ONLINECARSTEREO: MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE

Onlinecarstereo.com, with more than 20 years under its belt, is a company that distributes one of the largest selections of car audio/stereo, as well as accessories, in the country. We are authorized dealers of the industry’s top brands for car audio/stereo like Alpine, JL Audio, JVC, Kenwood, Kenwood Excelon, Kicker, Pioneer, Sony, AudioControl, Audison, Boss Elite, Cadence, Clarion, Dual, Farenheit, Focal, Hertz, Hifonics, Infinity, Jensen, JBL, Lanzar, Massive Audio, MB Quart, Memphis, Power Acoustik, Pyle, Soundigital, and Soundstream, among others. We are also a leading retailer of discount car audio like speakers, tweeters, mids, subwoofers and amplifiers in all shapes and sizes. We have an assortment of in-dash receivers, wireless Bluetooth Audio, satellite radio, video receivers and GPS navigation receivers. With over 8000 name-brand car audio/stereo products and accessories in stock, customers are sure to find something to improve their car audio experience and at prices that will not hurt the wallet.

Not only that, but Onlinecarstereo isn't just limited at providing car audio/stereo equipment. We also carry marine electronics, pro audio and DJ equipment. We also have an array of products for security features for your vehicle such as back-up cameras and remote starters, as well as custom wheels and rims.

Onlinecarstereo is committed to excellence and give the best possible service to our customers, that is why we have a team of helpful and friendly customer service representatives that are more than willing to provide assistance and give you the best online buying experience. We offer low prices, free same-day shipping and a 60-day guarantee on everything that we sell. We have tools such as the vehicle fit guide to ensure that you buy the right car radio systems for your vehicle. And if you are around the Southern LA area, we have shops in Long Beach and Wilmington where we provide car audio installation, wheel and tires installation, and tinting, lowering & lifting services.

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GREAT STOCKING STUFFERS AT OCS

It’s already less than two weeks ‘til Christmas and some of us right now are already probably doing quite a bit of Christmas shopping. Onlinecarstereo is a one-stop-shop for car audio/video, but you can also find some great car accessories (and non-car accessories!) that can be great stocking stuffers and amazing Christmas gifts! Here are just a few:
 
This amazing car mount uses a motorized clamp that works when the phone is near the infrared sensor. After the phone is placed into the mount, the clamps automatically close to lock the phone firmly in place. It can provide up to 15W of fast-charging power (charging wattage varies by phone type). It has multiple mounts included (air vent mount, suction cup mount, dashboard mounting plate) and its adjustable hooks ensure that your phone stays in place and won’t drop the phone even with the bumpiest road.
 
This is a wireless headphone that has adjustable headphone straps. It has ear pads that fold flat for easy storage and also comes in a hard carry case. It has a mute contro, auto mute function, variable volume control and an on/off switch to save battery life.
 
 
This car air purifier is one of JVC’s newest innovations and works through motion activation. One shake of the hand above the purifier will enter low speed mode, shaking it again will enter high speed mode, and shaking it three times will turn the purifier’s power off. Its shape is the perfect fit into the car’s cup holder and powered using a USB with a DC 5V.
 
Drive Alert is the perfect car accessory to ensure your safety while driving. It has two features that promotes responsible driving -- LDWS or lane departure warning system which uses an advanced camera sensor algorithm to detect lane markings and warn the driver while merging out of the traffic lane, and a FCWS or forward collision warning system that calculates the times of impact of an object in front of the vehicle and if the calculated impact is dangerous, Drive Alert will warn the driver to prevent a collision.
 
 
Another phone mount on the list, the Axxess AXM-SCM is a universal window suction cup device holder that attaches to any windshield. It is fully adjustable and has spring loaded arms to provide secure support of your phone.
 
The third and last phone mount on the list is this InDash 15585 PortaGrip phone holder that has rubberized indexed grips and a foam-backed cradle. It has a ratcheting feet to provide access to the phone’s data ports while it remains on the mount.
 
 
 
This wireless Qi charger (for Qi-enabled phones) enables  to charge your phone without a cable. Connect the included USB cable to an optional 12-volt car charger (not included) and plug in the pad. Simply put the phone in the pad and you can already see the phone charging.
 

The only non-car accessory on the list, the MB Quart QUB2.10301 is a vibrant red wireless Bluetooth speaker that delivers 8 hours of music in a heavy duty rubber case. It is designed to deliver maximum volume and deep bass in a small portable speaker. Its secure simple pairing provides a quick and secure wireless connection between speaker and device. It has noise-cancelling microphones that reduces background noise when making conference calls and its shock-resistant rubber housing makes it perfect for bringing your music nearly anywhere, indoors or outdoors. And not only does it connect to your phone via Bluetooth, but it also can plug into your phone directly via a 3.5mm audio jack.
 
These are just some of our recommendations to gift to family and friends this holiday season. Check out onlinecarstereo.com for more car audio/video products and subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash. 

Last Chance for Cyber Week!

Most of us have already chosen to fulfill our wants and needs thru online shopping to avoid the spread of the virus and continue to stay safe in our homes. Onlinecarstereo is continuing its commitment in providing the best products at the earliest possible time so our customers stay safe and happy. Today, we are still offering you a last chance to get what you want this Cyber Week. Here are some of the products to watch out for:

Eagle Solar Flood Lights - White: This is an energy efficient solar light that conveniently installs anywhere in your courtyard, lawns or gardens and is useful during the night. It produces 500 lumens of light.

Infinity Primus 1270B-Bundle: If you only want a subwoofer that needs no installation, you will definitely want the Primus 1270B. With an RMS of 300 watts, you'll have your car booming in no time. This package also comes bundled with a Crunch GP-1000.2 amp that will support the subwoofer. Definitely a bang for the buck.

JL Audio M7-12IB-S-GMTI-4: You can still prepare your boat for the summer with this 12" subwoofer. JL Audio has been a household name in the marine industry and with its engineering, it is built to withstand real-world marine duty. It is also designed to operate without a dedicated enclosure.

AudioControl LC2i: If you need a line output converter, nothing beats the LC2i. This little nifty equipment literally flies out of the shelf once it replenishes in stock. This has got to do with the two channels of active speaker level inputs that come standard on the LC2i and accepts 400 watt signals per channel. The LC2i is also built with a compact design and also features the AccuBASS with variable threshold and gain.

Pioneer DEH-80PRS: Another bestseller, the DEH-80PRS is still ranked as the best car stereo around. If you prefer a single DIN radio without the touchscreen, then this is the unit for you. It features audiophile grade internal components and materials that are carefully selected to achieve Pioneer's highest standards for the ultimate in sound quality.

JVC KW-Z1000W: New from JVC, this total entertainment head unit features both wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto and a 13 band graphic equalizer to customize your music. Its large 10.1 " display features high definition and can be illuminated in different colors. It is also iDatalink Maestro compatible so your stereo can read your vehicles system like tire pressure and the likes. You will never want to go down from your vehicle if you have this.

There are hundreds of items to choose from our Cyber Week deals. Always visit us at Onlinecarstereo to find your perfect upgrade for your car, truck, motorcycle or ATV. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions for a variety of products and save tons of cash.

WHAT ARE EQUALIZERS?

When we do upgrades, we audio geeks still tend to configure our sound to the best hertz and decibel we can get. Sometimes, even though we've upgraded to the best speakers or subwoofers, there is still room for small adjustments to achieve that perfect sound. This is where equalizers come in.

Equalizers are devices that lets you tweak your sound frequencies in different spectrum. When done right, it can improve your car sound and eliminate unwanted frequencies and customize your music. Equalizers come in different forms. It can be built in your head unit or receiver; or it can come as a separate in dash unit which can be classified as graphic, parametric or digital.

Graphic equalizers are the most common and can be used easily. It is makes use of sliders that represents the shape of the frequency you are trying to achieve hence the name. The sliders are used to cut or boost certain parts of the sound frequency whichever you desire.

Parametric equalizers is a little more complex than the graphic. It will allow you to adjust the width and center point of any frequency band. A parametric equalizer will also allow for Q adjustment (the quality of the curve of the band passed by the filter) of a frequency.

Digital equalizers offer the best of both worlds. From the graphical equalizer, it takes the ability of a user to see the adjustments made on the frequency. From parametric equalizers, it takes the ability to control the actual parameters of sound. The values are displayed on a screen digitally.

Onlinecarstereo offers various equalizers for your needs. Here are some of the best sellers:

AudioControl DQ-61: Audio Control produces the best EQ's in the industry and the DQ-61 is one of the best sellers. It is a 6 channel line out converter with equalization and signal delay that provide precise tuning. It also features AccuBASS with variable threshold and gain processes and corrects roll-off bass. You can also checkout other equalizer models from Audio Control at Onlinecasrtereo.

Cadence CEQ777: This equalizer from Cadence is a bang-for-the-buck equalizer that features simple 4 band parametric knobs.Cadence signal processors create clean, noise-free, high voltage signals while conserving valuable interior space and installation time.

JL Audio Fix-86: If you have the budget to spend, the JL Audio Fix-86 will give your state-of-the-art digital processing power. Unlike typical OEM interface products, the FiX™ 86 automatically corrects time-delayed factory outputs prior to signal summing and EQ correction. Calibration takes just a single button press and about 30 seconds to complete, with no special equipment needed.

Memphis Audio EQL7: In the mid tier equalizer product, the EQL7 boasts a 7-Band Graphic Equalizer that allows you to dial in your system for peak performance.

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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!