DETROIT, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.,
the industry-leading provider of mobile media solutions, today unveiled the
IMPRINT sound system architecture for original-equipment vehicle programs
at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. IMPRINT uniquely
combines philosophy, technology and process to deliver exceptional sound
reproduction for the ultimate in-vehicle listening experience.
The core of the IMPRINT system is the automotive application of
Audyssey's MultEQ technology that measures and analyzes the entire interior
space, capturing frequency and time domain information from each seating
location within the vehicle. IMPRINT uniquely combines these measurements
to create a set of equalization filters to correct for frequency response
and time domain challenges in each speaker, creating a smoother and more
"Our IMPRINT sound system architecture is unique to the automotive
industry," said Tom Wataji, vice president, sound system business
development. "The philosophy is simple -- accurately create music as the
artist intended in any vehicle. With that in mind, Alpine combines its 30
years of automotive sound experience with the latest in acoustic correction
technologies, advanced DSPs and a structured global development process to
deliver a new reference in sound reproduction."
After all the blood, sweat and broken guitar strings that go into
creating a musical masterpiece, very few ever experience the sound of that
original recording. With IMPRINT, Alpine brings that original sound into
the vehicle by correcting acoustical challenges so drivers and passengers
can truly experience music the way the artist intended.
IMPRINT combines Alpine's in-vehicle sound engineering experience with
three of the most advanced digital technologies available. The result? An
unprecedented sound system architecture that delivers a seamless,
enveloping sound stage and natural sound quality for an exceptional
Audyssey MultEQ XT(R)
IMPRINT uses Audyssey's MultEQ XT(R) acoustic correction technology for
improved sound quality -- in all seats for all music. MultEQ XT(R):
-- Corrects in-vehicle frequency response and time domain problems in all
-- Utilizes more than 500 control points to create an accurate full-range
sound correction filter using finite impulse response (FIR) filters.
-- Overcomes any vehicle's inherent acoustical challenges to improve the
sound stage, tonal balance and definition.
RoadEQ optimizes sound reproduction in a moving vehicle and the
specific vehicle listening condition with much greater precision than has
been achieved using typical noise compensation methods. Alpine understands
the way people hear and process sounds as well as the dynamic sound
environment of a vehicle. This understanding is applied through DSP
technology to achieve a more natural sound compensation in a moving
vehicle. Alpine's RoadEQ:
-- Optimizes sound reproduction by accurately simulating the auditory
perception of the human ear.
-- Uses psycho-acoustic models to compensate for music distorted by
-- Improves response time for noise correction.
Euphony(TM) Automobile Alpine's adaptive surround technology is the next generation in
surround sound. Developed in joint partnership with DiMAGIC, a Japanese
acoustics analysis company, Euphony(TM) Automobile:
-- Uses adaptive filtering to provide multi-channel surround playback
from a two-channel source.
-- Employs cutting edge technologies unlike the simple calculations of
left-right and right-left of conventional matrix surround generators.
-- Delivers an exceptional listening experience. The results:
-- Stable surround channels that eliminate pumping effect.
-- Excellent center localization for a wide sound stage.
-- Comfortable, non-fatiguing listening experience.
Using a structured, scientific development process, Alpine makes global
consistency a reality. Sound tuning engineers in Japan, the United States,
and Europe use a repeatable engineering approach to achieve accurate and
balanced sound, every time.
Alpine's audio system development process starts with customer
requirements and defines a path to the best-in-class solution. Engineers
collect data and define problems, and from there concepts emerge and are
simulated. The best concept is chosen, and components are selected or
designed to provide the finest possible system. After installation, a
structured tuning process uses advanced perceptually-based measurements to
guide expert tuning engineers.
About Alpine Electronics
Alpine Electronics is a global supplier of mobile media solutions
including audio, video, satellite-linked navigation and connectivity
systems for automotive original equipment and aftermarket applications.
Alpine is at the forefront of vehicle information and entertainment
innovation, with many first-to-market technologies such as in-vehicle
navigation systems, OEM- integrated iPod(R) connectivity and time shift for
AM/FM and satellite radio. With manufacturing and R&D facilities in Japan,
China, Europe and North America, and more than 1,600 global patents,
Alpine's premium sound systems and user-friendly navigation products offer
the latest in advanced technology integration for the ultimate driving
Alpine, a multi-billion dollar company, is a consolidated subsidiary of
Alps Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world's premier manufacturers of
electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics
equipment. For more information about Alpine products, visit
www.alpine.com. For Alpine's latest news during the 2008 North American
International Auto Show, please visit www.alpine-usa.com/naias.
Contact: Tina Kozak Adrienne Procopio
313-567-5044 (office) 313-567-5040 (office)
SOURCE Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.