Updated: Arc Audio said it will offer car audio DSP/amplifiers that are compatible with the new Maestro AR from Automotive Data Solutions.
Its new DSP/amplifiers will work with the new Maestro AR interface that simplifies installation of aftermarket products in a factory amplified OEM system. The new DSP/amps are called the Arc Series and will be available “in the coming months,” said Arc Audio. The line will include 2-channel, 4-channel and 6-channel models.
As a result of research and development in the new Arc Series, Arc Audio also intends to release a new “Next Gen DSP” standalone digital signal processor in the future.
Arc Audio becomes the fifth supplier to announce products compatible with Maestro AR, joining Rockford Fosgate, Kenwood, Audison and AudioControl.
The Maestro AR began shipping in limited quantities in May. It is one of a new group of advanced amplifier interfaces that install before the factory amplifier in certain cars. These interfaces allow the aftermarket to avoid all the digital processing car makers cram into their factory amplifiers by tapping into the system before the audio signal is distorted.
The new Maestro AR amplifier interface can be flashed via computer to work with select Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Ford vehicles using the company’s new Weblink system. Two wiring T-harnesses are also available for seamless installation (aCH2 or aFO2).
Amplifiers that currently work with the Maestro include the Kenwood XR600-DSP and the Audison Prima AP4.9bit, AP5.9bit and AP8.9bit models. AudioControl is also expected to offer compatible amplifiers and Rockford and ADS will ship this summer a DSP with built-in Maestro AR called the DSR-1 at a suggested retail price of $249.99.