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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Editor's Pick for 2020 Top Subwoofers

This year has been not quite as it seems due to the pandemic. People are not going out as much as they use to and are not using their cars. Nevertheless, we car audiophiles still love our car music and we will always continue to find that perfect sound.

Today, Onlinecarstereo will show you our 2020 picks for the best component car subwoofers in no particular order.

ALPINE S-W10D4: First in the list is the Type S Series 10" subwoofers from Alpine. It has been a go-to upgrade for newbie and even experienced car audio lovers. It sports 1800 watts of peak power and manufactured using custom-stamped steel frame to withstand the new S motors. They also have frame leg vents as well as vented back plate to help cool the subwoofer voice coil and motor parts, plus a shallow design to help fit in smaller spaces.

ALPINE W10S4: Next is also from Alpine which is the 10" Bass Line Series. If you are a conservative audiophile and just wants to upgrade the right bass, this is the model to choose. At 750 watts max power, you will be sure to have fun and loud with a budget friendly price point.

HERTZ SV200L: Hertz is not new to the market and has been around quite a long time. The SV200L has been gaining traction with car audio lovers which is designed to offer superior performance in terms of both thermal and mechanical capability. Even though the max power is just 500 watts, you will surely be blown away with the clear but powerful bass that this subwoofer produces.

JL Audio 10W1v3-4: You can't go wrong with a JL Audio. This unit has been a staple among bass heads. It is an outstanding choice when space is very tight and amplifier power is moderate. It features shallow mounting depth and a compact motor structure, allowing it to comfortably fit in a lot of spaces where a typical 10-inch driver will not.

JL Audio 12TW3-D4: Another hot JL Audio item is the 12TW3-D4 thin-line subwoofers. It delivers a powerful combination of shallow mounting depth and excursion capability. In fact, they are capable of greater excursion than the W3v3’s.

Kicker 43CVR104: Kicker has been synonymous with bass that why this unit is in the list. The CompVR is a bang-for-the-buck subwoofer upgrade that delivers the right amount of bass for the price. The red stitch is easily identifiable for every CompVR series subs.

Pioneer TS-D12D2: Last in our list is Pioneer's version of affordable and powerful. At this price point, you can expect 2000 watts of peak power which clearly says too much is not enough. It is made of high performance materials that will give you the deep bass you've always wanted.

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WHAT ARE BASS RESTORATION PROCESSORS?

The bass is a really important part of a sound system. The ability to hear the music’s low frequencies will greatly improve your music experience inside your car. Of course, we have the subwoofers that will definitely allow us to hear more of the low frequencies, but sometimes, subwoofers can be costly and can be difficult to install due to the size constraints. 

 

A bass restoration processor (or BRP) is generally, in simple terms, a bass booster. BRPs digitally restore the bass that might still be lacking if you lack the bass powers of a subwoofer on your vehicle. They have a built-in equalizer to adjust the frequency and the ideal amount of bass the car owner wants for their music. Typically, BRPs have three types of adjustments: frequency, width and level.

 

The “frequency” adjustment allows the owner to the specific frequencies they want to be brought out in the music. The “width” adjustment allows the owner to adjust the amount of frequencies that will be affected. You can adjust the BRP to affect a narrow or wide bandwidth of frequencies along a selected frequency. And finally, the “level” adjustment allows the owner to adjust the level of effect, hence giving you a sound made specifically for you, just the way you like it.

BRPs aren’t just used to improve the bass sounds and give you that heart-pounding bass. It improves the low-frequency sound on all kinds of music.  It can modify the way a specific music will sound. It digitally restores the desired frequency and powers up the low-end sound, injecting it again in the audio signal to give it an improved bass impact.


One of the most famous bass restoration processors in the market today is the EPICENTER series from AudioControl but other brands, like Soundstream, have put out their own BRPs as well. And right now they are under the HOT DEALS on onlinecarstereo.com! So, what are you waiting for? Go now and check out our array of BRPs on amazing deals right now and check out the other products while you're at it. Subscribe to our newsletter NOW so you don't miss out and receive promotions and updates as we are having Black Friday and Holiday Deals. HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

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.

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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.