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InCar Entertainment

InCar Entertainment Issue 6 - 2017

InCar Entertainment is the only Australian magazine for car audio enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates good sound and on-road entertainment. Each issue combines great photography with expert coverage on DIY installation techniques as well as reviews of in-car audio visual products and technologies.

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awards 2018

Held every year since 1989, the Sound+Image Awards recognise excellence in the design, manufacture and installation of all the key categories of audio, home entertainment and incar electronics. This year’s winners, the 2018 Sound+Image Awards, were announced at a gala Presentation Dinner held at the Grace Hotel in Sydney. The full list of hi-fi and AV winners is now live at www.avhub.com.au/awards — but you can read all about the Incar category winners in the pages that follow. Without further ado, then, the winners are... INCAR PROCESSOR OF THE YEAR HERTZ H8 DSP INCAR HEAD UNIT OF THE YEAR UNDER $1500 ALPINE iLX-107 INCAR HEAD UNIT OF THE YEAR OVER $1500 KENWOOD DNX9170DABS INCAR MONO AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR FOCAL FPX 1.1000 INCAR AMPLIFIER OF THE YEAR UNDER $1000 DIAMOND AUDIO HX600.4 HIGHLY COMMENDED: FOCAL FPS 5.1200 INCAR…

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head unit of the year under $1500

Our first winner fulfills all the promise of Apple’s CarPlay software, which overlays Alpine’s own infotainment system to deliver almost everything you could want to do with your iPhone while driving, right there on your car’s built-in display. You can select and listen to music, get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and much more. And the latest innovation with Alpine’s iLX-107 is that the connection no longer needs a cable. PICKING THE PLATFORM Indeed, this is the first ever aftermarket wireless Apple CarPlay receiver. Of course, it’s worth noting that it’s so devoted to hte Apple system that apart from the built-in AM/FM radio, it is pretty much CarPlay and nothing but CarPlay all the way. To be precise, beyond CarPlay (to which we shall, of course, return) there are…

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head unit of the year over $1500

This is the second year Kenwood has taken our award for the higher price category of head units. Bitter pill though it may be for our esteemed European and American colleagues to swallow, when talking high-end receivers, the Japanese brands continue to perform brilliantly, though it’s fair to say Kenwood hasn’t always been the crown bearer. It was last year when the tenacious company hit the ground running with a range of receivers that were approaching flawlessness, and judging from this year’s DNX9170DABS receiver, it seems Kenwood has no plans to vacate said throne anytime soon. KING KEN Literally designed to be king of receivers, the DNX9170DABS is an impressive number to behold. Capable of handling everything audio and visual it inherently has a feature and ability repertoire nothing short of amazing.…

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processor of the year

Processors are ever more important to the incar audio equation, preparing the variety of input signals, including those from factory-install units, but then delivering the highest of quality outputs to your amplifiers and speakers. And Hertz, along with its sister company Audison under the Elletromedia umbrella, undoubtedly leads the way. Indeed our fellow EISA members voted the Audison bit HD as the EISA Incar Processor of the Year for 2016-7, and those who read our last issue will have seen not one but two stunning installations which put the Audison very much centre of their systems. But for 2017-8 EISA recognised the Hertz H8 DSP in the category of Incar Integration, calling it “the DSP to beat all rivals”. And we’re delighted to agree with them in these, our own awards. And…

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amplifier of the year under $1000

Diamond Audio (or simply Diamond as it is colloquially known) arrived on the scene a quarter-century ago, back then offering only component speakers and without any reputation to recommend them to customers. It didn’t take long for word to get around, however, as it went around decimating the competition scene with its wares. Diamond struck while the iron was hot, expanding its stable to subwoofers and ultimately power amplifiers. The performance and build standard remained impressive throughout, and today Diamond showcases these traits with its flagship components, the acclaimed Hex series, incorporating everything from component speakers and subwoofers through to amplifiers among which this mighty HX600.4 amplifier proved itself on our test benches as worthy of taking our crown in this category. An astute performer, it successfully blends impressive power, efficiency…

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highly commended amplifier under $1000

The silver rather than gold on this page indicates this to be a Highly Commended award — indeed the only such award in our incar categories of the Sound+Image Awards this year. It’s no indication of second-class status, rather that after the winner had been chosen, the judges simply weren’t prepared to let this superb amplifier pass by without recognition of some sort, and it’s for just such occasions that our Highly Commended status is reserved. Focal’s FPX stable boasts many a configuration, and on page 22 you’ll see the subwoofer amplifier from this range take out our Mono Amplifier of the Year. But if it’s a full four-channel plus sub system you’re looking to power, the FPX5.1200 combines all the important facets, boasting superb power and efficiency, a small footprint,…