by amygilroy 0

Car Stereo, Feature

The Largest CarPlay Radio is Ready for Jeep

Jeep Wrangler owners can now get the largest Apple CarPlay aftermarket radio and one designed to work as if it came with your truck from the factory. Alpine Electronics of America just began shipping a CarPlay radio with a 9-inch screen (most are 7 inches) designed for 2011 and later Jeep Wranglers. If you […]


by amygilroy 2

Car Stereo, Feature

Warning About CarPlay in New GM Trucks

If you’re craving a new truck and were hoping to get the latest in smartphone connectivity, you may want to wait a few months before buying a truck from General Motors. The car maker has pulled Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from its two of trucks due to a shortage in the modules that enable […]


by amygilroy 0

Advanced Driver Safety, Feature

When to Get a Backup Camera For Your Old Car

If you are a parent or grandparent of young kids or teen drivers, the time to add a backup camera to your car is now. Backup cameras are so critical to safety that the US government ruled they be included in all cars produced from June 2018 and on. In 2002, pediatrician Greg Gulbransen walked […]


by amygilroy 0

Car Stereo, Feature

A New Radio for Porsche Owners

Vintage Porsche owners don’t have to settle for a clunker radio as Porsche itself just released a modern radio that fits its legacy sports cars. This is the first “official” retrofit radio from Porsche for the US market, said the company. It includes navigation with turn-by-turn directions and Bluetooth audio for connecting to a smartphone.  […]


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Feature

Does Your Car Radio Need a Tweak?

Maybe you want better sound in your car or truck but you’re not ready to dig into the dash to change the radio. JL Audio is the latest supplier to offer a solution through a digital signal processor or DSP.  It’s a black box you add to your radio that adjusts the sound and lets […]


by amygilroy 2

Car Stereo, Feature

Sony Launches Lower Cost CarPlay; Android Auto

Sony announced one of the more inexpensive CarPlay and Android Auto radios due for the market. Reaching stores in November at $499, it strips out the CD and DVD player, so you get your music from your iPhone or Android phone plus the built in AM/FM radio. With CarPlay you get a simple user interface […]


by amygilroy 0

Advanced Driver Safety, Feature

Which is Better: a Backup Camera or Backup Sensor?

A colleague tells the story of his wife backing into a pole with her new SUV. He was incredulous because the SUV had a backup camera. She explained, “but it didn’t beep!”  Therein lies the difference between a backup camera and a backup sensor, and why it’s important to know about each. Put simply, backup […]


by amygilroy 0

Feature, Remote Start and Convenience

Finally, Great Remote Start for VW and Audi!

Remote start has changed a lot over the years, but many Volkswagen and Audi owners were still left in the cold. Until now, they had to give up an expensive car key to be permanently placed behind the dash in order to complete a remote start solution. And that key could cost between $200 and […]


by amygilroy 0

Advanced Driver Safety, Feature

Best Blind Spot Detectors For Any Car

The first blind spot detectors using new microwave radar technology are now available and they work in any car. They use more precise sensors than the first round of aftermarket blind spot detectors that hit the market a few years ago.  So there’s far fewer false alerts. And there’s no longer the need to drill […]


by amygilroy 6

Car Stereo, Feature

Why Buy Car Stereo at a Specialist?

Why go to a specialist for car stereo when you can buy something cheap on Amazon and have your cousin install it? The first reason is too many DIY installations go wrong, often after Amazon’s 30 day exchange policy has expired, while a specialist will give a generous warranty for his installation. And the second […]


by amygilroy 0

Car Stereo, Feature

Yes, You Can Get Hi-Res Audio for the Car

If you want the very best audiophile sound you can get in your car you will want to consider equipment that can handle Hi-Resolution Audio. Hi-Res Audio is simply better than CD quality audio.  It captures more details from the artist’s studio performance. Lately, more music is being released in Hi-Res Audio because musicians want […]


by amygilroy 0

Feature

Now Bentley Owners Can Update Their Radios (Like the Rest of Us)

For those Bentley owners looking to add smartphone connections to their car radio, NAV-TV now offers a radio replacement kit that lets you add a modern radio without breaking the bank (at least not by Bentley standards). The radios in older model Bentleys are lacking today’s features such as smart phone connectivity, or CarPlay and […]


by amygilroy 2

Feature

Get That Killer Car Sound But Keep Your Radio

If you are happy with the features in your car radio but miss that killer sound at any volume, the car audio aftermarket has an answer.  It’s called a digital signal processor (DSP). Car makers tend to use cheap factory speakers and then add a lot of digital signal processing to the system to compensate.  […]


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Feature

Infinity Ships Basslink DC Mini Powered Subwoofer

After 20 years, Infinity replaced its BassLink mini powered subwoofer, its best seller, with a new BassLink DC that is now removable, waterproof and higher powered. Mini powered subwoofers continue to be a hot segment in the car audio market.  Regularly, they occupy the third or fourth slot for the top 10 best selling subwoofers, […]


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Feature

Alpine Intros Wireless CarPlay For Any Car

Alpine Electronics became the first aftermarket company to announce a wireless CarPlay deck, the iLX-107, which can fit in just about any car. No longer must you plug your iPhone into the car radio to get CarPlay’s simple-to-use interface.  The radio will recognize the phone in your pocket or purse when you enter the car […]