KENWOOD DNR876S INFOTAINMENT SOLUTION

Kenwood’s answer to the wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto war for head units is the DNR876S. It is equipped with built in navigation and a Bluetooth connection feature for hands-free calling and music streaming using Spotify , Pandora and iHeart Radio. For users who are subscribed to satellite radio, this unit is SiriusXM ready as well as iDatalink ready for integrating your vehicle’s settings into the receiver. With this, you will be able to view tire pressure, door opening, headlights and  more to your stereo.

With the newest smartphone technology mainly from Apple and Android manufacturers, the DNR876S is compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, either wired or wireless. This means you will be able to control your smartphone thru the head units and even launch and use various apps.

 

Depending on the smartphone you are using, you are able to place a call or text by using voice thru Siri or Google Voice. While travelling, users will be able to take advantage of Google or Apple Maps and even Waze for directions with live traffic information. The DNR876S can also control you playlist in your favorite music player apps and even display album art thru the screen. One special feature of this Kenwood unit is the ability to mirror the screen of your Android smartphone. These include playing YouTube or Netflix movies right on your stereo.

This receiver can play various types of music formats from MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, and DSD music files. It also captures high definition radio with its HD Radio tuner and has a 13-band graphic equalizer for customizing your sound and even DSP and bass boost controls which compensate for exterior noise.

Overall, the DNR876S is promising and delivers the right features for the car audio enthusiast in you and with its 6.95” touchscreen display; you will surely enjoy your drive anywhere. Check it out at Onlinecarstereo for more details. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

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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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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ALPINE ENTERTAINMENT AT ITS BEST

Since it release in February 2019, the ILX-F259 has been flying off the shelves and has garnered great reviews from car audio lovers. Alpine was the first to adapt the floating screen to accommodate a bigger dimension without dashboard customization and it worked for the consumers. It's whopping 9" screen will blow your mind and and is the centerpiece of the unit. Users can actually position the screen for the best viewing angle for the driver while driving; or the passengers while listening to music.

The compatibility of the Apple Carplay and Android Auto is another features that popularized this product. The seamless integration of the two platforms makes it easy to pair the latest smartphones to enoy music, video, calls and messages. The ILX-F259 can be customized to provide perfect sound using the 9-band equalizer and make use of Alpine's proprietary MediaXpander and Bass Engine SQ. It plays MP3, WMA, AAC and Lossless music files for high definition music. For users who prefer satellite subscription, the ILX-F259 is SiriusXM ready so you'll definitely enjoy your commercial-free music while driving. As a promotion, for every purchase of the ILX-F259, you get a free SiriusXM SXV300V where you can get a $70 rebate if you subscribe to SiriusXM.

For video, the ILX-F259 plays AVI and MPEG4 files and it looks perfect on the WVGA screen. The unit also provides rear view camera inputs that displays clearly on the screen to avoid unnecessary bumps while backing up on the driveway. With Apple Carplay and Android Auto, maps UI are very intuitive and vivid on the 9" screen and you will surely not miss your next turn. On the homescreen, users can customize the UI to easily access apps such as Clock, Messages, Music Player and Calls without touching your smartphone while driving.


The consumer response for the ILX-F259 has been enthusiastic which is still the reason why it is one of the top seller at Onlinecarstereo. Visit us at WWW.ONLINECARSTEREO.COM and subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

15 THINGS EVERY CAR GUY SHOULD OWN

During 4th of July weekend, many car audio lovers are going online to avail of the biggest discount. This year, since we are all inclined to stay at home and keep safe, Onlinecarstereo is bringing the shopping to your screen. Over 1000 car audio products are up for grabs to make your vehicle sound better. To help you identify which items to buy here are the top 10 car audio products every car guy should own, in no particular order.

Every car audio enthusiast wants a total entertainment receiver to play with whether you are waiting for your wife or girlfriend while their doing shopping or grocery.  On top of our list is the Kenwood DMX125BT. This 6.8” touchscreen is not only featured-filled, but also very affordable at $170. For this price, you get Bluetooth connectivity, Android USB mirroring and rear view camera input all in a slim chassis. Another staple are the Sony head units and their latest iteration is the XAV-AX5500. If you want to step up a notch, you can go premium with this model that includes Apple Carplay and Android Auto and a personal navigator. The slick bezel-less 6.95” design is like no other and you can truly enjoy Japanese technology at its finest. For the old school car audio guy that does not want the touch screen, you can opt for the Alpine CDE-175BT. This unit is simple and compact but has all the bells and whistle. It comes with a front USB slot, Bluetooth and can play lossless FLAC high quality music. Its intuitive controls are strategically designed for ease of use.

  

Next in the list are speakers. The most common speaker size is 6x9” for most vehicles and the JL Audio C2-690TX tops this category. The 3-way design provides the best sound quality from different frequencies with RMS of 15-125 watts. Another common speaker size if 6.5” and again, JL Audio tops the list. The C2-650 is a great speaker due to JL’s quality materials that produces sparkling highs; smooth midrange and powerful bass. For the more affordable side, the Pioneer TS-A652F is also equipped with 320 watts RMS suitable for most car audio requirement and is perfect for first-time upgrades.

  

Calling all bassheads! In this area, the Massive Audio HIPPOXL 122 is essential. This monster gives out 4000 watts of power that is perfect for competition and just pure fun. On the cheaper side, the Power Acoustik MOFO-122X rules with its 2700 watts peak power, it is truly a bang for the buck. If you are looking for high quality, we go back to JL Audio. The superb craftsmanship of the 12W3v3-4 is really a no-brainer. The W3V3 series offers up to 1000 watts clean and high quality bass that is worthy of your car.

 

Lastly, car amplifiers are also essential gears to setup your car audio. You can choose from the amazingly compact JL Audio JX1000/1D that can power up to 900 watts. The Alpine PDR-M65 also stands out in the group for its high performance signature sound.

 

Some of the products worth mentioning is a good ampkit to start your setup. The Power Acoustik AK-4 and Soundstream WK-80X are very affordable ampkits that does the job. On the other hand, it is advisable to use oxygen-free ampkits and the Memphis Audio 17-4GPWKIT and JL Audio XD-PCS4-1B can provide this especially for your premium gear.

 

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SHOWCASE YOUR SETUP!

Since the inception of Onlinecarstereo, thousands of customers have already enjoyed our products throughout the years. They range from novice and beginner upgrades to experts professional setups that have been in competitions and shows. As a way of giving back to our loyal customers, we would like you to send us photo of your setup that you bought from us. Here we can show the world how it looks like and also encourage other car audio enthusiasts to imitate your setup.

Show us your dashboard if you’ve recently upgraded your head unit to a total entertainment system. Some of our best sellers include the Alpine iLX-W650, Pioneer’s NEX series receivers and the upcoming Sony XAV-AX5500. Selected items include free backup camera or siriusXM tuners. You’ll surely enjoy your music after the upgrade.

 

On the other hand, you can also highlight your new speaker setup and send us photos of your door speakers that feature your newly installed speaker system. It might include component, coaxial or tweeters.

 

Calling all bassheads! You can also showcase your booming setup featuring your high quality subwoofers. Our popular brands are JL Audio, Alpine, Massive Audio, Infinity and Pioneer. Send in those trunk photos of your cars or trucks.

 

Send in those pictures to our email at [email protected] and you’ll receive a free Pioneer SDA-WC01 on us! Just indicate you shipping address and we’ll send you your free gift. Valid only until supplies last.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUBWOOFER

We all love listening to music and it’s that music that keeps us sane while driving through traffic. One of the most common upgrades an audiophile wants to do is subwoofers. Depending on your preferred music, there are a number of considerations you’ll have to do to get the perfect sound you are looking for.

Several brands come to mind when you are on a lookout for subwoofers. First is JL Audio which needs no introduction.  They make the best subwoofers money can buy and they are more expensive than the other brands out there. Their best seller is the W3V3 which is a standard upgrade for intermediate to advanced audiophiles. These are powerhouse subs that deliver potent performance and quality sound for medium power applications. They also have the W7AE series which delivers exceptional balance and limitless dynamics.

Massive Audio is another brand that is well known in the car audio industry. Their subwoofers are built like a tank and even provide power only a bass addict can dream of. Currently, their best seller is the HIPPOXL 152R that produces a whopping 3000 watts of RMS. Massive’s line is well suited for completion and it will never let you down.

For conventional subwoofers, Kicker stands out in terms of quality and price. They have 12 subwoofer lines that cater to different applications and various price ranges. For starter upgrades, the CompR series are very popular such as the 43CWR104, 43CWR124 or 43CWR154 that produces reliable bass sounds for the money. For premium model, nothing can go wrong with Kicker’s Q class. With their innovative classic square design and oversized magnets will allow every drop of power to get from the sub to your ears.

Lastly, there are other notable premium brands to mention like Alpine’s Type-R series, Pioneer’s A-series, Focal’s Elite and Auditor lines; and Hertz and Audison. These are more upscale models that are preferred by high-end audiophiles.

    

This makes you think, how to I select which subwoofer to buy? The answer lies on different factors. First is Power. This is the main criteria to consider identifying how much bass you want to produce for your car. There are misconceptions that you refer to the peak power, but it is the other way around. You should look at the RMS which is the rating for continuous power a subwoofer produces. If you are within the RMS power, you are not risking your subs or amp to be blown. Subsequently, after knowing the power, one should also consider the sensitivity of the sub. This determines how sensitive the subwoofer to receive power to produce for the sound required. It is also important to consider how low the frequency range the subwoofer will produce. This is indicated by the frequency range of the subwoofer.

Does size matter? Will a 15” sub produce more bass than a 10” or 8”? This is technically true but do not underestimate smaller subs. There are some smaller size subwoofers that produce quality bass. One factor to consider size is if it will fit your vehicle.

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GET TO KNOW YOUR SPEAKER

One of the most common accessory upgrade a car audio enthusiast deals with is a speaker. There are many types of speaker and with this, it can be confusing which one to choose. Today, we will discuss the basic anatomy of a car speaker so you will have the information in selecting the right speaker for your setup.

SPEAKER CONE

This is the part of the speaker that is usually constructed from paper, polypropylene, Kevlar or other materials. Manufacturers commonly use polypropylene due to its rigidness and easy to work with. However, some would say that it does not perform quite well with high frequencies but usually excel in midrange. Paper cones perform well and produce clear and crisp sound due to its lightness and stiffness. Some high end manufacturers make us of Kevlar as the main material for its durability and at the same for the light weight characteristic. Depending on the design, Kevlar material can also produce quality sound.

ANNULUS / SURROUND

This is the part of the speaker that serves as a suspension for the code to the frame of the speaker. It usually is made of paper, foam, butyl or cloth. There is other annulus design called the “m” which is claimed to provide a more effective way to absorb wave energy to the cone.

VOICE COIL

The voice coil is the coil of wire attached to the apex of a speaker cone. It provides the motive force to the cone by the reaction of a magnetic field to the current passing through it. The most common is the dual voice coil but single voice coils are also available as well.

  

MAGNET

Usually made of a rare earth metal called Neodymium for small tweeters; or ferrite commonly for speakers. Magnet is an essential part of the speaker as this holds the coil in place while it moves back and forth to push air and produce sound and at the same time preventing distortion. The result is a louder sound and better bas response.

SPIDER

It is responsible for the allowing the speakers parts to move in a linear fashion and prevent them from displacing and move consistently. It is fitted around the voice coil.

  

DUST CAP

This is the part of the speaker that covers the middle of the cone to prevent dust from accumulating inside the speaker elements. This part also provides as an aesthetic design for the speaker.

BASKET

Also called the frame of the speaker which houses the entire speaker assembly together. This essentially forms the main shape of the speaker or subwoofer. Some speakers are built deep and some are shallow to fit certain types of vehicle.

This week, we have featured speakers from various brands like Infinity, Memphis Audio, Pioneer, Kicker and more. Always 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.