A new year and fresh enthusiasm for car audio upgrades. Updates on the next issue of Driving Sounds include a sneaky peek of system winner Olly Samways' audio heaven system.

Hello 2014

I wish you all a rather belated Happy New Year and hope your Christmas was full of great music alongside everything else that was going on. I would also like to welcome all of our new subscribers. Stick with us for great car audio related content and offers for those who prefer to listen to their favourite music whilst driving. I have a recommendation for you. Last year I had a pair of Rainbow Germanium CS 265.25 fitted to my car by my friends at Oxford Car Audio and have been totally blown away by the detail and response particularly in the often tricky to reproduce mid-range. I am pleased to see that Rainbow has recently announced an upgraded version which will be available very soon! These are for the discerning listener and carry a price tag of £400 (ish) so not necessarily for the beginner but if you have the budget available, I cannot recommend these highly enough especially if you like fast moving music with a punchy snare drum or sublime female vocals. Believe it or not, I am running mine without a subwoofer at the moment although that situation is due to change soon - Look out for a video on the club pages of the Driving Sounds website: http://www.drivingsounds.co.uk/ - coming soon! - You are all members already but will need to add your name and email address in order to create a login password - we don't want any old riff-raff getting access to this precious content!

Issue 4 - Another Sneaky Peek

This month's sneaky peek is a brief introduction to system winner Olly Samways BMW. "Lucky Olly" as he is now known, won an Audio Heaven system for his BMW E46 as a result of coming to see us at Goodwood Festival of Speed last year and correctly identifying which of our two identical 1-series demonstrators had an audio upgrade fitted to it. You can have a quick shufti by visiting the club page of our website here: https://www.drivingsounds.co.uk/driving-sounds-club/ni-ka-n-tawapamaw-heaven-is-the-prize/ - As mentioned above, you will need to create a login, but please don't let that put you off!
The system was installed by the highly capable Norwich In Car Entertainment who featured in issue 3. Huge thanks to them for their brilliant work. Read all about them here for just 79p: http://www.drivingsounds.co.uk/articles/driving-sounds-issue-3/four-master-nice/ 


Top Five Driving Sounds

This month's top five comes from "Lucky Olly" who is currently bashing these tunes to death in his BMW and enjoying the audio delights of his brand new Audio Heaven system which he won courtesy of Driving Sounds in association with FOUR MASTERS. These should run your speakers in nicely Olly. 
Deaf Havana - Mildred
Pitbull ft. Kesha - Timber
Afrojack - The Spark
Sub Focus - Tidal Wave
Avicii - Hey Brother
Any Driving Sounds Club member can send us a top five fave songs to drive to and we will see if we can find you an inappropriate item of clothing or a sticker, pen, mug etc. in return for those reproduced here. Email: editorial@drivingsounds.co.uk

Techie Bit - Making all the Right Signals

With vehicle manufacturers continuing to bury entertainment functions within the dashboard of a vehicle, it has become increasingly popular for installers to provide systems built around the vehicles existing source or head unit. For a good installer this is not a problem provided a good quality signal-level convertor is used. Read all about it in this blog on the FOUR MASTER website: http://www.fourmasterscaraudio.co.uk/caraudio/making-all-the-right-signals/


All Ears - Tell me about it.

Driving Sounds Club membership numbers runs into the thousands and we thank you all for remaining loyal to Driving Sounds and invite you to share your views and thoughts about your car audio experiences with us. If you have recently purchased car audio products let us know how you are getting on. If you have any kind of audio upgrade let us know what it is, why you bought it and what effect it has had on your driving experience. Contact me here at the Driving Soundsatorium: editorial@drivingsounds.co.uk


A Sound Revolution

There is definitely a growing market for car audio upgrades. Having finally got fed up with tiny speakers in the kitchen and the living room, we are able to see an upsurge in the numbers of people now wanting to improve the sound in their cars also. As club members it is quite likely that you are all car audio converts and by sharing the joy of great car audio, you can affect the lives of many more drivers who for too long, have had to put up with squeaky sounds in their cars! - Thank you for making it this far and my reward is a link to this beautiful track by the beautiful Agnes Obel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1wgaFJ0750 - I hope you enjoy it, see you next month. Drive safely and with a smile on your face.