Sony today introduced the Mobile ES[1] car speaker and subwoofer range, including the XS-162ESXS-160ESXS-690ESXS-680ES and XS-W104ES, setting a new standard for superior in-car entertainment. Developed with various technical updates, the Mobile ES range helps customers experience true to life music from the comfort of their car. Users can listen to their favourite music, boost their mood and transform the car environment.

The new Mobile ES range features the XS-162ES 16cm 2-way Component Speakers, the XS-160ES 16cm 2-way Coaxial Speakers, the XS-690ES 16x24cm 2-way Coaxial Speakers, the XS-680ES 16x20cm 2-way Coaxial Speakers and the XS-W104ES 25cm Subwoofer.

XS-162ES, XS-160ES, XS-690ES and XS-680ES Speakers’ Key Features:

MRC Aramid Fibre Matrix Woofer: Mica Reinforced Cellular (MRC) is Sony’s original speaker diaphragm material, engineered for high rigidity and good internal loss (low resonant distortion), with a lightweight design. This third-generation compound has been further optimised with mechanical driver improvements to deliver an even wider frequency response and smoother, more natural sound characteristics. Embedding MRC in a unique matrix with aramid fibres suppresses diaphragm resonance and minimises distortion — not only in the lows, but also in the mid and higher frequencies. The result is sound that is powerful at all frequencies and uncommonly clean — even at high volume.

Separated Notch Edge Surround: The woofer surround features another proprietary Sony technology, with distinctive curved notches improving the vertical amplitude symmetry for dramatically reduced distortion and enhanced clarity.

Soft Dome Tweeter: Compatible with High-Resolution Audio, a soft dome tweeter diaphragm is directly attached on the voice coil, designed to cover the music’s ultra-high ends, with a frequency range extending up to 40kHz.

Five-beam Frame Structure & Dynamic Air Diffuser: The Five-beam Frame design disperses resonance while the integrated Dynamic Air Diffuser ensures efficient air circulation for smooth cone travel and cooling of the voice coil.

Progressive Height Rate Spider: The acoustically optimised spider allows for higher power handling and airflow, with a profile designed for more rapid and precise cushioning of the speaker cone.

Phase Plug (XS-162ES Only): The resonance damping phase plug on the XS-162ES woofer helps realise ideal frequency response, right up to the crossover point with the matched tweeters. A rigid aluminium bobbin and Dynamic Air Diffuser further support the speaker’s wide frequency response, for controlled and dynamic bass delivery.

Bi-amp Terminals and Gain Selector in Crossover Networks (XS-162ES Only): The audiophile-grade crossover features an optimal, metalised polypropylene film capacitor with lower dissipation for a smoother high-end. It features a bi-amp capable design to mitigate current distortion to the tweeter when running the woofer with high input levels. A dedicated gain selector balances the woofer and tweeter signal levels and enables tweeter level adjustment even when driving the components from a single amplifier.

XS-W104ES Subwoofer Key Features:

MRC Honeycomb Woofer: MRC (Mica Reinforced Cellular) Honeycomb is specially designed for subwoofers. The core of the diaphragm is a foam-like material with a honeycomb shaped fibre base, which gives flexural rigidity exceeding ten times higher than that of regular PP matrix. This realises astonishingly precise and powerful bass and low distortion simultaneously. Optimised for the newly developed mechanical approaches, this third-generation subwoofer diaphragm offers enhanced frequency response and smooth sound characteristics.

Separated Notch Edge Surround: With distinctive curved notches improving the vertical amplitude symmetry, this technology dramatically reduces distortion and enhances clarity.

Five-beam Frame Structure & Dynamic Air Diffuser: The Five-beam Frame design disperses resonance while the integrated Dynamic Air Diffuser ensures efficient air circulation for smooth cone travel and cooling of the voice coil.

Progressive Height Rate Spider: The acoustically optimised spider allows for higher power handling and airflow, with a profile designed for more rapid and precise cushioning of the speaker cone. To increase signal integrity and prevent sound interference, the lead wire from the voice coil is also sewn to the spider, reducing wire movement.

The XS-162ES will be priced at approximately £230 / €250 and available across Europe from June 2021

The XS-160ES will be priced at approximately £190 / €210 and available across Europe from June 2021

The XS-690ES will be priced at approximately £290 / €320 and available across Europe from June 2021

The XS-680ES will be priced at approximately £180 / €200 and available across Europe from June 2021

The XS-W104ES will be priced at approximately £200 / Є220 and available across Europe from June 2021

By Jim O Brien/CEO

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