Clarion Corporation announced what it calls the first all-digital car audio system, which will be unveiled at CES next month, including special digital speakers.
The system functions entirely on a digital audio signal that is transferred to a multi-layer voice coil that directly drivers the speakers.
Called Full Digital Sound (FDS), it works like this: the digital signal coming in from a hi-resolution source that can include a smartphone or tablet, is divided into 6 digital signals that are transferred to a 6 layer voice coil that directly drives the speakers. It incorporates the drive circuit into the speakers so there’s no need for an amplifier.
The system uses what Clarion calls the first LSI chip for a digital in car system and creates what Clarion calls “the ultimate in music playback,” with high output, “crystal clear playback,” and low power consumption.
You can also tune the system from a tablet.
A new source unit, model NX706, will be part of the FDS system.
Here is a video explaining the technology https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyhubYtrQzA.
It will be on display at the Westgate Lobby adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES January 6-9.