A seamless integration unfolds: giving walking directions to the car on the Apple Watch, driving directions on the vehicle navigation system and again walking directions on the Apple Watch from the car to the final destination.

The destination that the driver selects on Apple Watch is passed to Mercedes-Benz COMAND Online once the driver starts the vehicle. He then receives safe and non-distracting driving directions to his selected destination from Mercedes-Benz navigation. When the driver parks and leaves his car, Apple Watch gives him walking directions to the final destination making it the perfect guide for “Last Mile Navigation”.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class and S-Class vehicles equipped with COMAND Online will be able to work with the MB Companion App as of fall this year. Further models will follow soon. By then, the MB Companion App will also enable drivers to find vehicle information such as Fuel Level, Range, Maintenance Code, and Odometer Readings on Apple Watch.

Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) – the agile innovation center in Silicon Valley‎ has worked together with Daimler development experts from Sindelfingen to enable Mercedes-Benz to make this new Door-to-Door navigation available for customers. With its culture of collaboration, networking, innovation and creativity, Mercedes-Benz’s team in Silicon Valley established a track record in integrating Silicon Valley innovations into vehicles.