Rare Audio, a small audio company based in Australia, won a 2015 CES Innovation award for its Element 4.1 Car Audio Amplifier.
The amplifier, using a power supply made by Indice, returns excess speaker energy back to the vehicle’s battery.
Rare Audio was founded by the team behind mObridge, which developed the digital signal processing technology inside the Rare amplifier for seamless integration into MOST enabled vehicles and smartphone connectivity.
Rare Audio’s Director Julian Merritt says, “Thanks to the design of the amplifier stages, the Element 4.1 amplifier has overcome inherent existing D class amplifier issues such as radio interference and carrier frequency problems without the need for complex filtering and shielding.”
The new Element 4.1 adds features such as Bluetooth streaming and telephony, as well as Apple/Android phone and tablet applications. It is based on a prototype amplifier shown at last year’s CES. The company also won an Innovation Award in 2013 for a similar amplifier.
Rare Audio claims the amp “has incredible power density and exceptional sound quality.”
It has an advanced user interface and allows music streaming from a phone as well as the ability to make and receive phone call. It also permits software updates to the device and streaming from services like Pandora and Spotify.
The Rare Audio Element 4.1 amplifier, along with a new entry level line of amplifiers, will be displayed at the 2015 International CES (booth #3423, Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall), which runs Jan. 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas.
Photo: Rare Audio booth at CES 2014 with prototype amplifier