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InCar Entertainment  - - NEWS - Ed Kramer Ed­i­tor

So we see our­selves once again, as we ap­proach the year’s fi­nale, ap­prais­ing all the prod­ucts re­viewed through­out 2014 – as well as the many at hand for gen­eral eval­u­a­tion – to nut-out the elite short­list for the In­Car Awards 2015.

This is an ag­o­nis­ing process where a fleet of car audio prod­ucts sails into our test­ing stu­dios – and in­va­sion of elec­tron­ics – and we em­bark on eval­u­a­tions cul­mi­nat­ing in the in­tense process of qual­i­fy­ing com­po­nents for the best mix of at­tributes. The most ex­pen­sive aren’t al­ways the au­to­matic win­ners ei­ther (nor are they nec­es­sar­ily the best). Many as­pects of each prod­uct are con­sid­ered such as the level of en­gi­neer­ing, build qual­ity and fit and fin­ish, aes­thetic de­sign, pride of own­er­ship and value-for-money. All th­ese qual­i­fiers are in­di­vid­u­ally as­sessed and taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

And of course, the most im­por­tant fac­tor re­ally is how a com­po­nent per­forms in terms of sound qual­ity. That weighs in the heav­i­est – as it should for a pub­li­ca­tion such as ours. This year saw a num­ber of re­cently-re­leased prod­ucts rum­ble it out with their brethren in a fever­ish fight of the shiny-and-new ver­sus the still-cur­rent and tried-and-true.

What will pre­vail and what will fall wounded by the for­ward-thrust­ing wheels of progress? What prod­uct truly stands out as the best in its field? What should be a must-au­di­tion item in your shop­ping list? Just turn to the In­Car Awards 2015 pages for an­swers and a boot-full of in-car en­ter­tain­ment ex­cel­lence. And do re­alise that, like Moctezuma, I’m watch­ing the award Ga­le­ons with ex­cite­ment as, hope­fully, you are too.

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