Jaguar introduced the new top-of-the-line XJ Ultimate at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. This model comes with the Meridian Surround Sound System that offers unmatched music reproduction in a luxury saloon. To make this possible, Jaguar partnered with Meridian Audio, the leading specialist manufacturer of high-end audio and video entertainment systems in the UK.
The XJ Ultimate is the range-topping version of Jaguar’s XJ saloon. According to Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, the XJ Ultimate has been fitted with the best audio system available to add to its exclusive specification.
Jaguar determined that Meridian would be the ideal partner in its objective. Jaguar’s customers will be getting a great listening experience.
The Meridian Surround Sound System was developed and designed specially for the XJ Ultimate, offering 15-channels of amplification and 20 loudspeakers that are strategically positioned all over the cabin. Meridian’s Digital Signal Processing technologies place the passengers of the XJ Ultimate at the centre of the sound field.
Meridian is able to achieve this via its Trifield technology that forms an all-enveloping sound field that makes listeners sense that the music is focused just on him or her.
Bob Stuart, Meridian’s Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, said that the Meridian Surround Sound System available in the XJ Ultimate establishes new standards in the luxury saloon car class. He said that acoustic reproduction is a challenge inside cars but he asserts that Meridian has built the first car systems that provide the experience from an original musical performance.