AWARDS THE YEAR’S BEST PRODUCTS!
WE INTERVIEW FOCAL’S CEO REAL MIRAGE… SEEING IS BELIEVING!
Summer is just about here and the days are getting longer, warmer and more conducive to long drives with the windows down. And if you don’t have a great audio system to ‘rock the jams’ then you’re missing out on one of life’s great pleasures!
So once again this year we gather to pay homage to the best the car audio industry has to offer. All the products you’ll see in the following pages will provide years of musical bliss and will improve and enhance the factory set-ups provided by the car manufacturers. As we’ve been finding for the last few years, the quality of gear in general is getting better and better while prices are becoming more affordable.
These days, the gap between the winners and the highly commended is mostly so narrow that the judges’ job is now ever harder. Effectively, what this means to you, the consumer, is that the pool of product choice is now ocean wide. And within the context of any given system experimentation is encouraged – you may just find that a highly commended set of speakers, rather than a category winner, may synergise with your existing amplifier with a superior performance outcome. Or not… it’s all about auditioning for yourself with your own ears. But trust us; the guidance we provide should be an essential starting point for your car audio journey of discovery. Listen to as much of the gear within these pages as you possibly can and make wise choices based on your personal taste – don’t let fashion or short-term trends dictate your choices. That scenario will lead to eventual dissatisfaction and an expensive merry-go-round of gear.
But use the products in this InCar Awards section to guide you; let us direct you with our suggestions that are sure to launch you on the road to awesome in-car sound and the blissful enjoyment of the art of music.