Porsche has announced that their new Panamera incorporates an all-new 3D High-End Surround Sound System from Burmester. Using Auro 3D technology, two loudspeakers in the A-pillars are able to work in combination with the system to generate a three-dimensional spatial sound pattern, reminiscent of the best concert halls in the world. This new Burmester 3D sound system is optional on all Panamera models and is capable of a total power output of 1,455 watts through 21 individually controlled loudspeakers – including a 400-watt, class-D subwoofer and a two-way center speaker.
The first-generation Porsche Panamera introduced the feature of sports sedans with genuinely high-end sound, engineered by music connoisseurs for music enthusiasts. Dieter Burmester took personal responsibility for the architecture and fine-tuning of the sound system that has been setting the standard for ultimate sound quality in series vehicles since 2009. Burmester sound systems have been available for all Porsche model ranges ever since.
With the objective of enhancing the emotional experience, state-of-the-art audio technologies were employed, including powerful and highly efficient class-D amplifiers, intelligent algorithms to improve sound quality as well as the latest developments in Auro 3D processing. With these advantages, the new Panamera delivers a playback experience comparable to the best concert halls in the world.
The surround sound system in the first Panamera featured 16 loudspeakers, the new Panamera features 21 loudspeakers, delivering an impressive sound experience via perfect positioning. The speaker contingent in the new Panamera comprises a total of four woofers, seven mid-range speakers, two broadband speakers and seven tweeters, as well as a subwoofer at the rear.
Porsche is the only manufacturer to use the Burmester Air Motion Transformer (AMT) in vehicles. The AMT technology — used for the front channels — is completely redesigned in the new Panamera and offers an efficiency level that has been increased by six decibels. The folded sheets of the new AMT loudspeakers have an oscillating mass that has nearly been cut in half compared to the previous design, yet the size of the piston area remains the same. In addition, the center channel of the sound system now also features two-way technology along with an AMT loudspeaker. This arrangement produces clean, clear sound and guarantees an extremely homogenous reproduction with highly realistic playback of instruments and voices, thus improving the voice quality of both the hands-free facility and the navigation system, too.
All of the drivers used in the Burmester sound system are very durable and are now equipped with lightweight, torsion-resistant aluminum die-cast baskets. The drivers are also positioned at the optimum location in the vehicle to avoid sound and efficiency loss, enabling not only the most dynamic performance, but also considerably more consistent sound development in the vehicle. Thanks to a maximum sound level of 126 decibels, the sound system also provides a well-balanced and dynamic representation of challenging source material.
Highly efficient class-D amplifiers control all 21 of the loudspeakers. The total power output has now been increased by around 40 percent to 1,455 watts but with a considerably reduced level of energy consumption. 400 watts are available to the subwoofer alone. The amplifiers achieve an efficiency level of over 95 percent, and because it weighs just 31.5 lbs., the Burmester sound system achieves a new optimum value of 0.020 lbs. /W for its power-to-weight ratio, as is tradition in the sportscar segment.
The Burmester 3D High-End Surround Sound System offers a realistic concert hall-style atmosphere in a vehicle for the first time. The developers made a conscious effort not to use any of the spatial sound effects common in cinemas — instead they wanted a format that focused on delivering the best-possible music playback. Working with Galaxy Studios based in Belgium, the team implemented an algorithm developed especially for music in the Burmester sound system. This algorithm produces a 3D musical impression that could previously only be experienced in concert halls. The Auro 3D processing format used for this purpose in a vehicle for the first time is distinguished by an extremely realistic spatial impression that can be generated from any source material, even mono sources. In the new Panamera, the 3D processing format makes it possible to subtly extend the sound in front of and even above the listener.
The Burmester sound system best showcases its spectacular sound quality when playing optimized, uncompressed and high-resolution music sources. However, the system still generates a clean sound experience when playing musical material with data compression, such as Bluetooth-streamed content, digital radio, or MP3 files. In addition, a special algorithm that restores the audio signal in line with the source material type has been used for the first time in the Panamera system. Negative influences on the sound quality resulting from limited bandwidth, encoding artifacts and pre-echo are effectively restored by the signal enhancement algorithm. The typical limitations on the dynamics of compressed music sources are also rectified in order to fully utilize the audio potential of the sound system. Naturally, the signal enhancement process also benefits from all of the other features offered by the Burmester sound system: A smooth function for relaxed long listening periods, a variable 3D function and the option to focus the sound on a specific seat are all available.
With all of these enhancements, the new Burmester 3D High-End Surround Sound System delivers an even more emotional and realistic sound experience than before. The Burmester audio system can be included in your Panamera build for $7525 on the Panamera 4S, and $5935 on the Panamera Turbo.