Tag: Car Stereos with Bluetooth

iPod Dockable Deck from Dual Allows for Easy iPod/iPhone Integration

When iPods were first released, who could’ve foreseen the overall success and impact they would have on the entire electronics industry? Not only do these music-storing MP3 players allow for simple playback, but they have also introduced a familiar interface that allows us to easily adapt to the players features. Let’s face it, you don’t have to own an iPod to know how to work one. The success of the iPhone further added to the Apple MP3 player craze. Car Stereo’s had to take part and support iPods directly to give users the best possible experience. Car stereos with USB ports began to take on the ability for direct iPod control.

Now it’s 2011 and we’re all aware of what an iPod or iPhone is. Car stereo’s have introduced newer and newer technology to integrate iPod connectivity and iPhone applications through their speakers and display. Dual introduced a new iPod and iPhone source unit that allows for not only a great playback experience, but also a great way to store the iPod or iPhone. The Dual XML8150 In-Dash car stereo features a fold-out integrated dock that allows for integration of the iPod or iPhone and also allows you to dock the iPod or iPhone onto the stereo itself. This can be especially convenient when using the iPhones built-in map system so you can basically use your iPhone as a navigation system. The display will work as normal, and you’ll also be able to have voice commands played through your car speakers as well.

This stereo also has Built-in Bluetooth to further integrate the iPhone connectivity. You can pair the phone and stereo with each other and allow all phone calls to ring through your car stereo. With the Dual XML8150, it’s now an option to simply dock your iPod or iPhone and completely forget about it. If a call Is coming through, you can be assured that the Dual XML8150 will take care of routing that call through your speakers.


Things To Consider For Your New Car Stereo

Sony MEX-BT3800U Car Stereo with Bluetooth

Trying to pick out a new car stereo can seem overwhelming sometimes.  It’s difficult to decide which features are more important to you, and which are worth the price that you’re paying.  Most features found on car stereos are all about personal preference.  Some people may need to have a feature packed equalizer, while other users may never even use this feature.  Other features, like Bluetooth Hands-Free options are required by law in some states and bulky external accessories may not get the job done like your car stereo can.

When shopping for an aftermarket car stereo the first question is all about fitment.  What will fit in my vehicle?  After determining what size of car stereo you’ll need, next is to decide what type of audio features you’re interested in.  Aftermarket receivers can provide a little wattage to your factory speakers so they can sound better, but also can provide equalizer options so you can fine tune your music to your preference.  After deciding between the options for adjusting your music, now it’s time to decide what type of sources you can listen to.

A factory stereo will most commonly have an AM/FM tuner and a CD Player.   Aftermarket receivers expand your options significantly.  You can have playback sources like Satellite Radio and HD Radio for better playback options and quality.  Other sources that can be introduced by an aftermarket stereo are USB playback options and SD Memory card playback options so you can listen to music from an MP3 player like an iPod, or a flash drive.  Some Bluetooth stereos, like the Sony MEX-BT3800U can even playback audio from compatible phones wirelessly through your car stereo!

It’s tough to consider what style of receiver you’re looking for.  Some look made from the factory, while others use flashy interfaces that stand out a bit more.  After determining what size of stereo you’re looking for and what playback options you’re interested in it’s all about deciding among the plenty of options and price ranges found on the market currently.