April 24, 2012 - Jaguar has chosen the 2012 Beijing Motor Show to unveil its new range-topping XJ Ultimate, fitted with an innovative Meridian Surround Sound System offering unrivalled music reproduction in a luxury designed saloon. Jaguar is the latest British premium automobile maker to partner with Meridian Audio, the UK’s leading specialist manufacturer of high-end audio and video entertainment systems.
The XJ Ultimate is the top-of-the-range variant of Jaguar’s award-winning XJ saloon. Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, says: “Given the XJ Ultimate's exclusive specification we wanted to equip it with the very best audio system available; Meridian's exceptional quality and expertise made it the perfect partner to enable us to deliver this ambition. The result will be a truly stunning listening experience for our customers.”
Specially designed and developed for the XJ Ultimate, the Meridian Surround Sound System has 15-channels of amplification and 20 loudspeakers strategically positioned throughout the cabin. Meridian’s unique Digital Signal Processing technologies allow every person traveling in the XJ Ultimate to enjoy the same musical experience, placing them at the center of the sound field. Meridian achieves this through its Trifield technology, which creates an all-enveloping sound field that makes each listener feel that the music is exclusively focused on him or her.
Meridian’s Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, Bob Stuart, says that the Meridian Surround Sound System offered in the XJ Ultimate will set new standards in the luxury saloon car class. He explains: “Cars do present unique challenges when it comes to acoustic reproduction but I believe that these are the first car systems that truly mirror the memorable experience that can be enjoyed by an original musical performance.”
Stuart adds: “We are very proud to be adding yet another iconic British company to the expanding portfolio of our automotive division.”
Meridian is based near Cambridge, UK, and was founded in 1977 by Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd. With over 30 years’ history of innovation and development of uncompromised consumer home entertainment systems offering exceptional performance, this award-winning company is widely recognized as a world leader in high-quality audio and video reproduction. Meridian developed the first audiophile CD player, the world’s first consumer digital surround controller, and the MLP lossless packing system included in Blu-ray Disc. The company’s optical disc players, DSP-based loudspeakers, video projectors, and scalers are unique in the industry, maintaining a super-quality digital signal throughout the path from the studio to the home, using advanced digital signal processing to deliver both a sweet, natural sound and smooth, crystal-sharp images with true cinematic realism. In late 2008, Meridian acquired leading networked media server developer Sooloos, and today the Meridian Digital Media System offers a unique combination of superb digital audio quality with the world’s most innovative, flexible and intuitive touchscreen-based home entertainment system.