Sound quality

Valid from 01st of April 2015

Sound Quality Experienced

Classifications: – Experienced 2000 euroExperienced 4000 euro

A competitor is entitled to compete in this category if he/she meets all of the following criteria:

- The vehicle and/or competitor have never competed in any EMMA Sound Quality competition in any other category than EMMA Rookie or EMMA SQ Experienced.
- The vehicle and/or competitor has never won a first place in the category EMMA Experienced on a national or international championship.
- The competitor is not active or a retired Judge in any car audio organisation.
- The competitor is not related to, employed by, or otherwise affiliated with, and/or has not received financial support or other compensation from any manufacturer of mobile audio equipment, or publisher of auto sound related material, retail dealer or other representative of the mobile electronics industry and magazines (also auto sound organising or sanctioning body).
- He/she has neither received, nor expects to receive, financial support or other compensation for promotional consideration from any industry-related person or company for participation in any EMMA event or promotion.
- The mobile electronics system that he/she is entering to the competition should have been purchased through retail channels or second-hand. If requested by an event official, proof of purchase (i.e. numbered sales receipt) must be available for verification.

Furthermore:

- No modified or self built active (=power supplied) equipment is allowed.
- Modifications to the original position of the steering wheel and pedals are not allowed
- In EMMA Experienced, there will be a national and an international Championship.
- The winners of first place at a national or international final will be promoted to EMMA Advanced (or higher) in the following competition season.

Sound Quality Advanced

Classifications: – Advanced 4000 euroAdvanced Unlimited

A competitor is entitled to compete in this category if he/she meets all of the following criteria:

- The vehicle and/or competitor has never won first place in the category EMMA SQ Advanced (or higher) on a national or international championship.
- The competitor is not related to, employed by, or otherwise affiliated with, and/or has not received financial support or other compensation from any manufacturer of mobile audio equipment, or publisher of auto sound related material, retail dealer or other representative of the mobile electronics industry and magazines (also auto sound organising or sanctioning body).
- He/she has neither received, nor expects to receive, financial support or other compensation for promotional consideration from any industry-related person or company for participation in any EMMA event or promotion.
- The mobile electronics system that he/she is entering to the competition must have been purchased through retail channels or second-hand. If requested by an event official, proof of purchase (i.e. numbered sales receipt) must be available for verification. 

Furthermore:

- No modified or self built active (power supplied) equipment is allowed. Cosmetic change of display colour is not considered as modification of active equipment and therefore allowed in money limited classes.
- Modifications to the original position of the steering wheel and pedals are not allowed.
- In EMMA Advanced there will be a National and an International Championship.

Sound Quality Master

Classifications: – Master OEM

- This category is open to anyone who wants to compete in an EMMA-competition.
- The only visible change allowed in the passenger compartment is the change of the head unit at the OEM place.
- If an additional device (like a volume/gain control or display) is needed to control the volume of an external processor, it is allowed to install this device also visible in the passenger compartment.
- No further optical modifications to the passenger compartment then the two listed above are allowed.
- Anything behind OEM surface can be modified.
- Components behind panels/grills may be changed (e.g. speaker).
- The car may be damped invisible.
- The trunk can be modified and must not approximate the OEM-look & shape.
- Visible changes in trunk compartment are allowed. 

Furthermore:

- It is allowed to modify equipment (based on mass-market equipment, no prototypes or modified prototypes allowed)
- In EMMA SQ Master OEM, there will be a national and an international Championship.

Sound Quality Master

Classifications: – Master 4000 euroMaster 6 ChannelMaster Unlimited

This category is open to anyone who wants to compete in an EMMA-competition.

Furthermore:

- In EMMA SQ Master there are no restrictions on installation.
- In 6 channel and unlimited class it is allowed to use modified or self-built active equipment. This is not allowed in the money limited class. Cosmetic change of display-color is not considered as modification of active equipment and therefore allowed also in money limited class.
- In EMMA SQ Master there will be a national and an international championship.

Sound Quality Expert

Classifications: – Expert 6000 euro (15 Bonus Points) – Expert limited (15 Bonus Points) – Expert unlimited (100 Bonus Points)

The competitors in this category are supposed to set an example for the other competitors how to be an exemplary EMMA-competitor – as well in a competition as in the community. The vehicle should sound decent, of course – but this is the category where fancy installations will receive the points they deserve and where bonus points will be awarded to creative ideas. The full sound judging will be done by EMMA judges and the installation will be judged on all criteria.

This category is open to anyone who wants to compete in an EMMA-competition.

Furthermore:

- In EMMA SQ Expert, there are no restrictions on installation.
- In Limited and Unlimited class it is allowed to use modified or self-built active equipment. This is not allowed in the money limited class! Cosmetic change of display-color is not considered as modification of active equipment and therefore allowed also in money limited class.
- Bonus points will be awarded in this category.
- In EMMA Expert, there will be a National and an International Championship.

Sound Quality Expert OEM

- It is allowed to change the head unit at the OME place
- If an additional device (like a volume/gain control or display) is needed to control the volume of an external processor, it is allowed to install this device also visible in the passenger compartment.
- It is allowed to integrate additional displays to the passengers compartment
- It is allowed to modify the OEM speaker grills but size and shape must approximate original
- No further optical modification to the passenger compartment then the four listed above are allowed.
- Components behind panels/grills may be changed (e. g. speaker). Anything behind OEM surface can be modified.
- The car may be damped invisible
- Visible changes in trunk compartment are allowed

Furthermore:

- It is allowed to use modified or self-built equipment
- Bonus points will be awarded in this category
- In SQ Expert OEM there will be a national and an international Championship

Modification in Experienced, Advanced and price limited categories
The separation of the source unit from their control panel is allowed on condition that the
conversion is limited to depose the control panel from the rest of the device and using a cable to connect the two units without affecting the audio signal. The modifications must be documented accordingly by the competitor.

If modifications are done by a manufacturer the competitor must proof by a manufacturer’s receipt or a manufacturer’s documentation.