The Craft of Sound: Carlsson ML Royale REVOX wins German EMMA Award
And the winner is… Carlsson! The exclusive Mercedes-Benz and smart tuner teamed up with renowned Swiss-German pro audio manufacturer, REVOX, and wins the “German Champion of 2013” EMMA title.
The judges of the world’s largest independent Car Hi-Fi organization, EMMA (European Mobile Media Association), award top honours to the Carlsson ML Royale REVOX. In terms of sound quality, installation and integration, this bespoke audio system took the crown in the OEM Class for series and low volume production systems. The REVOX system falls into this category as it can be ordered as part of a Carlsson ML build.
The REVOX audio system takes the signal from the Mercedes head-unit and routes it through a DSP unit to a 7-channel power amplifier with 6 x 120 W RMS output for the three way speakers, and 1 x 350 Watt RMS for the sub-woofer. In the front doors, a separate 19mm tweeter and 2.5-inch mid-range unit are located in a bespoke triangular shaped housing built into the window fillet of the A-pillars, with a 6.5-inch mid-bass driver in the OE speaker positions. The rear doors each use a 6.5-inch mid-bass driver in the OE speaker housings. A pair of 30cm diameter subwoofers, one powered, the other passive, provide the deep bass to underpin the music. The system has been carefully calibrated using computer-based professional test equipment to optimise the sound field primarily for the driver.
This year’s Frankfurt IAA Motor Show also played host to the German car hi-fi competition finals, in which the Carlsson ML Royale REVOX participated. Having also snatched the top spot at the sound competition of the TuningExpo in Saarbrücken, this final victory was the home run for Carlsson.
“Our success in these prestigious mobile hi-fi competitions has underlined the quality of our bespoke ML Royale REVOX audio system in front of the media and the general public,” said Carlsson’s Managing Director, Markus Schuster.
The Carlsson CML Royale REVOX impresses with its self-confident, luxurious appearance and equally well-appointed interior. The full spectrum of personalisation starts with the widebody aerodynamic package, custom two-tone paintwork and 22-inch diameter 1/5 Revo II Diamond Edition alloy wheels, and ends with the Carlsson Signature Line leather trim package.
The peak of Carlsson’s engine tuning programme for the petrol engined V8 bi-turbo motor ML63 AMG results in 625hp and 840Nm of torque. This powerhouse engine thrusts the big SUV to 0-100 km/h in just 4.4 sec and on to its electronically limited 300km/h top speed. When based on the ML500, the Carlsson tuned version delivers 500hp, with 680Nm of torque. The 0-100km/h sprint takes 4.6 sec, with a top speed of 270km/h. In addition to increased output for all the Mercedes petrol and diesel engines, performance, Carlsson improves the handling of the CML with its intelligent lowering C-Tronic ® Suspension module for the Airmatic suspension that can be controlled via an iPhone App.