InCar Entertainment  - - EISA AWARDS 2017-2018 -

Aus­tralian Incar was this year in­vited to join EISA, the Euro­pean Imag­ing and Sound As­so­ci­a­tion, as part of its move to be­come a global or­gan­i­sa­tion. We’re proud to have joined this unique col­lab­o­ra­tion of 50+ spe­cial in­ter­est mag­a­zines that cover all as­pects of au­dio, video, home the­atre, in-car, pho­to­graphic and mo­bile tech­nolo­gies. Through its an­nual Awards, EISA has been cel­e­brat­ing the very best con­sumer elec­tron­ics prod­ucts for over 30 years, se­lect­ing those new prod­ucts that com­bine the most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and de­sir­able fea­tures with classlead­ing per­for­mance. The EISA Awards ex­tend from the most af­ford­able, high value prod­ucts to the most as­pi­ra­tional ex­pres­sions of mod­ern con­sumer elec­tron­ics. Award cat­e­gories change from year to year, re­flect­ing the evo­lu­tion of prod­uct de­sign and con­nec­tiv­ity, but ev­ery EISA Award win­ner re­mains the very best in its class. The sheer strength-in-depth of EISA’s mem­bers en­sures the EISA Awards logo car­ries tremen­dous weight with all in­formed con­sumers. With the ex­cep­tion of prod­ucts nom­i­nated purely for in­no­va­tion or de­sign, all can­di­dates for EISA Award nom­i­na­tion must have been tested by at least five mem­ber mag­a­zines from the ap­pro­pri­ate Ex­pert Group be­fore the EISA AGM and avail­able for sale be­fore 1st Oc­to­ber 2017. Now, Aus­tralian Incar can’t claim to have had in­put into the awards this year, given we joined when the process was nearly com­plete. So we credit our Euro­pean col­leagues for their work in de­liv­er­ing the win­ners list that fol­lows. From here on, how­ever, there will be Aus­tralian in­put into the process, as we look for­ward to com­muning with our like-minded col­leagues over­seas. Please en­joy, then, the in-car win­ners from the EISA Awards 2017-2018!

Of­fer­ing way more fea­tures than it has any right to at the price, this head unit boasts Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for wire­less au­dio stream­ing and hands­free calls along­side An­droid Auto and Ap­ple CarPlay for easy smart­phone op­er­a­tion. Your choice of mu­sic comes via ei­ther the DAB+ dig­i­tal ra­dio re­ceiver or stream­ing us­ing Spo­tify Con­nect. It can play your own hi-res FLAC files too. Voice con­trol en­sures the driver can keep their hands on the wheel while flick­ing through their favourite tracks, and with ad­di­tional up­grade op­tions in­clud­ing a com­pat­i­ble dash­cam and rear camera, the DMX7017DABS has all bases cov­ered.

Tak­ing pride of place at the top of Clarion’s range, this HD player is streets ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion when it comes to in-car en­ter­tain­ment. Com­pat­i­bil­ity with Ap­ple’s CarPlay en­ables integration with your phone, so you can make calls, get di­rec­tions, send and re­ceive mes­sages and ac­cess mu­sic. It boasts a 15-band graphic equaliser and pro­vides a 96kHz/24-bit op­ti­cal dig­i­tal out­put to feed an off­board dig­i­tal au­dio processor of your choice. You can also part­ner those sounds with pic­tures, thanks to the NX807E’s com­pat­i­bil­ity with an op­tional dig­i­tal tuner for TV.

When it comes to be­ing in con­trol, few sys­tems can com­pare to this – putting op­er­a­tion of your Mosconi GLADEN DSP with the orig­i­nal OEM sys­tem con­trols at your fin­ger­tips. Thanks to its CAN-BUS integration, the vol­ume of dif­fer­ent DSP sources is ac­ces­si­ble via the orig­i­nal head­unit knob and steer­ing wheel con­trols, while the orig­i­nal ‘Aux’ but­ton is also on hand for switch­ing sources. The re­sult is that there’s no need for any ad­di­tional ex­ter­nal con­trols if the mu­sic needs to be re­duced or muted be­fore re­ceiv­ing in­com­ing calls, or if au­di­ble park­ing sen­sors need to be heard.

The fact that it’s spe­cially de­signed for com­pact cab­i­nets does lit­tle to de­ter this ex­cel­lent subwoofer when it comes to de­liv­er­ing that all-im­por­tant low-fre­quency per­for­mance. The newly de­vel­oped, high-tech com­pos­ite cone comes with a spe­cial coat­ing to main­tain high rigid­ity while keep­ing weight low. Com­bined with its large-di­am­e­ter long-throw voice coil, for high power han­dling, and pow­er­ful mag­net assem­bly, the re­sult is a very pure, low dis­tor­tion sound. The pro­tec­tion grille that seam­lessly fits through spe­cially de­signed slots in the bas­ket flange de­liv­ers a fi­nal touch of el­e­gance.

It’s easy to pro­duce a subwoofer that shakes a car to its core, but en­sur­ing it re­tains the pu­rity of your mu­sic is an art, and one at which Pi­o­neer ex­cels. The fact this ac­tive sub achieves such per­for­mance from an ul­tra-slim chas­sis (just 97mm high) is im­pres­sive, and it can be slot­ted in the car boot with min­i­mal loss of space. This is all pos­si­ble thanks to its two 6.5in speak­ers and Class D am­pli­fier with Dig­i­tal Bass Con­trol. Sound modes in­clude the rich bass of ‘Deep’ for mod­ern mu­sic and ac­cu­rate, clear ‘Dy­namic’ bass for jazz and clas­si­cal.

Beat­ing at the heart of this processor, Helix’s lat­est core boasts a cut­ting-edge 32-bit au­dio DSP with breath-tak­ing pro­cess­ing power. The re­sult is a beast that’s ca­pa­ble of con­trol­ling an eight-chan­nel sys­tem with­out break­ing into a sweat, while its wide in­put volt­age range en­sures ex­cel­lent flex­i­bil­ity for integration into even the most com­plex of OEM sys­tems. But the fun doesn’t stop there, for the DSP.2 also ac­com­mo­dates op­tional ex­ten­sion cards sup­port­ing Blue­tooth au­dio, hi-res mu­sic stream­ing via USB and real-time fre­quency anal­y­sis with an ex­ter­nal mi­cro­phone.

This de­but amp from Mosconi’s new PRO series sug­gests more good things are still to come from the brand. Boast­ing five in­de­pen­dent chan­nels of power – the first stereo pair pro­vides 85W, the sec­ond pair 170W while the fi­nal chan­nel uses a Class D amp to pipe a sub­stan­tial 600W to the subwoofer. Max­i­mum flex­i­bil­ity is en­sured thanks to the in­clu­sion of sep­a­rate ac­tive crossovers in all chan­nels or, al­ter­na­tively, all crossovers can be by­passed to adapt the in­put pa­ram­e­ter for use with Mosconi’s DSP.

The DSP to beat all ri­vals, the H8 will au­to­mat­i­cally re-equalise any OEM sys­tem to trans­form the in-car au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence from the mun­dane to the fab­u­lous, cre­at­ing the most highly-spec’d and flex­i­ble en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, with sin­gle high-level in­puts, that money can buy. The H8 DSP in­cludes a logic-switched User Con­trol Set that al­lows for a highly per­son­alised en­ter­tain­ment setup – it can even be au­to­mated us­ing the seat belt sen­sors if de­sired. The processor ac­cepts hi-res au­dio files up to 96kHz/24-bit via its op­ti­cal dig­i­tal in­put and is also per­fectly suited for integration with OEM sys­tems fit­ted with high-level in­puts.

If the goal of a de­cent speaker sys­tem is to re­pro­duce mu­sic with clar­ity and punch, then Vibe Au­dio ticks ev­ery box, pro­vid­ing a co­her­ent and clear per­for­mance that comes into its own with vo­cals, pop and elec­tronic mu­sic. The com­bi­na­tion of high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and smart en­gi­neer­ing starts with the 165mm woofer that in­cludes a 90mm-di­am­e­ter mag­net, Conex spi­der and lin­ear butyl rub­ber sus­pen­sion. This driver blends beau­ti­fully with the high ex­cur­sion tweeter whose re­sponse ex­tends right down into the midrange. One fur­ther ben­e­fit is that a com­plex, power-sap­ping cross­over is not re­quired in­side the CVEN62C-V4 which is supplied with a sin­gle Mun­dorf ca­pac­i­tor.

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