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End Of a Volvo Era in Watford

Jul 24 2017 00:00 | Adam Rayner in Editorials
When we are young, we feel immortal and hearing the wrinkly old grunters chatting on and on about who has died, gets really old, fast. Young people do not like old peoples’ topics of conversation, as they seem too bothered only about who has bred and all that Circle of Life stuff.

I ha...

PREMIUM SOUND BY BOWERS & WILKINS : FINAL V...

Jul 19 2017 00:00 | Adam Rayner in Features
VOLVO NEW XC60 LAUNCH : As mornings go, it was a good one. I got this Email from Volvo Car UK. It was from a colleague of Ben, the executive fellow who set up my Volvo press loans of the XC90 SUV and then the V90 XC estate, both with B&W audio. I DO like him…

RAYNER INVITED TO CAR LAUNCH!

Jul 11 2017 00:00 | Adam Rayner in Editorials
I have a whole new world of politics to grasp. Whereas most of the serious players in car audio were simply Japanese, the car makers offer Swedes, Teutons and Koreans and many other nations and approaches to grok. Even inside the corporate milieu of car audio, there were differences, though. At J...

R8 COUPE V10 PLUS - SCHOOLBOY FANTASY CAR - USE...

Jun 29 2017 04:00 | Adam Rayner in News
You know, back in the Eighties, I specified one of the world’s first ever room-to-room hifi systems for my folks’ house. My dad thought it was under-used but my mama had FM radio in the bedroom, her study, the living room and the kitchen and played Classic FM for hours every day for YEARS. The sy...

ALPINE DEMO CARS = BONKERS BARGAINS!

Jun 29 2017 02:00 | Adam Rayner in General
When you sell the finest produce, you want your shop front to look the best. There is a store in Wealdstone, near me, that piles its fruit up so prettily, it aughta be on TV. Hey I will go ask and film them. Anyway, when Alpine Electronics want to show off their produce, they do so via a sexy dem...

THE WIRELESS EARBUD HAS BEEN IMPROVED!

Jun 29 2017 00:00 | Adam Rayner in News
The sheer fuss the new earbud thing created when Apple decreed its phones were to lose the ancient 3.5mm earphone socket in favour of better use of the internal real estate, was epic! I for one was deeply concerned as the quality of aftermarket specialist transducer makers for tiny headphones is...

MOREL IS NOW EMMA GLOBAL PARTNER

Jun 26 2017 00:00 | Adam Rayner in News
Morel joins the EMMA family to become a global sponsor. Morel, renowned as a leading manufacturer of high-performance car audio speaker systems since 1975, is proud to announce it is now a Global Sponsor of EMMA (European Mobile Media Association).

EMMA’s successful platform makes a s...

KIA KX-5 SPORTAGE CRDi WITH 320 WATTS OF JBL SP...

Jun 20 2017 00:00 | Adam Rayner in Installations
Did you ever see the Peter Jackson rendition of The Hobbit? At one point, the Goblin King and Gandalf have a battle. That Goblin King looks uncommonly like me, so I apologise for the self-inclusion in the video I made about this car. I have never really exploited my wonderful Manfrotto camera-mou...

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

Jun 13 2017 00:00 | Adam Rayner in Editorials
I have an old and long since proper bald mate we used to call ‘Scary Steve’. He was editor of Fast Car magazine back then, (long since the demesne of Jules Truss) and now is group editor of the motor yachting titles of a publishing group in Dubai. His magazines’ demographics make our UK PFA footb...

CLARION THE LATEST TO LEAVE THE UK AFTER MARKET.

Jun 06 2017 00:00 | Adam Rayner in News
It is with a deeply heavy heart that I write this next news piece. After thirty five years in the UK, the Clarion GB Ltd., car audio company has been directed by their parent outfit in Japan to cease activities in the UK aftermarket. This means Clarion car audio as you and I know it, will no lon...