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.

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.

 

REDESIGNED ONLINECARSTEREO WEBSITE

OnlineCarStereo.com has implemented and newly designed website. The new material design and modern look easily catches the eye. You can now access our vehicle fit guide easily with a friendly UI and we’ve added the latest models to update our database. Continuing to the bottom of the page, we have made use of the animation for a more attractive look.

 

Another added feature to the website is the easy access to Clearance and Open-box items. In this section, you will be able to save tons of cash for items at brand new condition. During this COVID-19 crisis, we are providing a new type of service called Virtual Assistants that will cater to car audio enthusiasts who are currently staying at home safe. Just submit a request for a call back on our Virtual Assistance Request Form. Once scheduled, our technical experts will call you via FaceTime or any video app to assess your car upgrade needs based on your preferred type of music and budget. We are able to provide you an a la carte style upgrade for more specific needs; or bundle style upgrade to save you money.

Lastly, we are giving you another banner for exclusive deals that we regularly provide. These are hot items with great deals that are instantly up for grabs due to limited time. So hurry! These offers might end soon.

We always strive to upgrade our service to you so you’ll have a pleasant time shopping at OnlineCarStereo.com. This is our way of saying thank you for all the support throughout the years. We also appreciate your referrals and your feedback so we continue to improve our service to you.

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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:

OCS EXCLUSIVE PACKAGES

OnlineCarStereo is offering bundles for you to save huge on you car upgrade. We are excited to give you your favorite brands bundled with others to produce a perfect setup with the sound you are looking for.

Jensen MPR2110-Bundle

First in the list is the Jensen MPR2110 and Dual DS652 bundle. The MPR2110 is a bluetooth receiver that effortlessly pairs with any smartphone with bluetooth to stream your music either from Spotify, Pandora or iHeartRadio. This is coupled with a 6x9” Dual DS652 2-way speaker that will definitely give you a boost from your stock OEM speakers with a peak power of 100 watts.

Dual DMCPA11BT-Bundle

Another Dual bundle deal is the DMCPA11BT. For those of you who are the touchscreen-type-radio kind of guy, the DMCPA11BT is a whopping 10.1” LCD screen with 200 watts peak power. For an affordable price, you’ll get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 8-band EQ and a resolution of 1024x600. Did I mention that this bundle comes with free waterproof rear-view camera that seamlessly connects to the stereo; and an additional Jensen JS265 6.5” 50 watts 2-way speaker to upgrade your overall OEM sound.

JVC KS-DR3002-Bundle

For the bassheads, this bundles is to die for. A JVC KS-DR3002 2 channel 400 watts peak power amplifier with a frequency range of up to 50000 hz is paired with a Kicker subwoofer enclosure that fits perfectly under or behind your seat. This has a 10” Comp Kicker subwoofer that gives you the bass you need for a starter upgrade.

Memphis Audio SRX300.4-Bundle2

If you want to go to a more premium bundle, this is it. To start off, it includes a Memphis Audio SRX300.4 4-channel 300 watt amplifier perfect for your door speaker upgrade. It features variable low-pass and high-pass filters and crossover network. To complete the setup, it is bundled with a pari of JL Audio C1-690 and C1-650X; 6x9” and 6.5” respectively. Boom!!! What more can you ask for? If you are thinking of upgrading your sound to the next level, this is it.

Kenwood DDX8706S-Bundle

This premium upgrade is the total entertainment package. Upgrade your head unit with a Kenwood DDX8706S Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable stereo with a 6.95” display. It can play your favorite DVD / CD’s and also has USB connectivity for your MP3 or FLAC music. Cool thing with this unit is you can mirror you smartphone to display on the screen. Just awesome! For the bass, it includes the Alpine W12S4 subwoofer with 750 watts peak power. In addition, the kids and highs will be provided by the Jensen JS265 6.5” 2-way speakers and will be powered by the JVC KS-DR3002 400 watt amplifier. Lastly, with this bundle, you won’t have to worry about backing up from your garage as this also includes a Jensen waterproof rear-view camera that will install perfectly with the Kenwood stereo.

We have more bundles to choose from depending on your needs and budget. Just visit OnlineCarStereo.com and browse our over 2500 car audio / video products. You can also subscribe to our newsletter and receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash. If you don’t find anything that suits your project and budget, contact our Virtual Assistants and they will help you in setting up the car audio upgrade that is right for you

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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HOW TO INSTALL YOUR NEW HEAD UNIT

Staying at home means we can now work on our car audio projects that have been stagnant for a long time. You might have purchased a new Alpine ILX-W650 7” Apple Carplay / Android Auto receiver; Pioneer AVIC-5201NEX 6.2” in-dash navigation stereo or a Kenwood Excelon DNX996XR 6.8 high definition touch screen with Carplay and navigation control but don’t have the time to bring it to an installer or work on the install in your garage. Well, today is the best time to do that and we will walk you through on how you can install your brand-new head unit.

PARTS YOU NEED

First, you need to determine the parts you need that are compatible with your vehicle. Every vehicle has proprietary wirings to control volume, break lights, Bluetooth, antenna adaptors and even steering wheel controls. Different car makers also have their own dashboard designs. This will make sure that you’re your head unit will look seamless on your vehicle without any gaps or spaces. A brand called Metra Electronics is known for manufacturing thousands of wiring harnesses and dash kits that are compatible for different vehicles. You should be able to find out what parts you need once you enter the year; make; and model of your vehicle.

1) Car radios are held by fasteners and are often hidden for design purposes. To access these, you will need to locate the trim pieces close to the radio and will usually pop out with the use of a prying tool.

2) Pull the trims carefully and disconnect the wires which are usually connected with clips.

3) Once you remove the trims, you will be able to unscrew the other large trim pieces on the dashboard.

TIP: Remember to keep track of the screws and their location to easily reassemble them when you are done installing.

4) After disassembling the trims, you can now unscrew the aluminum bracket and pull the unit out and disconnect the wiring harness from the car and the radio.

5) Some aftermarket radios come with an aluminum sleeve. Use this to install the head unit. Otherwise, just use the old one or sometime the head unit does not need a sleeve at and will directly screw you the bracket.

6) The new head unit will come with a proprietary harness that connect to the radio with open colored-coded wires on the other end. The Metra wiring harness that you purchased compatible with your vehicle will also have color-coded open wires on one end. Securely connect these wires to the proprietary wires of the head unit according to color using electrical tape.

7) If for some reason, your vehicle does not have a compatible wiring harness, you will have to cut the wires on the dashboard and connect the proprietary wiring harness of the new head unit manually using crimp connectors.

8) Once done, before reassembling, test the new head unit if all controls are working properly.

9) Reassemble the dashboard and trimmings.

There you go! We hope that you will enjoy your newly installed stereo receiver. If you have any questions, you can contact our technical team Monday - Friday for expert advice.

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