Sound Quality

Valid from 01st of April 2018

E – Category (Entry)

  • Up to 3000 €
  • Unlimited

Installation:

  • Only basic installation requirements see matrix on page 8
  • No presentation required.
  • Documentation only for hidden / non-visible components will be required.

Restrictions

  • Limited to Newcomers – Competitor has never taken part on any EMMA or other sanctioning bodies sound quality competition
  • No sponsored cars (invoices for all components must be available for proof of purchase upon request)
  • No judges or professionals
  • No modified or self-build active components
  • No restrictions of modifications to the Installation

Competitors can compete for a maximum of two competition years in E-Category. However the champion of the national (and/or international) final must be promoted to a higher category.

 

S – Category (skilled)

  • OEM
  • Up to 4000 €
  • Unlimited

Installation:

  • Average installation requirements see matrix on page 8
  • No presentation required.
  • Documentation only for hidden / non-visible components will be required.

Restrictions:

  • No sponsored cars (invoices for all components must be available for proof of purchase upon request)
  • No judges and professionals
  • No modified or self-build active components
  • No restrictions of modifications to the Installation except in OEM class

OEM restrictions:

  • In the Cabin area, only OEM speaker locations and/or grilles available are allowed to be used (for one or more speakers)
  • If a higher OEM-trim level as the competitor’s car has other/additional speaker locations and/or grilles these can be used, too
  • No special edited car-models from “tuning companies”; special editions from initial car-manufacturer is acceptable
  • Head unit can be changed, or an additional head unit can be installed
  • Additional volume control/display can be installed
  • Any change that is not related to the car audio system is acceptable

Competitors can compete for a maximum of two competition years in S-Category. However the champion of the national (and/or international) final must be promoted to a higher category.

 

M – Category (Master)

  • OEM
  • Up to 5000 €
  • Limited
  • Unlimited

Installation:

  • Moderate installation requirements see matrix on page 8
  • Documentation is required.

Restriction:

  • In M limited category no judges / EMMA-officials are allowed to compete. The champion of the national (and/or international) final of this class will be promoted out of limited class.
  • No restrictions regarding installation except in OEM class
  • No modified or self-build active components in price limited class

OEM restrictions:

  • In the Cabin Area, only OEM speaker locations available can be used (for one or more speakers)
  • If a higher OEM-trim level as the competitor’s car has other/additional speaker locations, these can be used, too
  • No special edited car-models from “tuning companies”; special editions from initial car-manufacturer is acceptable
  • Head unit can be changed, or an additional head unit can be installed.
  • Additional volume control/display can be installed.
  • Speaker grills can be modified or changed, maintaining the size (not bigger or smaller) and shape (not protruding or depressing) of the OEM-grill. Reference for the evaluation of the grill-modification / exchange must be the OEM speaker grill (or if available but not standard in the competitor´s car the most advanced speaker grill of that car-Model) – competitor must proof if requested by judging process, e.g. By photo before/after…
  • Any change that is not related to the car audio system is acceptable

 

X – Category (Expert)

  • Limited
  • Unlimited

Installation:

  • Extreme installation is appreciated and beneficial see matrix on page 8
  • A detailed documentation
  • Presentation is required.
  • Additional points for design

Restriction Limited:

  • The car must be able to drive on its own by a driver sitting in the car
  • Bonus points up to15.
  • Presentation should not exceed 7 Minutes

Restriction Unlimited:

  • In Unlimited, the car does not necessarily have to be officially registered
  • The car must be able to drive on its own by a driver sitting in the car
  • Bonus points up to 100.
  • Presentation should not exceed 15 Minutes

 

Matrix Installation
    E S M X X Unl
Max. points 65 111 161 231 336
Presentation to the public 10 10 10 10 10
Bonus Presentation to the public 5 5 5
Cleanliness 6 6 6 6 6
System documentation 10 10 10
Explanation of system to the judges 5 10 10
Main fuse(s) present y/n 10 10 10 10 10
Are all wires to the components fused? 15 15 15 15
Is the fuse value appropriate to the wire size? 20 20 20 20
Any interior wires visible? 5 5 5 5
Wires properly terminated? 5 5 5
Wire terminations protected y/n 10 10 10
Wires protected from damage y/n 5 5 5
Are all components securely mounted? 24 24 24 24 24
Protection of speakers 5 5 5 5 5
Does the vehicle allow a normal use? 6 6 6 6
First Optic impression 10 10 10 10 10
Craftsmanship 10 50 50
design of interior 5 10
design of trunk 5 10
Overall design of vehicle 10
Bonus points 15 100

 

Matrix Sound Quality
    E S M X X Unl
Max Points 280 316 316 322 316
Visibility 6 6 6
Position 25 25 25 25 25
Focus 25 25 25 25
Distance to Sound Stage 15 15 15 15 15
Width of Sound Stage 15 15 15 15 15
Height of Sound Stage 15 15 15 15 15
Room Information 5 5 5 5
Sub-Bass Section 1 15 15 15 15 15
Sub-Bass Section 2 15 15 15 15 15
Mid-Bass 30 30 30 30 30
Midrange 30 30 30 30 30
High Freq. 30 30 30 30 30
Overall spectral balance 30 30 30 30 30
Overall at high Volume 30 30 30 30 30
Listening pleasure 30 30 30 30 30
Switching noise -6 -6 -6 -6 -6
System Noise -6 -6 -6 -6 -6
Engine on test -6 -6 -6 -6 -6
System Handling 6