AD #2147 – Continental’s Speakerless Sound System, OPEC Changes Its Tune, E-PACE 1st Jag Made Outside Britain

July 14th, 2017 at 11:47am

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- OPEC Changes Its Tune
- GM Ships Cavaliers from China to Mexico
- E-PACE 1st Jag Made Outside Britain
- Continental’s Speakerless Sound System
- BMW & Microsoft Bring Skype To Cars
- Henry Ford’s Plan For The American Suburb

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21 Comments to “AD #2147 – Continental’s Speakerless Sound System, OPEC Changes Its Tune, E-PACE 1st Jag Made Outside Britain”

  1. BobD Says:

    The “speakerless” speakers is an innovative step forward, but if they are using a magnetic/coil as the activator, isn’t that still a “speaker”? Isn’t this similar to what Honda is doing in their Ridgeline Pickup beds? Both concepts are just using existing structural components to become the acoustic amplifier, rather than dedicated cones. This seems like a great way to reduce costs and weight, but what happens when the door panels or the headliner vibrate loose. Do you lose sound quality, generate rattles, start to buzz?

  2. Chuck Grenci Says:

    It sounds as Jaguar also missed the ‘naming boat’ when it assigned its smaller SUV, the “E”, just as Chevrolet used the Volt name that should have been reserved for the all electric and used Bolt (the B for both) for the Volt. I guess not the biggest faux-pas in the industry.

    I’m wondering whether the use of internal structural components, being used as sound producers will eventually loosen the mountings and create vibration (rather than sound) after a time. Some ‘monster’ sound systems already do this in some vehicles.

  3. Mark Says:

    And the sound quality of the Continental system is right up there with the good ole Victrola.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’d think the body panels as speaker cones would really sound like crap, if they are talking about using them for other than door ajar reminders, but we shall see.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #3 The kind with the crank to wind it up?

  6. G.A.Branigan Says:

    I have read that the bed mounted transducer sound system the the new ridgeline uses isn’t exactly good sounding at all.That is just what I read on some other forums.”muddy” if I remember it right,was the term used.

    I personally don’t know.I wonder if this is something like the old Tympany magaplaners? Those I have heard,besides being loud,I don’t remember well enough to say how good they sounded.It was at a party,so you all know how that goes.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Magneplaners sound pretty good, but they (sort of) emulate electrostatic speakers, in applying force to the entire surface of the mylar membrane. I doubt that rattling the door panels of a car would work that well.

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    And now it’s time for something completely different-friday edition:

    https://biggeekdad.com/2015/07/bottle-opener-machine/#.WWjY-1F2zCQ.gmail

  9. XA351GT Says:

    A collapse in oil prices, HA !! I’ll believe that when I see it. They will always artificially manipulate supply to keep up demand. Also a extreme drop in oil could lead to catastrophic economic situation.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    This time of cheap oil, would be an ideal time to raise gas tax about a dollar a gallon, and use the money to repair roads and bridges, and build decent public transportation in the U.S. Public transport is good, even for those who don’t use it, because it reduces car traffic.

  11. G.A.Branigan Says:

    The problem with that Kit is they never use the money for what it’s intended for.

  12. Barry Rector Says:

    If oil prices go down, I bet gasoline taxes will rise to lesson the shortfall of highway tax revenues.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 Gas taxes are per gallon, so cheap gas will increase tax revenue, at least short-term, as people drive their monster SUV’s and pickups more miles, and faster.

  14. XA351GT Says:

    Kit ,bite your tongue. PA already has one of the highest gas taxes in the nation and the roads still suck. Problem is once they add the tax it never goes away. The PA Turnpike was only supposed to be a toll road until it was paid for. Guess what? Nearly 70 years later we are still paying and paying more year over year. Politicians just get drunk on other people’s money more they get the more they waste. Also if the gas tax goes in and prices rise don’t think for a minute they’ll repeal the tax to give us a break.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    14 I don’t know about PA, but some states end up, uh, diverting gas tax to uses other than roads, etc.

    As far as the PA Turnpike, I’ve driven it a number of times, but not lately. It seems that there is always construction going on, but it would have been very impressive when built, in the 1940′s. As far as its being toll, it would be much more expensive to maintain than all of the Florida Flatland toll roads, but if there was some promise of toll ending on the turnpike, I guess it wasn’t kept.

  16. FSTFWRD Says:

    @10 / Kit. I agree with the gas tax, but we MUST find a way for the additional money to go to road construction and maintenance. Also, we need to find a fair way for electric vehicle owners to help pay for the roads. Registration fees? Yes, I know this is not politically correct and will probably never happen. Too bad, it would be the right thing to do.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    @16 I think there are at least a few states that have higher registration fees for EV’s, or proposals to that effect. Also, there are thoughts of taxing miles driven, but tech geeks would find ways to cheat on any system used. If there is tax on miles driven, it should be based on the size/weight of the vehicle. At least those of us who drive smaller, efficient vehicles would like it that way.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Ten states have EV “surtax,” as of Dec 2015.

    http://blog.caranddriver.com/the-tax-man-cometh-these-10-states-charge-extra-fees-for-electric-cars/

  19. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Make that eleven; S.C. has just passed an increase in the gas tax, an increase in the sales tax (on automotive) and a fee for electric vehicles. I don’t recall the actual numbers, but some that I do know are: 2 cents/gal. for the next six years, an increase of the current sales tax cap from $300 to $500. Lord knows we need bridge/hwy funding so I hope this has a very positive effect; currently, these fees/increases are earmarked to DOT and mass transit initiatives.

    And in the same vein, and I know the trucks are already being taxed at a higher proportion, but its the trucks that are tearing the road/bridges apart. This either by not building these infrastructures ‘beefier’ to begin with or just the nature of the beast that the extra mass is just too much for the roads to handle.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Indiana also raised gas tax, 10 cents/gallon, and added a $50/year surcharge on hybrids, and $150 on EV’s. It all went into effect on July 1.

  21. grant Says:

    Time for Shaun to buy an clothes iron.
    If you are going to wear a dress shirt and jacket, then don’t look like a rag-a muffin”.

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