If you’re a music fiend like all of us on staff, stick around and pay close attention. We’ve scoured the market for the best new products in mobile audio land. From subs to head units, component speakers to amps, and everything in between—we’ve selected only the best of the best for our 2011 audio guide. Note: Mini Truckin’ magazine cannot be held responsible for any sound pollution tickets you may receive from local law enforcement. Happy bumpin’!
Bass in a Box
The PowerBass PS-WB112T is designed for both mini and fullsize applications and is designed to handle 300 watts RMS (600 peak) at 4 ohms. The 12-inch sub is less than 5 1/2 inches deep, and the enclosure measures 30.3”W x 14”H x 5.4”D, which combine to deliver maximum bass response from minimum space.
Quality audio systems require quality power, and Kinetik’s HC-series power cells are commonly preferred by those building the loudest of the loud sound setups around. Whether you’re into SPL competitions or just can’t get enough eardrum bursting audio signals, Kinetik batteries are surely worth their weight in gold.
With a 6.1-inch detachable, touch-panel monitor with front-mounted USB port, JVC’s KW-NT50HDT navigation unit is a luxury item perfect for any mini that is actually driven. Aside from easy connectivity with iPhone and iPod, this double-DIN piece of machinery comes with a free lifetime subscription to Clear Channel’s Total Traffic and HD Radio tuning, which deliver on-screen news, sports, and weather info.
You’ve dropped a bundle on your audio components—don’t skimp on the accessories. Kicker’s terminals feature all brass connections, are nickel-plated, and are designed to extract maximum sound quality.
Ten years ago, JL Audio broke the mold with the introduction of the W7—a meticulously designed subwoofer that was created to deliver optimum bass response. To celebrate their milestone, JL has released a new variation of the W7, which differs only in the cosmetic sense. The original engineering will remain intact, and a limited number of the new-style W7 subs will be offered with hand numbering and signing markings by the man behind the sound—JL’s founder and CEO, Lucio Proni.
Orion’s XTR10001 Class D mono amplifier sends a mind-numbing 1,000 watts RMS of pure bass power into 1 channel at 1 ohm. The XTR amp line are housed in a sleek heatsink and loaded with tons of features and pack a massive punch for their size.
Kenwood’s eXcelon Gouriki four-channel X600F amp delivers balanced musical reproduction due to the exclusive K-STAT output transistors. The Japanese kanji characters on the outer casing symbolize “powerfulness,” which is a perfect representation of what this amp brings to the table.