Dirac Research has announced the first Dirac Live-equipped product designed specifically for the automotive aftermarket: the miniDSP C-DSP 8x12 DL in-car audio processor.
Though new to the aftermarket field, Dirac has experience developing digital audio solutions for the automotive market in general, for customers such as Bentley, Rolls Royce, BMW, and Volvo, that solve acoustical challenges.
According to Niklas Thorin, Dirac General Manager of High Performance Audio, Dirac's debut in the automotive aftermarket marks a turning point for the growing number of music aficionados who demand home theatre quality audio in their vehicle environments.
"This new Dirac Live-enabled miniDSP processor was born out of demand by the automotive aftermarket community - which has long installed our home theatre products in their vehicles to produce a refined listening experience," says Thorin. "However, the miniDSP C-DSP 8x12 DL is specifically designed for a vehicle environment and provides this community with a device that compensates for inherent flaws that arise from any in-vehicle stereo system."
Dirac Live reference room correction solution corrects the frequency and impulse response of the loudspeakers in a given room. This correction is particularly important in vehicle cabins, says the company, which are one of the most acoustically-challenged environments, given interior materials that heavily reflect sound waves and the less-than-ideal placement of multiple speakers at differing distances from the driver. These factors introduce impulse response issues that result in timing differences between speakers, which create muddied sound reproduction within the cabin and a suboptimal stereo image.
Dirac Live optimizes the audio performance of the speaker system and mitigates against these challenges to provide pristine sound with improved staging and imaging, the company claims.
In addition to Dirac Live processing, the new miniDSP C-DSP 8x12 DL includes six differential low-level analog inputs for low noise pickup, high-level inputs for connecting to head units with power amplification, and stereo SPDIF to TOSLINK digital inputs. Twelve RCA outputs combined with eight channels of Dirac Live processing make the unit adaptable for active crossover systems as well as multichannel/surround installations with subwoofer integration.
miniDSP's easy-to-use audio processing offers parametric EQ, compressors, adjustable time delay, crossovers up to 48 dB/octave, and an advanced matrix mixer with rear/centre capability.
"Dirac Live has proven to be an unbeatable solution for optimizing the characteristics and listening experience of home theatre audio systems," says miniDSP CEO Antoine Rouget. "By integrating Dirac Live into our new C-DSP 8x12 DL processor for automobiles, car lovers, music lovers, and tinkerers can now maximize the performance of their existing automobile speakers to deliver home theatre-quality sound in any vehicle."