The development partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Burmester started in 2009. More than four years of joint work went into the development of two innovative sound systems, especially designed to perfectly fit the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Both sound systems represent highest requirements regarding quality and distinctive sound: the Burmester "feelgood sound“.
The Burmester High-End 3D-Surround–Soundsystem provides its unrivalled listening experience by virtue of 24 high-performance speakers and 24 separate amplifier channels with a total output of 1.540 watts. At the same time an intelligent combination of analogue and digital amplifier technologies leads to a particularly fine and natural sound together with high performance reserves. While sophisticated analogue filter settings allow the best possible fine reproduction in the mid-range and treble frequencies, the digital amplifier - despite its compact dimensions – masters the highest dynamic peaks.
The new, three-dimensional listening experience provided by the 3D-Sound and created by the Burmester speakers integrated into the vehicle roof is unique. In addition to the two speakers in the overhead console, another speaker is accommodated in the overhead control panel. A 3D–Sound algorithm was developed specifically for the Mercedes–Benz S–Class to create the unique listening experience made possible by these overhead speakers. The aim of the developers was to add a subtle spatial effect to the outstanding listening experience.
13 high-performance speakers, a 9-channel DSP amplifier with a total output of 590 watts configured specifically for the vehicle make for result in a new standard of sound reproduction in its category. If required the impressive listening experience can even be heightened. The Surround function generates virtual surround sound from a mono or stereo music signal to maximise the spatial effect. Front/Rear optimisation allows the sound to be specifically adjusted for the front or rear seats.
Thanks to highly advanced vehicle noise compensation (VNC), the sound quality is maintained despite driving noises so that the best possible musical enjoyment is guaranteed at all times – whether on the motorway or in town. The Burmester Surround-Soundsystem combines digital and analogue filter elements. The systematic use of analogue diplexers in the medium and treble ranges ensures an extraordinarily expressive and natural spatial sound.