Speakers have been selected, from Tectonic Elements BMR, to provide headrest audio for the Citroën Aircross concept car revealed at the Auto Shanghai 2015 Show. Pushing the concept of personal entertainment and interaction, the Citroën Aircross features individual stereo audio for every seat as well as personal microphones for passenger-to passenger conversations.
The design of the Aircross passenger seat audio concept and headrest required a unique set of speaker performance parameters. The Tectonic Elements TEBM36S12, square BMR, provided a 29.7mm thin form factor and full range frequency response.
Citroën has developed a system to provide ‘audio spatialisation’ for each passenger. Each of the four seats is equipped with speakers and a microphone to facilitate dialogue between the occupants or to allow an individual in-cabin experience, Citroën has stated. Using these 'sound bubbles', each passenger can choose who they want to speak with while respecting the relaxation of their fellow travelers, making the journey a time for calm or communication.
“Citroën chose the Tectonic Elements BMR for its overall high quality sonic performance from a slim, very compact speaker”, says Caroline O’Brien, Managing Director, Tectonic Elements. “We’re very proud to be selected to provide cutting-edge audio technology to a truly leading- edge automotive entertainment concept.”