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Precision Interface Electronics Integration Products

Clarion NZ500 (NZ-500) DVD Receiver with Bluetooth

For the past 20 years, Precision Interface Electronics Inc, also known as P.I.E. has been manufacturing high quality state of the art car audio installation and integration accessories. P.I.E.’s top of the line interfaces allow the integration of iPods, DVD players, MP3 players, Satellite Radio, Gaming systems, AUX inputs, and much more to your OEM or aftermarket systems. Here at Sonic, we have just beefed up our selection of PIE total integration products so you, our customers have the option of incorporating some of the most popular add-on accessories to your vehicle.

Integrating an iPod into your vehicle has become very popular in the past few years, CD’s are becoming a thing of the past and mostly everyone stores their music on MP3 devices. P.I.E. iPod interfaces allow you to add an iPod connection to your vehicles OEM factory or aftermarket system very easily. These interfaces allow you to listen, charge, and control your iPod through the CD changer or satellite radio controls of your headunit. They come in vehicle specific options and are made for most of the popular vehicles out today. Aftermarket headunits are not a problem when it comes to these interfaces, PIE has also produced interface adapter cables that are compatible with some of the most well known stereo manufacturers like Kenwood, Pioneer, Eclipse, and Alpine.

One of PIE’s coolest products is the X3 Switchable Triple Auxiliary Input Selector. This converter system allows you to add up to 3 auxiliary input sources and have them directly connected between the factory CD changer, factory satellite radio tuner, or most factory audio systems. It gives you the option of connecting a combination of 3 audio sources like an MP3 player, XM radio, DVD player, iPod, or any other device with auxiliary audio inputs at the same time to your factory radio. The X3 is equipped with a single push button switch to select between the three auxiliary sources you decided to connect. For this product to function correctly the factory radio must have a slave unit to use and it must be used with one the X3 vehicle specific wiring harnesses.

Browse Sonic Electronix wide selection of Precision Interface Electronics products and integrate some of your favorite add-on accessories today.


Dice Silverline Duo Integration Solution

Dice Silverline Duo Integration Solution

Now-a-Days it seems like everyone has all of their favorite music stored on their iPods/iPhones or listens to satellite radio. Have you ever wanted to bring your iTunes collection to your car but don’t want to spend all that money on a new head unit? Don’t worry, Dice Electronics has the perfect solution for you.

The Dice Silverline Duo Series is a vehicle specific integration kit which allows you to connect your iPod, iPhone, Internet Radio, and Sirius Satellite Radio to your vehicles factory stereo system. Dice Silverline Duo has an easy to operate interface combined with great sound quality. The interface also provides integrated control from the radio, steering wheel, the connected device or from an optional remote. If your vehicle already has factory Sirius Satellite Radio, this integration kit will retain it, however if it does not, it easily allows you to add an aftermarket Sirius Radio Tuner using the SC-C1 Sirius Connect Tuner. When your iPod or iPhone is connected, the Duo will provide a charge for the device so you are ready to go at all times. The updatable firmware on the Duo ensures that this is the only integration kit you will ever need, it connects to your PC through USB so you can update whenever a newer version is available.

One of the coolest features of the Duo is the Livio Car Internet Radio. You can download the free app from the iTunes store that allows you to listen to hundreds of internet-based radio programming options streamed through the 3G/Edge or Wi-Fi connection. Livio also has an upgraded application for $4.99 that will provide you with 45,000 AM/FM and internet-only radio streams from around the world. Dice Integration Kits are the only device that allows you to control the Livio Car Internet Radio Application from your vehicles radio. For Livio to work in your ride, you must have an active wireless data connection to stream music. Data connections including “3G” or “4G” through wireless carriers, or a third party wireless Internet access point connected to your mobile device thru WiFi will work. For more information on Livio Internet Radio, please go to http://support.livioradio.com.

Who would’ve thought you could integrate all your favorite devices while retaining your factory system!


How to Connect an iPod in Your Car

How to Connect an iPod in Your Car

We live in a digital age. The majority of us do not carry cases of cassettes or CDs around in our cars anymore. Instead we are using digital forms of music, namely the Apple iPod. This revolutionary portable music player has forever changed the way that music is played in the car. In this blog we will outline a few ways in which you can listen to your iPod in your car.

USB Port

Front USB on the JVC KD-R810

The best way to connect your iPod to your car is through a USB Port on an aftermarket car stereo. This digital interface allows the music from the iPod to be played through the car speakers. In most cases the iPod can be controlled with the interface on the car stereo. Using an Car Stereo with a USB connection allows the iPod to be connected and stored in a location that is out of site, such as a glove box or center console. One of the many benefits to using USB is that the iPod will be charged while it is connected. USB also allows for other digital devices (such as a thumb drive, flash drive, etc) to be connected to the unit. A iPod connected via USB typically has better sound quality over other methods.

Auxiliary Input

Clarion CZ500 with Front Aux

Many aftermarket car stereos feature a front 3.5mm mini-jack auxiliary plug. By using a standard auxiliary cable, the iPod’s headphone output is connected to the stereos auxiliary input. This is the simplest way to listen to the iPod through the car speakers. When this method is used, the iPod must be controlled using the iPod itself.

Wireless A2DP Bluetooth Streaming

USB Bluetooth Adapter for A2DP Audio Streaming

JVC KS-BTA50 Enables A2DP Audio Streaming on Select JVC Stereos

For those that have an iPhone, wireless audio streaming is a great option. Using the A2DP Bluetooth profile on the iPhone and the compatible Bluetooth car stereo, the audio from the phone can be streamed wirelessly to the stereo and be played through the car speakers. This method requires more specific equipment and does not have the pure sound quality of a wired connection, but the convenience makes it very popular.

OEM Integration

DICE Electronics DUO-100-BMW: iPod Integration for Select BMW Vehicles

For those that do not want to install an entire new car stereo interface, there are OEM integration solutions. These systems will keep the factory stereo in the car, while enabling the music from the iPod to be played throughout the car speakers. The DICE DUO-100-BMW is a great example of iPod integration kit for select BMW vehicles.

For more information about connecting your iPod to your car stereo, visit the Sonic Electronix Knowledge base and read the article 7 Ways To Connect Your iPod To Your Car.