By Chelsey P. – Product Specialist
Purchasing a new vehicle can be exciting, until you take a look at the stock stereo that comes with it. Many of today’s new cars have advanced integrated stereos that make it a hassle to replace. Upgrading to an aftermarket car stereo can end up taking a lot of time, effort, and frustration to install. And with most aftermarket receivers, the factory style that most people love, ends up being lost with a new and sometimes hard to use interface. Direct OEM replacement receivers will become more and more popular because they provide you with everything you need in a stereo, including a factory feel. Most of the time, these receivers will come with even more features than a stock head unit such as built-in Bluetooth, GPS navigation, and iPod integration. So I ask you, Why not replace your receiver with a feature-packed headunit while keeping your vehicle looking clean and new?
A company that has done all of the above is Fly Audio. They have created a head unit that looks stock, but comes with more options and features than you may know what to do with. The Double DIN Receivers have a 6.5”, 7” or 8” TFT-LCD Screen with CD, DVD, VCD, DivX and MP3 Playback. Fly Audio has integrated Bluetooth for hands-free calling as well as iPod direct connectivity. The USB Input allows you to charge, control and playback your iPod straight through the receiver. The Fly Audio E8039NAVI-2 is great example of a head unit for a vehicle that you would want to maintain the stock look in. It is a 7” Receiver with a touchscreen display made for the 2009 Lexus IS250/350. It has all of the features mentioned above along with built-in navigation. This may be one feature that your stock stereo did not have before. The navigation has voice prompts, traffic lane guidance and destination searches so you always know where to go. Fly Audio makes these head units for just about every car out there, not just the Lexus. These OEM integrated receivers will become increasingly popular over the years with the addition of new cars.
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By Chelsey P. – Sonic Electronix Writer
In-dash receivers have become increasingly popular throughout the years, but it has become more difficult to find a decent head unit with the exact features that you want for your vehicle. Motevo, a relatively new company, has solved this problem. Motevo has created a head unit that is custom built to match your car’s interior design and dimensions. They have created a full 7” in-dash receiver with DVD, DivX, VCD, CD and MP3 playback made specifically for your vehicle. These OEM replacement units match your factory dash while upgrading your system, and they also include in-dash GPS navigation. Unlike other aftermarket stereos, these replacements receivers will blend in seamlessly to preserve the factory integrated appearance of your dash.
The built-in navigation is special because it uses Navteq mapping, commonly found in higher level brands. The navigation system allows you to view a map in 2D or 3D display of the complete 50 United States. Points-of –interest search options are included to help you find restaurants, gas stations, and names. This information is very useful if you are in an unfamiliar area. To help keep you safe on the road, the Motevo navigation has text-to-speech that will announce street names, driving directions, and any other text the driver wants to hear. Along with built-in GPS, the Motevo OEM replacement units also come with built-in Bluetooth. Why risk driving while talking on your cell phone when you can converse with the person on the other end through your car speakers and Bluetooth microphone?
Tired of having to change CD’s all the time? Just use the front USB and SD card slot to expand your music options. The Motevo OEM replacement receivers also come with 2 video outputs for connecting optional monitors, such as headrest monitors, so you are able to watch a DVD on multiple sources. This is great way to entertain kids (and your passengers in general) on long car rides.
Overall, the Motevo OEM replacement head units are a great option if you want something that is affordable but has all of the features you want in a receiver. With the integrated design, your passengers will never guess that it didn’t come factory standard.
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