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3 Exciting Head-Unit Features to Look For

When you’re in the market for a new car stereo, there are many different features to consider that could potentially make life on the road a little easier for you. We’re going to look at a few newer features in the car audio world that help smartphone owners access their music and other content with far less effort than ever before.

App Mode

For iPhone users on the go, App Mode adds convenience to your drive. Connect your Apple iPhone or iTouch to the receiver via USB and you’ll find a number of Apps that can be used and controlled on the receivers display or controls. App Mode isn’t compatible with every App out there, but there are a growing number of services that are supported such as Netflix, some navigation Apps and YouTube.

Android Compatibility

Now, we all know the iPhone is probably the most supported smartphone currently in the mobile audio world, but the Android is up and coming in popularity. Similar to the iPhone, many manufacturers now are offering support for Android devices by means of Bluetooth connection, USB connection, or even through hardware interface. If you are an Android owner, look for the Android Ready logo, and be sure to research the exact method in which the device needs to be connected.

Pandora Link

Many music enthusiasts out there are now using the online music service, Pandora. Pandora Internet Radio is a free service that allows you to create playlists of music based on the style of a band or a specific song, allowing you to discover new and similar music to your selection. Pandora Link incorporates this service into your stereo by connecting your Apple iPhone or supported Android device through USB. Pandora Link receivers will display artist and song information as well as allow you to create new stations and ‘Thumbs Up’ or ‘Thumbs Down’ songs.

When you’re out shopping for a new receiver, be sure to keep an eye out for some of these newer features. Tell us in the comments section below about some of your experiences with these features!

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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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Brand New RE Audio Amplifiers at CES 2013

This year at CES 2013 we had a chance to check out some brand new products over at the RE Audio booth. They have developed a multitude of new amplifiers that will hit the market very soon. We were able to take some pictures of some of their new amp lines including the CTX, DTX and ZTX series car amplifiers. We must admit they have a very impressive look to them! RE Audio means business.

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Exciting New Car Stereos at CES 2013

Early each year we send a team of people out to CES in Las Vegas to capture the best of new technologies in car audio. This year many companies have heavily evolved their car stereo lines to include some of the latest technologies in playing digital media. Big name brands such as Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood, JVC and even newcomers such as Lightning Audio are stepping it up in the world of car audio, and here’s a glimpse from CES 2013 of what you can look forward to in the near future.

Kenwood’s 2013 multimedia radios and stereos with Bluetooth technology will be able to take control of Siri. The receiver’s Bluetooth Microphone will allow hands-free communication with Siri, making it easier to control your Apple iPhone while out on the road.

Clarion is now one of the first car audio manufacturers to produce an HDMI compatible receiver. This technology will allow you to mirror the display of an Android device to the stereo’s display, giving you full control of Apps and communication with others.

Pioneer is well known for their intuitive interfacing of Apple iPod and iPhone devices, and now the 2013 multimedia receivers will support audio and video from the iPhone 5. The App Radio 2 will be able to display and control Apps that are already installed on the iPhone.

Alpine has introduced a whole new kind of stereo, offering Facebook alerts. When you connect your compatible phone, a blue LED glass light will start blinking when you receive a Facebook message, wall post, friend request and more. There is also an Alpine TuneIt App to assist with adjusting the equalizer to your vehicle’s acoustic environment.

JVC Mobile is stepping it up by including the MirrorLink application on three different head-units. MirrorLink mirrors the display of your smartphone and gives you complete control over many of its functions without ever having to touch the device.

There are many new technologies and innovations here at CES 2013, so continue to check back for coverage on the latest car audio, video and GPS devices and accessories. Let us know in the comments section below what brands you would like to see!

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Pyle PLTS79BT: Big Features at Affordable Price Point

Pyle Audio is well known for designing car stereos that are loaded with features but won’t break your budget. The PLTS79BT is no exception, as it has many features to make your driving experience that much better. This single din flip-out receiver has a built-in 7” screen that will show things such as song and artist information, AM and FM radio data, and will even play your favorite movies via a DVD disk.

Audio and Video Playback

This unique in-dash supports playback of multiple file types such as DVD, CD, JPEG and MPEG, allowing you to play many different types of common audio and video formats. If power is what you seek, this radio will produce up to 80 watts peak of clean audio signals to each of your car speakers. The playback settings allow you to adjust the treble, bass and fader for a more personal sound that you will enjoy. Two rear RCA outputs can send a video signal to external monitors, while three sets of audio RCA outputs allow for the addition of aftermarket amplifiers.

Expand Your Usability

Built-in Bluetooth allows you to make and receive hands-free phone calls with the included microphone for a safer driving experience. If hands-free calling isn’t enough, purchase an optional rear backup camera to help guide your vehicle into the right parking space every time without hassle. Front panel auxiliary and USB inputs enable you to play most portable music devices through your cars audio system. Optional steering wheel controls enable you to integrate this car stereo into nearly any vehicle.

Feature Rich and Budget Friendly

So, if you’re looking for a nice upgrade to your factory receiver, or if your aftermarket stereo just isn’t cutting it, check out the Pyle PLTS79BT and you won’t regret it. With features that make driving safer and more fun, this is one intuitive receiver that you can’t pass up – especially for the price.

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