Porsche put a high-end exhaust on a $12,000 soundbar

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: German studio Porsche Design is now accepting pre-orders for a limited edition 911-inspired soundbar that will set you back a cool $12,000. The 911 Soundbar 2.0 Pro – Ltd. is a 2.1.2 virtual surround sound system boasting 300 watts of system power. It affords 4K compatible HDMI ports and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity, and is compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD as well as Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast for streaming.

The soundbar can also connect to other Porsche Design products for multi-channel streaming. There is additionally an exhaust system strapped to the front of the soundbar. Wait, what?

The standout feature here is without a doubt the exhaust. Porsche Design slapped an actual exhaust system from the original Porsche 992 GT3 onto the front of the soundbar. As awesome as that is for Porsche and auto enthusiasts in general, the exhaust is purely for aesthetics as the sound from the bar does not route through the pipes. Sorry, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

It is as much a piece of art or a conversation starter as it is a functional speaker system.

The setup measures 1,500 mm x 460 mm x 500 mm (roughly 59 in x 18.1 in x 19.7 in) and weighs a whopping 65 kg (143.3 pounds). Porsche Design said it can be hung on the wall or placed on the provided base.

Porsche Design is the subsidiary of the German automaker that handles licensing related to consumer goods and accessories. You have no doubt seen them collaborate with well-known tech brands including Acer, AOC, Garmin and Huawei, among others.

The Porsche Design 911 Soundbar 2.0 Pro – Ltd. 2.1.2 virtual surround sound system is available to pre-order from writing for $12,000. Only 500 examples are being produced in a silver and black color scheme. Look for it to ship on January 1, 2023.

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wiyosaya

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:rolleyes: Another company that has no clue as to what makes good/great sound. If anything, the obstruction of sound from the soundbar is just going to make this thing sound worse, even if sound was routed through this, as the sound isn't even routed through the monstrosity of an "enhancement". They are just looking to take fools that think the Porsche name means something in this context and fleece them for this :poop:

P.T. Barnum would be proud of Porsche.
 
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Hodor

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Absolutely amazing. I need that on my smartphone. A high-end phone needs a high-end exhaust system.
 

captaincranky

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Wut? No flashing RGB lights on that eyesore? Boy is Porsche really out of touch with reality, let alone style.

This is obviously directed at machismo and egos of men. What I think should happen is, that a company marketing feminine hygiene products, should come out with a competing sound bar, with chrome plated douche bags dangling from it.. You know, just the thing for a "MILF cave".
 
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mcclurken

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I don't personally see anything artistic about it. It looks like they stuck a car exhaust to the front of an off the shelf high end sound bar. Oh... that IS what they did. From the same company that charges you thousands of dollars/euros to remove things like door handles, seats and sound mats. That said, I'd be quite pleased if my daily driver were a Cayman Turbo (that somebody else pays for).
 

captaincranky

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As awesome as that is for Porsche and auto enthusiasts in general, the exhaust is purely for aesthetics as the sound from the bar does not route through the pipes. Sorry, you can't have your cake and eat it too.
Maybe not, but wouldn't it be "groovy", if Porsche got Elon Musk to program fart noises into the system? That way, after you ate your cake, (and no longer have it), the sound bar could fart for you.

All things considered though, if you're that uncertain of your masculinity that you need to buy that monstrosity, wouldn't the twelve grand make a great down payment on penile implant surgery instead.?
 

ThrakazogZ

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The title should probably be " Porsche put a high end $11,500 exhaust on a soundbar". I doubt the soundbar itself is worth much more than $500.
 

captaincranky

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I doubt the soundbar itself is worth much more than $500.
I used to sell Hi-fi, and believe me, the markup on speakers dealer cost versus MSRP, is staggering.

You couldn't make money selling receivers and turntables, and you had to really stick it to the customer on the phono cartridges and loudspeakers to make a profit.

If you say the soundbar is worth $500.00, trust me, the dealer cost is half that.

I seriously doubt that the whole hot mess, costs Porsche $500.00. (Of course, I could be wrong).

With that said, if you were to but a car part by part, it would cost you a minimum of three or four times the price on the sticker.
 

captaincranky

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... So not useful.
Fixed?
I think this monstrosity could best be described as, "an unfortunate late term abortion", to a Porsche exhaust system..

I still can't figure out why it costs that much. Perhaps it's just their marketing department's IQ test for the more well to do buying public.

At least we seem to have moved past putting taxidermied heads of endangered species on our den walls.. Or have we?:eek:
 

erickmendes

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Fixed?
I think this monstrosity could best be described as, "an unfortunate late term abortion", to a Porsche exhaust system..

I still can't figure out why it costs that much. Perhaps it's just their marketing department's IQ test for the more well to do buying public.

At least we seem to have moved past putting taxidermied heads of endangered species on our den walls.. Or have we?:eek:

I was being sarcastic... Totally agree with you, it's not even art, it's a piece of junk with a brand on it to give it a big price tag... Cases like that remember me of the white frame a itallian "painter" sold as "art"... Or even all the NFT drama.