The CES Report - Mobile Electronics
On the other side of the size fence are diminutive-looking amplifiers armed with the power of a monster amp, like Blaupunkt's PA5350 (4x50 watts plus mono 150 watts). With help from Tripath Technologies, the "Class T" amplifier is touted as having the sound quality of a traditional Class AB amplifier while only taking up a Class D chassis size. In fact, the amplifier runs so well it can be housed in a plastic case instead of the traditional aluminum.
One of the most sophisticated displays of mobile technology came from Sirius Satellite Radio. The company broadcast "Toon Disney" from its headquarters in New York City to the show floor in Las Vegas, onto a small monitor that easily could be mounted in the headliner of a minivan. Larry Pesce, vice president of product management stated, "This technology will not be available to the consumer for some time, but we wanted to show off that we have the capability to broadcast video."
When asked about the extreme bandwidth of video and how that might affect music (audio) service, Pesce stated, "A lot of it depends on compression technology, and that is becoming more robust. Right now, to give a very loose figure, we could broadcast video on the bandwidth of approximately five audio channels. But compression technology is getting better every day."