Browsing Archive February, 2013

CARSHOW OEM Replacement Receivers – A New Way to Upgrade

CARSHOW in-dash multimedia receivers are designed with the user in mind, giving you intuitive control over your media and offering you a variety of features that make life easier while out on the road. These custom fit OEM replacement stereos are vehicle specific and simply plug straight into the factory wiring harness for an easy installation. If you’re looking for a receiver that will retain the factory look of your vehicle, keep reading to find out what CARSHOW receivers are all about.

  • Factory Stereo Replacement
  • Vehicle Specific Design
  • Plug and Play Connectivity

Never lift a finger off the wheel, because Bluetooth technology allows you to make and receive hands-free phone calls and stream music from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone. GPS navigation will guide you to each destination with beautiful maps of your surroundings to ensure you never get lost. The high definition LCD touchscreen display is easy to use and lets you quickly navigate through menus and settings so you can keep your eyes on the road. If you have steering wheel controls, this receiver will work with them without the need for any additional equipment. All of these CARSHOW receivers are iPod and iPhone ready (additional accessory required for some) so you’ll always have access to your favorite songs and artists.

  • Hands Free Bluetooth Phone Calls
  • Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation
  • LCD Touchscreen Display
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready

These custom fit receivers are available for select Ford, Volkswagen, Buick, Chevy, GMC, Saturn, Hyundai, Toyota, Scion and more, and will seamlessly integrate into your dash without modifying any of the vehicles stock electrical. Not only is this receiver easy to install, it’s easy to add additional accessories, such as SiriusXM satellite radio or rear entertainment monitors. With a lineup of factory fit receivers as functional and expandable as these, no longer will you have to put up with your stock radio ever again. If you’re in the market for a good sound system upgrade, look no further than CARSHOW Electronics.

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Top 3 Components for an Audiophile Headphone Setup

Your Sound Isn’t Good Enough

A fair amount of people are usually content with the standard white earbuds that come with their iPods.  However, there are those who have a higher calling for their ears.   There are those who will not be oppressed by the tyranny of sub-par sound. Ladies and gentleman, I am talking about the audiophile, of course.  I speak from experience when I say it is both a gift and a curse being an audiophile.  My friends will tell me to listen to a sweet song only to be disappointed when my ears start to bleed from utterly disappointing sound. So, if you’re looking to break the audiophile sound barrier and become one of the audio elite, then you better take the advice that i’m about to give you!

There are a few things you’re going to need to complete your audiophile transformation:

  • Good Headphones
  • Headphone Amplifier
  • High Quality Source
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Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

Obviously, you’re going to need some good headphones to start.  Based on your preference you might choose to go with ether in-ear headphones or over/on ear headphones.   If you’re looking to go the in-ear route, then I would suggest something like the Westone UM series which is top-notch when it comes to in-ear monitors.  If you want some over-ear headphones, then I would suggest something like the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro.   There are many factors to consider with headphones and many aspects of them are heavily opinion based. Audiophiles will generally steer toward an open-back design as it offers more detailed analytic sound, and a wider soundstage.  Furthermore, they usually prefer a headphone with an even, flat response to give the best representation of the sound without adding unwanted color.  There is a headphone for everyone and my main advice is to listen to as many as possible in order to see what you’re into.

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FiiO E17

Headphone amplifiers are a commonly overlooked aspect of an audiophile set up. If you have some good headphones, then you’re going to need some good power to compliment that.  Not only does a headphones amplifier drastically increase the sound quality of your headphones, but some of them have equalization settings so you can fine tune your sound.  FiiO makes some awesome amplifiers that won’t break the bank.

Having a good audio source is the final piece to the puzzle.  For example,  even if you have awesome headphones and an amplifier, you will not get the full potential if you have crappy audio files.  Most people are going to be listening to MP3 or internet radio from their iPhone or iPod.  However, the key is to find files with low compression such as a FLAC or other lossless-type files.  Even high quality MP3 files will suffice in most cases.

Remember that there is no perfect formula these are just some basic guidelines. To give you guys an example, I’ve been using the Beyerdaynamic Custom One Pros with a FiiO E17 amplifier and it has been by far my favorite set-up.  Some of you not might agree but that’s the beauty of headphones! There is something for everyone!  Remember:  Life is too short to listen to crappy sound!

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