Memphis Audio revealed details and pricing on its first full high end car audio line called the Six Five series to debut at CES next month.
Since our initial report in September, Memphis decided to nix Hi-Res Audio capability on its first DSP amplifiers, although it may add the feature in the future. “It would take more time and we found 99.9 percent of our customers didn’t care. We’re still looking at Hi-Res,” said Memphis VP Nick LoMonaco.
He cited our recent story on Hi-Res Audio and found the same slow uptake on Hi-Res Audio by retailers at present.
The new DSP amplifiers are Memphis’ first entries in digital signal processing. All use Class D amplifier. There are 7 models in all. The full range models (in 2-, 3- and 5-channel models) have crossovers at 24dB per octave instead of the usual 12 or 18dB. The monoblock amplifiers step up to 48dB crossovers with fully variable bass boost and Q.
These are joined by one new 6.5-inch component speaker which LoMonaco says “is our first speaker that can compete with some at twice the price.”
The new DSP amplifiers range in suggested retail price from $319 to $1,129.
The basic amplifier is a 2-channel model, rated at 100 watts RMS by 2 and the top of the line model is a monoblock at 2,200 watts. A 5-channel model VIV900.5 delivers 100 watts RMS by 4 plus 500 watts by 1 at $689.95 suggested retail price. They come with 7 selectable lighting options to match the car’s interior. All terminals are side loaded for simple installation and the amps have an easy access magnetic top control panel.
The VIV900.5 and the mono amps work with a wireless bass knob.
The mono models will ship in January and the remaining models will ship in the first quarter next year.
The new component speaker, model VIV60C, uses a double layer composite fiber cone and an aluminum housed silk tweeter. Memphis says, “The attention to detail in terms of construction paired with the extremely versatile crossover produce some of the purest sound from any speaker in its class.”
Memphis is also showing at CES a redesigned version of its Bass Reference (BRX) subwoofers with new cosmetics and a new VRX8, 8 inch subwoofer.
In powersports is a new 35 inch soundbar and UTV roof tops with built in speaker/amplifier systems controlled over Bluetooth by a smartphone.
The products will be on display at booth 5021 January 5-8.
Photo: VIV 1500.1