Bent­ley su­per deal think­ing is sound

Naim is putting 15 speak­ers in the Fly­ing Spur, writes NEIL DOWL­ING in the US

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

AHUGE power in­crease in Bent­ley’s latest Fly­ing Spur sa­loon has brought an un­prece­dented new sound to the car. But that’s ex­actly what Bent­ley wanted and not what you might ex­pect. Not out­side the car, any­way.

In­tead, Bent­ley and its au­dio part­ner, Naim, have con­cen­trated on the cabin.

It’s not the first time a ma­jor car­maker has gone to a top-end sound com­pany for as­sis­tance, but the Fly­ing Spur is the first time Naim has come out of the lounge room and into a car.

In mak­ing the tran­si­tion, Naim brings in a 1100W war chest of sound that is driven by a se­ries of eight high-end am­pli­fiers with 15 chan­nels and fired through 15 speak­ers.

The two com­pa­nies claim it is the world’s most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion­car au­dio sys­tem.

Naim has mod­i­fied the in­te­rior of the Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal and Ar­nage range for the finest sound qual­ity, clar­ity and pre­cise re­pro­duc­tion.

Ev­ery­thing is cus­tom-made for the Bent­ley model spec­i­fied, in­clud­ing mak­ing a sys­tem as per­fect in de­liv­er­ing sound qual­ity in the Con­ti­nen­tal GTC con­vert­ible with the roof up as it is with the roof down.

It is enough to may make au­dio- philes go ga-ga, but it comes at a cost. The sys­tem in the Con­ti­nen­tal Fly­ing Spur adds 15kg to the car and, as an op­tion on the car when it ar­rives in Aus­tralia later this year, will cost up to about $15,000.

Naim sys­tems for the home cost any­where be­tween $ 6000 and $250,000, though Naim’s project man­ager Trevor Wil­son says the sky’s the limit.

‘‘We are fa­nat­i­cal and ob­ses­sive about sound qual­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail,’’ Wil­son says.

De­tails of the sys­tem in­clude heavy brass hold­ers for the cir­cuit boards, which are mounted on springs to iso­late vi­bra­tion and a stor­age box made of heavy-gauge ex­truded alu­minium. The tweet­ers have silk cores — not pa­per — and the sub-woofers op­er­ate in the boot to max­imise sound depth.

Naim still makes do­mes­tic au­dio equip­ment and op­er­ates its own record la­bel.

Its prod­ucts are avail­able from eight Aus­tralian deal­ers listed on www.num­bers-au­

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