New U.S.-brand Helix will deliver two additional OEM Integration/digital signal processors for the car that let you add components to any radio and tune the system specifically for your car.
Rockford, which distributes Helix in the U.S., will also embark on an aggressive dealer training program to teach installers to properly tune a car.
“We’re going to show people how to do something in the vehicle that’s never been done before and at a modest price,” said director of sales Dominick Aquilini.
“No one really has had any comprehensive way to train dealers how to tune a car. Most dealers don’t have enough training or knowledge to properly tune a vehicle. We’re going to try to impart that knowledge…” said Aquilini, who claims you can’t properly tune a car with just a single microphone.
“Any retailer who has the capacity to tune a car and make it sound better has such a distinct advantage in the marketplace,” he said.
The two new DSP models—including a P-DSP at $699– ship around July and August. A second C-DSP has not yet been priced. They join a Helix PP50 processor that shipped this spring that lets you add power, DSP and a subwoofer to a factory radio.
The P-DSP and C-DSP focus mainly on making an aftermarket radio sound better. They correct for cabin equalization, time alignment and other factors in the car.
The P-DSP uses either 4-channel high level or 6-channel low level RCA inputs with an 8-channel fully configurable output. You get the same 56-bit processor as in the Helix PP50, but you now have 8 channels of output and free configuration of the inputs and outputs so you can set up the system however you want.
There’s full alignment capability on every channel, and phase adjustment on every channel with 30 bands of graphic equalization on each.
The C-DSP is a bit higher end with 8-channel high level input and 8-channel low level input and it uses two 56-bit processors instead of one. It also has up to 6-volt output where the PDSP has up to 4-volt output.