The custom-designed 12-volt DC-powered ZVOX 408 system delivers big, lifelike sound from a compact single enclosure
June 1, 2008 — Swampscott, MA Rail travelers taking the new Tangula Luxury Trains in China will experience all the amenities of a five star hotel in their private suites — including flat-screen TV and a high-performance virtual surround sound system from ZVOX Audio, along with either full-sized or dual twin beds, en suite bathroom with shower, and 24 hour butler service.
“Each suite in a Tangula train conveys sheer luxury with contemporary designs that feature soft leathers, rich woods and exotic stones,” said Terence Ronson, Managing Director of Pertlink — the IT Consultants for Tangula. “We needed to find an exceptional audio solution that would match the quality of the train design, both in sound and appearance. ZVOX has achieved that for us.”
Working closely with the train’s design team, ZVOX has created a custom-made system–Model 408–measuring 45cm x 16cm x 17cm, that fits into the limited space set aside for audio in each Tangula suite. ZVOX’s proprietary PhaseCue technology allows the system to produce virtual surround sound from a single cabinet, and a built-in subwoofer generates realistic bass output. Like all ZVOX Hospitality Series audio systems, start-up volume, maximum volume and maximum bass limits can be programmed by management to prevent noise complaints from neighboring guests.
“Dealing with extremely high altitudes and sourcing power from the train’s onboard 12-volt electrical system presented some interesting challenges,” commented ZVOX President Tom Hannaher. “But the 408 looks great, sounds great and works well within the complicated environment of a high-altitude train.”
Tangula Luxury Trains will commence journeys through the western regions of China in September, 2008.
About ZVOX Audio
ZVOX Audio is a collaboration of consumer electronics industry veterans Tom Hannaher and Winslow Burhoe. Mr. Hannaher has worked with Best Buy, Advent Corporation, Tweeter and Cambridge SoundWorks. Mr. Burhoe worked at AR, KLH, Genesis, Nuance and Boston Acoustics — and was founder of EPI Loudspeakers. ZVOX Audio is dedicated to designing and manufacturing audio products that combine high sound quality, compact size, simplicity of use, and affordability.
About Tangula Luxury Trains
Tangula Luxury Trains provide exclusive rail journeys through the western regions of China. Tangula’s state-of-the-art, custom-built trains will travel along two routes: the Southern Route, Beijing-Lijiang and Lijiang-Beijing through the southern province of Yunnan, and the Northern Route, Beijing-Lhasa and Lhasa-Beijing across the Tibetan plateau. On these journeys, guests will experience unprecedented access to the natural landscapes, ancient landmarks, and diverse cultures of these regions. Passengers will be accommodated in luxury suites, including a full-sized or two twin beds, en suite bathroom with shower, a flat-screen television and entertainment system, complimentary service bar and safe. Butler service is available 24 hours. www.TangulaLuxuryTrains.com.