Tag: bluetooth

Bluetooth Vs NFC Technology

 

Ah yes, we all know and love Bluetooth.  It has helped us cut the cord with our electronic devices and has come along way since it’s creation in 1997. It has been implemented into everything from cars to headphones and has become a staple in wireless communication between devices.  However, there’s a new alternative that has gained some steam over the past couple of years. It’s call NFC (Near Field Communication) technology and while it’s similar to Bluetooth, there are some major difference that could have you jumping through hoops.

The Parrot Zik Headphones have Bluetooth and NFC technology

First and foremost, they are both forms of wireless communication between devices over short distances.  NFC is limited to a distance of approximately four centimeters while Bluetooth can reach over thirty feet. While it may seem that Bluetooth is superior in this regard, both Bluetooth and NFC technology have their advantages and disadvantages compared to one another and can work together to meet users’ needs. NFC can prove useful with it’s shorter range for the reason that there will be almost no chance of interference with 3rd party devices. Additionally, NFC will automatically connect to your devices whereas with Bluetooth you have to manually connect the device which can take up to several minutes. Power consumption is another difference seeing as Bluetooth takes more energy to keep your device connected.

However, they can team up as a dynamic duo and automate and speed up the pairing process while still maintaining the effective range of Bluetooth technology. An example of this is the Parrot Zik headphones which have both technologies built in. In the next few years, expect these technologies to be more prominent and your life much more wireless.

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Top 3 Gadgets for Truckers

Being a trucker is a lot of hard work so we decided to recommend a few items to make your lives easier while on the road. Here are The 3 Gadgets For Truckers!

bluetooth hands free headset#1 Bluetooth Handsfree Kits

Nothing says convenience like a Bluetooth handsfree kit. Not only is it extremely dangerous to talk on the phone while driving, it’s also illegal in many states including here in California. That’s why we’ve got plenty of Bluetooth headsets to choose from from brands like Motorola, Jaybird, Parrot, Samsung and more. Just them all out here. And we know it’s tempting to answer that text message right after you get it, even if you’re driving, but that’s even worse than than talking on the phone. That’s why we’ve got Bluetooth headsets with the Text-to-Speech function. This handy feature will read your text message aloud to you and allow you to send a message back just by using your voice. This even works for emails as well! So be safe and be responsible, stop talking on the phone while you’re driving and get yourself a Bluetooth headset! Check out the VXI Xpressway, one of our top sellers!

Radar Detector#2 Radar Detectors

Radar Detectors are an absolute must for anyone that spends long hours on the road. It’s always a relief to know where the cops are but that’s not all a radar detector does; the CR85 from Whistler features a Safety Warning System that can decode signals sent from emergency vehicles or hazard crews to warn you of approaching emergency vehicles, obstructions on the road, or road crews. In addition, the Whistler CR series have the exclusive Stay Alert feature to keep you awake. Every 4 hours the radar detector will emit a tone to make sure you’re alert and awake.

GMRS Radio#3 CB and GMRS Radios

The technology might be old but the value is definitely still there. Check out my other article, Why the Technology of the 50’s Is Still Relevant Today, if you don’t believe me. As a trucker, you probably drive through stretches of road that still have never even heard of a cell phone tower—Hence, GMRS and CB Radios. In addition, these radios allow you to contact emergency services and receive weather alerts instantly. With a Smartphone you’d have to dial the number, wait until someone picks up, wait to be directed to the right person blah blah BLAH! CB and GMRS radios get you that information instantly. Boom. Not to mention, YOU SHOULDN’T BE ON THE PHONE WHILE YOU’RE DRIVING ANYWAYS!!! That’s why Bluetooth headsets are #1 on this list! So anyways, yes CB and GMRS radios are still very much useful, even 60 years later.

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JVC KDR Series In-Dash Car Stereos

Today we’re going to look at the all new KD-R Series single-din car stereos by JVC. There are 6 models in the series and with every model up you get a few more options than the last. We’ll start from the bottom up!

The KD-R330 is your basic car stereo that plays CD’s and accepts a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an iPod or another MP3 player. It has 1 set of 2.5V RCA outputs that can be used to connect an amplifier for car speakers or a subwoofer. This deck is 50 watts Peak and 20 watts rms and is CEA compliant.

The KD-R540 has all of these features but also includes a front USB port that can be connected to an iPod or iPhone for controlling music directly from the stereo’s controls. Pandora Internet Radio is also supported with Apple iPhone so you can thumb up and thumb down songs from the receiver.

Step up to the KD-R640 and you’ll receive an additional pair of pre-amp outputs so you can connect more than one amplifier easily. Variable color illumination will let you match the colors of your stereo to the colors of your vehicle’s interior. Also, if you’ve got steering wheel controls, the 640 is steering wheel control compatible, you’ll just need to purchase an additional module.

Next up, the KD-R740BT features built-in Bluetooth, which is great for hands-free phone calls and streaming your music from a Bluetooth enabled device such as an iPhone or Android. This receiver still has all of the features previously mentioned, but has a solid blue button illumination color.

Step it up to the KD-R80BT and you’ll get a few new features. 5-zone variable color illumination and brightness control let you select your favorite colors to be displayed. A 4-line text display will show you much more information at a glance than other typical single DIN receivers. Not only that, the three sets of 4.8 volts pre-amp outputs that are built in will make a huge difference in quality and control when installing aftermarket amplifiers.

Last in the series is the KD-R840BT. It’s designed with an easy to read single-line display that’s visible day or night. Like the 80BT, it has 5-zone variable color illumination as well Bluetooth technology. This deck is equipped with three sets of 2V pre-amp outputs, and offers front and rear USB inputs to connect your favorite devices.

So, if you’re looking for a solid receiver that offers a ton of features, the KD-R series car stereos by JVC may be right for you. Check out all of these products and more at the one and only SonicElectronix.com.

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Hands-Free Bluetooth Installation Made Easy with Axxeses Plug-and-play Harnesses

“Hello!? Where are you? You sound like you’re in a wind tunnel (note sarcasm)…” Have you ever heard this from a friend, customer or colleague while using your standalone Bluetooth device in your car? Yes? Thought so…

Most universal standalone hands-free Bluetooth devices for your car can be cumbersome and do not sound very good to the user, or to the person on the other end of the phone. Of course there are exceptions to this, but integrated add-on Bluetooth car kits for your factory stereo are definitely the way to go. They usually include independent microphones and displays. Both of which are very beneficial. But, a down side could be the need of professional installation. This can be a little intimidating for the average weekend warrior/installer. Now, there are plug-and-play harnesses to make their installation simpler.

Specifically Axxesses new line of vehicle specific harnesses.

Vehicle Specific Harnesses for Bluetooth Devices:

Axxess Vehicle specific harness for select Parrot, Novero and Motorola Bluetooth car kits

Axxess engineered this line of T-harnesses for most vehicles. They provide a direct plug-and-play between your vehicles stereo harness, and select Parrot, Novero and Motorola Bluetooth interfaces.

They are literally that simple. They take the guessing game out of which wire goes where for you or your installer.

 

 

Bluetooth Car Kits:

Motorola TK30

Parrot, Motorola, and Novero make a full range of compatible kits to suit everyone’s needs. From the budget conscience Motorola TK30, with an LCD screen and voice recognition, to the great Novero TrulyOne.

 

The Novero TrulyOne features a convenient display that allows users to visually track options, take full advantage of all of your phone’s features, including voice options and phone book sync. It also providesr multipoint connectivity allowing for connection for up to two Bluetooth compatible devices. The TrulyOne is a stylish and modern application. By the way, both of these kits stream music wirelessly, as do most of them.

 

So, if you are looking for a Bluetooth device for your vehicle, but are worried that there will be too much involved in having it installed, it can be easy as just plugging it in. Well, maybe a little more but you get the idea. Here at Sonic Electronix we have bundled these two items together at a discount to make your lives easier, and to save you some money! So check them out! If you need assistance selecting the correct harness for your application you can give our knowledgeable Customer Commitment team a call or buy them directly at sonicelectronix.com.

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Parrot Asteroid Smart – The Multimedia Receiver of Your Dreams

Looking for an upgrade for you vehicles sound system? Well you’re in luck; Parrot is revolutionizing the industry with their all new Asteroid Smart multimedia receiver. This Android powered double DIN stereo is equipped with a touchscreen 6.2”, and an operating system that makes selecting your media easier than ever. With the Asteroid Smart, you get it all.

One of the bigger features of this deck is its mobile internet access capabilities. Simply plug in an internet receiving dongle and do things such as browse the Asteroid Market, stream some new music from Pandora, or check the weather. Plug in your Apple iPhone and load up the GPS App for full integration of your smartphones navigation system; the receiver even comes with an external antenna for better reception. Built-in Bluetooth version 3.0 allows you to make and receive hands-free calls as well as stream wireless music from your Bluetooth enabled device to the speakers.

  • Integrates GPS Navigation from Apple iPhone
  • A2DP Bluetooth Version 3.0 for Hands-Free Calls and Wireless Streaming
  • Connect to Wi-Fi for Access to Asteroid Market

The Parrot Asteroid Smart boasts 4 rear USB ports so you can connect a few different devices simultaneously like a flash drive, iPod and iPhone. For people looking into head-rest monitors, this receiver has built-in audio and video outputs for connection to separate screens throughout the car. Three sets of 6V RCA preamp connections will give optional amplifiers in your system a strong signal with less noise interference. When you connect an iPod or iPhone, an on-board 24-bit digital analogue converter will enhance your MP3 and WAV files for playback through the door speakers.

  • 4 Rear USB Connections for Multiple Devices
  • Built-In Audio/Video Inputs and Outputs
  • 3 Sets of 6V Pre-Amp RCA Outputs

This touchscreen multimedia receiver is one of many great products made by Parrot, so you can expect nothing less than quality. A solid handful of features, intuitive software and high-quality engineering make up this attractive receiver, so get yours today at SonicElectronix.com!

Check out our in-car look at the ASTEROID Smart:

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