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There may be some of you readers who are not very familiar with the name ZED Audio. Well, you may be much more familiar with it than you thought! ZED Audio began back in 1983, when pro audio engineer and hobbyist Steven Mantz decided to pull up root [ … ]
In late September of 2009, the Phoenix Gold car audio brand was acquired by AAMP of America. Phoenix Gold was founded in 1988 as a designer and manufacturer of audio cables and accessories for home and car use. As the market for quality mobile ampli [ … ]

The “dedicated to 12 volt” group of folks at Cerwin-Vega Mobile recently dropped off a new toy for me to have a look at. When the name Cerwin-Vega comes up, most of us think huge monster woofers, and multi kilowatt amplifiers, so what they brought [ … ]


Seems like every time you turn around these days, you hear the term “efficiency.” We’re living in an age of making everything we use more efficient, whether it’s a light bulb, a home appliance, or our cars. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist t [ … ]

Once you have experienced true sub bass in a car, I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t want to have it in their ride every day. Rich, deep bass that you can feel as much as hear, bass that enhances the musical experience and helps replicate [ … ]

Sony has always been a leader in high-value car audio products. This time we are going to have a look at one of their top-selling Xplod Series Class-D monoblock subwoofer amplifiers, the XM-ZZR3301. Rated at 330 watts into 4 ohms, and 600 watts int [ … ]

Hertz HSK 165XL

From the municipality of Potenza Picena, Italy, the music lovers at Elettromedia were kind enough to send me a pair of their Hi-Energy component speakers. If you don’t recognize the Elettromedia name, they are the parent company of such highl [ … ]

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I've used radar detectors in my cars and motorcycles for the last 15 years or so now, and I consider myself an experienced detector user. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of different brands, some worked very well, and others were more gimmicky and [ … ]

One of the benefits of reviewing products every issue is that we get a chance to occasionally test something before or just as it becomes available in the marketplace. And that’s the case this time, because our contacts at Alpine Electronics sent on [ … ]

Sony XAV-W1

Sony’s XAV-W1 Xplod® Double Din CD/DVD Receiver is the ultimate source unit for enjoying digital music and movies. Designed to elevate your in-car entertainment experience, the receiver features a 7 inch widescreen, 16:9 format [ … ]