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Dirac Research Makes Automotive Aftermarket Debut

Dirac Live-enabled miniDSP C-DSP 8x12 DL processor will correct the frequency response and impulse response in vehicle cabins.

Dirac Research has announced the first Dirac Live-equipped product designed specifically for the automotive aftermarket: the miniDSP C-DSP 8×12 DL in-car audio processor. Though new to the aftermarket field, Dirac has experience developing digital audio solutions for the automotive market in general for customers such as Bentley, Rolls Royce, BMW, and Volvo.

Dirac Live, the industry’s reference room correction solution, corrects not only the frequency response, but also the impulse response of the loudspeakers in a given room. This correction is particularly important in vehicle cabins — which are one of the most acoustically-challenged environments, given interior materials that heavily reflect sound waves and the less-than-ideal placement of multiple speakers at differing distances from the driver. These factors introduce impulse response issues that result in timing differences between speakers, which create muddied sound reproduction within the cabin and a suboptimal stereo image.

Dirac Live optimizes the audio performance of the speaker system and mitigates against these challenges.

In addition to Dirac Live processing, the new miniDSP C-DSP 8×12 DL includes six differential low-level analog inputs for low noise pickup, high-level inputs for connecting to head units with power amplification, and stereo SPDIF-to-TOSLINK digital inputs. Twelve RCA outputs combined with eight channels of Dirac Live processing make the unit adaptable for active crossover systems as well as multichannel/surround installations with subwoofer integration.

miniDSP’s audio processing offers parametric EQ, compressors, adjustable time delay, crossovers up to 48 dB/octave, and an advanced matrix mixer with rear/center capability.

For more information on Dirac automotive audio solutions, click here.

For more information on the miniDSP C-DSP 8×12 DL, click here.