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CLARION CHALLENGES SONIC CONVENTIONS W hen Clarion announced they'd be rolling out their Rrst Full Digital Sound system this year, we were both intrigued and excited. The idea of a signal made up solely of ones and zeroes traveling directly from source to speaker without traditional digital-to-analog conversion seemed...impossible. And how would it sound? More importantly, what would it mean for car audio going forward, especially for electric and hybrid cars without a lot of voltage to spare? We experimented with a prototype system in the CrutchReld Labs to Rnd some answers. BY BUCK POMERANTZ & DOMINIC DEVITO Digital sound revolution 1 2 3 42 Get advice from one of our experts 800-555-8346

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