THE HISTORY OF CAR AUDIO

Car audios have come a LONG way since its first inception. It is fascinating how the concept of car audio has evolved from clunky AM radios to ones with operating systems and with multiple functions. For today we’re gonna talk about the evolution of car audio.

1900s - Did you know that the first car audio was presented as early as 1904? Lee De Forest, the “Father of Radio”, performed a demonstration at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.

1920s - The first factory-installed car radio was installed on a 1922 Chevrolet (the radio brand was Westinghouse) and almost cost as half as the actual cost of the car itself! Talk about pricey!

1930s - Paul and Joseph Galvin, entrepreneurs and brothers, bought the bankrupt Stewart Battery Company. The company made The Battery Eliminator that allowed battery-operated home radios to run on household current, the equivalent to today’s AC adapters. The Galvin brothers utilized the company’s battery eliminator design and used that to manufacture battery eliminators for their radios.

Eventually, the battery eliminators became obsolete as AC-powered radios were becoming the standard. Paul Galvin met with William Lear and Elmer Wavering, two radio engineers, who created a radio with a design that removed the problem with static interference.

(the first commercially released car audio -- The Motorola)

The brothers eventually came up with the first radio which they named The Motorola, which is a portmanteau of the words “automative” and “Victrola” (a brand name of a phonograph, but eventually became a generic term for any kind of phonograph). Motorola eventually became the big telecommunications company it is today (YES, that Motorola).

1952 - Blaupunkt, a German company, created the first FM radio. Prior to this, the only option of frequency for radios was the AM frequency. A year later, Becker Mexico made an AM/FM receiver with a station search or scan function.

1955 onwards (before 1970s) was a period of trial and error for car audio manufacturers. Chrysler Hi-Fi was the first time one’s own records were played in the car, and was also the first and only car phonograph. It used a mini-turntable (located on the dash of the passenger side) to play its records. This only lasted for a few years, however. This is because one of the Hi-Fi’s fatal flaws is that the record skips even on the smallest bump on the road the car runs into. 

(photo by sv1ambo on Flickr)

The Hi-Fi eventually evolved to Earl Muntz’s Stereo-Pak, who was the pioneer of a 4-track system. Tracks did not skip with this kind of car audio (an upgrade to the Hi-Fi). Muntz then developed the AutoStereo in the early 60s, which had drivers the freedom to customize and select their personal listening experience. After that, improvements were made to Muntz’s idea and the 8-track cartridge system was developed.

1970s to 80s - Cassette tapes eventually replaced the 8-track system. And with the invention of the Walkman in 1979, cassette tapes became much more prevalent. It improved 8-track’s technology with longer play times, improved tape quality, Dolby noise reduction and auto reverse.

1980s to 90s - Philips and Sony were the first to develop the model for the CD which was first marketed for home use in 1982. However, it was Pioneer who developed the first ever car CD player in 1984. Named the CDX-1, this player had a significantly improved sound quality unlike everyone else. Aside from that, CDX-1 was much more durable than cassette tape players and had the ability to skip tracks.

(CDX-1 image from Pioneer's website)

2000s - car audio quality even improved significantly after the CD player phase of car audio. There was the digitization of music, and gave rise to MP3 players. These are portable devices that can hold thousands of songs and can play different types of music formats. By the mid-2000s, in-car audio systems developed the capability to connect these players to the car’s audio systems. Features like the USB, AUX and Bluetooth became staples on car audios.

And with the rise of smartphones and the usage of apps like Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM and the use of car assistant systems like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, playing music in your car has never been easier. 

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OFF-ROADING WITH OCS

Summer is almost over out off-roading is still very much alive with enthusiasts. As we still quarantine ourselves to fight the spread of the Covid19 virus, we find ourselves enjoying the outdoors more and more because we feel it’s safer with open fresh air. A lot of the places to enjoy off-road and cross country are open and it is a great time to take advantage of some of the promotions happening here at Onlinecarstereo.

Fuel Off-Road and XD Series Wheels is considered by many as a major player in the off-road sport world. They manufacture using over 25 computer controlled machining centers running around the clock to apply engineering know-how and accuracy. Both brands have their own set of designs that cater to various customer preference. These are manufactured in California from blank wheels to the box. Each design appeals to a particular vehicle that everyone will love.

 

On the other hand, MSA Off-Road provides a huge catalog of different designs for your off-road vehicle as well. Every model is designed and field tested in their headquarters in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Texas. They are the very few who have retained hand inspection of paints and insert bolts to maintain a high quality of standard in every wheel they sell.

 

Checkout our newly arrived off-road wheels and enjoy summer before it ends.

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PIONEER DMH-WT8600NEX... NEXT GENERATION CAR ENTERTAINMENT

Pioneer has been…. Well… A pioneer in the innovation of car audio technology in the world. Their newest product is the 10.1 inch multimedia receiver, DMH-WT8600NEX. This head unit comes with all the bells and whistles for a total entertainment package. The NEX (Network Entertainment Experience) line has been garnering much attention and praise from car audio lovers and enthusiasts.

DISPLAY

It boasts a huge 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720P that can show your video with clear and crisp colors. The main display can be color customized with 112 key colors and illumination timers.  Users can also customize shortcuts for apps for ease of use.

 

CONNECTIVITY

The DMH-WT8600NEX features Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity either wired or wireless. These two integration platforms will enable your head unit to control your smartphone anyway you want. These include making or receiving calls and texts; activating Siri and Google Voice; streaming music; and providing directions using maps. For users who are not into smartphone integration, this unit also provide Bluetooth connectivity for hands free calling and music playing.

DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYBACK

The head unit is mechless, meaning it does not play DVD or CD. Users can play music using a USB thumb drive, Bluetooth, Carplay or Auto. It supports multiple files formats such as MP3, WMA, WAV and even lossless FLAC. It also supports video playback thru USB with MPEG-1,2,4 or AVI.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Other unique features of the DMH-WT8600NEX include dual camera inputs for front and backup for safety. Users can also integrate an iDatalink Maestro in the head unit to view and control selected vehicle settings such as tire pressure, A/C and speaker configuration. For users use SiriusXM subscription, the DMH-WT8600NEX is SXM ready.

Overall, the DMH-WT8600NEX is an excellent multimedia receiver that provides all the necessary smartphone integration and music playback options for the car audio lover. The Pioneer NEX series are the next generation of car entertainment. This also includes the DMH-WT7600NEX, DMH-WC6600NEX and DMH-C2550NEX.

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PLENTY OF EXCESS POWER WITH XS POWER

With the recent partnership of Onlinecarstereo with XS Power, the website catalog has now expanded its products to include AGM and Lithium car batteries. Loyal customers are now able to one-stop-shop and complete their setup in one order. During these uncertain times of the pandemic, many of the manufacturers are experiencing shipment delays to vendors. We took care of the shortage and have stocked up our inventory so you won't have to worry where too order your batteries and installation accessories.

 

Here are the list of ready-to-ship merchandise from XS Power. For special order item, we are able to request them from XS Power and ship on a later date.

  

 

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XS POWER BATTERIES... THE BEST IS THE BIZ!

OnlineCarStereo recently signed a partnership with XS Power Batteries. This means that you are able to order batteries for different applications. XS Power offers absorbent glass mat (AGM) and lithium batteries of various outputs that will suit any car audio setup. AGM batteries has gained popularity in the 80’s due to its very low resistance and capability to deliver high currents on demand with a long service life. On the other hand, since time and memorial, lithium batteries has been also popular due to its best electrochemical property and provides the largest energy density for weight. Below are the different battery configurations of XS Power:

AGM Batteries

These are one of the lightest racing batteries in production and test results confirm that it produces more energy than other batteries that are bigger and heavier. These are non-spillable therefore you can mount them at any position you choose. These batteries are the choice of racers and monster truck drivers for its efficiency and durability. The series include:

  • D Series
  • V Series
  • V Series
  • PS Series
  • XP Series
  • 6V/14V/16V

LITHIUM Batteries

With its nanothenology, it offers extreme power and exceptional safety for daily driver vehicles. The highly advanced chemistry has been perfected to eliminate cell failure. This battery also features an electronic monitoring system that makes sure that each cell are balanced to produce maximum performance and and longer life. Popular in this section are the following:

  • Titan8 Lithium Batteries
  • Lithium S Series Batteries
  • Lithium PS Series Batteries
  • 16V Lithium Batteries
  • 16V Lithium Combo Kits

XS power also provide you battery accessories such as terminals, hold downs, wiring kits, chargers and heat wraps all depending on your setup.

 

OnlineCarStereo is an authorized dealer of XS Power batteries and includes free shipping! Visit our website and find your next power upgrade for your car audio setup. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

MOMS NEED CAR UPGRADES TOO..

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we at OnlineCarStereo would like to honor the mothers out there. They have  provided us your unconditional love and have supported husbands, sons and daughters in every endeavor. You were there through thick and thin and you deserve all the good things in return. Today, in honor of our mothers, we will be offering car products that will help them and even us drive safer.

  

KENWOOD DRV-320

This high definition dash cam will record anything even in low-light conditions at 1920 x 1080 resolution and 27 frames per second. It is very portable that it does not distract your from driving. Its adhesive-backed mount will secure your unit and will not fall even with big bumps on the road. It also comes with a 16gb SD card for lots of recording space. If you leave it open, it has motion detection that can deter vehicle theft.

JVC KS-GA100

Clean air is important to moms specially if there is a baby on-board. The KS-GA100 has a 3-stage filtration system and uses a high-speed fan that absorbs dirty air from any direction. The KS-GA100 has a 2-speed control that is motion activated from above the purifier. Shake once to enter low speed mode, the shake again for high-speed. It sports a modern aluminum look that goes well with any car and fit perfectly in any cupholder size. The purifier is powered using USB with a DC 5V. With the KS-GA100, you will the piece-of-mind that you and your passengers are breathing fresh air in your car.

PIONEER SDA-WC01

Mom’s are as busy as corporate people and when they’re driving, it can be distracting if you have to plug your smartphone every time you get in the car. The the SDA-WC01, you’ll just have to put your wireless charging capable smartphone and you are good to go.

Sony XAV-AX210SXM-Bundle

This bundles truly deserves to be installed to your mother’s car. The Sony XAV-AX210SXM will provide her the car  she needs entertainment with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity to her smartphone. Also, se will be able to listen to her favorite radio shows on SiriusXM and stream her playlist thru bluetooth. Not to mention the FREE Jensen BUCAM200J backup camera to add more safety while driving.

These are some of the gifts we can give this mother’s day and we have more. Just visit OnlineCarStereo.com and browse our catalog of over 3000 products. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

 

SERIOUS MUSIC WITH SIRIUSXM

Driving can be a whole lot of work especially on a busy street like the 405. The only friend to keep us company is our trusty radio and our playlist to keep us awake and sane. Nowadays, music is already streamed through bluetooth or CarPlay but there are some of us that still prefer your commercial free radio shows from SiriusXM. My personal favorite is the Beatles channel where different guests are invited to give out trivia about the band and their songs. There are also a channels dedicated for 70’s rock and 80’s new wave music where you can listen to your favorite songs and relive the era. It is also worth to mention that there are talk shows in SXM such as Howard Stern and more. There are hundreds of channels to choose from! 

Most of our head units are equipped with SiriusXM ready and is easy to migrate your account if you already have a subscription. If you do not have one, when you purchase a tuner, you can receive 3 months free subscription. OnlineCarStereo.com is now an authorized SiriusXM reseller and is offering the SXV300V1 tuner. If you purchase a new SiuriuXM-ready head unit, include a SXV300V1 tuner in your purchase and apply for new subscription. After that, claim your $70 rebate at https://www.sxmrebates.com/#/home and use offer code: 19-86501. Offer ends 12/31/2020.

 

Visit this link to display all our SiriusXM-ready head units. Some of the most popular are:

ONLINECARSTEREO VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

Onlinecarstereo is launching Virtual Assistant. A first of its kind personal car audio assistance that can assess and recommend the best setup for your vehicle. Through the use of internet technology, our team can personally talk to you via FaceTime, FB Messenger or Android to get the perfect upgrade for your vehicle even when you are at home staying safe.

MECHANICS:

1) Call 310-830-1400 or message us at our Facebook Page; and schedule a call back appointment.
2) Our expert Virtual Assistant will call you via video chat.
3) Tell our Virtual Assistants what you desire to achieve in terms of sound and budget.
4) Our Virtual Assistant experts will provide you the best setup for your budget:

  • Provide you the best options for Amplifier with the right wattage and impedance;
  • Provide you the best options for speakers, tweeters and subwoofers with compatible wattage and wiring options that will work best on the amp;
  • Provide you the best options for head units with navigation, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and correct wiring harnesses compatible with your vehicle;
  • And more!

5) After determining the items needed, we can assist you in ordering it in our website OnlineCarStereo.com. You can pay thru credit car, Paypal or apply for financing with guaranteed approval.
6) After you receive the items, if you are in the SOCAL area, you can schedule an install with our shops.

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