This is a small but massively sexy box of electronics designed to cause all sorts of fizzy trousers in the audiophile community.

What we’ve got here is a full-on digital sound processor, with a built-in 4×50-watt amp, that won’t break
the bank.

It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? But let us direct you back to the money bit: it’s a price that’s simply unheard of for such a comprehensive bit of kit. There are other products of this type of course, but the nearest rival comes in at what an economics professor would call ‘a shit load’ more.

Anyway, the idea here is to sew up everything about the dark art of OEM integration in one fell swoop. The DEQ-S1000A allows you to expand your audio system with better speakers, and even aftermarket amplifiers, using the stock source unit. And that means you don’t even have to use the internal amp if you fancy running drivers that fall on the silly side of nuclear-grade.

It accepts high and low-level inputs, which is all very handy. And it also has the ability to sort out the music signal through a 48-bit dual-core DSP with time alignment and gain control for each individual speaker, along with a 13/31 band EQ.

Oh yeah, and you can control the whole lot through the Pioneer Sound Tune smartphone app, for maximum 21st century smugness.

Basically speaking then, if you’re on a budget and keeping your standard headunit, it’s the only way you’re going to get
a party anything like an S Club party. Banging, in every sense of the word!

Price £170

For more info see Pioneer Car