Burmester is the same audio company that developed the sound system for the Bugatti Veyron supercarEnlarge Photo
If the name Burmester sounds familiar, it's because the company worked on a sound system for the horribly expensive Bugatti Veyron 16.4. The Veyron, coincidentally, is the only other car the company has been inspired to create an audio system for. The set-up for the Porsche Panamera promises to be every bit as exciting, and with a 16-speaker design we would hope so.
Each speaker in the custom system has its own separate amplifier, which can range from just 25 watts for the tweeter to a 300 watt subwoofer in the trunk. There is also an air-motion tweeter in the dashboard, and each amplifier is analog rather than digital for ultimate sound quality.
The result of all this technology is a sound experience second to none - and considering that it took the Burmester team around five years of tinkering around in a Cayenne to hone the art of in-car audio, the effort seems to have paid off with Porsche endorsing the technology after a demonstration from the company’s engineers.
For all that audio know-how, however, customers will be paying a pretty penny, with Burmester asking close to €5,000 ($7,000) for the basic system. If that sounds expensive, it might be worth considering that Burmester's audio systems for the home can stretch into the €100,000 range ($141,000).