SOUND+IMAGE INCAR AWARDS 2017
We celebrate all things car audio as we select the very best products in mobile entertainment.
In this, the second edition of the special Gold Issue of the Australian InCar Entertain
ment Awards we once again bring you an all-star selection of the very best in car audio as reviewed throughout 2016. They are the best of the best in each of their market spaces.
Once again, this year we made a couple of small tweaks in the category of Multimedia Head Unit of the Year where we found an adjustment to below and above the $1500 mark made more sense (rather than last year’s under $1000, above $1000 to $1500 and lastly above $1500) in terms of the market status quo. As per last year, the single-DIN head unit space is kept to a single all-encompassing class.
The Amplifier of the Year also gets a reshuffle, as the pricing of amplification has, on average, been reduced. To reflect this our categories are now split between under and over $500 rather than last year’s $1000.
In a similar split to the Multimedia category, the Speakers of the Year are now classed under $500, from $500 to $1000 and above $1000. The subwoofer categories remain the same.
Our judges have taken into consideration every single product reviewed throughout 2016 while also including a couple of late arrivals that were assessed – in all aspects fitting our criteria – and are to appear formally reviewed in upcoming issues during 2017.
New to the InCar Awards for 2017 are three categories with products that have opened our eyes – and ears – in terms of either their superb design, advanced engineering and ex- traordinary sonic performance. In the new Custom Integration of the Year award an impressive solution made specifically for a growing number of popular vehicles that combines the latest technology with BIG screens and, umm... perfect integration.
Secondly, the Innovation of the Year award goes to an all-digital solution with extraordinary technology that maintains digital signal flow right to the speaker voice coil...
And lastly, a Judges’ Choice award goes to a high-end playback system for the car with world-first high-res/DSD playability aimed at the best sound quality possible.
So, without further ado, jump on board and let’s embark on a rekkie around the world’s best car audio.