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Pioneer Announces Apple CarPlay Integration and New AppRadio 4

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All right Apple and Pioneer fans, listen up!  Pioneer Electronics just announced that they are offering Apple’s highly anticipated CarPlay feature that makes it easy for you to use an iPhone or iPad with their car radios.

Pioneer said it just began shipping a new CarPlay-capable AppRadio 4 car stereo deck to dealers around the country, according to an article on CE Outlook. They also launched a firmware update for their five current NEX model radios so that they are also compatible with CarPlay.

CarPlay brings Apple’s familiar interface to the car for accessing messages, music, maps and iTunes Radio.  It also features apps like Beats Music, iHeartRadio, At Bat (MLB baseball), Spotify, Stitcher, CBS Radio and Podcasts. With CarPlay, the radio recognizes an iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 when its plugged in. Users can then access most features by voice including the ability to respond to texts and have texts read aloud. It also features large icons for simple menu navigation.  Check out the Video below from Pioneer.

The firmware update is available at: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Support/Downloads, and may be downloaded to a USB device and then uploaded to the radio. The radios that are available for the firmware update include the Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX, and AVH-4000NEX.

AppRadio 4

pioneer_appradio_4Pioneer’s new AppRadio 4 is a powerhouse receiver, packing features not found in most premium stereos including Bluetooth and a 6.2″ capacitive touchscreen similar to your smartphone or tablet. You can take full advantage of the high-resolution WVGA screen with the onboard HDMI input, and it also has MirrorLink to mirror and control certain non-Apple smartphones. Android users will also rejoice in the seamless Android Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) for deeper access to files and folders, as well as the Google Voice integration. But worry not, iPhone users! You will love the intuitive iPhone/iPod interface and the ability to use Siri for voice commands.

 

 

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Top 6 DJ Controllers to look for in 2013

Pioneer DDJ SX

The DDJ SX is one of the most advanced Serato controllers available today.  The  DDJ SX features eight hot points per deck and vertical waveform display for fast tempo syncing.  The DDJ-SX enables two tracks to be controlled at the same time with dual deck mode.  This allows scratching or setting and recalling hot cues on both tracks as if they were performed on a single track which is a very handy tool for simplifying complex mixes.

Pioneer XDJ Aero

Finally the wireless DJ Controller is here with the XDJ Aero from Pioneer.   The Aero takes advantage of Wi-Fi technology to sync to Wi-Fi enabled media players such as iPod and iPad.  The can be used as a stand-alone 2 channel mixer and player as well as recording capabilities to a USB storage device.  Aside from the convenient Wi-Fi features the Aero is ascetically beautiful with a space age feel and sleek stream line profile  the XDJ Aero is sexy!

Numark NS7 II

The newest Flagship of the Numark family of controllers the NS7 II doesn’t disappoint with the new Serato optimized second generation of the NS7.   The NS7 II features 16 velocity sensitive pads as well as four decks.   Like the DDJ SX the NS7 II features iZotope effects processing as well as a durable all metal construction.  The  Sample, Loop, and hot cue controls are familiar and laid out in an intuitive and ergonomic  fashion  as well as the same 7” motorized platters with 3600 ticks of resolution.

Behringer CMD Series

The CMD series of controllers from Behringer are an exciting line of modular DJ solutions that allow for a customizable DJ system for every DJ style and set up.   The CMD DJ controllers allow for customizable setups with the modular components including:  the MM-1 four channel mixer, the PL-1 platter transport and four deck controller, the CMD LC-1 Ableton Style controller, CMD DV-1 effects controller, and the DC-1 sample pad controller.   All these modules can be used in addition to the comprehensive Studio 4A and Micro controllers.

Terminal Mix 4

The Terminal Mix 4 is the new flagship controller from Reloop and doesn’t disappoint as a feature packed 4 deck Serato controller.   The Terminal Mix 4 can also be used as a as a stand-alone mixer with RCA ins  built in sound card and a phono preamp for turn tables.   The Terminal Mix 4 is designed to be used with Serato but can be easily mapped to your favorite software.

Gemini G4V

The G4V from Gemini is a cost effective alternative to the higher priced 4 deck controllers on the market without sacrificing functionality.   The G4V is nicely equipped with 16 velocity sensitive sample pads advanced sampling controls auto loop roll modes that can be moved on the fly.  Each channel has dedicated gain eq and filter controls.   The G4V from Gemini is a Bang for your buck alternative for a feature packed pro controller.

 

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Top 5 Portable & Bluetooth Speakers

Let’s face it, everyone loves to listen to music.  It’s expressive and makes us want to dance..horribly.  However, there are situations where you might find yourself without a speaker to play your favorite tunes.  At the beach, at work, attending your local fight club, or whatever you’re into, there is almost always an opportunity to create a soundtrack to your life. There are some portable speakers that rise above the rest in terms of quality and unique features.

Aliph Jawbone Jambox

Aliph Jawbone JamboxOne of the first manufacturers to enter the portable headphone scene was Aliph Jawbone.  They released the very popular Jambox which has many positive reviews.  The Jambox is bluetooth making it very easy to connect to your smartphone or Bluetooth compatible devices. The huge user-friendly buttons on the top make it seamless to navigate through your music and pick a song that fits the environment.  Also, the battery lasts up to 10 hours so you can party all night long.  What more could you ask for?

Diamond MSP100
Diamond MSP100BThis little speaker is ideal for laptops, MP3 players, and cellphones.  The very unique shape of the speaker allows the user to place it in locations they otherwise would not be able to such as a cup holder.  The retractable cable makes it a no-brainer in terms of portability and storage. Just plug and play your device through the 3.5mm jack and you’ll be in musical paradise for up to 6 hours of play time!

Monster ClarityHD

Monster ClarityHDProducts by Monster do not usually disappoint.  The ClarityHD is no exception with its Bluetooth compatibility and built-in microphone for answering calls without your phone. You can also use the Noise-canceling Bluetooth speakerphone for Skype and other video chat programs. This unit is specifically meant for optimization with blackberry devices which is pretty rare nowadays.  When it comes to Monster portable speaker, these are one of the best.

HMDX HX-P23O

HMDX AudioThis little guy is similar to the Diamond MSP100 with some major difference.  This is a Bluetooth speaker with a shape the can contour to that of a cup holder. This is significant because you can place this speaker in your car’s cup holder and use the Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone allowing for a complete Bluetooth solution for your car! This makes it one of the most unique portable speakers we carry.

Pioneer Steez

These things are pretty legit if I do say so myself.  The Pioneer Steez portable music systems are like your own personal DJ. It has Mixtrax technology which enables you to accomplish tasks like tempo control and DJ mix which creates a non-stop mix by genre with transition effects between tracks.  It also has many equalization features so you can truely customize your music.

All of these great options give you no excuse to live without music in all aspects of your life!

 

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Pioneer Compatibility for iOS6 and iPhone 5

As their name would suggest, Pioneer Electronics is among the first manufacturers to release complete compatibility details for both the iPhone 5, as well as iPhone 4/4S devices running the newest iOS6 operating system. Check out the full compatibility charts below to ensure that your new Pioneer stereo will work with the latest and greatest tech gear. Click any of the images to see an expanded view of the chart.

iPhone 5 w/ Lightning-to-USB Cable
iPhone 5 with Lightning to 30-pin AdapteriPhone 4/4S with iOS6

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How to Choose DJ Equipment Based On Your Skill Level

To put it simply, unless you’re independently well off, you should probably aim for some of the lower priced DJ gear.  Try to do a lot with a little, and see how far your motivation takes you.  If you find that your motivation has taken you to the boundaries of your gears’ capabilities, then you know it’s time to upgrade.  Frankly, I think that it tends to be overwhelming if you’re presented with too many features and options right off the bat, thus you’re liable to lose focus and/or interest.  Of course, not everyone is like that, so you just need to make that decision for yourself.  The rest of this article will be for people who, figuratively speaking, want to learn to crawl before they learn to run marathons.

Numark DJ 2 GoUnless you’re planning on bringing your own PA system and lights to the places you play, you’ll be fine to start off with a DJ controller, some software and some headphones.  First and foremost, when you do a net search for DJ controllers and you come up with a decent list, be sure to sort the list by price from lowest to highest so it’s easier to see what’s available in your price range (one of the greatest features of internet shopping, in my opinion).  One of the cheapest yet reputable DJ controllers I know of is the Numark DJ 2 Go.  Currently priced around $50-$70, the DJ 2 Go not only carries the well-known and respected Numark name, but also comes with Virtual DJ LE and is pre-mapped to work perfectly with the software.  It features two platters, a crossfader, pitch and level controls and sync buttons among a number of other beneficial things.
ION Discover-DJOr, if you want something a little different, you could consider the ION Discover DJ which is currently priced around $60-$80.  The Discover DJ controller has pitch and level controls like the DJ 2 Go, but also features bass and treble controls, platters that are double the size, and the Discover DJ offers you the ability to “scratch,” like you were using vinyl.  It comes with MixVibes CROSS LE software which is also pre-mapped to the controller.

 

The software you should choose is really a matter of preference, but again, don’t aim too high when you first start out lest you get overwhelmed and lose interest.  If learning all about your controller and software seems daunting, take it down a notch or two and work your way up.

Pioneer HDJ-1000K

The Pioneer HDJ-1000K is one of the most popular DJ headphones on the market

As far as headphones go, you really should get a pair that’s comfortable, closed-back, and that has a ¼” plug.  Ideally, you’ll also want to go for good-looking headphones (as DJing does have an element of image to it), and you’ll want ones with swiveling ear cups so you can monitor both the mix that the audience is hearing, and the next track you’re cueing up.  Beyond those essential components, the DJing world is vast and full of loads of different types of gear, all with their individual pros and cons.  Do your research, read reviews, even try the gear out (if you’re fortunate enough to have the opportunity), and your DJing career will expand and evolve in lots of exciting ways.

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