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ISSUE 1#19
3 × HOLDEN RIDES...
SSV UTE · CLUBSPORT · SE RODEO UTE
PLAYING
THE JOKER
SQ UPFRONT, SPL OUT BACK!
Owner Sam
SALUTIN
INCAR SISG OUR
TERS!
Owner La
ura
QUEEN OF
CLUBSPORTS
PINK’N’PROUD’N’POWERFUL!
EISA AWARDS
INCAR WINNERS FROM
THE GLOBAL EXPERTS
EXTRAORDINARY DYNAMIC, AU
Immerse yourself in refined sound, the X-Series is the benchmark in high-re
with exotic materials including a nano-fibre cone and carbon graphite dome
volumes these speakers deliver on sound quality, with unrivalled accuracy an
Carbon Graphite Dome Tweeter
Audiophile Sound Experience
Alpine has designed a carbon graphite hard dome tweeter
moving away from the standard silk dome material. This
lightweight tweeter dome provides a wider high frequency
range up to 50kHz for the highest sound detail.
Alpine’s X-Series speakers have an
designed to reach their full potential w
amplifiers for the most pure hi-fidelity s
Nano-Fibre Woofer Cone
The woofer cone consists of nano-fibre material to achieve
a very fast response speed and dynamic, while maintaining
high clarity and realistic sound reproduction.
ADVANCED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION SOUND
X-SERIES DIGITAL AMPLIFIERS
DIGITAL AUDIOPHILE AMPLIFIERS
Engineered to deliver sound excellence, the X-Series amplifiers are the culmination of
the latest advanced digital amplification technology—this provides exceptional levels
of operational efficiency and ultra-high-resolution signal processing.
X-Series amplifiers allows you to achieve the ultimate sound experience through their
ability to reproduce Hi-Res sound quality with wide frequency ranges and virtually
zero distortion. What’s more, you can fine tune the amplifier to your preference for an
ideal crossover balance in order to achieve a euphoric harmony.
Meticulously crafted for practicality the compact amplifier design is ideal to suit any
installation requirements and can be stacked vertically minimising the space needed.
Drawing on decades of manufacturing expertise, X-Series amplifiers are built to the
highest class-leading standards for reliability and robustness, enabling long periods
of play without compromising sound quality. X-Series provide unprecedented sound
purity, accuracy and power output.
■ COMMON FEATURES: • SELECTABLE VARIABLE HIGH/LOW PASS FILTERS (MONO
AMPS: LP ONLY) • SELECTABLE SUBSONIC FILTERS (MONO ONLY) • STACKING CAPABILITY
• QUICK CONNECTORS FOR SPEAKERS AND POWER SUPPLY • ULTRA WIDE FREQUENCY
RESPONSE RANGE • THERMAL AND LOW VOLTAGE PROTECTION • BASS KNOB (RUX-KNOB)
CONTROL READY WITH MONO AND 5CH AMPS
X-A90V
$799.00
X-A70F
$699.00
X-A90M
4 CHANNEL + MONO AMPLIFIER
4/3/2 CHANNEL AMPLIFIER
DIGITAL MONO AMPLIFIER
• 100W RMS X 4 + 500W X 1 [2Ω@14.4V]
• 75W RMS X 4 + 300W X 1 [4Ω@14.4V]
• BASS KNOB CONTROL READY
• 175W RMS X 4 [2Ω@14.4V]
• 120W RMS X 4 [4Ω@14.4V]
• 900W RMS X 1 [2Ω@14.4V]
• 600W RMS X 1 [4Ω@14.4V]
• BASS KNOB CONTROL READY
$699.00
RUX-KNOB.2 SUBWOOFER CONTROLLER
Get the RUX-KNOB.2 to control the subwoofer level output right
from the dashboard and make bass adjustments on the fly. This
controller is compatible with the X-A90M, X-A70F (3Ch+4Ch
bridge mode) or X-A90V (5Ch) and includes a 5 meter cable.
UTHENTIC SOUND REPRODUCTION
esolution audio craftsmanship. The revolutionary X-Series loudspeakers are engineered with precision and employ a sophisticated motor design combined
tweeter to achieve a spatial sound impression and realistic sound reproduction. Moreover, X-Series can handle massive amounts of power, and even at high
nd authenticity. X-Series speakers are tuned perfectly to pair with the X-Series amplifiers for an overall dynamic and superlative audio experience.
extraordinary dynamic range capability and they are
hen paired with the X-Series ultra-high-resolution digital
ound.
X-SERIES SYSTEM
Norm. RRP $3225 Save $326
X-SERIES HIGH-RESOLUTION SYSTEM
$2899.00
X-Series amplifiers set the standard for ultra-high resolution sound quality and power output whilst utilising a very compact
design. In addition, the X-Series speakers are designed for true Hi-Res Audio playback, featuring ultra-low distortion and
a wide frequency range.
AMPLIFIER, SUBWOOFER AND SPEAKER SYSTEM
• X-A90M X-SERIES MONO AMPLIFIER • X-A70F X-SERIES 4/3/2 CHANNEL AMPLIFIER • X-W12D4 X-SERIES 12”
SUBWOOFER • X-S65C X-SERIES 6-1/2” COMPONENT SPEAKERS • X-S65 X-SERIES 6-1/2” COAXIAL SPEAKERS
PKN: X-170401
X-S69C
$699.00
X-S65C
$679.00
X-S65
$549.00
X-W12D4
$599.00
X-SERIES 6X9” COMPONENT SPEAKERS
X-SERIES 6-1/2” COMPONENT SPEAKERS
X-SERIES 6-1/2” COAXIAL SPEAKERS
X-SERIES 12” SUBWOOFER
• FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 45HZ-50KHZ
• 360W PEAK POWER
• 120W RMS POWER
• FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 55HZ-50KHZ
• 360W PEAK POWER
• 120W RMS POWER
• FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 55HZ-50KHZ
• 330W PEAK POWER
• 110W RMS POWER
• FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 23HZ-200HZ
• 2700W PEAK POWER
• 900W RMS POWER
X-W10D4
$499.00
X-SERIES 10” SUBWOOFER
• FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 26HZ-200HZ
• 2700W PEAK POWER
• 900W RMS POWER
INCAR #1-2019
CONTENTS
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Contributors
Jez Ford, Damon Greenwood
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Circulation Director Carole Jones
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An Australian Incar Entertainment & Alpine Promotion
Alpine Halo9
iLX-F309E 9” floating display entertainment unit
THE CARS
Alpine innovation continues with the
unique design of the Halo9, delivering a revolutionary 9” high-definition
touch-screen that fits directly into
any dash with a 1DIN or 2DIN slot.
a limitless amount of options such
as Spotify, iHeart Radio, Podcasts
and even DAB+ digital radio providing a wide range of digital only radio
stations.
The iLX-F309E brings a large screen
to a variety of vehicles without the
need for custom installation, the
super-slim display hovers over the
dashboard providing a sleek and
classy look.
Equipped with Apple CarPlay
and Android Auto you have a
multitude of smartphone options
The Halo 9 provides flexibility
when installing. The display can be
angled from +45 degrees to -20
degrees to match a wide range of
dashboards. The display gets locked
in delivering no movement when
using the unit, what’s more is the
display height can also be adjusted
plus or minus 3 centimetres from the
available you can get directions,
make calls, send and receive
messages and listen to music all in
a way that allows you to maintain
full focus on the road. Users can
control elements of their smartphone
through the 9″capacitive display or
activate Siri and Voice Recognition
for minimised distraction.
centre position, allowing for standing
and hanging configurations.
A wide range of entertainment
options are made possible through
the iLX-F309E with HDMI and USB
connection allowing for high quality
video and audio playback. What’s
more DVD and CD’s can be played
back in high resolution with the
Enjoy all your favourite audio with
THE STORIES
optional DVE-5300 optical drive.
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ALPINE HALO9 promotion with AIE
Alpine’s innovative iLX-F309E 9-inch
floating display entertainment unit explained.
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PLAYING THE JOKER
A tribute to Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker, but also
a project of passion for owner Sam Halter, this SSV Ute boasts
dual systems, street-cred and show-winning SPL...
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CARS VS
HOUSES
Which wins
for acoustics?
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QUEEN OF CLUBSPORTS
Our second ride shows again how our incar sisters are doing it for
themselves — Laura Mcmurdo’s’s VY Clubsport defies classification...
elegant yet mean, angry yet sweet. And you’re gonna hear it coming...
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EISA AWARDS 2018-2019
We join the global experts to pick the year’s best in-car entertainment.
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RODEO DRIVE
This issue’s ‘Drive from the Archive’ is an entirely-customised
Rodeo, overcoming two-seater cabin limitations for audio…
.…
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MEET THE SUPERSONIC BLOODHOUND
Saved from sale and back on track to beat the world land
speed record by covering a mile in just 3.6 seconds.
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Alpine Halo9
iLX-F309E 9” floating display entertainment unit
Alpine innovation continues with the
unique design of the Halo9, delivering a revolutionary 9” high-definition
a limitless amount of options such
as Spotify, iHeart Radio, Podcasts
and even DAB+ digital radio provid-
touch-screen that fits directly into
any dash with a 1DIN or 2DIN slot.
The iLX-F309E brings a large screen
to a variety of vehicles without the
need for custom installation, the
super-slim display hovers over the
ing a wide range of digital only radio
stations.
The Halo9 provides flexibility when
installing. The display can be angled
from +45 degrees to -20 degrees to
match a wide range of dashboards.
dashboard providing a sleek and
classy look.
Equipped with Apple CarPlay
and Android Auto you have a
The display gets locked in delivering
no movement when using the unit,
what’s more is the display height
can also be adjusted plus or minus 3
multitude of smartphone options
centimetres from the centre position,
available, you can get directions,
make calls, send and receive
messages and listen to music all in
allowing for standing and hanging
configurations.
A wide range of entertainment
a way that allows you to maintain
full focus on the road. Users can
control elements of their smartphone
through the 9″capacitive display or
activate Siri and Voice Recognition
for minimised distraction.
options are made possible through
the iLX-F309E with HDMI and USB
connection allowing for high quality
video and audio playback. What’s
more DVD and CD’s can be played
back in high resolution with the
Enjoy all your favourite audio with
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optional DVE-5300 optical drive.
An Australian Incar Entertainment & Alpine Promotion
www.avhub.com.au
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V Ute boasts dual
owner Sam Halter, this SS
show-winning SPL...
systems, street-cred and
Story Damon Greenwood
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o... let’s say you’re a major fan
of Heath Ledger, of Batman and
the Joker, you like your grumpy
V8 utes, loud music and car
shows? How might you roll all
that together in one impeccable mean machine?
Read on!
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‘WHY SO SERIOUS?’
Sam Halter’s LS1 VE Ute covers all the bases, and
then some, as the car is regularly driven on the
street, in addition to being show-ready, with its
dark Ledger-Joker custom paint theme and a dual
system ready for performance from the rear tray
system. It competes at events and car shows from
Tamworth, Grafton and Lismore out to Warwick
and Toowoomba (that’s a lot of squished bugs) and
she has more than 20 various trophies to weigh
down her garage cabinetry, including Queensland
Overall State Champion Ute, and Queensland State
Chick’s Ute. Sam enters it regularly in both SQ and
SPL comps, and its best recorded SPL was 142.4dB,
achieved at an Option Audio event.
‘WHATEVER DOESN’T KILL YOU,
SIMPLY MAKES YOU STRANGER…’
The impetus for this outstanding creation was
the desire for a well-deserved ‘me’ creation.
Newly single after a 15-year, two-child relationship,
Sam bought something for herself. In her own
words: “The Joker/Heath is like me... out of the
box, something different... a female in a ute in a
man’s world.”
After the purchase the ute was driven into
Sam’s own garage, so that she could help with the
install. It took an agonising eight weeks for it to see
the light of day, with the initial rear install done
by Ross at ‘Runt to Grunt’ Car Audio, followed by
tuning and accessories by Peter at Xstreme Installs.
Best and most surprising of all — the entire system
is completely removable in case she may ever need
to part ways with the car.
The Ledger-Joker theme is carried throughout
the entire install via impressive airbrushing
both on the panels and in the engine bay; we
particularly like the cash painted on the door
cards, and the cityscape and wads of cash on the
boot panel shown here — highly effective.
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So how are the tunes? Well the system is split into
two separate systems for cabin and tray — these are
completely exclusive, using separate source units and
even batteries. It’s a best of both worlds scenario — SQ
when you’re on the road, plenty of grunt at the back for
presenting at shows.
CABIN FEVER
As so often in our featured installs, Audison’s bit Ten D
signal processor and 24-bit A/D and D/A converters is
central to the audio magic in the cabin, taking the output
from the factory head unit, converting and optimising it
before feeding onto Fusion DA Series amplification in the
form of the CA-DA41400 four-channel amp, and a CADA12250 monoblock subwoofer amplifier.
The CA-DA41400 is rated at 4 x 150W RMS of clean
Audison-massaged music power, though its peak music
power is listed up to a healthy 1400W, ready to deliver its
best to each of the Fusion PowerPlant PP-CM650 6.5-inch
splits which have been custom installed in the doors and
under hydro-dipped panels in the dash for the mid-range
and tweeters respectively.
The CA-DA12250 is responsible for getting the custom
mid-mounted Joker’s hair flying, pumping 500W RMS into
a Fusion PP-SW150 12-inch subwoofer which is mounted
in an enclosure between the two custom seats. And if you
are thinking that 500W RMS don’t sound like the ultimate
work-out, peak power is listed as 2250W and trust us, at
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4 ohms with the subwoofer situated a mere foot from your
noggin, there will be enough depth-plumbing on tap to
resonate the brain fluids and bring a Joker-size smile to your
face. Besides, the cabin system is just for starters...
THE TRAY
The trophy-winning SPL-shaking tray layout is nice, elegant
and well-balanced — we might even call it impressively
artistic. We love the “Why so serious?” Ledger-Joker quote
split between each of the subwoofer amps mounted directly
in the centre of the tray. The same motto is also stitched
into the custom driver and passenger seats — it’s a stylish
way to complete the install — clearly a life message from
the owner Sam (and so much more positive than some of
the darker Ledger alternatives… “Smile, because it’s easier
than explaining what is killing you inside”? Er, no. Or
“Madness is like gravity...all it takes is a little push…” Surely
entirely inappropriate for an SSV ute...).
This second system, then, starts with a Fusion MS-AV700i
head unit from the NMEA Technology award-winning 700
Series — one versatile and powerful head unit which not
only offers everything from DVD, CD, and AM/FM radio
to iOS and USB and MTP file playback… it’s even marinecertified to IPX5 waterproofing, which might come in handy
at shows during unexpected sprinkle-showers. If this doesn’t
take your music source, well, you probably don’t want it.
The AV700i has its own power but this is thoroughly
upgraded here, with its line-outs instead passed to separate
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amplification in the tray — a Fusion
Performance Series PF-4004 amplifier
rated at 4 x 80W RMS of Class-AB power
bridged for 2 x 200W RMS and up to
2400W peak power for the PowerPlant
Series PP-FR6920 6 x 9-inch speakers
with their audiophile-grade cones anglemounted at the top of an enclosure
close to the rear window — and facing
rearwards for maximum horn loading to
appease the crowds. Then three Fusion
PF8003D Class-D amps push the power
into a pair of Fusion PF-FR6030 3-way
triaxial 6-inchers, and 150W RMS each
into the two mirrored (left and right)
ported enclosures housing three Fusion
PF-SW100D4 subwoofers.
Along with a Fusion MS-TV 220LED
22” monitor, extensive lighting is utilised
in the tray to highlight the various
parts of the install, but not excessive or
extravagant — our pictures show the
sophistication of this install as well as its
instant visual appeal.
SHOWSTOPPER
IT’S A BEST-OF-BOTH-WORLDS
SCENARIO — SQ WHEN YOU’RE
ON THE ROAD, PLENTY OF
GRUNT AT THE BACK FOR
PRESENTING AT SHOWS.
Indeed the several themes that are
interwoven through the tray and cabin
systems are meshed incredibly well,
testament to the time, thought and
planning that has gone into this project,
to achieve the exact look and feel that
Sam wanted. No single aspect is overrepresented, and the slick result belies
the sweat that must have been involved.
Building a great show car always involves
sacrifice, but it’s all too easy to go
overboard, confusing both the system
and the custom design. Sam not only
knows what buttons to press, she knows
when to hit the design brakes — stopping
at exactly the right point with this car,
producing grunt, level, uniqueness,
show-readiness and subtlety all in a
package that pays homage to her passion
for Heath Ledger and his iconic role as
the Joker.
As the madman himself said: “They
laugh at me because I’m different. I laugh
at them because they’re all the same...”
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“WHATEVER DOESN’T KILL YOU
SIMPLY MAKES YOU... STRANGER…”
HEATH LEDGER AS THE JOKER
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CREDITS
owner: Samantha Halter
vehicle: 2009 VE Commodore SSV Ute
•
Fusion for all stereo equipment
•
Dan’s Custom Car Lights
•
Runt to Grunt Car Audio
(Tray Stereo Build)
•
Xstreme Installs for lights, tune and
accessories
SAM SENDS SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Annvid Auto Upholsterers, Capalaba QLD
Dan’s Custom Car Lights, Carina QLD
Xstreme Installs, Brisbane QLD
Unique Skin Coatings, Brendale QLD
TyreHyped, Coomera QLD
Pomponazzi, Meadowbrook QLD
Fusion Entertainment, Brisbane QLD
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TECH SPECS
owner: Samantha Halter
vehicle: 2009 VE Commodore SSV Ute
engine: L98 6.0 Ltr
induction: VCM OTR
internals: 222/224 Mild Cam
exhaust: XForce 2 1/2” Full stainless Steel system
with Extractors
transmission: 6 speed Manual
clutch/suspension/brakes: standard
wheels: 22” wheels X 8 1/2” all round
tyres: 245/30/22
exterior modifications: Joker Themed Air Brushing;
Custom Headlights; Pomponazzi Quartz Coating;
Brake Colour Coding
interior modifications: Custom Seats; Custom
Lighting; Door Trims; Rear Wall; Centre Console; Dash
Lights; Mounted Joker Head; Floor Mats
CABIN SYSTEM
Line source
Audison Bit Ten D processor
2 x PowerPlant PP-CM650 6-5-inch splits
Fusion CA-DA41400 4-channel Car Amplifier
Fusion CA-DA12250 monoblock Amplifier
Fusion PP-SW150 12” subwoofer
TRAY SYSTEM
Fusion MS-AV700i Fusion Link DVD/CD/AM/FM/iPod/
USB/MP3-N2K/Ethernet head unit
Fusion PF-4004 amplifier
3 x Fusion PF8003D amplifiers
Fusion PF-FR6030 3-way triaxial 6” speakers
Fusion PF-SW100D4 subwoofers
Fusion PP-FR6920 6”x9” speakers
Fusion MS-TV 220LED 22” monitor
total system power (12V/4 ohm):
cabin 1980W RMS; tray 2800W RMS
configured power (as wired):
cabin 2600WRMS; tray 3400W RMS
highest recorded dB: 142.4dB
(Option Audio SoundOff Meadowbrook Qld)
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QUEEN OF C
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2004 HOLDEN VY CLUBSPORT SPECIAL EDITION FEATURE CAR
CLUBSPORTS
Our second ride shows again how our incar sisters are
doing it for themselves — Laura Mcmurdo’s VY Clubsport
defies classification... elegant yet mean, angry yet sweet.
And who is she trying to ‘IRRIT8’? Not us… we love it.
Story Damon Greenwood Pix Tony Rabbitte
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FEATURE CAR 2004 HOLDEN VY CLUBSPORT SPECIAL EDITION
T
here are many different types of custom
cars — just like there are many different
types of custom car owner. Often,
however, car and owner fall neatly into
a describable category — street, sleeper,
modified, JDM, drift, drag, show, daily... unfinished
project... or plain ol’ crazy.
And while crazy is certainly a notable element
throughout the build of ‘IRRIT8’, this is a vehicle which
crosses into other groups; it refuses to be pigeonholed.
And we like that.
Take a gander at the full selection of pix here, and you
will see what we mean. What’s more, this beast is owned,
and has been built, by a woman. Pertinent to its design?
Hard to judge; colour-scheme aside, we reckon few
hardened car showgoers would pick its owner when they
see this showpiece coming at them.
Just look at it — 4-inch reverse cowl, aggressive cams,
full top-end re-build and the exhaust dumping before the
diff. Impressive by any standard.
And there is a lot of love here also — nothing has
been overlooked or half-arsed implemented. IRRIT8 sits
there quietly (or actually, not so quietly) looking good…
elegant, yet also a little mean.
One might even doubt that the reverse cowl actually
hides anything serious... until she fires up. That cowl
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actually hides an over-the-radiator air
intake which then feeds a Proflow Hirise
intake manifold. The top-end has been
fully rebuilt, along with a double-row
timing chain and Crow cams, with exhaust
gases exiting via an X Force exhaust system
which dumps before the diff. Angry!
AUDIO
How about our main focus, the tunes? As
you can imagine, competing with such an
angry exhaust could be a daunting task!
The good folk at Frankies Auto Electrics
out at Albion Park stepped up to the
challenge along with Pioneer — and began
by treating the car with Dynamat sound
dampening materials from head to toe, a
very good start to any install, but especially
here when designing a system that will be
competing with an angry engine.
The system itself provides a mix of
Pioneer power and bass along with an
upfront component split of Clarion 6-inch,
midrange and tweeter. The audio odyssey
starts with two Stinger Dry Cell Batteries,
feeding three Pioneer amps. The battery
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BRING YOUR PORSCHE HOME.
You demand great sound and outstanding style
from your car’s custom audio system.
Now you can bring that performance home.
The GRAVITY ONE Bluetooth speaker delivers
pure minimalism with 360° listen-anywhere
sound. Designed by the renowned Studio
F. A. Porsche, the GRAVITY ONE incorporates
KEF’s signature Uni-Q technology in a winged
design crafted from a single piece of aluminium.
Bluetooth Speaker
THE SPEED OF SOUND
power, along with the audio signal from the Pioneer
double-DIN Bluetooth head unit, runs into into the three
Pioneer amps which are responsible for tunes reaching a
Clarion 6-inch 3-way component front-end, with Pioneer
pro co-axial rears and and a pair of twin 6-inch pro
Pioneer components (these for show duties).
The bass is handled by two 1200W Pioneer subwoofers
in custom sealed enclosures. Indeed the whole install is
custom, from the A pillars to the back of the boot.
As for positioning, the Pioneer double-DIN head unit
has been fitted in the standard place in the lower part
of the dash column. But your gaze is quickly drawn to
the A pillars, where the Clarion four-inch midrange and
tweeter preside in custom enclosures. Being white (where
all around everything else is black) these really provide
a visual focal point for the audio system, more than a
hint that there maybe a lot more going on beneath the
surface. The six-inch mid-bass drivers are firmly mounted
in the factory door positions, while in the rear are a pair
of Pioneer Pro tweeters — great for shows and to keep
people happy in the rear when the dump-before-diff
exhaust is screaming.
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Aside from the overall look, our favourite part of
the car is the boot. A LOT of time has been spent here;
EVERYTHING is custom. The boot lid houses a pair of twin
six-inch components, including another pair of pro tweeters.
And check the three amplifiers, mounted under plexi-glass
and arching from the floor to the top of the back seat, nice.
Next are the two massive NOS bottles left and right of the
amplifier centre channel, airbrush-painted to display that
proud rego tag, “IRRIT8”.
Sounds good, right? But that’s not all. The whole boot
is tastefully lit with LEDs in a riveting blue-purple that
accentuates the main colour scheme surprisingly effectively,
without going too far into a separate palette.
But you see what we mean about classification. Is it a
Streeter? Yes? Is it a Show Car? Certainly. Is it a project?
Of course. Drifter? Could be, if inclined. Drag car? Most
definitely. Sleeper? Not so much...
Overall an excellently built and finished ride with all the
bells and whistles and then some, sporting a well-thoughtout colour scheme — and just on the right side of over-thetop crazy. Another stunner, and all done by fellow car and
car audio lover: Laura.
2009 VE COMMODORE SSV UTE FEATURE CAR
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TECH SPECS
owner: Laura Mcmurdo
vehicle: 2004 Holden VY Clubsport Special Edition
engine: 5.7L LS1
intake: OTR
transmission: Manual
exhaust: X-Force dumped at the diff
suspension: XXL King Springs Rear, standard front
brakes: HSV
wheels: 20”x 9.5” F1 Symmons
tyres: 245/30/20
Exterior Mods: Custom pink with blue pearl. Pink
airbrushing and white pin stripe by Ryan Cribban
SYSTEM
source: Pioneer
front amplifier/s: Pioneer Class D
rear amplifier/s: Pioneer Class D
sub amplifiers: Pioneer Class D
front speakers: Clarion 3 way component
rear speakers: Pioneer 2 way coax
subwoofer/s: 2 x Pioneer Class D 1200 W
enclosure: 2 individual sealed enclosures
battery: 2 x Optima
body deadening: Full Dynamat treatment
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“COLOUR-SCHEME ASIDE, WE
RECKON FEW HARDENED CAR
SHOWGOERS WOULD PICK ITS
OWNER’S GENDER WHEN THEY SEE
THIS SHOWPIECE COMING AT THEM.”
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CREDITS
owner: Laura Mcmurdo
vehicle: 2004 Holden VY Clubsport Special Edition
LAURA SENDS THANKS TO:
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Frankies Auto Electrics
•
Pioneer
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Finer Detail Industries
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JDR Motorsport
•
Mick McRace Engines
•
McMurdo Engineering
•
Girls Garage
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This issue’s ‘Drive from the Archive’ joins the
two other Holdens this issue – a Rodeo which
is entirely customised from its wheels to
the roof. A two-seater cabin may have
its limitations for audio, but the experts
at Image Conversions have pulled
some aces out of their sleeves…
Story Ed Kramer ▶ Images Tony Rabbitte
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ou’d be hard pressed to slip
even a business card under
the chassis of this Rodeo – it
has been lowered that much.
But of course, that’s not been
done willy-nilly here. The
entire car shines brightly in the world of design
and customisation, with a full rebuild inside and
a comprehensive restyle on the outside, while the
engine and suspension have been reengineered.
And the all-important audio kit has not been
neglected either.
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BODY BUILDING
So strategies, feature adaptations and work aplenty has gone into this build. The car has been
dropped by three inches, the roof line chopped
by two and a half. The front guard indicators
were shaved; the tray sides were shaved and
smoothed; the wheel arches were pumped. Front
bumpers from the Rodeo and a custom 1960
Cadillac were moulded together. Sheet metal
was prepared for fitting inside the tray, along
with matching bodyline, a pop-up hard lid, and
Cadillac-style rear and tail lights.
In order to enhance the look still further, there
was a decision to drop the number-plate down,
insert smooth pop-out door handles, box in the
sills and then cover the flat floor, engine bay
and firewall with sheet metal. A bonnet scoop,
custom-alloy intake grille, custom-made flushfitted glass, polished copper-rolled tube and a
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variety of other subtle body modifications were
carried out. The low stance and the gold 19- and
20-inch wheels (front and rear respectively) give
the Rodeo an enhanced aggressive look.
CRIMSON TIDE
As for the respray, we reckon the crimson
(Brandy Wine HOK) is a stunning choice. The
colour has been used throughout the engine bay
and other areas, and has also been tastefully carried through into the magnificent custom
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interior, transforming the Rodeo’s cabin into
a sea of crimson and cream with touches of
copper — a superb choice of colours that deliver
an utterly arresting visual presentation.
And the workmanship inside stands out as
being first class. There’s a rose gold and crimson
slim-style steering wheel from Colorado Customs, a B&M gear shifter with the custom Image
Conversions tablet for touch-control of systems
and audio. The Brandy colour has been used in
the custom steel dash (featuring Dakota digital
gauges), door frames and steering column; even
the steel pedals receive the colour treatment.
The seats are a modified Rodeo bench frame
with a mix of Brandy suede and cream leather,
while Skyline R32 foam has been used for the
seat foam. The floor has been lined with cream
goat-hair carpet (of course!) and the headlining
features brandy suede and cream leather.
Audio-wise we have a rather simple system
which features very high quality gear. The current
kit list was finalised after the originally-specified
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TECH SPECS
owner: Michael Ellard
vehicle: 1992 Holden Rodeo
engine: 5.7L LS1
intake: Elderbrock high rise intake & throttle body
transmission: Auto
exhaust: Modified HSV Clubsport headers, 2.5-inch
stainless steel exhaust
suspension: Custom tube control arms, modified
lower arms & RE6 airbags, RE6 Slam Specialties
airbag, triangulated 4-link rear with cantilever airbag
brakes: 340mm Brembo disc, Nissan GTR calipers
front, 280mm Brembo disc, Nissan GTR calipers rear
wheels: Intro Retro Billet 19 x 8.5 front,
20-inch 20 x 10 rear
tyres: Pirelli P-Zero; 225/35/R19 front,
265/30/R20 rear
SYSTEM
source: Image Conversions touch control system
using Samsung 7-inch TAB3 tablet
(custom software)
front amplifiers: 1 x Focal amplifier
subwoofer/amplifiers: 1 x Focal IBus 2.0
front speakers: 2 x Focal 165 KRX K2 Power
165mm 2-way splits
crossover: Active Focal
battery: Optima Yellow Top
lighting: Warm white LEDs
sound deadening: Melomotive
installed by: Image Conversions
total build time: Three weeks
credits: Big brother Matt, father Ray, Steve,
Paul, Ricky, Pete, Mitchell, Skippy, Johnny and
Frank from Image Conversions, V & Jason from
Twisted Metal, Bill, Steve & Kailen from Hy-Tone
Trimming, Chris & Pete from Glassbenders, Ali
from Mobility Engineering, Laurie from The Chop
Shop and Owen from House of Kolour.
equipment proved unable to fit into the limited
space of the Rodeo.
The signal starts with a unique approach.
Rather than using a head unit, the Rodeo
employs a Samsung 7-inch tablet which has been
beautifully integrated into the centre console
just behind the gear stick. Custom software and a
relay provide control over the wipers, headlights,
lighting system, a variety of accessories and, of
course, the audio system.
The amplification is provided via a Focal
amplifier powering Focal 165 KRX K2 165mm
split speakers with the mid-bass drivers mounted
on the doors in custom Brandy leather pods.
Uniquely, the tweeters have been placed in small
Brandy fibre pods (the size of the tweeter itself
making them almost invisible and providing a
free-air appearance) on the lower section either
side of the steel protrusion at the centre of the
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“RATHER THAN USING A HEAD UNIT,
THE RODEO EMPLOYS A SAMSUNG
7-INCH TABLET WHICH HAS BEEN
BEAUTIFULLY INTEGRATED INTO
THE CENTRE CONSOLE...”
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DRIVER PROFILE
Name: Michael Ellard
Car: 1992 Holden Rodeo Ute
1. What got you into car electronics?
Working for my father building limousines
we have learnt everything about big,
loud and fancy cars.
2. Dream Car?
Custom built to my design.
3. Other hobbies/interests?
Cars.
4. Where to next?
Now started my own custom car building
company ‘Image Conversions’ to go to
bigger & better builds.
dash. A Focal IBus 2.0 provides the low-end
notes. So yes, simplicity itself but extremely
effective, especially in a small cabin such as
the Rodeo’s.
CONCLUSION
Michael Ellard’s Rodeo is sublime. It is jawdropping both in and out, while adopting a novel
way of managing the audio system. His company
Image Conversions may be a young start-up but
this level of work equates to years and years of inindustry experience at the highest level. This is an
extraordinary work of car art. Yippee-ki-yay!
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THE HOME
VERSUS
THE CAR
A STUDY IN ACOUS
So the car environment as an acoustic
setting. Good or bad? You might think
bad — there’s a whole heap of road noise for
one thing, and you’re limited in where you can
position your speakers for another. Tweeters
down in the door? Subwoofer in an unmoveable
boot position? Your home hi-fi lover will see only
these limitations compared to their big room of
audio joy at home.
But but but! Talk to those who design
loudspeakers, and you can get a different story.
For starters the car environment is broadly
predictable. If you’re designing home speakers,
the great unknown is the room they’ll be used
in — big or small, soft or hard, side walls or no
side walls or one side wall?… they just don’t
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STICS
BY DAMON GREENWOOD
I must reference a very useful source for this article:
‘The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook’ 5th edition, by Vance Dickason. DG
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know. Compare this with someone
designing a line-fit system for a
new specific car model — they
know everything about the ‘room’,
except possibly which seat fabric
the owner will choose. They know
the dimensions of the car to the
millimetre, the precise position of
their speakers. Fire up the computer
and they can tune their sound near
perfectly from the CAD design
program alone, knowing that every
driver will hear the same thing, or
thereabouts. Our Editor remembers
no less a hi-fi luminary than UK
reviewer Jimmy Hughes once telling
him he’d taken to sitting in his car in
the garage to listen to music, even
though he had a hi-fi system worth
squillions (well, rather more than
most of us) in an adjacent room.
So the car versus the room —
let the debate begin.
LET’S TALK SCIENCE
Clearly, this is a topic that has been
hotly debated in the Car Audio world
since the day the first ‘wireless’ was
put in a car. And obviously the two
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environments are worlds apart in
acoustic terms.
There are two main and common
things that happen to sound inside
a vehicle. Firstly the small enclosure
space of a car ‘traps’ the bass — its
pressure levels will rise compared
with those of higher frequencies
which will tail off more quickly. The
overall effect is that bass and subbass response is substantially lifted.
Secondly there are a lot of
potential reflections and refraction
points for sound in a car (reflections
being complete bounces, refractions
being more deflections around
obstacles — for ease of reading
through the rest of the article I’ll use
reflections to cover both).
Compare that with a larger room
at home, where reflection points are
a predictable hazard for muddying
sound, particularly at what is known
as the first reflection point (the side
wall bounce halfway between the
speakers and the listener), but also
from the rear wall, ceiling and floor.
Those who care can use acoustic
treatment to absorb or often better
diffuse the sound at these points.
Soft furnishings, rugs and acoustic
panels can help deaden a room,
but this can also go too far. Full
absorption at the first reflection point
can made a room sound dead, while
a diffuser scatters the sound for a
more realistically lively result.
LET’S TALK HEARING
Another fact that should be
noted: the human ear has been
optimised to hear sounds between
frequencies of 2kHz and 5kHz (even
more specifically between 3.5kHz
and 4kHz). You can explain this by
pointing at the physical size of the
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ear and its components, but that’s
to ignore the likely evolutionary
reason for developing this way in
the first place — possible reasons
are that these are the frequencies
that are emitted by predators who
want to eat/kill us (both now and
in caveman times), leaves rustling,
that sort of thing. Baby cries have
been posited as another important
sound in that range.
The human ear can
localise sounds more
accurately as frequency
increases. The higher
frequencies have a shorter
wavelength (so there are
more waves per second),
giving more information to
the brain about where the
sound originated from via
reflections. Once you’re
down to 1kHz and lower, your
ability to localise decreases
to the point of zero.
Indeed using the formula:
frequency = speed
of sound divided by
wavelength
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and adapting that to
wavelength =
speed of sound
divided by frequency
then with 343 metres per
second as the speed of sound, the
wavelength of a sound at 1000Hz
come out at 0.343 metres, a little
over 34 centimetres.
Now your noggin is about that
wide, right? So any sound that
hits either of your ears under that
frequency can’t be localised,
because the full wavelength can’t
be differentiated between the left
and right sides of the head. (The
brain does localise these sounds
through their harmonics to a small
degree, but that is another extensive
massive story!...)
LET’S TALK WAVES
While we’re talking wavelengths,
the equations opposite yield the
wavelengths of 1.7m and 0.34m
for frequencies of 20Hz and 100Hz
respectively. So we can expect a
standing wave to form in a car where
these dimensions are matched, and
a standing wave (as its name implies)
sets itself up with its amplitude
peaks and troughs fixed in space.
So you’ll experience a boost and in
some cases a corresponding dip at
certain points between these two
frequencies, notable dependent on
the distance between the subwoofer
and the driver’s seat. Most vehicles
also have peaks and dips between
150Hz and 350Hz due to the width
of the car. These exact frequencies
will be different between every car
— they may be broadly predictable
for a given model and make, but
not entirely so, and tuning these
out is why people use a RTA (real
time analyser) to identify them, and
lots of tuning time with a powerful
accurate EQ system to flatten them
out. Sometimes acoustic treatment
can be required to kill them off rather
than adjust around them.
It can be worth it, since once
the responses are flattened out,
every piece of music put through the
system will sound its absolute best.
Standing waves also occur in
the home environment — both
horizontally and vertically, and
many music lovers will be aware of
a bass lift in certain places of the
room. Even leaning an extra foot in
towards your speakers can change
the frequency response dramatically
in these situations. Those with
subwoofer systems simply must
take care to position it (or them)
accurately for the specific listening
position. Our colleagues at Australian
HI-Fi magazine can help with this —
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see their article online at
avhub.com.au/subplacement.
LET’S TALK PATHS
Path length is perhaps the most
important aspect of sound quality
in a car. Get this right and most of
the hard work is done.
First of all, we are not in
America, where left-hand drive
vehicles allow many more
installation options, due to the
accelerator still being on the right
but the steering column being on
the left of the car. In Oz we are
hamstrung by not only the steering
column but our accelerator leg all
being on the right side, thus blocking
a clear path from the right-hand side
kick panel.
I have built many SQ systems
in my time, and have tried almost
every possible permutation of front
speaker positioning to give the
best stage height, width and image,
whilst trying to minimise frequency
steering and phase issues between
the various drivers. The trick in every
case is to maximise the path length
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of those frequencies that we hear
optimally (2kHz-5kHz). Achieve this
and everything else falls into place.
AN EASY SYSTEM
The following is my favourite system
— very easy to tune, and because of
minimal components the frequency
steering and phase issues don’t pose
much of a problem either.
I’m going to say a 3-way
component split and two subs right?
Wrong. The best
system I have ever
built comprised of a
6.5-inch midrange and
an extremely good
tweeter, with a 10-inch
sub in a small sealed
enclosure, and amps
easily able to provide
twice the power of all
the driver ratings.
Of course in a
perfect world (and
if you have the
components and
tuning time) then a
three-way system is
indeed optimal, but with that set-up
limitation in Australian right-hand
drive vehicles, the simpler set-up is a
great compromise.
Midranges can (and often do)
go in the A pillars with the tweeters,
but installation constraints limit the
available angles there — and your
path length is shortened this way.
So how do we maximise path
length plus give a great sound with
my suggested system?
The answer is simple —
dastardly even. Start with a natural
cone mid-bass driver (paper pulp is
my fave); look for a high Qts, great for
big leaky doors. The most important
component in this whole system
by far is the tweeter, for reasons
which will become obvious. Look
for a LARGE soft dome, a voice coil
at least one-inch diameter, good
power handling and an Fs (resonant
frequency) less than 1kHz, indeed the
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lower the better. Home tweeters are
fine because you’ll be running amps
fully active so you can adjust levels
to suit impedance at the end.
Here comes the dastardly bit.
The tweeters are installed on the
A pillar as low down as possible
but facing toward the windscreen
and up. And not just willy nilly – I
use a laser pointer to bounce from
where the tweeter will be installed,
off the windscreen, to where I want
the stage to focus — middle of the
car at ear height, unless you’re
preparing a one-seat wonder. Once
you have marked on the windscreen
where those points are for left and
right (and they won’t necessarily
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be symmetrical) then you can get to
work on the tweeter pods.
So why such good tweeters?
Well human ears can hear from 20Hz
to 20kHz; if you’ve high-passed your
tweeters at 2000Hz then you have
just maximised the path length for
about 90% of your music content,
and the part which we are most
sensitive to, as detailed above.
By the way, when determining
your high-pass crossover points use
the following guide: 2 x resonant
frequency is the lowest you can
go to protect your tweeters, and at
that frequency you would want at
least 18-24dB/oct slopes on your
crossover. If you go to 2.5x resonant
frequency then you should be safe
with 18dB/oct. Any higher frequency
and you should be right with 12dB/
oct (just watch your amplifier power
and listen for distortion when tuning).
Won’t the mids confuse
everything if they’re mounted in
the door on a completely different
angle? You would think so… but
here is part two of the dastardly stuff.
Firstly mount the drivers in body
deadened doors solidly (even a slight
angle is preferred, to ward off any
standing waves). Then band-pass
the mids. The low-pass frequency
should overlap the tweeter by a
quarter of an octave (400-500Hz)
and start with a high pass of 80Hz;
the same overlapping is done with
the subwoofer.
For example, pre-tune start with
the following crossover points:
• tweeter high-pass at 2000Hz;
• mids band-pass between 80Hz
and 2500Hz; and
• subwoofer low-pass at 100Hz.
Once you have the levels
adjusted, listen extensively and
adjust the crossover points and
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levels until you reach your best
sound, and hopefully you’ll have
achieved the trick of persuading
your brain into believing that
everything is originating from
the tweeters.
The results are astounding;
my final test is to listen to Michael
Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ – the footsteps
from left to right should start from
a foot wide of the car and seem to
walk across the front of the bonnet
to finish a foot past the other side.
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FINAL NOTES
Some final notes in no particular
order. Firstly I prefer a sealed
subwoofer enclosure because
it gives a much flatter and more
predictable response.
The higher the mid-bass highpass crossover, the snappier and
tighter the midbass will be.
Do NOT go lower than 2 x Fs on
the tweeter — you could break your
very expensive tweeters. Always be
observant of noise when tuning.
So there you have it – hopefully
an informative and not too wildy
technical piece on the acoustics of
your vehicle and what that means to
sound quality. I trust this has inspired
you to rebuild, re-design and re-tune
your pride and joy!
Meanwhile those who listen
at home may now be feeling
disappointed that their listening
lounges lack A frames in which our
cool tweeter pods can be mounted
and perfectly angled. Perhaps we car
lovers can persuade them to follow
the guru and go sit in their garage for
a higher level of entertainment!
Article: Damon Greenwood
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he announcement last year that EISA, then the
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markets and sometimes models do vary around the world,
consumer electronics has never been so globalised as it is
today, and spreading the EISA footprint allows the organisation to deal directly with global head offices, as well as bringing in opinions from outside its European headquarters.
Ours, for instance! We were invited to consider joining EISA
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as members in 2017, as the organisation rebranded itself as
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s the flagship model in Pioneer’s range, this top-of-the-line head unit comes
fully equipped with all the features that the more discerning user could
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his entry-level in-car sound processor offers way more features than
you might expect for the money. Designed to be ready for any innovations
on the horizon, it can be upgraded to meet the demands of future vehicles
and to accept any interface updates to Wi-Fi and vehicle integration. Its ultra-flexible
and supremely powerful PC software ensures perfect handling of all sources along
with personally tailored processing for the ultimate in in-car entertainment. With a
new feature set that includes algorithms for bass and centre channel processing
along with soundstage and musical clarity enhancement, it is compatible with
hi-res – handling music files up 96kHz/24-bit. If you are running a six-channel system,
the Helix DSP Mini ticks all the boxes.
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t first glance this might appear to be a straightforward four-channel power
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capable of so much more. Key to its success is the ‘tube-like’ sound provided
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two pairs of high-power MOSFET output devices while its power supply, with supersized transformer, has the capacity to support very high power outputs under dynamic
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capacitors, Burr-Brown op-amps and Japanese Nichicon capacitors.
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hen it comes to US-designed DSP amplifiers, JL Audio takes some beating.
With its direct digital signal routing, from input to output, the VX800/8i is
capable of pumping out astonishing sound. A full-range Class D eight-channel
amplifier, it boasts integrated DSP for a wide range of installation-specific settings.
High-speed, second-generation NexD2 switching technology is on hand to deliver crystalclear audio via its RCA analogue and digital pre-outs (these at up to 96kHz/24-bit),
while the high efficiency/cool-running amps fire out a rated 75W/4ohm per channel.
Finally, the VXi-BTC Bluetooth communicator and VXi-HUB network hub are available
for fine-tuning and connection, offering control of up to five VXi amplifiers at once.
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pecifically designed for BMWs and compatible with all ‘Hi-Fi System’
equipment, the Match Up 7BMW comes with a mounting plate and
plug-and-play harness so that it can be installed in just a few minutes.
It’s an invaluable upgrade, boasting seamless integration, which delivers more
power and dynamics to your in-car performance. A seven-channel amp, it includes
proprietary ‘Class HD’ amplification that routes extra power to the woofers, resulting
in a highly dynamic sound that has to be heard to be believed. The powerful 64-bit DSP
runs proprietary algorithms to get the best out of factory speakers, including the centre
channel, resulting in a powerful bass response and vastly improved soundstage no
matter where you are sitting in the car.
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he combination of its compact design and carefully thought-out
technologies makes this subwoofer the perfect solution for upgrading
OEM systems in modern cars. The use of a high-performance amplifier
with HE-LI (High Efficiency – Low Impedance) technology together with a specially
developed driver delivers high dynamics from an impressively small enclosure.
Meanwhile, the ease of configuration and adaptability means that installation
should be a simple process. The presence of high-level RCA inputs in combination
with the SSP (Sub Smart Plug) connector also makes it possible to use the subwoofer
as a quick detachable device. The Audison APBX 10 AS effortlessly proves that
market-leading low-end rumble needn’t cost the earth.
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esigned to be as small as possible for a complete audio system, the Gladen
Pico 8|12 offers impeccable control of input signals and includes a universal
interface to connect with OEM head units. It boasts a 3x9 band parametric
equaliser, the option to deal with any delays and differences in level (gain) on its inputs
plus a flexible mixer for signal routing. The high-speed PWM stages process 96kHz/
24-bit audio streams directly, with 12 channels of DSP feeding eight Class G/H
amplifiers. As the first Mosconi Gladen device to work directly with the Gladen Aures
in-car measuring system, it makes integration easier than ever. It provides automatic
DSP setup and centre channel management, with mixing, straight summation or
special algorithm matrix options all possible.
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udison’s no-nonsense approach means that the TH K2 II A Coro
eschews fripperies and instead employs the very best materials for
the job at hand. This two-way kit comprises a 165mm cone woofer
and 38mm dome tweeter, both featuring over-sized neodymium magnet assemblies
to extend response and dynamics as far as possible. All design and engineering
parameters are pushed to the very max, and with a 24-month development period
for each drive unit, Audison’s efforts have clearly borne fruit. These spectacular
drivers are perfectly equipped for partnering with modern DSP technology, and
ready to action the smallest adjustment to any setting.
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he first and only in-car measuring system to employ binaural in-ear sensors,
Gladen’s Aures uses high-quality microphones to provide extremely
accurate measurements. This in-depth analysis adopts psychoacoustic
principles to achieve impressively precise sound tuning. The Aures can be used as
a standalone measuring system or in combination with MOSCONI Gladen DSP
products for even more fine-tuning. With the latter option, the system suggests
variables for semi-automatic measuring and DSP adjustment, making for quick
and efficient system tuning. Manual time alignment and frequency response
adjustment is retained to suit personal listening preferences.
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esigned for easy installation where space is limited, this Morel Integra driver
is used for both in-car audio and in-wall products under different names.
Thanks to its limited depth, it can be installed in-wall using proper frames
with almost no space behind as well as in shallow places in the car, as the mounting
depth is a mere 0.67in (17mm). An ‘Endumax’ multilayer sandwich cone, with convex
geometry, and ‘Acuflex’ soft dome with 2.1in and 1.1in voice coils, respectively,
provide precision and control. The speaker cleverly uses the same magnet for woofer
and tweeter voice coil, which not only saves space but also provides an almost perfect
phase alignment. This ‘Zero-Point’ dual-concentric technology assures that limited
space need not affect the speaker’s sonic prowess.
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What the experts say...
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EISA CAMERA OF THE YEAR 2018-2019
Sony A7 III
EISA PROFESSIONAL DSLR CAMERA
2018-2019 Nikon D850
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SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art
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TC1.4 FL ED VR
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2018-2019
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2018-2019
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EISA BEST BUY LOUDSPEAKER
2018-2019: Q Acoustics 3050i
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Harman Kardon Citation 500
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EISA HIGH-END HEADPHONE
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SYSTEM 2018-2019
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A funding crisis last year threatened
to shut down the entire Bloodhound
Supersonic Car project, which aims to achieve
a new 1000mph World Land Speed Record with
a vehicle powered by both a jet engine and a
rocket to deliver 135,000HP — that’s more than
six times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on
a starting grid put together.
While sponsors include South Africa’s Cape
region, where the record attempt is planned,
there is a firm British focus to the project, with
The British Army and Air Force both involved,
along with educational institutions and The
Institute of Mechanical Engineers, so it’s
appropriate that it is a mechanical engineer,
Yorkshire-based entrepreneur Ian Warhurst,
who has bought into the project after selling his
Barnsley-based turbocharger firm Melett to US
company Wabtec Corporation last year.
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BLOODHOUND
BACK ON TRACK
The 13-metre 7.5-tonne Bloodhound uses a
Eurojet EJ200 jet engine together with a Nammo
rocket/rocket cluster, and an additional Jaguar
Supercharged V8 engine just to drive the rocket
oxidiser pump. A global search for a suitable
venue settled on the Hakskeen Pan in northwest South Africa, a more forgiving surface for
steel wheels than Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats
where Sir Malcolm Campbell was the first to
set a Land Speed Record over 300mph in 1935,
and in better condition than the Black Rock
Desert where an annual Burning Man festival
has damaged the surface where ‘Thrust SSC’
set the current record of 760.343mph (the first
supersonic land speed record) under a team
which went on to found the Bloodhound project.
Until the attempt takes place, Bloodhound
will continue its impressive educational role
inspiring the next generation of engineers.
More info: www.bloodhoundssc.com
PICS: Flock London / BloodhoundSSV
SRP $399.00
SRP $599.00
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Alpine Halo9
Introducing the revolutionary iLX-F309E, with its stunning and
incredibly large 9” display, the Halo9 design has no bounds by installing
into virtually any dashboard with a 1-DIN or 2-DIN space.
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