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InCar Entertainment

InCar Entertainment Issue 3 - 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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In this issue

2 min.
truckin’ along

As technology moves on so must we adapt to the changes that come about. When it comes to amplification we have seen a steady proliferation of Class-D designs which, naturally, has coincided in direct proportion with the technology’s increased performance. Class-D designs are inherently far more efficient than the Class-A/B types – for which read also far less heat generated – with the former always performing extremely well in the lower registers. However, in the early days, many consumers felt the midrange band of Class-D amplifiers was somewhat bright and congested, while the top-end was deemed to lack extension. Refinements in the technology over the years have seen the sound quality issues reduced more to a matter of preference between the different amplifier types, with the Class-D examples becoming more competitive…

2 min.
happy birthday!

Kenwood has announced its 40th anniversary in Australia as a leading electronics manufacturer. To coincide with this very important milestone, the company has released two new additions to its flagship ‘High Quality Reference’ (HQR) series of high-end products. The complimentary products are a high quality 4-channel amplifier, the KAC-HQR1004 and matching 7-inch by 10-inch coaxial speakers, the KFC-HQR710EX. The KAC-HQR1004 Class-D amplifier features 100 watts of RMS continuous power (1200 watts maximum power) to each of its four channels while the unit is cooled via a low noise fan in order to keep it under optimum operating temperature under most conditions. There are low- and high-pass filters and the solid power supply features custom-designed capacitors said to provide extended bass frequencies. High quality gold plated terminals have been provided with Kenwood stating…

2 min.

Alpine has announced the release of a trio of new R-Series speakers covering the component and standard and 6x9 coaxial product categories. Alpine states the new R-Series has been designed with a solid bass and superb clarity as the most important attributes while the new motor systems are said to provide excellent dynamics and driver control. In conjunction with the motor system, the Alpine-designed HAMR surround roll allows high and very linear excursion which provides low distortion, high SPL and efficiency and tight control over the diaphragm throughout the frequency spectrum. The entry point into the new speakers is the $249 R-S65 6.5-inch coaxials. The new coaxial is rated as being able to handle 100 watts RMS with a maximum power of 300 watts and a frequency response from 65Hz to 29kHz. Nominal…

2 min.
android memory

A new Axis multimedia head unit hits the local market with a stream of features at an extremely affordable price point. The new Axis AX1770NAV mechless head unit features a 7-inch HD LCD 1024 by 600 display (4K and 1080p compatible) and Android 6.0 Operating System. The unit is powered by a Cortex A7 Quad Core T3 1.2 GHz processor and possesses 1GB DD3 of RAM and 16 GB of flash memory, so quite serious processing power is at hand for a unit of this type. Further, there’s 12GB of on-board storage capacity with three USB ports for storage expansion. Google’s Waze navigation App is included (iGo Primo is optional and presents a no-date usage option) and it’s becoming ever more popular because of its social media relationships and real time community…

1 min.
kd loud

JVC has released its new KD series of single-DIN receivers bringing the important range of head unit products up to date with the latest features. The range kicks off with the KD-X241 and culminates with the KD-R881BT range-topper. We’ll concentrate on the $229 KD-R881BT which features ‘Air Mirroring’ Wi-Fi technology while the unit interfaces with JVC’s free app which provides control over its digital time alignment, 13-band equalisation and sonic manipulation features such as the 3-way crossover mode and much more. Also provided are wide format and file support (FLAC, WAV, MP3, WMA and more) three 4 Volts pre-outs, a USB (1.5A high current charging available) and 4- channel amplification. Bluetooth V3.0 HPF 1.6 high quality system is in-built and allows both audio streaming with AAC support and hands-free telephony via the…

1 min.
radio rising

In a study by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) released by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) recently, it’s claimed that by 2021 around 60 percent of all vehicles sold in Australia will have digital radio capabilities. That percentage is said to be approximately double the current figure for new vehicles. CRA Board Chair and COO of Macquarie Media Limited, Adam Lang said, “Radio companies in Australia are exploiting the opportunities being delivered by the digital radio DAB+ platform. There are now more digital radio only stations than ever, giving increased choice to the audience and to advertisers.” Further, Chief Executive Officer of industry body CRA Joan Warner added, “The radio industry is committed to a digital broadcast future via DAB+, combined with and complemented by online.” It’s true that healthy continued growth is expected over…