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. 

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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?

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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!

HASSLE-FREE RETURNS AT OCS

We always strive for customer satisfaction when you buy from us here at Online Car Stereo, but sometimes, one might have problems with their purchase and decide to return it. We have one of the best hassle-free return policies out there. If by some reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, unused/uninstalled items can be returned within 60 days.

Making a return is pretty easy!

  • Contact us. To start a return, call 1-310-526-8635 and chat with our helpful and friendly customer service representatives. We can also be reached through email at  [email protected] for any questions.
  • Get an RA (return authorization). If you call us at our contact number, a customer service representative will be able to assist you through your options and help set up a return authorization. You can also request a return authorization online through email at  [email protected].
  • Pack returned items carefully. Returned items should be new and in their original packaging, complete with all the original accessories, manuals and warranty card. We care about the safety of the items so we overbox most of the products to protect them during shipping.
  • Attach the shipping label. You will receive a UPS Authorized Return Service shipping label along with a return authorization number. Remove or mark out the original labels, then securely tape the new return shipping label to the package.
  • Give the package to UPS. Take it to any official UPS drop-off site. To search for drop-off locations nearest you, call 1-800-742-5877 or visit www.ups.com.

Online Car Stereo will send a “return received” notice through email detailing that the returned item has been received. An additional email will also be sent following the completion of the return process.

There are also important details to consider when doing a return.

Refund or exchange. You can either choose an exchange or a refund according to the amount of the item you purchased. Refunds will be issued to the same credit card, debit card, gift certificate, or other form of payment that was used in the original transaction. The refund or exchange process for items usually gets processed within three business days after we receive the returned item, as we normally conduct additional testing and evaluation. Additionally, depending on the financial institution, the refunded amount will take about 3-5 business days to reflect back on your account.

Shipping costs. Return shipping costs are deducted from your refund or exchange.

For most returns, Online Car Stereo can issue you a UPS Authorized Return Shipping (ARS) label for a flat fee.

New condition. All returns for refund will be subject to a 10% restocking fee (and higher if the item is used/abused). Online Car Stereo may refuse a customer return or charge a higher restocking fee when the returned item is not NEW. Conditions that will lead to refused returns or be charged a higher restocking fee include:

  • When the returned item has a different serial number than what Online Car Stereo originally shipped.
  • When there are missing parts or the original packaging has been damaged or tampered with.
  • When there is damage due to the package being improperly packaged for return shipment.
  • When there is physical damage from drops, spilled liquid, or mishandling.
  • When the product has been installed or has attempted to be installed and was removed from the original packaging.
  • When the item has any signs or indication of it being installed, with scratches, or other signs of use such as physical markings, screw holes, etc.

Freight shipping: Items like Boxes and Large subwoofers may require special freight shipping, and they usually cost more to return. An Online Car Stereo representative will be able to help figure out the exact shipping cost of freight items when setting up the return.

**Online Car Stereo does not accept any returns for Rims, Tires and finance orders. Only exchange or store credit will be granted.

International shipping: UPS ARS labels are not valid for international shipping or shipping on US territories. The customer is responsible for any international shipping charges or duties.

We here at Online Car Stereo will always be committed to give you the best customer service we can possibly give. Always visit us at onlinecarstereo.com to check out our wide array of products and subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

MASSIVE AUDIO M8C, A HIGH-POWERED MIDRANGE SPEAKER GUARANTEED TO LAST

Massive Audio has been an industry leader in high performance audio products since 1999, and today we are going to talk about one of their super high powered midrange speakers -- the Massive Audio M8C.

Massive Audio M8C is part of the M Series Closed Back Midrange Speakers. They are designed for high SPLs (sound pressure levels, in case anybody’s wondering) without needing an enclosure of any kind. These audio speakers outdo most higher priced midrange speakers in the market today. It is an 8-inch speaker that features an 80 Watts RMS power range with a maximum of 300 Watts, 8 Ohm, 98dB, and a frequency response of 550HZ - 6KHz.

Also, the M8C isn’t limited to being used as a car audio speaker -- it can be used for pro audio and DJ speakers due to its High Grade Ferrite Magnet force for high sensitivity and accurate sound reproduction, thus producing GREAT sound quality.

If you are worried about these speakers crackling and blowing out over time because of cheap quality, FEAR NOT! The M8C is a heavy duty midrange speaker that is guaranteed to last. They use a heavy gauge steel basket, a reinforced paper cone and custom cloth surround.

With a high quality construction, great sound and long-lasting performance, these midrange speakers are a perfect fit for almost any car installation including BMW, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Hyundai, Lincoln, Buick, Fiat, Cadillac and many more.

All in all, the Massive Audio M8C is going to be the best “bang for your buck” midrange speaker with its excellent sound quality at an affordable price. Keep in mind that the M8C is sold individually. Check it out at Onlinecarstereo.com for more information and you can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.




TAKE YOUR BOATING EXPERIENCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH THE KICKER MARINE SERIES!

Kicker Marine Speakers

The Kicker Marine Speakers is sure to take your boating experience to the next level! You can choose between three different sizes -- the 4-inch, 8-inch and 6x9 speakers that come in both charcoal and white grilles so you can easily match the theme of your audio setup with the theme of your boat. 

What makes them different from Kicker’s standard CS or KSC speakers? Marine speakers have a motor that is completely encased in the basket so it is completely sealed. The wires that connect to the amplifier are gold-plated instead of tin to ensure it is water-tight and safe from corrosion. Gold-plated wires do a lot better with corrosion resistance. The Kicker Marine Speakers’ grilles have a built-in drainage port to prevent standing water.

The Kicker KM Series Speakers have an awesome LED light display and you get to choose between seven colors:

  • Red
  • Magenta
  • Green
  • Lime green
  • Blue
  • Blue-white
  • Aquamarine

Want to amp up the cool? There is a controller unit (KMLC LED controller), sold separately, that unlocks 20 colors and 19 lighting modes. Isn’t that awesome?

 

Kicker Marine Subwoofers

Kicker Freeair (45KMF102, 45KMF124 and 45KMF104) Marine Subwoofers and KM Subwoofers (45KM104, 45KM124, 45KM122) need no enclosure, so you can mount these versatile subwoofers nearly anywhere. You can choose between the 10 and 12-inch marine subwoofers that were tested for salt/fog and UV exposure, meeting or exceeding ASTM standards, so you can be assured that these bad boys are completely weatherproof. They have a completely sealed motor structure and locking/sealed terminal cover to make it splash-proof, and a tough Santoprene® surround.

Much like the marine coaxial speakers, there are optional LED grilles (sold separately) for KM Subwoofers. They also come in seven selectable LED colors. They also can be controlled by the KMLC LED Controller (also sold separately) for 20 colors and 19 different lighting modes to jazz up your already cool party!

 

 

Kicker Marine Amplifiers

Kicker KXMA400.2 and KXMA400.4 are marine amps that feature conformal coated circuit boards to protect the heart of the amp from water damage. All the power terminals meet stringent ABYC/NMMA standards and the thick gasketing protects the control cover from unwanted moisture. The aluminum chassis is also UV treated for extra-long life.

Included with the amps is a wireless remote that goes way beyond being a simple bass knob. You can control as many as four KXM Mono amplifiers simultaneously, plus the bass channel of the five-channel amplifier. You can monitor and adjust vital functions of the amp such as clipping, gain, bass boost and more.

These Class D amplifiers deliver as much as 1,200 watts of power -- while requiring an incredibly small footprint.

The amps also have a specially designed gain control that lights up when the perfect input signal is detected from your radio. An adjustable 24dB crossover is featured on the marine amplifiers, as does 18dB of KickEQ+™ bass boost.

Since you're already here, you might want to check out our ongoing Kicker promotions so you can save tons of cash!

 

UPGRADE YOUR FACTORY SYSTEM WITH WĀVTECH!

Wāvtech linkD

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Don’t let Wāvtech linkD’s small appearance fool you. A versatile little box with a dual personality, it is an active, high output/low impedance line output converter that is designed to work well with factory audio systems. It can also function as a high output voltage line driver that can deliver over 10V RMS of output at less than 50 ohms.

One of Wāvtech linkD’s many features is an auto turn-on via DC-offset or Audio Signal Detect. With this, the unit can be turned without the need of a remote wire and can generate a +12V output to turn on the amplifier or other aftermarket devices in your system. This makes it a great choice for upgrading an OEM audio system. It also has selectable ground isolation, locking detachable power/speaker input terminals, professional grade panel mount RCA’s and a compact aluminum chassis with detachable mounting tabs.

Wāvtech link4

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The most flexible 4-channel LOC available today, Wāvtech link4 can directly accept 4-channels of input and give you 4-channels of output.  It can also accept 2-channels of input and give you 4-channels of output.  If you input 4-channels, you can sum them down to 2-channels of output and pass through another 2-channels for retained sub level control. To top it all off, it even has a  3.5mm Auxiliary Input so you can add your phone or other portable devices to the system. 

The link4 also has their “Patent Pending” Multi-Function Remote Level/Source Control that can adjust your subwoofer output level, the volume of the auxiliary source or serve as a Master Volume Control for your entire system, which is especially useful in OEM systems where speed sensitive volume dependent equalization is present. The link4 also has variable gain adjustments with clip LEDs can help the signal level under control and distortion-free. Like the linkD,the link4 also has selectable ground isolation, locking detachable power/speaker input terminals, professional grade panel mount RCA’s and a compact aluminum chassis with detachable mounting tabs.

Wāvtech link6

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One of the most common aftermarket car audio systems is a front, rear and subwoofer set-up, and Wāvtech link6 is the perfect tool for the job.  It can provide front, rear and subwoofer outputs for your aftermarket amplifier/s by getting its input from your factory stereo’s front and rear speaker leads. While some factory audio systems will require summing when adding aftermarket amplifiers because no full range signal is present, the link6 combines the sum of the frequencies present, providing the full range signal amplifiers needed.

The link6 also has a multi-function remote that provides four unique configurations based on the specific application requirements of your system for added flexibility. It can work as a subwoofer level control for fine tuning the amount of bass in your system, or as a master volume control in more complex installations.

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OFF-ROADING WITH OCS

Summer is almost over out off-roading is still very much alive with enthusiasts. As we still quarantine ourselves to fight the spread of the Covid19 virus, we find ourselves enjoying the outdoors more and more because we feel it’s safer with open fresh air. A lot of the places to enjoy off-road and cross country are open and it is a great time to take advantage of some of the promotions happening here at Onlinecarstereo.

Fuel Off-Road and XD Series Wheels is considered by many as a major player in the off-road sport world. They manufacture using over 25 computer controlled machining centers running around the clock to apply engineering know-how and accuracy. Both brands have their own set of designs that cater to various customer preference. These are manufactured in California from blank wheels to the box. Each design appeals to a particular vehicle that everyone will love.

 

On the other hand, MSA Off-Road provides a huge catalog of different designs for your off-road vehicle as well. Every model is designed and field tested in their headquarters in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Texas. They are the very few who have retained hand inspection of paints and insert bolts to maintain a high quality of standard in every wheel they sell.

 

Checkout our newly arrived off-road wheels and enjoy summer before it ends.

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