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:

COAXIAL VS COMPONENT SPEAKERS -- WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

Searching for the perfect speakers for your car is already an overwhelming thing to think about, much less think about what type of speaker to get. We always encounter coaxial and component speakers, but really, what’s the difference between these two types of speakers? (Disclaimer: These are just the basic differences between the two types of speakers. It is still advisable to research a bit more on the different types of coaxial and component speakers as they still have different specifications.)

 

Coaxial speakers are the most common (and popular!) type of speakers and are also called full-range speakers. They come in different configurations. The different types of coaxial speakers are also referred to as “drivers”. There is what we call the 2-way, the most common one, which is comprised of a woofer with a tweeter mounted on top of it. There is also the 3-way, also called tri-axial speakers, which is comprised of a woofer, a tweeter and a mid-range. 

 

Coaxial speakers are easy to install and requires minimal customization, and are more affordable than component speakers. This is probably the reason why coaxial speakers are so popular and are the choice of speakers car owners purchase if they just want to replace the factory-installed speakers of their vehicle. However, they lack the bass or the "boom" that component speakers might offer, especially if you enhance your component system with subwoofers.

 

Component speakers, also called “separates”, on the other hand, have a more advanced design than coaxial speakers. They are a speaker system where speakers are mounted separately. They consist of a woofer, tweeter, and crossover. 

Component speakers, unlike coaxial speakers, are more complicated to install than coaxial speakers. They're a bit more time-consuming to install and may require the help or the expertise of a professional to install them. They are also more expensive than coaxials. However, component speakers allow for a lot of customization. If you are planning to do a full system, complete with subwoofers and ultratweeters, getting component speakers is the way to go.

 

Choosing whether to get coaxial speakers or component speakers still depend on the car owner and their preferences. It still depends on the car owner how much they are willing to pay for their car audio, and whether they want customization for it or not. 

 

Either way, we here at onlinecarstereo.com have a wide array of coaxials and component speakers, and we’re currently having up to 15% off to a lot of our Kicker speakers, a lot of which are component and coaxial speakers. We also offer up to 15% off on our Kicker subwoofers and amps as well. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash!

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 COMMON TYPES OF CAR RECEIVERS

Car audio, as previously discussed in last week’s History of Car Audio, have improved significantly during the last decade or so. Turntables and cassettes might be the thing of the past for modern-day car stereos and receivers. These types of receivers can be further subdivided into categories but for today we’re going to discuss the 4 most common types of car receivers in the market.

CD Receivers

CDs might slowly becoming a “thing of the past” now, but you’ve got to admit that there’s something special about playing a CD on your car stereo that makes us all feel nostalgic. CD receivers are what people mostly think of when someone says “car stereo”. CD players come in both single-DIN (2in) and double-DIN (4in) sizes. CD receivers nowadays not only have the CD-player as their sole feature. They also commonly feature a USB and/or AUX input, and some still have the classic radio tuner.

DVD Receivers

Also more commonly known as “in-dash DVD players”, DVD receivers not only play DVDs that makes long car rides so much more entertaining, but also features the functions that a digital media receiver and CD receivers do like playing CDs, USB/AUX input, Bluetooth connectivity, car assistant systems (Android Auto, Apple CarPlay). They also come in single-DIN and double-DIN sizes.

Digital Media Receivers

As the name suggests, digital media players ditch the whole CD player feature altogether (mechless receivers). They also come into single-DIN and double-DIN sizes like the CD receivers. These types of receivers are for people who mostly play their music through their digital music players (like the iPod), through music streaming services (Spotify, Pandora, etc) and their smartphones. However, some digital media receivers still retain some of the CD receiver features like the USB/AUX input and Bluetooth connectivity, and some also feature the car assistant systems like the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

Digital Multimedia Receivers 

These type of receivers mostly have touchscreen capabilities, unlike digital media receivers that still have buttons and knobs. Its clear difference with digital media receivers is that it can also play video, hence the word "multimedia". Digital multimedia receivers also have integrated features like apps, car assistant systems among others.

Navigation Receivers

Navigation receivers are perfect for those people who travel a lot and constantly on the road. The built-in GPS navigation makes it more convenient rather than constantly relying on the smartphone’s GPS features. And not only do navigation receivers function as the “modern-day map”, some navigation receivers also retain the rest of the other receivers’ cool features such as the USB/AUX input, Bluetooth connectivity, car assistant systems among others.

No matter what type of car receiver you think is best for you and your needs, be sure to check it out at onlinecarstereo.com as we have a wide array of products you can choose from. Also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

 

 

SPEAKER BAFFLE BENEFITS

When speakers produce sound, it creates vibration inside the hallow cavity of your door, dashboard or rear dash panel.Depending on the music your are listening, certain frequencies will cause something to vibrate inside your car whether it be loose screws or simply surface areas adjacent to a speaker, tweeter or subwoofer.

To avoid these vibrations, it is recommended to install speaker baffles when upgrading your car audio setup. For one, it holds the speakers in place more securely when installed on your doors and secondly, it prevents dirt from accumulating inside your speakers. In addition to dust protection, baffles protects the speakers from water intrusion and makes your speakers last longer. But the main function of baffles is to avoid the resonance produced by the vibration of your car's surface to transfer to your speaker cones. This will result in a more crisp and clear sound when you play your music. The physics behind this is similar to a music studio with sound absorbers installed on the its walls. The better absorption it has, the clearer the sound would be.

Online Car Stereo offers speakers baffles of various sizes. The more common ones are: 3, 4, 4x6, 5, 5.25, 6.5 and 6x9 inches. Boom Mat baffles are made of high quality and the company has invested in the latest 3D scanning and cutting technology to manufacture and cut the baffles precisely that has allowed a perfect fit to every speaker.

Checkout our inventory at WWW.ONLINECARSTEREO.COM and look for your appropriate size. 6.5" Baffles, 6x9 Baffles, 6 3/4 Baffles, 5 1/4 Baffles, 6x8 Baffles, 5x7 Baffles, 4" Baffles, and 4x6 Baffles,

This week, Online Car Stereo is including a free pair of Boom Mat speaker baffles to selected speaker purchases. HURRY UNTIL SUPPLIES LAST!!! You can also subscribe to our NEWSLETTER to receive weekly promotions such as this and save tons of cash.

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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GET TO KNOW YOUR SPEAKER FREQUENCIES

Ever wondered what makes what makes your music sound better in your car. There are a lot of available speakers, subwoofers and tweeters in the market which makes it hard to choose. Here are some terms to consider when trying to select the perfect speaker, subwoofer or tweeter upgrade for your vehicle.

HIGH FREQUENCY
These are sound produced mostly by tweeters which are commonly manufactured to operate sounds between 3kHz to 20kHz. These are sounds produced by guitars, trumpets and high voice. Tweeters are built small as high frequency sounds are only heard to enhance your overall music for clarity. Some regular speakers already come with built-in tweeters and are classified as 2-way or 3-ways speakers. Here are some of the best tweeters from Online Car Stereo. Pioneer TS-T110, JL Audio C5-075CT and Alpine SPR-10TW.



MEDIUM FREQUENCY
This range of sound are commonly produced by your regular speakers in the range of 200-2,000 Hz. Different sizes vary such as 3.5", 4", 5.25" or 6.5". The sound heard in the medium frequency are the majority of the arrangement of the music you are listening. These are the vocals, drums, piano, and other instruments. If you normally listen to rock, jazz, classical and pop music, you will definitely need to upgrade your medium frequency to enjoy them a lot. Here are the top rated speakers from Online Car Stereo. Kenwood KFC-4675C, JL Audio C5-650x and Alpine SPE-6090.


LOW FREQUENCY
Also known as the bass sound, these are produced typically by subwoofers. Common sizes of subwoofers range from 8", 10", 12" and 15" with frequencies 20-80 Hz. If your type of music is hiphop, then you might want to upgrade your low frequency sound and purchase high end subwoofers. You can find the best subwoofers here at Online Car Stereo.The JL Audio 10W3v3-4, Kenwood Excelon KFC-XW1000F, JL Audio 6W3v3-4

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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?

(image source: bloomberg.com)

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!