Why an iPhone and Car Mount Is Better Than Your In-Car Infotainment System

Today, if you’re going to go out and buy a high end car, you’ll be amazed by the range and variety of in-car entertainment systems. From the introduction of the radio, our cars have since evolved satellite navigation systems, dual mode screens for watching films and even the ability to answer questions you have on the road. However, these systems can often be pretty dumb. Slow, unintuitive and rarely updated, they can be much less useful than the computer you’ve got in your pocket – your iPhone.

Unlike your car, your iPhone is always with you, learning what you’re interested in and figuring out where your likely destinations are going to be. It also knows what kind of music you like to hear, the sound of your voice and exactly where it is at all times. Those are things which your car simply can’t do, and with the help of an iPhone car mount, you can turn any older car into an ultra-modern smart ride. Here are our three favourite iPhones features to use in a car:

1) Navigation

In-car navigation services can be pretty awful at times. You’re either stuck using the one which came built in to your car, which might never have been updated to the latest maps or dedicated GPS units which can be costly and clumsy to install. With an in car iPhone mount, you can use the GPS you’ve always got on you – your phone. You’ll always have the latest maps, as well as access to things like traffic updates, something many in-car navigation systems don’t offer. Perhaps best of all though, because the many docks support charging, your phone’s battery won’t drain whilst it gets you from location to location.

2) Hey, Siri!

Since iOS 9, iPhones have had the capability of listening out for the command ‘Hey, Siri’. At home, that means you can ask it things like how long you’re meant to boil an egg for, or to set an alarm. If you’ve got your iPhone mounted in your car though, it can mean doing things like asking it to find restaurants in your destination before you arrive, telling it to play an album that you love or even redirect you to another location.

3) Unlimited music choice

Remember the days of filling your cars storage compartments with CD’s in order to keep your music choices fresh? Say goodbye to them, because with an iPhone and mount combination, you can stream as much music as you like. Many cars from the last decade have Bluetooth connectivity, and many more have 3.5mm connection, making connection to your iPhone easy. With an in-car iPhone mount, album arts, information and controls are all at your fingertips; so all you really need to do is choose between Spotify, Google Play Music or Apple Music.

JVC Car Stereo Review

In the car audio head unit industry, JVC has been giving out very well received products. As 2010 comes to a close JVC is now currently showcasing their present and upcoming products. They have been promising car audio enthusiasts about the coolest and the most extreme sound systems ever present in a car vehicle. Currently, they are now undergoing a new change in their overall head unit features trying to incorporate more of their newest car audio technology as well as more of their wireless system capacity.

Nowadays, a JVC car stereo is now capable of accepting data and music files from either an external storage device like a USB or a mobile audio device such as an iPod or a mobile phone. They are also incorporating SD sockets for more versatility when it comes to accepting and playing music files from different storage platforms.

As of today, one of the most popular JVC car stereo products is the JVC head unit is the JVC NZ KD-R716 50Wx4 Bluetooth / Dual USB CD/NZ Tuner MOSFET Head unit, Front Aux. At first glance the head unit is very slim and very stylish. The blue circular pattern on the design was used to streamline the overall controls and allow it to be located towards the driver’s side for ease and accessibility. The design of the unit is specifically designed for your audio needs and not too much about all the dazzling accessories that you would otherwise not need in a traditional and fully integrated car audio system. But it does have a lot of functions and operations that are geared towards the audio.

In this JVC car stereo, they used their well recognized Bluetooth system, the KD-R716 Bluetooth. This allows the user to utilize the device hands free and optimizes your mobile’s Bluetooth capacity. This way, you can now use the head unit as well as all the audio components that your car has through your mobile phone. Underneath the rubber flap for protection against the elements, dust and humidity is the dual USB port. This is very handy and very ideal for playing your own personalized playlists. Basically it allows you to just plug and play. This port also allows the connection from your iPhone or your iPod to the head unit. From here on you can plug in your device and then operate your JVC car stereo just as you would from an iPod.

Aside from its front auxiliary input, this JVC in car head unit has a mini remote that allows the driver more ease and comfort in operating the product. The remote control is also very stylish and very compact. You won’t have to browse through a lot of things when you operate it because it is specifically designed to be used as easily as possible. Overall, this product presents just about everything that you will need from a car audio system. Not only is it very handy and very functional, their new feature does allow you to access it through the latest technology available today. It can fully cater to all your audio technology needs and will definitely upgrade your car audio system.

Why An Aftermarket Car Audio System Is The Way To Go

Your car came with a factory installed audio system, right? They are great sounding, aren’t they? Wait until you see and hear an aftermarket setup.

There are several reasons why an aftermarket car audio system will beat factory installed systems any day.

Aftermarket car audio products…

*They give far superior performance.

*They give you wider options.

*They are made by companies that have a reputation in car audio .

*There are things that aren’t possible otherwise in an audio setup if not as aftermarket options.

*You get to choose products that fit your individual taste.

*You get products that cost far less for comparable car dealer options.

*You get products that are made by specialized manufacturers.

*You get products that are far more reliable and functional

That’s a sum of the advantages of aftermarket car audio systems over OE (Original equipment) products.

To press home the points, let’s use car CD changers and radios as examples…

Aftermarket CD Changers, when combined with a CD changer interface, provide a far superior but less expensive alternative to a car Dealer supplied CD changer. This is because you can pay, on average, $550 to $800 to your car dealer for a CD changer that hasn’t exactly been built using the most reliable and performance-producing components. This is due mainly to the large profit margins that car dealers choose to work with.

Aftermarket CD changers are far more reliable, are more functional and give overall better performance. The most important advantage being that they ultimately produce better sound. Aftermarket CD changers also play CD-R and CD/RW burned discs whereas dealer supplied CD changers will, in most cases, play CD-R (however they don’t guarantee this) but they will not play CD/RW discs.

Factory fitted radios (standard fit radios) in the past had relatively low power outputs of about 3 to 5 watts RMS. However the latest factory fitted radios have improved vastly with power outputs of up to 100 Watts. These figures represent 25 Watts, ‘peak’ power per channel x 4 (this basically means x 4 speakers). This actually translates to approximately 10 watts RMS x 4 channels, when used for any length of time (continuous).

Compare this to aftermarket radios (radios manufactured for retail sale), such as the best selling Alpine, Kenwood, Panasonic and Sony brands, where the basic models start at a power output of 45 Watts x 4.

Why is a higher power output better?

Extra power will produce a more refined sound. Your speakers are also better protected. This is because you can more easily damage your speakers by underpowering it.

Sounds odd? Here’s why…

When you power your amp, it sends sine waves to your speakers. This is fine and is the case if your amp has the ability to easily pump out the power you expect from it. However, when you demand more volume from a relatively less powerful amplifier, you make it send square waves instead of sine waves.

Speakers find these square waves very difficult to handle. The result…

Your speakers get toasted.

Adding an aftermarket radio would give you the benefit of having a removable security fascia to take with you when you leave the car. Incidentally, all new radios come with a robust case to store your removable fascia. If you add an aftermarket CD or CD/MP3 changer, there will be no visible signs of a changer having been added so the risk of theft will remain very low.

The advantages of aftermarket radios don’t stop here. You will also experience improved FM reception, far better design and looks. Add to this the options to expand your system if you wish to integrate other equipment such as CD, MP3 or MD changers and amplifiers, etc. Top it up with the savings you make when buying add-on equipment and you will see the benefits increase dramatically.

So you see…

Aftermarket is the way to go.