in any sound field
The size and design of the 46BC multifield microphone provides the right data in any measurement scenario and will always comply with IEC 61672, regardless of the sound field.
GRAS 46BC has the lowest noise floor of any ¼″ microphone, so it matchs the sensitivity of ½″ mics and can therefore measure the low levels found in a car cabin.
The high sensitivity and low noise floor coupled with the size advantages of the 46BC provide the ideal solution for aquiring in-cabin data for both audio and NVH testing.
GRAS 46BC CCP Multifield ¼″ Microphone Set, High Sensitivity:
The only high-sensitivity multifield microphone on the market (Kopie)
ICE or EV, the need for cabin comfort and clear communication is paramount. In fact, in-cabin sound quality is frequently cited as a key aspect of how customers evaluate vehicles and is influenced by all potential sound sources and treatments in a vehicle: from sound transmission from transmissions, engines and motors. and wind, tire, and brake noise to the wrong frequencies being dampened or accentuated by reflective or difuse materials.
The in-cabin sound field consists of a mix of varried damping surfaces and hard reflective surfaces, so the sound field varries from free field to random incidence (or undefined). This is a challenge for traditional ½″ microphones; however, this is perfect for a ¼″ microphone designed for multifield environments.
Audio assessments are a vital part of new vehicle development. Consumers expect high-quality sound systems, so the importance of ensuring good acoustics, free from reverberation and excess dampening in desired frequency ranges, is greater than ever. Add to that, the development of systems requiring improved communication with infotainment systems and artificial intelligence assistance while driving has evolved to unprecedented heights.
Assessing audio quality in environgments as complex as the cabin of a vecle is a difficult task. However, the multifield capabilities of 46BC combined with the measurement accuracy (particularly at higher frequencies) make it ideal for the job. Additionally 46BC and the 46BL-1 pressure microphone, are idealy suited for measurements according to the AES In-car Acoustics Measurements recommendation.
New EV models are being introduced with much greater frequency, and while market competition increases, the transition away from ICEs has introduced a new range of challenges inside the cabin.
The loss of engine and transmission masking noise means that there are suddenly old but unheard noises that need to be addressed. But also the new electric motor introduces new noises of its own, such as the highfrequency tonal noise from the inverter. This noise is prominent over 5 kHz where it stands out over wind and tire noise. This high-frequency noise has a strong negative impact on occupants’ perception of overall sound quality. The improved accuracy of the 46BC in the higher frequency ranges and its ability to provide precise data regardless of th angle of incidence makes the 46BC the perfect microphone for EV audio and NVH testing.