Tag: car stereo

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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How To Install A Car Stereo In 5 Easy Steps

Putting an aftermarket car stereo into your vehicle is a simple upgrade that not only enhances the sound quality of your music, but also adds many new features. For most vehicles, it’s not difficult to install a car stereo yourself, and it takes only a couple of hours if you do everything correctly. To start this installation you will need the following tools:

  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Panel Pry Tools
  • Wire Strippers
  • Crimping Tool
  • Butt Connectors (or crimp caps)

In addition to this list, you will need any additional tools that your vehicle may require. First and foremost, you need to disconnect the negative battery terminal to prevent damage to the vehicles electrical system during the installation. Second, remove the factory car receiver by following the instructions that are included with the installation accessories that we provide with your stereo purchase. Third, prepare the aftermarket stereo by properly mounting the unit in the dash-kit by following the instructions that are included. Next, use butt connectors to connect the stereo’s wiring harness to the vehicle wiring harness adapter. Fourth, install any additional accessories the aftermarket stereo came with such as a wired microphone, GPS antenna or a rear USB cable extension. The fifth step is to connect the aftermarket stereo assembly and wiring harness to the vehicle, securing the dash and replacing all panels that were removed during the process. Don’t forget to reconnect anything else that was disconnected such as air bags, 12V cigarette lighter sockets, and of course the negative battery terminal.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal
  2. Remove the factory receiver
  3. Mount stereo in dash-kit and connect wiring harnesses
  4. Install additional stereo accessories
  5. Connect the new stereo assembly and wiring harness to vehicle

That’s all there is to it, 5 fairly easy steps and you’ll be enjoy all of the features of your new car stereo. Replacing your factory receiver is a great way to add quality and functionality to your vehicle’s sound system. There are many brands, styles, and features available, so be sure to shop around to find a stereo that best suits your needs. Our online vehicle fitment guide will let you know what accessories you need for your specific vehicle and these accessories will be included free with your car stereo purchase. If you have any questions or need help picking the right stereo, give us a call at 1-877-289-7664 and one of our knowledgeable sales representatives will help guide you and answer any questions you may have. Treat yourself to a new car stereo this season and we’ll gladly help you find the right one for you. Check us out at 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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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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