LIKE CORTÉS OVER THE HORIZON…
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.