MTX Audio's Thunder Axe 6 1/2-inch 2-way component speakers have been designed to deliver maximum audio bliss to those who truly know what to expect from high-end audio products. The Thunder Axe components provide excellent imaging and sound staging that might just trick you into thinking you're sitting front row at a rockin' concert. Five adjustable tweeter levels help reach fabulous linear response regardless of tweeter positioning and placement. The woofer can also be repositioned off-axis to bring exceptional dynamics front and center.
MTX Audio, (800) 372-3029, www.mtx.com
Kick Out The Jams
Kicker has just released their CompVX subwoofer, which harnesses their patented Solo-baric square woofer technology that has been further developed to be compatible into a round housing. The CompVX line has proven to be Kicker's best-sounding, deepest-bass-producing round sub to date, and it's now widely available in 10-, 12-, and 15-inch sizes. The one-piece SoloKon cone features a rigid back bracing, high-temp dual voice coils, and a T-cut top plate come together for stronger low-frequency response and a super reliable motor structure that Kicker has prided themselves on delivering for years.
Kicker, (800) 256-5425, www.kicker.com
Pioneer is staying ahead of the curve of in-car enjoyment with the release of their top-of-the-line AVIC-Z120BT in-dash navigation unit. Their fresh, flagship model boasts improved route guidance features, better convenience attributes, and more entertainment functions such as the PandoraLink app that allows iPhone users to utilize the Pandora radio service through the head unit. Another cool function is Pioneer's MusicSphere technology that enables iPod and iPhone users to cycle through their music library based on mood-based playlists that can be accessed onscreen with the touch of a distinctive, animated 3-D sphere.
JVC's high end Arsenal line features some of the most potent audio equipment money can buy. Aside from offering highly sophisticated head units, subs, and amps, Arsenal also produces a full line of component and coaxial speakers that will surely abuse the eardrums of anyone brave enough to test their limitations. The Arsenal coaxial line features a slim, ultra-compact body, a tweeter voice coil that delivers point source radiation, and a box-in-line design for crossover networks. Hemp fiber provides natural mid- and high-frequency sound, and creates a smooth transition between woofer and tweeter crossover frequencies.
JVC, (800) 252-5722, www.mobile.jvc.com
Sony's new "Tune Tray" head unit line features a sleek, front faceplate that flips down to reveal a hidden compartment, complete with an iPod adapter for quick connection. Sony's flagship Tune Tray model, the DSX-S300BT, also boasts built-in Bluetooth capability for easy hands-free calling and wireless music streaming. Sony also incorporated their SensMe technology, which analyzes a connected music library to create custom playlists and radio channels, and utilizes an Advanced Sound Engine (ASE) to provide a completely unique in-car sound environment. Those looking for a convenient, high-quality audio experience will certainly be impressed with Sony's latest deck offerings.
Locked And Loaded
New from PowerBass is a slim sub enclosure that was designed to squeeze lots of bass into the tight confines of midsize and fullsize pickups. The enclosure comes complete with a preloaded 10-inch sub that handles up to 55 watts, and measures less than 7 inches at its deepest point, making it as compact as possible. To accomplish the feat of creating a space-saving enclosure that absolutely pounds, PowerBass engineered a unique one-piece cone woofer that works in a specially tooled fiber turbine basket that is only 3 1/4 inches deep. The total system independence is 4-ohms, which makes for a perfect match when bridging multiple amps. In layman's terms, both the box and speaker were made to compliment each other's design and purpose to create eardrum busting bass notes without robbing valuable interior real estate.
PowerBass, (909) 993-5399, www.powerbassusa.com
JL Audio is set to introduce the benchmark in mobile amplification with their new line of XD amps. The five models in their XD lineup feature JL's hyper-efficient NexD technology that unleashes audiophile-grade performance in a shockingly compact package. These new amps reach total efficiencies of about 80 percent and provide an unregulated power supply, which helps reach an impressive balance of fidelity and power that puts far less strain on the vehicle's electrical system over conventional "big" amplifiers. Beneath the removable control cover, the XDs feature studio-grade signal processing with fully variable crossover filters, and noise-killing, highly flexible differential-balanced inputs with remote level control via an optional controller. Whether you're in the market for a mono or multichannel power supply, JL has the right amp to take your audio system to another dimension.
JL Audio, (954) 443-1100, www.jlaudio.com