Case In Point: THX on Wheels - HotHardware

Case In Point: THX on Wheels

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Driving the Audio System
The user interface is designed around two very different interaction modes. The first one is a fairly familiar touch screen paradigm. It’s fairly straightforward to navigate, but there are multiple nested levels you have to dig into to get to some of the more obscure settings (like enabling 5.1 for stereo music.)


The DVD Interface Menu

The other interaction mode is voice recognition, designed around Microsoft’s SYNC speech recognition interface, which was specifically designed for cars. Although you theoretically don’t have to train the interface to your voice, you’ll probably want to – most of the results when I tried to use voice without training were pretty comical. The other problem with SYNC is the same as with the touch interface – you have to drill deep through a menu structure, using a fairly limited vocabulary.

As with many modern automobiles, this system can handle digital music. Embedded in the system is a 10GB hard drive; you can insert a CD and press the red “record” button and rip the CD onto the Lincoln’s embedded drive.


The CD Interface Menu

Alternatively, you can just plug in your own digital music player. Inside the center console is a smart USB port. You can connect in iPhone / iPod or Microsoft Zune and get full access to all your music.

We’re not going to dive into the other tech features, but it’s worth noting the integration between the GPS Nav system and Sirius Satellite radio, the automatic parallel parking feature and the adaptive cruise control. The latter is pretty cool – just set your cruise control speed on the freeway, and the onboard radar adjusts your speed automatically depending on the distance of the cars around you. Don’t go to sleep, though – you still have to steer.
 

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THX on Wheels.... That's a song by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, right? :)

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What, no 0-60 m.p.h. or 1/4-mile times!!!Big Smile



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dude is all about the noise, not the speed :p

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Cool review, but if you can afford this car, you can afford to put a kickass sound system in your Corolla.

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gibbersome:

Cool review, but if you can afford this car, you can afford to put a kickass sound system in your Corolla.

I'm just the opposite. I'd settle for an AM radio as long as it came installed in a kick-ass car!

 

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I like the slot style dashboard speaker.

I would have liked pics of the subwoofer and the other speakers they used though.

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Me too, the kick ass car is the way to go.

The Subaru he started with is a good start. They're built real nice and sturdy,......I had a Subaru Forester a few years back and it was a Turbocharged car. It hauled ass and left most other cars out there looking stupidly at your tailpipe as you left them behind. Wheee!

What a bunch of fun it was to drive! It had tons of traction and the stereo was quite nice as well. Big Smile

Yeah, kick ass car for sure,...........

 

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I prefer to listen to the car tunes.

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Looks cool, I will say that however it sorta screams gimmick all the same, I could see a THX qaudrophonic setup, but the center chan isn't gonna work unless its mimicked in the back seat, seat distance is unequal, and driver pos'n is less then ideal for speaker separation.

 

That said depending on implementation it could sort of work to create a sound envelope that could be convincing.  But I mean multi-channel soundtracks normally require (near)perfect situations to create an accurate soundstage.  This why '4 stereo' DSPs work so well with current indash decks

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