The "In-car electronics" category also has its EISA 2020-2021 winners. After having seen the winners in the field of smartphones, TVs and projectors and photography, let's go and see the "Best Products" mentioned by the European Imaging and Sound Association for the automotive sector. Below you will find all the devices awarded for this specific category, if you are curious to discover all the other winning products, we invite you to consult our dedicated articles.
A complete dashboard unit: Kenwood's DMX9720XDS combines immediacy of function with high-quality design and excellent sonic performance. Its 10.1-inch HD anti-glare touchscreen offers an intuitive and customizable interface that allows access to its many resources, including wireless integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual smartphone connection and support for more. dashcam, up to four, for an all-out view. And the audio? It is compatible with high-resolution audio files including FLAC and DSD, LDAC streaming on Bluetooth 5.1 and integrates a DAB + receiver. The HDMI and USB inputs offer HD video. It is a perfect driving companion for lovers of connected entertainment.
Designed for premium installations, the flagship model of Helix's DSP series focuses on high processing power and total control. A dual 64-bit DSP architecture capable of 2.4 billion computations per second – in combination with Asahi Kasei's 32-bit ADC and DAC devices – handles the analog and digital optical / coaxial input signals of the 'Helix DSP Ultra to distribute them on 12 output channels. The combination of this extremely powerful hardware with a complete software package allows the user to design the signal according to their needs, with electronic crossover functions, time alignment and customizable equalizer, in addition to the DSP functions that expand the sound stage. , increase the clarity of the music and implement the innovative Virtual Channel Processing.
Digital signal processors have grown in importance as enthusiasts have sought to improve the performance of stock systems, and Ground Zero's affordable yet versatile GZDSP 4-8XII is a superb first on the market. It harnesses the processing power of two Analog Devices Sigma DSPs, features both line-level and speaker-level inputs, and offers a 10-band equalizer on each of its eight output channels, as well as handling phases, crossovers and delays. Its Windows-based real-time control program is easy to use. Optionally, a wired controller and Bluetooth interface can be added for wireless audio streaming and app control. This DSP is simple to integrate and extraordinarily flexible.
In the world of car audio, where people often insist on the fact that "size matters", Mosconi's GLADEN ATOMO 2 has something new to say. A 100W into 4 ohms accredited Class D stereo power amplifier uses a sturdy aluminum chassis that is extremely small in size, meaning it can be hidden just about anywhere. And once installed, it delivers stunning audio quality, plus user features including an 80Hz crossover, auto power on, and high and low level connections. Together with Mosconi's ATOMO 1 subwoofer amplifier and its ATOMO 4 | 6 DSP for signal control, it allows the creation of a very small but decidedly powerful system.
There is everything you need to transform a stock system into a sophisticated hi-fi system of the highest class in Eton's Stealth 7.1 DSP. A masterpiece with a compact and discreet design, equipped with an eight-channel DSP heart intended to drive a complete system consisting of speakers and subwoofer. Configuration is possible via desktop software and wirelessly via an Eton control app. The integrated wi-fi connection also allows high-resolution audio streaming. In addition to the feature set and excellent connectivity (includes high / low level and optical inputs), the Stealth 7.1 DSP is also a fine amplifier. Thanks to a highly efficient Class D configuration, it promises ultra-low distortions and powers up to 180W per channel in stereo mode.
Italian manufacturer ESB first developed its UMA – Mid-High Unit – several decades ago for both the hi-fi world and car audio, and seems to want to confirm its commitment to the dual driver concept. The 8003 UMA, from ESB's flagship 8000 series, represents the latest evolution, combining a 1.1-inch Torcon soft dome tweeter with a 3-inch cellulose fiber cone midrange on a single structure machined with extreme precision. In addition to the elegant design, this speaker offers exceptional sound performance, based on excellent power management and low distortion. Adding the contribution of ESB's 6.5-inch woofer, equally elegant, you get a complete system of great value and superior sonic ability.
Everyone wants thrilling, deep bass, but only a few have room for a traditional large subwoofer in their trunk. The challenge, then, is for a modern subwoofer to be small but remain powerful – Hifonics' ZRX6D2 is exactly that. Uses a 6.5 inch reinforced paper coated cone with stitched suspension to achieve linear excursions; its compact die-cast aluminum basket houses a double 2-inch coil and a double magnet to provide a stroke of ± 15mm. With a small 15-liter box it easily delivers superior performance over much larger projects. The ZRX6D2 perfectly meets today's requirements, delivering maximum bass impact with a small footprint.
The DRV-A501W is a brainy dashcam, offering maximum peace of mind to its users. Its Wide Quad HD camera integrates HDR function and a polarizing filter to achieve superior quality regardless of lighting conditions. Recordings can be instantly viewed on the 3-inch color display (a first for Kenwood) and transferred via wi-fi to a smartphone for editing and uploading, with GPS data information. A Smart Parking mode uses the integrated accelerometer to automatically start recording when the vehicle is parked, which means that any collisions are captured by the camera, while a second rear camera can be added to allow simultaneous recording in Full HD. A quick release mounting system makes installation simple and easy. This dashcam will allow you to drive with complete serenity.
Only Audison's bit One HD Virtuoso allows today to obtain a level leap in control and quality of sound. This high-end, Hi-Res Audio certified processor leverages superior technologies, including SoundPlus Burr-Brown op-amps, 192 kHz / 24-bit Cirrus-Logic DACs and Analog Devices' SHARC DSP programmed by Audison engineers to offer exclusive customizations in the control of sound and functions. FIR filters are used for crossover and equalization on the nine-channel output, in combination with powerful input signal analysis functions: the result is a processor that offers top-level performance with precision control capabilities, complemented by a revolutionary philosophy of interface with OEM systems. Virtuoso by name, Virtuous by nature.
Zenec's Z-E3766 offers the full range of features of a first-class head unit, including smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual tuner DAB + radio, HDMI and USB connections for multimedia playback and a large 9-inch touchscreen display. It is important to emphasize that the Z-E3766 is dedicated for installation on motorhomes – it offers perfect integration into the dashboard of a Fiat Ducato and the like, and manages up to three external cameras. Zenec's optional 3D navigation software includes preconfigured vehicle profiles and an extensive database of parking sites, while Bluetooth allows music to be streamed to speakers outside the vehicle. For those who live their life on the road, there is no better solution.