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Baby You Can Drive My Car
In July, I received an invitation from Bentley to participate in a "driving event" involving the 2009 model Continental Flying Spur and Continental Flying Spur Speed. How come? Because the 2009 Bentleys have the Naim For Bentley music system and, in addition to debuting it for the automotive press, Bentley wanted some hi-fi writers along for the, umm, ride.
Most name brand car audio systems are either constructed out of parts supplied by OEM divisions over in the automotive sector or utilize a few brand-specific parts such as drivers or DSP, but the Naim For Bentley project started with detailed measurements of the sound levels involved in Bentleys at rest and on the road. Naim quickly realized that an in-car system would have to deal with varying noise levels and began an engineering initiative that resulted in Dynamic Equalization, a DSP system that automatically adjusts EQ based on the car's speed.