In Car Audio Developments You Will Want

Posted on 06 October 2011 by Tony Santos

In-car audio equipment evolves at a surprisingly rapid pace given that the ultimate aim has always been to give you the best sound quality for your tunes while you are on the road. Of course we live in a multimedia, digital world and so it is not enough for in car audio equipment to be a one trick pony, whether you have a Ford Fiesta or a Ferrari. Here are some high-end developments that might catch your eye and your ear this coming year.

 

Pioneer SPH-DA01

Living up to its moniker at every turn, Pioneer presents the latest head unit to control your entertainment system within your vehicle. It follows in the footsteps of many similar devices that have launched in recent years by having a large LCD display, this time measuring 6.1 inches across and giving you full touch-sensitive interactivity to make it easy to use when you are on the move.

The real clever part of the SPH-DA01 is that Pioneer has programmed it to take advantage of your smartphone or media player beyond the level of basic audio and video playback. This head unit will be able to harness the GPS, web browsing and internet radio functions of your iPhone or iPod Touch, which means the device itself does not need to have terribly complex internal hardware because it will piggyback on whatever mobile you already own.

Audison Voce AV 5.1k

Audison has chosen to go for a flexible modular design for this next-generation car amplifier. This means you can switch between two different modules to select traditional analogue performance or full digital audio support. Whichever you choose will give you great performance and a very customisable selection of inputs, which makes it ideal for the aural perfectionist who likes to get deeply involved in manipulating the sounds within their vehicle.

Focal PS 165

If you are looking to kit your car out with an entire speaker set, then the Focal PS 165 might be worth checking out because it helps to balance affordability with build quality. This is a speaker system to pick if you want to avoid any pitfalls related to installation, because you do not need to be an expert to hook everything up. You still get precision engineered components fashioned from polyglass and diecast metal, but the price will not leave a dent in your bank account and will be more than enough to please the ears of even the most discerning audiophile.

Kenwood DXN9280BT

Combining a sat nav with your in car audio system is sensible if you want to minimise clutter within your vehicle and this latest device from Kenwood helps to achieve this goal in style. Leveraging GPS navigation from Garmin and integrating CD and DVD playback along with a seven inch LCD screen, this has everything you could want from an all-in-one head unit. Bluetooth connectivity means you can stream music tracks from your smartphone and a pair of USB inputs means that you can even hook up thumb drives for direct audio and video playback.

Helen Pritchard writes for both netcars.com, a used car classified website and Car Finance 247 who specialize in helping people obtain car finance deals

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