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NVX CEA Standards

What are CEA Standards?


CEA functions as a vital connection between companies, retailers and consumers to develop a unified technology roadmap and tackles any impasses along the way. With more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups and roughly 1,100 participants, the CEA Technology & Standards program maintains an unmatched reputation as a credible and flexible standards making body accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
CEA makes an ongoing effort to grow the CE industry by developing essential industry standards to enable interoperability between new products hitting the market and existing devices.





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CEA-2006 Compliant: The CEA-2006 Standard is an official testing and measurement method for amplifiers established by the Consumer Electronics Association. In order to standardize the power ratings of mobile amplifiers, the CEA-2006 compliancy ratings where established to inform the customer that they are getting the wattage that they paid for. In defining this standard, CEA tests and rates the ”performance of amplifiers designed for use in mobile (vehicle) applications”. This statement found on the CEA website continues to define the types of amplifiers that they will test. It is applicable for single channel and multi channel amplifiers that rely on the vehicle’s primary electrical system and have a power output of greater than 5 watts. When an amplifier is tested, CEA uses the following method to ensure that the ratings are consistent.

For RMS Power Output of Amplifiers:



    • Tested at 14.4 Volts

    • 4-ohm Impedance load

    • <1% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)


When looking for an amplifier, it is important to see if the manufacturer has received a CEA-2006 compliancy for the amplifier. If so, then the ratings can be trusted at the advertised wattage. If they are not CEA certified, it could mean one of two things. First, the manufacturer has not submitted the amp for testing and it may or may not perform as advertised. Second, the specifications of the amp are not considered to be CEA-2006 compliant.

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

 




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CEA-2015 Compliant:The mobile cabling logo indicates that a cable complies with CEA-2015, Mobile Electronics Cabling Standard. This standard defines size and performance requirements for power and speaker cabling used in mobile electronic applications, including reporting requirements for cables meeting the standard. Using the appropriate cable for mobile entertainment systems will ensure systems work properly and achieve maximum efficiency.

CEA-2015 is the third standard in a mobile electronics standards suite, which also includes CEA-2006, Testing and Measurements for Mobile Audio Amplifiers and CEA-2031, Testing and Measurement Methods for Mobile Loudspeaker Systems. CEA-2006 defines test procedures for rating the performance of mobile amplifiers and requirements for reporting the performance. CEA-2031 defines test procedures for rating the performance and physical size of mobile loudspeakers and requirements for reporting the performance.

When consumers use the information found with all three logos, they will be able to select mobile loudspeakers with power handling capabilities that are appropriate for the power output characteristics of their mobile amplifiers and they can select cables that will ensure efficiency and performance.

 




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CEA-2031 Compliant: All CEA-2031 compliant loudspeakers adopt the same testing and measurement methods so comparing them side by side is easy. Loudspeakers include car speakers and subwoofers. The Consumer Electronics Association created new testing and measurement methods for mobile loudspeaker systems that define test procedures for rating the performance and physical size of speakers. This is important because you can now compare different speakers on the same playing field. Any manufacturers who adopt the CEA-2031 logo product mark can be compared evenly to other speaker manufacturers with the same mark.


When CEA-2031 marked speakers are compared in conjunction with CEA-2006 marked amplifiers, you can select speakers that match up appropriately with a particular amplifiers power handling capabilities. Manufacturers who test their loudspeakers to CEA standards are required to report primary power output in watts, the cut-out diameter and mounting depth as well as the speaker’s impedance. Also, the maximum RMS power output is listed in watts and total harmonic distortion (THD) along with the speaker’s signal-to-noise ratio is listed. CEA-2031 standardization changes the way equipment performance information is relayed to consumers for easier comparisons of loudspeakers.


 


 

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