ONLINECARSTEREO HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and for all of you car audiophiles, we know you are at a lookout for your yearly upgrade. We will make sure that you will not be disappointed with this year's Onlinecarstereo promotion. In addition, this year is quite different as we are spending our holidays in our homes due to the pandemic which is why we are giving you this shopping guide to maximize your savings while at the comfort of your homes.

First, after a big purchase, we always experience the "Buyer's Remorse Syndrome". After seeing a huge discount, you immediately add it to your cart and purchase. The next day, you feel that you made a mistake in your purchase and end up returning the merchandise. The secret to this is assess what you need and evaluate the different options, brands and features that you find. You can also read what others can say on a particular product through reviews and find out their experiences. Compare the pros and cons of each product and find out what feature you can live without. Remember that there is no product that has all the features. Onlinecarstereo has a neat product comparison feature to see the differences in each product you are interested in. You can sort them by price, popularity or even brand name.

Another tip is to set your budget and do not break the bank. If you must do a big purchase but do not have the budget yet, you can always avail of Onlinecarstereo's easy payment financing. This way, you are paying comfortably at your own terms. More importantly, this season only comes once a year, so save as much as you can, so you can splurge.

Next is take advantage of coupons. This is one of the best ways to save tons of cash while shopping. Specially during the holidays, there will be coupons everywhere in the web. Subscribe to newsletters like ours so you will receive weekly promotions and get the best deal. You can even call the seller to add a little more discount. Onlinecastereo has weekly promotions for you to save tons of cash

Lastly, and probably the most important is read the warranty policy. We often take this for granted but this can be useful in the long run. When your stereo or speaker needs repair or has issues, it is always useful to know the warranty coverage or return policy. Onlinecarstereo offers lifetime tech support, 60 day money back guarantee, and an excellent warranty policy. Read here for more details.

Here are some of the holiday promotion you can shop at:

EASY PAYMENTS ON THANKSGIVING

Black Friday is fast approaching and excitement is rushing through your fingertips on which car audio upgrade you want. You can take advantage of the huge discount here at Onlinecarstereo starting this week. With the pandemic, it is difficult to decide to upgrade. Luckily, we offer financing options to ease the payment burden on your part. It will give you the best of both worlds. An affordable easy-to-pay scheme, and you get ot choose your favorite brands at an affordable price. Truly a win-win situation this holiday season.

First option is thru Progressive Leasing which is very easy to apply. All you need is your social security / ITIN; credit or debit card; a checking account; official ID; and you have to be older than 18. Applications are reviews quickly and you should determine your status within 24 hours. Once approved, you will be able to place your order over-the-phone where you'll choose the scheme that works best for you. You will be charged an initial upfront payment for as low as $28 depending on your order. To avoid paying for interest, you have the option of paying your lease in full early.

Next option is via Affirm checkout. When you've added the items in your shopping cart and ready to checkout, just click the option "Affirm Monthly Payments" and you will be redirected to Affirm's website to fill out an application. Review for approval is almost real time. When approved, you will then be redirected back to Onlinecarstereo and place the order by selecting your preferred payment scheme. Once we receive the order, we ship your upgrade to you.

Here are some of the upcoming deals in store for you this Thanksgiving.

Always visit Onlinecarstereo to find the perfect car audio / video upgrade this holiday season. Avoid the rush and virus. Shop online and be safe. Checkout our Black Friday Deals this week for markdown and bundled items at affordable prices. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions to save tons of cash. ALWAYS STAY SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!!!

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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BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY TRIVIA!

Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching and that also means that Black Friday and Cyber Monday is also around the corner. This year in particular will be a very different one from all the previous years we have done the two biggest shopping days of the year because of the pandemic.

But where (and when) exactly did the terms “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” come from?

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Black Friday dates back to Philadelphia in the 1960s where newspapers in the state used the term to describe the massive frenzy of crowds at stores and the congestion of traffic that happens on the day after Thanksgiving. The crowd frenzy was paralleled after the original “Black Friday”, which was a stock market panic on September 24, 1869, where the price of gold collapsed due to then-President Ulysses Grant’s interference on the scheme of three investors: Jay Gould, James Fisk, and President Grant’s own brother-in-law, Abel Corbin.

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Cyber Monday, however, is a much newer term that was coined by Ellen Davis of the National Retail Federation and Scott Silverman, and was used as a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. It was created as a digital counterpart to Black Friday to encourage people to do online shopping and has rapidly become the biggest ecommerce event in the US, whereas Black Friday is more of a brick-and-mortar sale event. 

However, with the pandemic happening right now, Black Friday will probably shift to a bigger online event than it was before rather than doing the traditional in-store sales retailers have done in previous years. So definitely watch out in the coming weeks for upcoming deals and bundles for Black Friday and Cyber Monday at onlinecarstereo.com and subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash!

HASSLE-FREE RETURNS AT OCS

We always strive for customer satisfaction when you buy from us here at Online Car Stereo, but sometimes, one might have problems with their purchase and decide to return it. We have one of the best hassle-free return policies out there. If by some reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, unused/uninstalled items can be returned within 60 days.

Making a return is pretty easy!

  • Contact us. To start a return, call 1-310-526-8635 and chat with our helpful and friendly customer service representatives. We can also be reached through email at  [email protected] for any questions.
  • Get an RA (return authorization). If you call us at our contact number, a customer service representative will be able to assist you through your options and help set up a return authorization. You can also request a return authorization online through email at  [email protected].
  • Pack returned items carefully. Returned items should be new and in their original packaging, complete with all the original accessories, manuals and warranty card. We care about the safety of the items so we overbox most of the products to protect them during shipping.
  • Attach the shipping label. You will receive a UPS Authorized Return Service shipping label along with a return authorization number. Remove or mark out the original labels, then securely tape the new return shipping label to the package.
  • Give the package to UPS. Take it to any official UPS drop-off site. To search for drop-off locations nearest you, call 1-800-742-5877 or visit www.ups.com.

Online Car Stereo will send a “return received” notice through email detailing that the returned item has been received. An additional email will also be sent following the completion of the return process.

There are also important details to consider when doing a return.

Refund or exchange. You can either choose an exchange or a refund according to the amount of the item you purchased. Refunds will be issued to the same credit card, debit card, gift certificate, or other form of payment that was used in the original transaction. The refund or exchange process for items usually gets processed within three business days after we receive the returned item, as we normally conduct additional testing and evaluation. Additionally, depending on the financial institution, the refunded amount will take about 3-5 business days to reflect back on your account.

Shipping costs. Return shipping costs are deducted from your refund or exchange.

For most returns, Online Car Stereo can issue you a UPS Authorized Return Shipping (ARS) label for a flat fee.

New condition. All returns for refund will be subject to a 10% restocking fee (and higher if the item is used/abused). Online Car Stereo may refuse a customer return or charge a higher restocking fee when the returned item is not NEW. Conditions that will lead to refused returns or be charged a higher restocking fee include:

  • When the returned item has a different serial number than what Online Car Stereo originally shipped.
  • When there are missing parts or the original packaging has been damaged or tampered with.
  • When there is damage due to the package being improperly packaged for return shipment.
  • When there is physical damage from drops, spilled liquid, or mishandling.
  • When the product has been installed or has attempted to be installed and was removed from the original packaging.
  • When the item has any signs or indication of it being installed, with scratches, or other signs of use such as physical markings, screw holes, etc.

Freight shipping: Items like Boxes and Large subwoofers may require special freight shipping, and they usually cost more to return. An Online Car Stereo representative will be able to help figure out the exact shipping cost of freight items when setting up the return.

**Online Car Stereo does not accept any returns for Rims, Tires and finance orders. Only exchange or store credit will be granted.

International shipping: UPS ARS labels are not valid for international shipping or shipping on US territories. The customer is responsible for any international shipping charges or duties.

We here at Online Car Stereo will always be committed to give you the best customer service we can possibly give. Always visit us at onlinecarstereo.com to check out our wide array of products and subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

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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JL Audio VX600/2i, A CLASS OF ITS OWN

Today’s feature product is the JL Audio VX600/2i Class D amplifier. This high end amp simplifies great sound for your setup. It combines the JL Audio’s proprietary advanced NexD2 switching amp technology with an integrated, full-featured digital signal processor. The result is a clean and high fidelity sound. The class D build makes this unit very stable and power efficient. The size was made ultra-compact for easy storage and concealment.

 

The VX600/2i provides 300 watts RMS x 2 at 2 ohms; or 180 watts RMS at 4 ohms. There are 3 levels of tuning: Basic, Advanced and Expert. There is a clipping indicator to avoid distortion and allow fine tuning with fully adjustable low, high and bandpass filters.

Instead of the traditional knobs, JL designed the VX600/2i to be controls either thru PC, tablet or phone using the JL Audio TUNS app that has an easy-to-use UI and makes it very convenient in configuring your sound.

Overall, the VX600/2i provides premium sound with its excellent build quality encompassing JL Audio’s high quality car audio engineering.

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APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID AUTO FEVER!

One of the biggest innovation today in car audio after bluetooth is the integration of smartphones to our car receivers. The two major platforms, Apple and Android has revolutionized the way we travel in our vehicles by giving us Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The two integration system works similarly but have their own unique features and user interfaces. The way these two systems work is basically make your smartphones be easily controlled on the head unit touchscreen with a simple interface without distracting the driver. Icon are made large and accessible which can also be operated while driving (not recommended).

Apple Carplay

Still the most widely used platform, iOS has been dominating the industry due to the huge following of the iPhone. Carplay is robust in terms of usability and features. If you are an avid iphone user, you will have no problem integrating your phone on your car stereo. First off, Siri is easily accessible with the use of voice command or steering wheel button. You essentially open, close and whatever you command Siri on the head unit.

Carplay has basically made travelling easier thru the integration of maps, either from Apple, Google or Waze. Finding direction is as easy as saying the address thru voice command; or typing on the screen. There is literally no need for satellite subscription to know how the traffic as map applications have live traffic updates throughout our travel.

Phone and SMS messages are also easily accessible on Carplay. You can command Siri via voice to call anyone in your contact list or send an SMS message without touching the screen. Most car manufacturers have now adopted the use of Carplay as well as major consumer electronics brands for their head units which gives us variety of models to choose from.

Android Auto

On the other side of the spectrum are Andoid geeks and they have a fair share of smartphone integration called Android Auto. First, you can easily access Google Assistant and command via voice to open and play any app on your radio. There is also a seamless compatibility to majority of the navigation apps which makes it easy to travel and you'll also be provided with live traffic updates. The user interface is also designed to be easy-to-use even while driving (not recommended). Communication on Android Auto is also simple as the call and text icons are easily launched, either via Google Assistant or on the touch screen.

Both platforms will provide users with excellent entertainment features. Carplay and Auto can be connected with a use of the proprietary cable thru USB or wireless for selected head unit models. Major music apps such as Spotify, Pandora and iHeart Radio are easily streamed and users can control the playlist and can also display album art on the radio screen.

Here are a list of some of the popular head units that incorporate both Carplay and Auto. All are available at Onlinecarstereo.com.

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