Car Audio

  • CrunchDeals: JVC double-DIN car stereo for $270

    If you find driving an automobile to be an ultimately boring and mundane experience, you might think about adding an in-dash DVD player with iPod and Bluetooth connections — if only to have something to take your eyes off the road for a while. Read More

  • Creative X-Fi appearing in car audio

    It’s about time; we’ve had Creative sound cards in our PCs for decades. It was only natural they should move to cars. JC Hyun Systems has developed the RUNZ CI-700, the first automobile infotainment system to use Creative’s X-Fi technology. The RUNZ CI-7100 features a MMSP2 MPEG video hardware engine, SiRF III GPS chipset, and Creative’s X-Fi audio processor, all which… Read More

  • JVC announces new line up of products in car audio

    The theme of this years CES seems to have been connectivity. Between Netflix being in everything, and the Palm Pre, it seems like the major focus is connecting your gadgets together, and doing it well. Along that vein, JVC has announced several new products with integrated connectivity options. Read More

  • Plug-in car AV gizmo with 4GB of storage, FM transmitter, and 1.5-inch screen

    Billed as “an ultra portable car media player with FM transmitter function,” the Plug-in Car MP4 Player from Chinavasion appears to be a pretty simple and straightforward solution to getting some music and movies going in your car with minimal fuss. Read More

  • DIY: Hardwire your iPod or MP3 player to your car's head unit

    Peeps have been rigging up iPods to their cars for ages now. Just in case you’re just coming of driving age though, here is a nice walk-through on hard-wiring your iPod, or any PMP, to your car’s OEM head-unit. Granted, there are better ways of getting you MP3’s bump’n through your 6×9’s, but you might not have the coin for those options. This one is cheap… Read More

  • New Parrot Bluetooth car stereo coming in March

    Another entry in the no-CD-necessary line of car stereos will be showing up in stores this March. The Parrot RK8200 will blur the line between stereo and hands-free car kit, offering stereo Bluetooth (A2DP/AVRCP), 12-key numeric keypad, and iPod, USB, SD card, and analog inputs. There’s also a little compartment behind the flip-down faceplate that you can use to stash your phone… Read More

  • Pioneer In-Dash Navigator and Media Control Center

    Product Name: Pioneer AVIC-F500BT
    Description: Pioneer launched the AVIC-F500BT an hybrid in-dash navigator and media controller that links your MP3 player, cell phone, and Bluetooth devices while helping you figure out where you’re going. The pre-loaded mapping data from Tele Atlas covers the entire United States, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii, and you can view them on the 5.8-inch… Read More

  • Miller Lite Subwoofer brings beer to the ear

    When money gets tough and you want to add a sub-woofer to your 1998 Hyundai Tiburon with the rims you got from that dude off Craigslist, you’ll need something on the cheap. After all, those “professional” boxes made from things like wood and plastic cost way too much for any college student. So it makes sense that some dude instead opted to pound Miller Lite all night and throw… Read More

  • Bluetooth visor gizmo does calls, outputs to car stereo

    This is an interesting device and, as fate may have it, a device I’ve been waiting on for quite some time now. It’s basically a Bluetooth speakerphone that clips to your visor and outputs sound to your car’s stereo. You can use it for calls but, even better, you can use it for audio. So if your phone or MP3 player does Bluetooth, you can stream your tunes directly to your… Read More

  • Alpine's $1,000 Do-All: Now Shipping

    Alpine aims to do to your dashboard what others have done for your living room. With its new IVA-W205 car deck, you can build a customized super-elaborate car stereo that does everything you could possibly want. Everything’s centered around a 6.5-inch QVGA touchscreen with tactile feedback, meaning when you touch the screen to make a selection, it moves to let you know that you’ve… Read More

  • Alpine's iDA-x001 iPod Deck Available Early!

    Just thought you’d like to know, I just got a note from Alpine saying that as of today, the iDA-x001 mega-iPod friendly car stereo is available at all Alpine-aothorized retailers. That means you can get your hoopty over to Best Buy and get the closest thing to iTunes in your car as is possible right now. Some retailers, Alpine couldn’t list who, are offering free installation and… Read More

  • Kenwood Announces System Expansion Solutions

    Pimping your ride has always meant upgrading the stereo system, but now Kenwood will make it easier to add components to suit your needs. The company will be expanding their CarPortal product line for 2007, making it practical to upgrade and even add components to a car’s entertainment system. This is part of the Kenwood strategy “To live connected and drive connected.”
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  • Brando Adds USB, SD to Car FM Transmitter for MP3s

    , and we’re often into the new stuff they come up with, like the Car to USB FM Transmitter with LCD Display. It’s not unlike many other FM transmitters for MP3 players out there, it plugs into your cigarette lighter socket for power, and broadcasts your audio signal on any one of 15 predefined stations. What’s different is that in addition to the requisite mini-plug for… Read More