What is SQ?

It’s All About The Music!

Sound Quality competitions are held to determine who has the best sounding car according to the rules in this rulebook. To make sure that the right people compete against each other, 6 categories with an ascending level of difficulty have been created. The starting level is called Entry and is meant for anybody who wants an evaluation of their in-car sound system without knowledge of rules and regulations. The highest level is called Expert Unlimited and is for the most experienced competitors with unbelievable high quality of installation and sound.

The difference between the categories is the amount of judging that will take place. In the Entry category only a few elements of the total Installation and Sound-score available will be judged. As the competitor progresses through the categories, more and more elements of the Installation and Sound will be judged. It is up to you, the competitor, to decide in which category to start (it’s possible to change categories up or down, except back to EMMA Entry or EMMA Experienced). With this system the competitor is able to increase his/her knowledge about the mobile media system in the car.

How does the judging work? Both Sound and Installation are judged by a set of criteria. There is only one list of judgement criteria (or elements), and the higher your experience (and your category), the more elements will be judged. Following these rules, when a competitor who normally competes in a higher category decides to compete in a lower category, he/she will NOT have any advantages, because one ore more elements will not be judged in this lower category.

The categories themselves are divided into classes, depending on the number of amplifier channels used to power the speakers or speaker-system installed. If two amplifier-channels are bridged to create one bridged channel or two mono- amplifiers are linked together, this will be counted as “one amplifier-channel”. If a competitor is competing in two categories, it is possible that a different number of amplifier channels are used (e.g. 8 channels in Multimedia and 5 channels for SQ). In this case, only the numbers of channels used for SQ are counted to determine the correct class. This may be checked by the judges, e.g. by disconnecting speaker cables at the amplifier-connections.

In some classes money-limited classes are available. There the total system price is the sum of all non-binding retail price recommendations of the manufacturers (even if they are used or “old”) and includes all electronic material (the source unit, processors, active crossovers, amplifiers, all speakers etc.).All mounting materials (wires, mounting boards, passive crossovers, fuse blocks, batteries, capacitors etc.) are not included into the total price. It does not matter if a contestant bought the products on a lower price level or second hand. To provide an equal basis, EMMA will use the actual pricing level of the manufacturers in the European Union. For the assumption of total system price, the official retail price valid in the respective country will be considered. The respective national Organisation is responsible to verify that the customer starts in the correct category. If products will be used which are not available on the European Market, the competitor has to show a proof for the retail price. If this is not available an average price of a similar product available in the European union will be taken as reference.

If a competitor decides to use the factory installed, original source unit, a value of 200€ for a CD-Tuner / 500€ for a Moniceiver/DVD-Player will be calculated and added up together with the rest of the components to the total system price. If a remote control is installed, that is, one not delivered directly with the source unit and the retail price is unknown, it will be calculated with 50€ and adds up together with the rest of the components to the total system price.

When participating in a competition, the competitor will always get a qualified feedback about the Sound and Installation of his mobile media system and tips how to improve these to get a better result in the future.

Portable Media-Players such as I-pod and / or USB-Devices or portable Memories such as SDCards, Memory Sticks, HardDrives, etc. are valid sources of media. They can be used in the judging process when they are physically connected to the head unit. For a competition these devices have to be provided by EMMA.