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Nexus 7 In-Dash Vs. Regular Decks

Part two of the Nexus 7 In-Dash has been released and Allyn at Sonic Electronix goes through a follow up on how the new dash is working out.

One of the things I wanted to focus on are the pros and cons to actually setting up a system such as this for yourself. At first glance, it definitely looks super awesome, and since the tablet itself can be removed from the system at anytime by the user, it’s a lot more convenient when traveling. Most important is the fact that you have all that awesome features that the Nexus 7 provides you right in your car dash. The tablet itself is very smooth during use with almost no delay, and the Google Maps navigation feature provided is one of the best for portable devices. The Nexus 7 already has so many amazing features that most of you know yourself, and having in your car is just totally awesome. Imagine the fact that you are capable of even checking your email on your dash stereo! And playing Angry Birds? (Which I highly recommend you do NOT do while driving, but cool when you are parked and waiting in your car for something or someone).

JVC KW-AV60As for the cons (because there’s always going to be some), the fact is that you lose the traditional features provided on regular decks. First and foremost you are not going to be able to have a CD/DVD player anymore (unless you have another component installed.) You lose AM/FM capabilities (yet you can make up for it by streaming it through the tablet), and you also won’t be able to install a backup camera screen into your dash unless you install it in another area of your vehicle. Most importantly, you cannot truly use just about any of the features on the tablet unless you have a 3G phone to tether it to the tablet. So if you are still a basic phone user, I wouldn’t really recommend this installation.

But all together, I personally really like this installation and Sonic Electronix’s creativity in providing different ideas and concepts as to what you can do with your car stereo system. Sonic Electronix offers custom installations like this for ALL vehicles, so feel free to call or email us to inquire about getting a Tablet installed in your car!


Google Nexus 7 in the Dash of Dodge Ram

Sonic Electronix continues to test their creativity by experimenting with the Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Installed in a 2008 Dodge Ram, the actual concept itself can not only be looked at as something original, but also a less pricey option for those looking to start a project such a this while upgrade their car audio system. While similar installs have been done with Apple iPad tablets, this install shows that there is a less-expensive alternative to the iPad or a perfect solution for those that prefer the Android operating system.

The tablet is about the same size as a standard 7″ Double DIN receiver and can be removed while not in use, making the Nexus 7 perfectly usable inside and outside of the dash cradle.

Make sure you also check out Sonic Electronix YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/SonicElectronixTV for more awesome videos featuring some great products and resources.


Features to Look For in a Car Stereo Receiver

When it comes down to choosing a new car stereo receiver for your vehicle, it’s always nice to have a few extra features that your old one didn’t have. There are many new ways to communicate, search for music or even navigate with a stereo receiver and we are going to touch on just a few.

Bluetooth Technology is one of the most sought after technologies in the car stereo world. It allows you to receive or make calls completely hands free, using a wireless communication between your stereo and your Bluetooth enabled phone. Bluetooth car stereos equipped with A2DP will additionally support Bluetooth audio streaming.

HD Radio is great when you live in urban or metropolitan areas with lots of radio signal. An HD Radio stereo will receive high definition digital AM/FM audio signals, resulting in very clear music. Many times, an HD receiver will allow you to tag songs that you like to later view in iTunes for download.

GPS Navigation is important for those daily drivers and commuters who do a lot of traveling. There are many different types of map databases in receivers. Some include helpful details like traffic tuning or points of interest searching. Navigation is also useful for finding the most economical routes to your destinations.

Pandora Internet Radio integration has quickly become huge in car stereos. If the receiver supports it, simply start up the Pandora app on your smart phone and plug it in through a USB connection. The stereo will typically be able to skip tracks, and sometimes it will support the use of ‘Thumbs Up’ and ‘Thumbs Down’ buttons.

iPod and iPhone Support are becoming a must in today’s industry. A good majority of people in the United States now own an Apple device to store their music, so why not utilize the iPod to bring your whole music library into the car.

These are some common features to look for when shopping for your new stereo. We hope this guide helps you track down that perfect receiver that does everything you need. If you have any suggestions of other popular features, please let us know in the comments field below!


The Parrot Asteroid: An Android Powered Car Stereo

If you’re in the market for a new stereo for your car, maybe it’s time you overlook the rest and step into the world of Android. The Parrot Asteroid is an intuitive in-dash receiver with many features that make your life easier on the road. Android is an open source operating system, meaning you can expect many updates with new features, even after the Asteroid is installed.

Conveniently Packed with Features

Expect more for your money with this digital media receiver. If you’ve got an iPod or iPhone, you’re in luck; use the included iPod connector cable to plug in your Apple device for full access to your music and other media at the tip of your fingers. If you are ever on the verge of getting lost, use the built-in navigation that displays clearly and beautifully with up to date maps on the display. For the talkers out there, hands-free Bluetooth by Parrot allows you to take and make calls with your hands comfortably on the steering wheel. There are a total of 4 USB inputs on the back of this receiver that can be used for your iPod, the included GPS antenna, and 2 additional devices that such as a flash drive or other storage device.

  • Built-in Bluetooth Technology
  • Pandora Internet Radio Support
  • Map application offers advanced navigation

Do It All with Android Apps

The Parrot Asteroid receiver has a multitude of apps available to you. For example, with the TuneIn radio you may listen to one of 50,000 different radio stations. There is even an app to lookup information on your destination before you ever leave the driveway. If you’re worried about being disconnected from the internet, this receiver is for you. With tons of updates to come, the Asteroid can only get better. As the first official Android OS car receiver, the Parrot Asteroid is revolutionizing the industry. To read more about the Asteroid, check out our product page.


Jensen VM Series Car Stereos

When it comes down to choosing the right car stereo for your vehicle, the Jensen VM series has something for everybody. The lineup features 5 single DIN models, and 5 double DIN models which are all loaded with different features. The single DIN VM’s feature a 7” LCD screen and are all priced in the range of two to three hundred dollars, while the VM double DIN models all sport a 6.2” screen and are priced in the range of two to five hundred dollars.

Standard Features Across The Series

Jensen has really one-upped the market with their high quality car stereos. Each head-unit has 3 sets of RCA outputs that can be utilized for adding multiple amplifiers into your audio system. These stereos are all designed to work with Apple devices, meaning you may plug in your iPhone or iPod directly into the front or rear USB connection and have full control of your music library through the controls on the head-unit. Additionally, CD’s, DVD’s, MP3, and WMA files are supported across the entire line of VM stereos.

The Style and Features You Want

The VM9214 is the most basic model of the series, available both in double DIN as well as single DIN. By purchasing separate Jensen modules, you may add on features such as Bluetooth or even navigation. The high end VM9424BT has built-in Bluetooth for hands free talk and for wirelessly streaming your music from your cell phone. The included navigation contains 11 million points of interest to ensure you will never get lost again. With each step up to the next head-unit in the series, you will get more and more features that will keep you driving efficiently and keep your passengers entertained.

Jensen Has What You’re Looking For

When you are looking for a new stereo for your vehicle, consider that the Jensen VM lineup will likely have the perfect product you are looking for. With an unbelievable amount of features, support of multiple file types, and audio quality that is superior to most others, these user friendly stereos can be the perfect solution to your aftermarket car receiver needs.