The Sound of the Racetrackby Sagar Patil, on
In the year 1963, Prof. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed the legendary Porsche 911. And even to this day, that name has been synonyms to one of the most iconic cars the world has ever seen. It is the longest running production car that still stays true to its roots as the quintessential sports car. The newest edition of this legend is the 911 GT3. Besides its mind-bending performance figures and its handling prowess as a rear engine layout, it carries a glorious exhaust note from the flat six via its titanium silencer and chrome exhaust tips.
“Contemporary. Cool. Iconic.” Has been the tag line of every product that came out of the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See and Berlin. They go beyond the borders of the automobile and create a new styling world for discerning men and women running the show. One such product from this company is the 911 Soundbar. A music sound system that notes every symphony of the sports car being transcended once again through a 911 exhaust unit.
It is not any exhaust unit, but the 911 GT3’s original titanium silencer and the twin chrome exhaust tailpipe that resonate the sound that eventually fills your room with acoustic and visual treats. The best of both worlds.
The 911 Soundbar takes the functions of the original components and turns them on their head. The use of the titanium component will in itself bring in a deeper, measurably louder audio experience with a higher maximum volume. In short: more power. We’d have to hear a comparison to see if that’s really true, but let’s be honest, even if the exhaust didn’t do anything, the speaker just looks cool.
Mounted on a matte-black base, the hovering metallic object with the exhaust tips are used as resonators and the rearward sound is channelled to activate the air in the rear section’s "pipe system." This results in a higher level of corresponding frequencies and sound threshold. Bass and treble control knobs are situated beside the exhaust tip.
The whole figure reads craftsmanship with the ultra-masculine silhouette - thanks to the weathered chrome bits that are intentionally left unaltered by the blokes at the studio. Or they might have just forgotten to polish them one drunk night. Either way, the visible welds and contact points looks more authentic than what it is already.
When you turn this on, the unmistakable 911 GT3 ignition soundtrack is brought right into your room and then goes on to give you a unique music experience of your choice. The re-purposed subwoofer guarantees a special acoustic experience for aficionados of music and sports cars alike.
As with running along modern technology, the 911 Soundbar is equally cutting edge with high fidelity 2.1 Virtual Surround System that includes a 200-watt output with Dolby Digital De-coder, DTS TruSuround and an integrated subwoofer. Other features include wireless loss-free audio transmission due to aptX technology, virtual surround and stereo sound and a remote controller. A lip sync function is also included to ensure both your audio and video remains in a synchronised form.
This obviously comes with Bluetooth interface with an easy-pairing function to connect all your Bluetooth devices and stream your favourite track of yours or your guest’s. To splurge you with options, Porsche Design has provided an analogue input (cinch) and 2 digital inputs (coaxial and optical). With bass and treble controls, you can also hook this system to an external subwoofer which makes the bass limit extend until it literally shatters even your neighbour’s windows.
The 911 Soundbar is a masterpiece engineered by the Porsche design house for those who want to enjoy more than the melodies of a racetrack within the four walls of the living space. This Porsche experience is of all the senses of a devoted audiophile.
The 911 Soundbar is currently in limited production and all orders placed must be before October. Which by all our dismay is long gone. The Soundbar is priced at a $3500 (₹2.4 lakh) tag.
But is it a grandee? Well, for one, that depends on how much of a nut you are for Porsche. As far as a ‘bachelor pad’ sound system goes, be sure of getting quite a few stares and comments from guests that will keep you in exaltation.
Featured on our list previously, a company called IXOOST will do something similar with a Ferrari, Formula One or a car of your choice for about ₹4.3 lakh and upwards. When you look at it in context, the Porsche Design’s 911 Soundbar is actually kind of a bargain. But be advised, it is definitely not cheap. It is an exquisite piece of lifestyle product that will keep reminding you of the greatest car the history will probably ever see. The Porsche 911.
|Dimensions (LxBxH)||740mm x 280 mm x 320 mm|
|System output||200 watt|
|Connections||Bluetooth, Analogue input (cinch), 2 digital inputs (coaxial and optical), Subwoofer output|
Source: Porsche Design