Hertz will begin shipping its first digital signal processor (DSP), the H8-DSP, in mid August.
While sister company Audison, has offered popular DSP processors for years, this is the first Hertz-branded version. It will carry a suggested retail price of $520.
Hertz dealers now get an integration device for installs where the customer wants to retain a factory head unit but add speakers and amplifiers. And it supports Hi-Res Audio at 48Hz with 24 bit resolution.
The H8 provides automatic de-equalization of the head unit’s audio signal and full bandwidth reconstruction with a simple push button switch (so need for a PC). But it can also be used with a PC.
The H8 can work with an analog or digital source. It has 4 channels of analog in + stereo auxiliary in and 1 digital optical in. It also has 8 channels of output.
The H8 uses a 32 bit Cirrus Logic processor at 147 MHz.
Also included is a 31-band graphic equalizer, crossover filters and time alignment per channel.
An optional DRC-HE remote controller will be available in the next few months, said Hertz.