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Android Auto Car Stereos

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Android Auto is the latest in Android integration and offers a powerful way to interface your Android device with your car stereo. No more trying to fumble around with controlling your Android smartphone on an confusing interface. Android Auto is designed for the car to make your life easier, create a safer driving experience, basically just be awesome.

What is Android Auto?

To put it simply, Android Auto is Android in your car. Android Auto was created by Google to bring the Android operating system into your car. An Android Auto compatible car stereo allows you to completely integrate your Android device (running the Android Lollipop or newer OS) with your vehicle’s sound system. It is optimized for voice commands for both apps like Google Maps and Google Play Music and convenience features like phone calls and messaging so that you never have to take your hands off the wheel. Android Auto also works with many third party apps like Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and MLB At Bat.

How does Android Auto work?

Android Auto is on your phone, not built-in to the stereo. It projects a customized version of your compatible Android device onto the screen of the stereo (devices need to be connected via USB).The interface projected is very simple and intuitive and can be controlled from the touchscreen display or by voice commands.

  1. Connect Your Android Device Through USB
  2. Open Your Favorite App
  3. Control Via Voice Control or Touchscreen
  4. Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Not Your Phone

When you drill it down to its core, Android Auto is really about driver safety. The ability to control your phone through voice commands and touch screen controls on your stereo means you won’t be reaching for your phone to answer a call, check your GPS or skip to the next song. Concentrate on what’s important, the road, with Android Auto.


 

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How to Install Car Video Products

Adding Video to Your Car!

There are many options to consider when choosing a DVD receiver for your vehicle entertainment system. You can mount a separate DVD receiver under your seat. Or you can mount a flipdown screen with a built-in DVD player to the roof of your car. Another option is setting up an in-dash DVD player. Some in-dash DVD receivers include a built-in monitor and follow the same installation procedure as in-dash car stereos. If you are planning to add GPS navigation to your vehicle, an in-dash DVD player with a built-in monitor is likely the best choice in terms of compatibility and ease of use. Regardless of whether or not your head unit includes a built-in monitor, to create a complete entertainment system, you will want to add flipdown monitors, headrest screens, and sunvisors monitors.

  • Installing Headrest Monitors

Headrest monitors provide entertainment for passengers, especially on long road trips. We offer separate LCD monitors that can be mounted onto the front seat headrests with adjustable mounting brackets. For the ultimate convenience, check out our replacement headrests that come preloaded with screens for easy installation. The headrests come in a wide variety of colors, materials and textures, giving you plenty of options to choose from to find the perfect match for your vehicle’s interior design.

Connect the headrest wires, which run down through the seat, to the switch box. For video display, simply hook up the switch box inputs to the outputs of an in-dash DVD player (or separate component DVD player). Next connect the DVD player to a set of speakers, press play, and enjoy the show.

  • Installing Flip-down Monitors

Flip-down overhead LCD monitors are the biggest car screens that are available. Though they are large, their flexible flip-down design allows you to fold the monitor up and out of the way at your convenience. Some even include twin dome lighting to help illuminate your vehicle.

To install a flipdown LCD monitor to the roof of your vehicle, you will remove the interior panels and drop the vehicle’s headliner to remove the dome light. Always be careful when you are removing panels during installation. Some panels use screws and plastic plugs while others can come off by simply using a panel removal tool or flat head to pry them loose. To remove door scuff plates just pry the edges until the clips release. Be sure to check for screws. Seat belt pieces and kickpanels can be pried off the panel, just remove any bolts, screws or plastic plugs.

Cut a hole through the headliner and run the monitor’s wires through the hole. Pull the wire down alongside the passenger side post. Slide the mounting bracket through the dome light opening, and connect the cable to the monitor’s input. The headliner will hold the monitor in place. Remove the passenger seat, and cut a small hole in the carpet and run the cable underneath the carpet and through the hole to connect it to the switch box. Run the remaining wires to the fuse panel in order to draw current to the monitor. Stash the hanging wires behind the dash, using wire ties to keep them organized and out of the way. Check to see if everything is functioning properly before reinstalling the panels.

  • Overhead Monitors with Built-in DVD Players

For the ultimate entertainment package, check out our overhead LCD monitors that include built-in DVD players. These combos simplify the installation process. We also offer separate overhead monitors, which require additional wiring for video and audio output. Just like any monitor, you need to hook up their inputs to the outputs of an in-dash DVD player (or separate component DVD player) to generate the video display. To generate audio, you run the player outputs to a set of speakers, and just like that you will have a first class entertainment system on wheels.

Be sure to look for systems with built-in wireless FM modulators and infrared transmitters. These allow your passengers to use wireless headphones, affording you peaceful silence on the road.

Tools Required for Car Video Entertainment System Installation:

  • Wire Stripper / Crimper
  • Socket wrench set
  • Screw Drivers (Flat head, Phillips)
  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Panel Removal Tool
  • Knife

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Car Audio and Video

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When you upgrade your car’s entertainment system, you improve the driving experience for all. At our affordable prices, you don’t need to go on “Pimp my Ride” to build the vehicle entertainment system of your dreams.

  • Going from Ordinary Tunes to a Melodic Symphony

What’s in a stereo? Your factory radio may be adequate, but why settle for less than the best when you can afford to upgrade to a first class head unit? I ask again, what’s in a stereo? In our opinion, when someone takes a seat in your vehicle and you turn the volume up, it should be an entertainment experience. If you just want a stereo that only has a few more features and options than your factory radio, we have those too. But if you want a head-turning, smile-inducing stereo at an affordable price, you are looking in the right place.

An aftermarket stereo is the first step towards building a great vehicle sound system. They usually come standard with controls for your AM/FM tuner and also have CD, MP3, WMA, and AAC playback capability. An increasing number of receivers also include features such as DVD playback, Sirius and XM satellite radio controls, digital HD Radio, internal hard drives, Bluetooth capability, GPS navigation, and inputs for iPod and USB use. Check out the head units section for more info on the latest designs.

  • Step up Your Speakers

The cheapest and simplest way to upgrade your sound system is to upgrade your speakers. Step up your speakers, and you step up your system to a whole new level. An after-market set of speakers is better able to handle a wider range of frequencies. The improvement from factory to aftermarket speakers is so dramatic that you will wonder why you didn’t upgrade sooner.

Of course, a step up from a car with aftermarket speakers, is a car with both aftermarket speakers and subwoofers. Car subs will give an overall depth and realistic sound to your music. Subs add booming bass beats to let the whole block know that you mean business. To get the most out of your subs, you need a subwoofer enclosure. We have a wide variety of professionally constructed sub boxes, built for your convenience and designed to perfectly complement your personalized system. We advise you to choose a sealed, ported or bandpass box based on your subwoofer specifications and available vehicle space.

  • Amp Up Your System

An amplifier modulates power from your car battery, feeding power into your subwoofers and speakers. The power generated from the amp enables the speakers to emit both low bass beats and high frequency sounds. You need to choose an amplifier that can supply enough power at a specific ohm load, called the impedance. Take your time when choosing an amplifier, because the amplifier is the blood-life to your sound system.

  • Create a Theater on Wheels

As a driver, your primary responsibility is to keep your passengers safe. But assuming you’ve got that covered, why not look (and sound) good while doing it? That’s where we come in. To thrill your passengers with movies and TV, install one of our car stereos with in-dash DVD playback. To complete the system, you will need LCD Monitors, and we carry overhead, headrest, stand alone, rearview, sun visor, and in-dash monitors. For the ultimate system, check out our in-dash DVD receivers with built-in screens and touchscreen controls. They feature motorized screens so that you can put the screen away when out of use. Another option for top notch entertainment is our overhead monitors that include built-in DVD players. Not only do these combos simplify the installation process, they also blend in nicely with your vehicle.

If you have young children, be sure to look for systems with built-in wireless FM modulators and infrared transmitters. These systems enable passengers to use wireless headphones, affording you peaceful silence on the road.

Now that you know what you need, plan out your budget and call us today to start building a state-of-the-art entertainment system on wheels.

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