Gail Parenteau :
Bongiovi Acoustics Introduces New Sound Technology and Inks Exclusive 5-year Manufacturing Agreement with JVC
Patented technology first available to consumers in the Bongiovi Acoustics Digital Power StationTM car radio manufactured by JVC
Gail Parenteau :
Bongiovi Acoustics, a pioneering sound engineering company, today unveiled its exclusive sound technology at a news conference and demonstration held in New York City. The patent-pending technology, to be known as the Digital Power Station, makes its marketing debut inside a specialty car audio system manufactured by JVC.
Available through an assembled network of auto distribution companies and local car dealerships in the United States, the Bongiovi Acoustics Mobile Entertainment system with Digital Power Station technology is being produced under an exclusive 5-year agreement between Bongiovi Acoustics and JVC Mobile Company of America, a division of JVC Americas Corp.
“The technology is to sound as high definition is to television,” explained Tony Bongiovi, inventor of the technology. “It’s a technological breakthrough in that it uses the incredible power of computing software to bring about the most dramatic quality of sound you can ever hear outside a sound studio,” added Bongiovi.
Both an award-winning sound engineer and music producer, Bongiovi fused his expertise in these fields, undertaking a daring and, ultimately, successful attempt to “break down the wall” between what was recorded in the professional sound studio and what you eventually hear when that sound is reproduced in an audio device, whether a television, computer, car audio system, or even a cell phone.
The Digital Power StationTM (patent pending), embedded in a computer chip, is the first of a new generation of digital audio signal processors that can be programmed to reproduce studio quality sound in virtually any audio device. MP3 players, game stations, cell phones, televisions, computers and even public address systems will be impacted by the technology which dramatically improves the quality and audibility of sound in any environment.
Two years ago the technology first came to the attention of JVC. Executives in Japan, where the parent company is based, were immediately intrigued and sensed the far-reaching potential for such a breakthrough in sound technology. “At JVC we pride ourselves on innovation. That means we will pursue the most innovative and promising technology we encounter and will integrate innovation into our product line whenever possible,” said Masuichiro Mimura, a Director and Member of the Board, Victor Company of Japan. “We are the first and only company to provide this technology to consumers, and we are very proud to be standing here today with Bongiovi Acoustics,” added Mimura. Last year JVC Mobile established new headquarters in Southern California where it is led by Sean Takada, its President.
The Digital Power Station uses a combination of specially designed filters, equalization, and gain amplification to achieve total linear control over the entire audio spectrum allowing frequency specific amplification to achieve desired results in the playback environment.
When switched on, the Digital Power Station reproduces far more of the originally recorded sound than the audio device would otherwise present, even at lower volumes. Hugely improved sound quality is now available with the mere touch of a button, without having to add costly audio upgrades. Furthermore, with no added equipment, portability is not compromised to achieve outstanding sound quality. “There is no end as to how far this technology can go,” said Bongiovi. “Its applications are unlimited given that sound is virtually everywhere.”
Noted engineer, author and lecturer on audio digital signal processing, Dr. Glenn Zelniker, played a role in the process that created the Digital Power Station technology. Zelniker called the technology, “a breakthrough in that it’s the first time a low-cost path to getting high-performance sound has been invented.”
Zelniker, focusing on the car audio system, added, “Before the Digital Power Station, getting sound quality this good would necessitate inordinate expenditures in raw speaker drivers, enclosures, and mechanical noise reduction in the vehicle itself. The technology provides incredible in-vehicle acoustical performance by applying innovative digital signal processing techniques directly to the audio signal itself, addressing the problem at the source rather than requiring complicated mechanical and material correction downstream. From the perspective of the consumer, the Digital Power Station is a simple purchase that brings about dramatic sonic enhancement, allowing them to experience music the way the "big spender" car-stereo enthusiasts do, but at a fraction of the price.”
Andy Toriello, CEO of Sonalysts, a highly regarded company that works with the military on superior sonar systems and sonar performance, expressed his excitement at the technological achievement. “The dramatic improvement in sound quality utilizing the new Digital Power Station technology could have a significant impact on many other applications. Tony Bongiovi has applied his years of high-end music production experience and his genius for the complex interaction of acoustic waves, to create a remarkably effective approach to processing and amplifying acoustic signals. Among the areas where this technology may well be applied is in improving the audio quality of sonar systems (in which operators continue to use acoustic characteristics to classify noise in the ocean), and in devices that allow heart and lung specialists to interpret a patient´s condition based on aural clues.”