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NicollPr 03-14-2008 10:09 AM

Legendary Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System Standard in 2009 Jaguar XKR Portfolio
 
Worthing, England—March 2008—Bowers & Wilkins, the British loudspeaker manufacturer known throughout the Globe for their innovative designs and engineering prowess, has announced that the 2009 Jaguar XKR Portfolio will include a Bowers & Wilkins premium surround system as standard equipment. The 2009 Jaguar XKR will debut at the New York Auto Show on March 21-30, 2008 and will be available in dealer showrooms June 2008.

With introduction from concept in the Jaguar C-XF to production reality in the Jaguar XF and XKR Portfolio models, Bowers & Wilkins has quickly made a name for itself in genuine best-in-class sound with Jaguar aficionados and music lovers alike, further solidifying the company’s position as a sound technology and engineering leader.

Martin Lindsay, Senior Business Development Manager Automotive at Bowers & Wilkins explains: “Designing loudspeakers for in-car entertainment presents a series of engineering challenges. Working in conjunction with Jaguar engineers, our team has implemented a premium offering with the transparency and clarity which Bowers & Wilkins has become known for in its home audio speakers.”

The Bowers & Wilkins automotive team used a rigorous component specification and selection process, then turned its efforts to the system tuning and calibration, ensuring a consistent, compelling entertainment experience for driver and passengers alike.

The audio system incorporates key Bowers & Wilkins ingredients, including improved-dispersion Kevlar® mid-range speakers and low-distortion, high-performance aluminum tweeters.


A hallmark of Bowers & Wilkins audio performance innovations, Kevlar® cone speakers in the XKR Portfolio have been developed to improve the sonic purity of the signal. Unlike more conventional speaker designs, dispersion is much more uniform across the frequency range. As a result, these speakers are significantly clearer throughout their range and deliver more fine detail to the listener. Aluminum tweeter domes were chosen based on the ideal stiffness properties required to ensure an extended, distortion-free high-frequency response.

The 2009 Jaguar XKR Portfolio will be built in limited numbers and available as a coupe or convertible. Exterior color is Shadow Grey metallic with 20-inch Selena alloy wheels with special shadow finish and red Jaguar ‘Heritage’ center badge. Interior options are soft-grain contrast stitch leather in either Charcoal with Cranberry twin needle stitching or Ivory with Slate twin needle stitching. Hand-finished Rich Oak veneer or Engine Spin aluminum is offered for the fascia finish.


About Bowers & Wilkins (www.bowers-wilkins.com)

Bowers & Wilkins is the world’s leading exporter of loudspeakers with a reputation for sound reproduction spanning over 40 years. The company and culture formed by John Bowers remains dedicated to the pursuit of ‘true sound’ – nothing added, nothing taken away. As a testament to the results of its effort, B&W speakers serve as the audio reference in leading recording studios around the world, including London’s Abbey Road Studios. Bowers & Wilkins products are available from over 3,000 retailers in 62 countries around the world. In 2005 the company received the Queen’s Award for Innovation.

deacongreg 05-19-2008 12:54 PM

Re: Legendary Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System Standard in 2009 Jaguar XKR Portf
 
It is excellent that high end companies have taken a major interest in car audio. For, I would like good sound in my car as well. Right now, the Mark Levinson system in the Lexus cars, still seems to be reigning as the king. But, as more companies get involved, that could change.

However, this is a good trend.

kennyt 05-19-2008 02:04 PM

Re: Legendary Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System Standard in 2009 Jaguar XKR Portf
 
This is a cool system, and a trend I really like! I like it so much we just ran a lifestyle piece on this topic.

http://www.modernhometheater.com/fea...508/slideshow/

Check it out for some others who have teamed up in similar projects, and of course this system too!

rlpiii 05-19-2008 02:22 PM

Re: Legendary Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System Standard in 2009 Jaguar XKR Portf
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kennyt (Post 15015)
This is a cool system, and a trend I really like! I like it so much we just ran a lifestyle piece on this topic.

http://www.modernhometheater.com/fea...508/slideshow/

Check it out for some others who have teamed up in similar projects, and of course this system too!

It's sad to see that Bose seeped into a Ferrari.
I am somewhat shocked Ferrari would even let them in the door. . . the guy at Ferrari that let this happen should be fired!

kennyt 05-19-2008 02:50 PM

Re: Legendary Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System Standard in 2009 Jaguar XKR Portf
 
When I wrote the article it was worded a bit different, something to the effect that if you're buying this car the radio won't be important but it got tamed down for publish.

wes 05-19-2008 04:15 PM

Re: Legendary Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System Standard in 2009 Jaguar XKR Portf
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rlpiii (Post 15020)
It's sad to see that Bose seeped into a Ferrari. The guy at Ferrari that let this happen should be fired!

I could not agree more how unsain is that a $250K car with a piece of junk from Bose!!!! :(

Here is what one would expect: Mark Levinson and Lexus - LS600h L $104,000 - Mark Levinson has created a discrete 5.1 surround system reproduced through a 7.1 array of speakers that is perfectly mated to the acoustics of the Lexus LS series, a total of 19 speakers powered by 15 bridged amplifier channels, outputting some 450 watts make sure all those speakers have the juice they need to perform at their best. The system can play DVD-Video as well as DVD-Audio in DTS or native 5.1. MP3 and WMA are also supported. There is even an internal hard drive for loading your favorite music. Three-way front and side speakers, as well as two-way surrounds and a dedicated subwoofer, insure all the sound you could ever want.

Now thst is who Ferrarri should have partnered with, or at least Sonus Faber same country!!!


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