34 speakers. Think about that number for just a moment. That’s a lot of sound to be pushed at an occupant inside the car. Thankfully, Bose and its engineering expertise didn’t want to simply throw 34 speaks into the 2016 Cadillac CT6 to puke noise. It has finely tuned each speaker for optimal clarity and positioning in the Panaray system.
Automobile had a chance to sit down with engineering support manager Bud MacLellan, who says, originally, 49 speakers were planned for the 2016 CT6. Due to interior constraints, though, the number was trimmed down to just 34.
MacLellan stated the system was a labor of love to ensure the best quality inside the CT6.
“I can show you anything on paper, but you don’t know what that sounds like.”
Therefore, taking packaging constraints and quality into account, the solution became what Panaray is today. Two bass box subwoofers have been integrated into the floor pan, and speakers have been integrated into the A-pillars, seats and dashboard, all while looking seamless. The smaller speakers also allow Bose to direct sound in areas better, hence why there are so many speakers, and not a few massive ones.
Not only do the speakers need to provide clarity and, ultimately, sound good, but they need to stand the test of time. As Bose stated, the car is a harsh environment, not like a living room. Therefore, the speakers played for 24-hours while water was sprayed on them, and 100-g impacts were administered to simulate potholes and rough road conditions.
In all, yes, this is a very technical system exclusive to the Cadillac CT6; one born from an idea 33-years ago when Bose introduced its first high-quality sound system in the 1983 Cadillac Seville.