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Modified Nationals Show 2016 - My Last

Jul 28 2016 00:00 | Adam Rayner in Shows & Events
Hilariously, this was my 13th, Modified Nationals Show. Odd but true, this article has taken me some time to get round to writing. This is because I had the most unpleasant experience at a car show of my entire career. So much so, that I’ll not be attending any more car shows as such any more.

NEW Kenwood Apple CarPlay Units

Jul 14 2016 00:00 | Adam Rayner in News
Scary but true, Japan owes its existence, like Iceland, the Canaries and even Hawaii, to the volcano and seismic events. Here in Blighty, we get lots of tornadoes and dozens of earthquakes. But unlike Kansas or Kyoto, ours are all so minor that most Brits are not even aware it happens. And the re...

Kicker is a Comen in, Loude Boom COOKOO!

Jul 08 2016 03:00 | Adam Rayner in Editorials
Yes, we have a date and it is soon. The first consignment of KICKER car audio kit from the nutters of Stillwater in Oklahoma is coming to their new distributor, Celsus ICE. And best of all, the guys responsible have got with the program in a way that proves the difference between JL Audio and Kic...

JL AUDIO Now Shipping FIX™ 86 OEM Integration DSP

Jul 08 2016 01:00 | Adam Rayner in News
JL Audio, known for producing some of the finest audio systems in the mobile, marine, powersports, and home audio markets, has announced the availability of the FIX™86 OEM Integration Digital Signal Processor (DSP), that allows customers to upgrade factory-supplied auto sound systems without swit...

ALPINE OFFER: GTI International 2016 Discount V...

Jul 08 2016 00:00 | Adam Rayner in News
These days, Alpine are involved in very high quality complete fitting solutions- commensurate with their electronics. These are deeply vehicle specific. Starting in the USA, with various models of pickup trucks, they moved into Jeep as well as few others. In Europe, they started with Mercedes and...

Focal Launches A New Line Of High-End Headphones

Jun 27 2016 00:00 | Adam Rayner in News
Legendary French loudspeaker maker, Focal have made a major foray into headphones. These are the people who make the £700 each (in the 90’s!) Beryllium car tweeter. Each came in a wooden box and has a test-plot performance certificate with it, where each unit is liste...

JL AUDIO Now Shipping TwK™ System Tuning DSPs

Jun 23 2016 06:00 | Adam Rayner in News
This is big news in a car audio world where so many dashboards are unassailable with any kind of replacement headunit. These new devices from JL are meant to support car units of all kinds, those pesky OEMs as well as the branded tech from the big Japanese companies. You can tame the one you have...

Karma-AV introduces the Mark Levinson No 536 mo...

Jun 23 2016 00:00 | Adam Rayner in News
ML’s flagship Class AB design offers a masterclass in audiophile power, resolution and control…


Regular, long term readers (hi Dave!) may recall my covering a Mark Levinson OEM system in a sexy Lexus NX300h 4x4 hybrid a little while back. You can s...

UK Catches Up With USA: GREG FAGAN HITS 160dB Z...

Jun 02 2016 03:00 | Adam Rayner in Editorials
Watching the SPL scene is fascinating. These are the nutters who want it loud. There’s an extreme sort who also care about the musicality of loud and another kind of bass head who wants it to go deep as well as loud! So there are three kinds of Sound Pressure Level contests now. One is called Dec...

KICKER - THE LONGEST-SOLD BRAND IN UK ICE HISTORY

Jun 02 2016 00:00 | Adam Rayner in News
Where to start? The beginning… I was not always a journalist. I actually fought my writing genes and swore I would do something else. I had issues with just how oddly famous my mum used to be. It was not ‘modern’ celebrity. This was before Andy Warhol declared that in the future, everyone would b...