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.

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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,

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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!

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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JL Audio VX600/2i, A CLASS OF ITS OWN

Today’s feature product is the JL Audio VX600/2i Class D amplifier. This high end amp simplifies great sound for your setup. It combines the JL Audio’s proprietary advanced NexD2 switching amp technology with an integrated, full-featured digital signal processor. The result is a clean and high fidelity sound. The class D build makes this unit very stable and power efficient. The size was made ultra-compact for easy storage and concealment.

 

The VX600/2i provides 300 watts RMS x 2 at 2 ohms; or 180 watts RMS at 4 ohms. There are 3 levels of tuning: Basic, Advanced and Expert. There is a clipping indicator to avoid distortion and allow fine tuning with fully adjustable low, high and bandpass filters.

Instead of the traditional knobs, JL designed the VX600/2i to be controls either thru PC, tablet or phone using the JL Audio TUNS app that has an easy-to-use UI and makes it very convenient in configuring your sound.

Overall, the VX600/2i provides premium sound with its excellent build quality encompassing JL Audio’s high quality car audio engineering.

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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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BASS INNOVATION OF THE PIONEER TS-WH500A

 

This week, we are featuring the new Pioneer TS-WH500A HVT Sealed Active Subwoofer. HVT stands for Horizontal Vertical Transforming technology which basically means the transformation of horizontal to vertical movement of a woofer diaphragm to produce true, powerful and wide range bass. It is an innovative design that incorporates easy installation for cars, trucks and SUVs. Unique linkage mechanism allows the magnet and voice coil to be positioned horizontally and to either side of vertically moving dual speaker diaphragms. The TS-WH500A provides an RMS of 50 watts with a peak power of 150 watts. It's slick design also makes it easy to conceal in tight spaces making it ideal to place under the seats or back in the trunk and also includes a well designed remote that can be installed on your dashboard for easy access and control.

Installation of the Pioneer TS-WH500A is straightforward. Just connect the open ended RCA wires on the speaker out of your stereo and the red-white female RCA is connected to the TS-WH500A harness. Use the cord clamps to secure the wires at the back of the subwoofer. It is recommended to install the subwoofer on a flat surface area to achieve optimal production of rich bass. Lastly, connect the remote to the back of the subwoofer and install it on your dashboard using the 3M 2-sided sticker at a location you prefer. 

  

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