Bentley Motors has taken luxury in-car audio to the next level with the introduction of the groundbreaking ‘Naim for Mulliner’ sound system, available exclusively to customers of the Bentley Batur by Mulliner. This extraordinary audio experience is the culmination of over 10,000 hours of development work, cutting-edge hardware, and meticulous system recalibration. Let’s delve into the details of this exceptional auditory masterpiece.
Reaffirming its commitment to delivering unparalleled luxury, Bentley introduces the ‘Naim for Mulliner’ sound system, setting a new standard for in-car audio excellence. While the existing ‘Naim for Bentley’ system has already impressed audiophiles worldwide, the creation of a bespoke coachbuilt model presented an opportunity to set a new benchmark for automotive audio.
Building upon a 15-year partnership with Naim and Focal, Bentley engineers embarked on a journey to redefine the musical experience within the Batur. The goal was clear: to create a system that not only met, but exceeded, the requirements of the most discerning audiophiles.
The collaborative efforts of Bentley, Naim, and Focal led to the meticulous design of a 20-speaker system that would grace the interior of the Batur. Drawing inspiration from Focal’s Grand Utopia speakers, the system comprises six tweeters, nine mid-range speakers, two woofers, two active bass transducers, and a subwoofer. Each component was carefully chosen and refined to deliver a symphony of sound that embodies presence, detail, power, warmth, airiness, and immersion.
The speakers themselves feature patented ‘M’-profile cones crafted from a single piece, providing exceptional rigidity, lightness, and damping. This unique design allows for an incredibly linear frequency response, low distortion, and enhanced sound dispersion. The result is a breathtaking level of detail that brings the music to life with captivating realism.
The tweeter, a critical element in any sound system, has been meticulously engineered to produce silky trebles. Its wide-angle diffusion ensures an immersive listening experience in the often challenging acoustics of a car interior. Meanwhile, the mid-range speakers were fine-tuned for seamless transition with the bass and tweeters, achieving a harmonious timbre and spatialization that immerses passengers in sound.
Finite element analysis and simulation software were employed to optimize the performance of each speaker component. By focusing on elements like suspension material and cone shape, the system’s designers achieved remarkable improvements in distortion reduction and overall sound quality.
The ‘Naim for Mulliner’ system’s integration within the Batur’s cabin was carefully planned. Additional structural enhancements were made to key areas like doors and rear cabin sections, reducing distortion and improving sound isolation. This attention to detail ensures that every note is reproduced faithfully, delivering an uncompromising musical experience.
For the fortunate 18 customers who have already reserved their Batur models, the journey of co-creation extends to choosing whether to include the ‘Naim for Mulliner’ sound system. This system underscores Bentley’s dedication to producing bespoke vehicles that seamlessly merge luxury and performance, a testament to the brand’s legacy.
The partnership between Bentley and Naim is rooted in British design and engineering excellence. Naim’s relentless pursuit of pure sound, both on the road and at home, aligns seamlessly with Bentley’s commitment to luxury. This partnership has resulted in the most powerful in-car OEM audio system available in the market.
Central to the ‘Naim for Mulliner’ audio system is Digital Signal Processing (DSP), a technology that optimizes the in-car soundstage based on seating position and listening preferences. Whether cruising at speed or navigating diverse road conditions, this innovation ensures exceptional audio quality.
The experience is made even more engaging with a 12.3-inch HD touchscreen interface at the center of the dashboard. Users can customize their interface to display various functions simultaneously or in split-screen mode, embracing simplicity and contemporary design aesthetics.
The ‘Naim for Mulliner’ sound system is seamlessly integrated with popular streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, and Deezer. This compatibility empowers customers to enjoy their preferred music, digital radio, podcasts, and more.
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