BOSS Audio Systems Announces LXA5 – Alexa-Enabled Smart Media Platform for the Car

BOSS Audio Systems Announces LXA5 – Alexa-Enabled Smart Media Platform for the Car

OXNARD, Calif., January 8, 2019 / — BOSS Audio Systems, a leader and innovator in 12 Volt aftermarket audio and video products, will be demonstrating the LXA5, a Double Din head unit featuring a 6.2″ Capacitive Touchscreen and Amazon Alexa built-in, at the 2019 International CES. BOSS Audio Systems will showcase the LXA5 at the Verona Sky Villa Suite at the Westgate hotel January 8-10. Consumers can also experience the unit in the Amazon Alexa Auto booth in North Hall 7506.

BOSS Audio Systems’ LXA5 (pronounced Lexa5) is among the first aftermarket products to offer a true multitasking smart media platform for the car, enabling users to interact with Amazon Alexa and access native cloud & local entertainment features. In addition to Alexa, LXA5 sports the new BOSS user-friendly GUI with fully-embedded Bluetooth technology, allowing users to make calls, stream music, and more via their smartphone connection. The LXA5 also works with existing backup cameras and steering wheel audio controls for a safer drive.

“Our vision is for Alexa to be available everywhere customers want to interact with her, and it’s fantastic to see products like the LXA5 emerge that will allow more people to experience Alexa in the car,” said Ned Curic, VP of Alexa Auto at Amazon.  “BOSS Audio Systems has decades of experience in audio technology and design, and we’re excited to continue working together to deliver incredible aftermarket products with Alexa built-in.”

With Alexa built-in, customers can ask Alexa to play music, get directions, set reminders, control smart home devices, and access tens of thousands of skills – all while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. LXA5’s high-quality microphone allows the entire car to interact, giving back seat passengers some front seat control.

Sam Rabbani, CEO and founder for BOSS Audio Systems, shared his vision for the LXA series: “The LXA5 is our first release in the LXA series. As an aftermarket car audio leader, we invest heavily in R&D and we’re excited to enable current car owners to upgrade to hands free luxury at an affordable price. Working directly with the Alexa Auto team has already allowed us to make a powerful difference in our smart technology design, and we’re excited about what’s ahead.”

The LXA5 is part of BOSS Audio Systems’ LXA series, which brings consumers Alexa-enabled hands-free technology, ranging from dongles to multitasking head units.  With next level smart design, the LXA series will focus on bringing #nextlevelsmart technology to the car audio market.

 

LXA5 PRODUCT INFORMATION:

MSRP: $199

Expected Availability: April 2019

 

LXA5 Features:

 

Alexa Built-In*
Alexa integrated voice-control commands, letting drivers access more than 50,000 skills.

Bluetooth Hands-free Calling

Bluetooth enabled for wireless hands-free calling and speaker listening when paired with a smartphone.

Streaming Music and In-Vehicle Entertainment

Wirelessly stream audio via Bluetooth and listen to streaming music services such as Amazon Prime Music and Pandora.  Control the track & volume up/down and play/pause using smartphone apps. The DVD video player allows passengers to sit back and enjoy a movie.

Touchscreen Control

Digital Capacitive Touchscreen TFT Widescreen display panel with an innovative graphic interface for touch control of many of this unit’s features and functions.

USB/SD Memory Card Port

Supports USB flash drive files as well as SD memory cards up to 32 GB for music, photo and video playback.

Steering Wheel Control and Backup Camera

Control the LXA5 using the vehicle’s existing steering wheel control buttons (an additional interface – sold separately- is required). Rear camera input allows for safe backup.

USB Charging

Charge USB connected devices through the built-in 1A charger.

Aux Input

Connect to the audio output of an external device such as an MP3 Player or Smartphone.

 

 

About BOSS Audio Systems:

Since 1987 BOSS Audio Systems has produced quality audio and video products that feature the latest technology while consistently delivering a clean and powerful sound.  Our in-house acoustic, design, mechanical, and electronics engineers collaborate with a vast resources of global manufacturing partners, working as a team to infuse products with state-of-the-art features that have made each listening experience more enjoyable for over 30 years.

The company offers more than 400 car, marine, and Power Sports products that are sold in 130 countries, both in storefront retailers and online. Headquartered in Oxnard, CA, with offices in Shenzhen, China, BOSS Audio Systems leverages robust logistical and production capabilities to create optimized audio and video experiences as well as deliver innovative products.

SOURCE BOSS Audio Systems

*To get started with Alexa, download the Alexa App on your Android or iOS device and pair your phone with the vehicle via Wi-Fi. Link your Alexa account, and you’re ready to hit the road and enjoy the LXA5.

**Some local skills such as video and FM radio still require button control on the touchscreen. GPS requires a smartphone GPS app and audio transfer to the unit.

All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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Contacts:

Xin Hamilton
VP of Marketing

(805) 988-0192

[email protected]

 

Allison Matthews

Skyya PR

(952) 836-9626

DIY – Amplifiers

Amplifiers are a key part of any audio system, however, when it comes to car audio what amp you’re using makes a huge difference.  Here’s a bit about amplifiers and info on the difference between wattage (Should you aim for a 1000 watt amp?  A 600 watt amp?), what a capacitor is, and how many channels you will need (6 channel amp?  What’s the best 5 channel amp?).

Amps and Wattage

Amps and Watts are like apples and oranges – 2 completely different things.  Watts measure how much power there is in a system while amps measure how much power is being used or drawn from a system.  What determines the actual impact of both is the voltage – how much power there is in the source.  For example, if you have a 12 volt source and there are 2 amps being drawn, then the wattage is 24.  If you have a 24 volt source and there are 2 amps being drawn, then the wattage is 48.

Which brings us to the question – what is the best amp for your sound system?  To answer that you need to work backward from your speaker specs.  There’s no point in getting a 1200 watt amp if your speakers can’t handle it.  Most speakers can handle 20 to 200 watts, though there are a few out there that can go much higher.

Amp Capacitor

Electricity is limited in a car, and a capacitor can help make sure there’s enough power when demand peaks.  There’s a lot going on that needs power in the car system itself, let alone the stereo system, so an external capacitor is often hooked up to the amplifier.  The capacitor pulls extra power from the battery when it is not needed, and then discharges that power when the music peaks and demands more power than the battery and alternator can give.

Channels  

Determining how many channels you need in your amp is another situation where you need to work backward from your speaker specs.   Channels are circuits within the amplifier and they’re set to certain limits- impedance (ohms) and frequency.

People usually think that they need one channel per speaker in the system, but you can put as many speakers on a channel as you want, as long as you don’t exceed the power handling of the speakers/subs by more than 10%, and you don’t let the impedance fall below what the amp can handle.   Subwoofers are usually driven by a separate amp since they can’t tolerate higher frequencies.

Hopefully this post has cleared up a few questions about amps.  If you have additional questions, feel free to comment below and one of our BOSS Audio experts will chime in.

Black Friday Best Deals – Head Units

This year has an amazing amount of great technology available on Black Friday for crazy prices.  Taking advantage of these once-a-year sales can let you meet your holiday gift budget goals while getting top of the line products for friends and family.

Because there are so many Black Friday deals, we’re going to focus on just one type of audio tech – double din head units.  We’ve put a range of ‘$’ signs by each product’s name to give you a rough idea of price, with $ being the lowest and $$$ being the highest.   Let’s take a look at some decks that offer great values on Black Friday.

 

 

Boss  Audio BVCP9675A    $$

This double-din mech-less head unit allows you to integrate your smartphone with the car’s built-in display and boasts rear camera and steering wheel control inputs. The 6.75″ touchscreen display uses easy to read icon design and there are multicolor illumination options.   Here are some details:

  • Bluetooth
  • Apple Carplay
  • Android Auto
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Mech-Less

While there’s no CD/DVD player in this unit, there are some big wins with this deck.  The touchscreen is capacitive, which makes it way more responsive.  It’s easy to install, and the Boss Audio (based in the US) customer service team is ready to help if you have questions.  It’s also going to be on sale on the Boss Audio site with a pretty substantial discount from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.  If you’re looking for a solid double-din deck, this is a great choice at an even greater price.

Pumpkin  Android 6.2″    $$$

While this is a bit higher in price than most decks on this list, it does bring a lot of functionality to the table.  The focus is on the Fastboot, with 4 GB RAM and an Octo Core CPU.  Toss in the 32 GB ROM and you’ve got a pretty fast response time.  Here’s what’s included in the package:

  • Double-Din Head Unit
  • ISO Cable
  • External Mic
  • USB+ Mic Cable
  • Audio Output Cable
  • Wifi Antenna
  • GPS Antenna
  • AUX Input Cable
  • Cam-In Cable
  • Mounting Screws
  • User Manual

It’s clear that Pumpkin is making sure that you’ve got everything you need to install this deck, though one drawback overall is the smaller screen (6.2″).  You’re paying the higher price to get the faster run speed but if you check them out on Amazon.com you can find a deal on the corresponding installation kit. 

 

 

 

Planet Audio  P9640B    $

This double-din 6.2″ touchscreen covers all the basics and Planet Audio tosses in a solid 3 year Platinum Online Dealer warranty if you buy it online. For the well-rounded audiophile, this deck handles DVDs, CDs, USB input, SDs, MP3s, WMAs, AM & FM, and digital media from smartphones.  Here are some details:

  • Inputs – USB Audio, USB Charging, SD, Aux, Rear Camera
  • 8 Watts x 4 Max Power
  • Preset Built-In EQ
  • Outputs – Video, Front, Rear & Sub
  • Wireless Remote
  • US & Europe Tuner Frequencies

There’s also a steering wheel control input but it requires an interface that is sold separately.  It’s a solid unit that ups your car audio level for a great price (that’s lowered even further on the Planet Audio for Black Friday). 

 

 

 

Camecho Android Car Radio     $

With a 7″ foldable touchscreen, this double din Android car stereo has some diverse functionality for the price.  The focus is on the screen, but the head unit includes Bluetooth as well as a mini rearview camera that pops on automatically.   Here are some details:

  • High Current USB Output
  • 30 Days Money Back Service
  • 12 Months Warranty

As of writing, there are no reviews for this product on Amazon but there’s a coupon for Black Friday that will pull an additional $7.00 off the price. 

 

 

 

EinCar 7″ Car Radio Stereo     $$

While this brand may not be as well known as others, this double din deck looks like it covers all the bases, especially when it comes to language compatibility.  The some units are offered with multiple OSD languages and a 1024 x 600 screen resolution provides a clear, easy to see image.  As far as functionality, this deck has Bluetooth, GPS navigation, steering wheel control, AM/FM tuner, USB/SD, and back up camera input.  A backup camera is included as a gift.   Here are some details:

  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB ROM
  • 5 Point Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Built-in 3D GPS

The bootup speed of this head unit may not match up to more powerful decks, but it’s got the basics and the free camera is a nice touch for Black Friday. 

 

 

 

Eonon GA2170     $$$

This Android head unit focuses on Android Auto/Android Car Stereo tech and has GPS, backup camera input, and a 7″ touchscreen.  It supports Fastboot and has a pretty fast boot up speed for those that need their apps available NOW.   Here are some details:

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32 GB ROM
  • Split Screen
  • Bluetooth
  • Installation Video

While this unit is higher in price than most of the other units on this list, Eonon is offering a free backup camera as a Black Friday gift on Amazon, so that offsets the cost a bit if you need the camera.  If you’re into split-screen and the ability to pull nearly everything on your Android phone to the deck’s screen, this is the unit for you. 

 

 

SSL  DDC28B      $

SSL is offering a detached panel head unit that includes a CD/MP3 player and is compatible with audio-out from smartphones and MP3 players.  Like most of SSL’s products, this deck is easy to install and comes with a wireless remote.   Here are a few details:

  • 8 Watts x 4 Max Power
  • USB, AUX, Input
  • Front, Rear & Sub Pre Amp Outputs
  • USB Charging
  • FM/AM Tuner

If you’re looking for your first, basic head unit then check this one out.  Also, keep an eye on this deck on the SSL site.  It’s going to be on sale from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. 

 

Pioneer FH-S700BS     $

Pioneer has created this double-din receiver with the ‘first car’ market specifically in mind.  It’s got a decent streaming music setup, with Bluetooth, Pandora, MIXTRAX, Spotify, Sirius, and iPod support.    There’s a CD player as well, and dual-zone color customization with 210,000 colors to choose from.  Here are some details:

  • CD/MP3/USB
  • Dimmer Setting
  • LED Backlight VA LCD Display
  • 10 Level Brightness Control

It’s a pretty basic unit but if you’re looking for a starter deck this is a great value, and it’s worth checking out on Black Friday to see if any of Pioneer’s deals for the day apply.

 

 

ATOTO A6 Pro     $$$

This double din head unit from ATOTO has a lot of bells and whistles.  The price does reflect that, however, you can offset that a bit with their coupon on Amazon for a discount on a backup camera if you need one. Let’s dive right into the details:

  • Built-in GPS
  • 2 Camera Inputs
  • Dual Bluetooth
  • Steering Wheel Control
  • Quick Booting
  • Bluetooth
  • Wifi Support
  • Hand Gesture Recognition Sensor (available in model numbers ending in G only)

It’s worth double checking that the Hand Gesture Recognition sensor is actually included in the A6 model you buy.  ATOTO’s A6 series has over a dozen models but it looks like the hand gesture recognition functionality is in the A6Y2721PR-G and the A6Y2721PRB-G.   Overall this is a top of the line deck, with high speed/little or no lag response times and dual Wi-Fi bands to keep you connected.  There’s also a Screen Lock option on some models that will allow you to lock your unit remotely.

Have you seen this head unit in action?  Drop a comment below and let us know what you think.

 

 

Planet Audio PNV9674     $$$

This Planet Audio head unit comes with a few extras, including touchscreen navigation (with maps of the US and Puerto Rico included) and FLAC 24 bit high res audio.  The 6.2 screen lets the innovative graphic interface shine and there’s a CD/DVD player for those still going a bit old school.   Here are some details:

  • 80 Watts x 4 Max Power
  • Switchable US & Europe Tuner Frequencies
  • Bluetooth Hands-Free & Audio Streaming
  • AM/FM Tuner
  • Rear Camera Input
  • Steering Wheel Control
  • Built-in Navigation with Built-In Points of Interest

If you’re looking to upgrade a basic system, this is a great priced option with some extras thrown in.  For those who drive a lot this should be the first pick, as the navigation system is stellar.  It’s part of Planet Audio’s Black Friday sale, so visit the site from Black Friday through Cyber Monday to get a substantial discount. 

 

Keeping gift buying within the realm of easy and affordable is a smart way to handle the holidays.  Check out the double dins above and feel free to comment below about any deals you run across on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. 

 

P.S. To cap things off, here at Boss Audio we just announced that all the products on our own site will be 25% off from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.  Visit BossAudio.com and save even more!

 

 

DIY – Watts

One of the first things most people do when they get their first used car is upgrade the car’s audio  system.  When you start upgrading your car stereo yourself, questions like “How many watts do I need” and “How loud is a 20 watt speaker?” pop up sooner rather than later.  A solid understanding of what impact watts have on your sound system will assist greatly in your decision making process along the way.

What is a Watt?

A watt is a unit of power.  Power is a measure of the rate at which energy flows out of a system, and in electrical systems it is measured in watts (W).  Basically, watts measure how much energy is released per second in an electrical or mechanical system.

You’ll need to know how many watts are required by the new system you’d like to put in your car as well as the maximum number of watts your system will allow.  That info will save you both time and money as you strategize how to get the best sound system for your budget.

How Many Watts is Good for a Car Stereo?

Your power needs will be determined by several factors, but keep in mind that more watts don’t necessarily mean better sound.  You’re working within a system that includes your audio source (and its quality), the digital/analog converter, the speakers, and even the EQ.  The most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure that your amp’s output does not exceed what your speakers can take.

Spend a bit of time with Boss Audio’s “What Fits My Ride?” tool (https://www.bossaudio.com/product-info/what-fits-my-ride/)  and determine the best options for your new car audio components.   Drop a comment below if you have any questions or want to show off your new system!

Just Arrived! Boss Audio New Products

Every quarter we do a brief recap of the top products recently released by Boss Audio both to keep you in the loop as well as offer options for those difficult people on your gift lists.  Now that we’re in the last few months of the year it’s time to take a look at the latest products from Boss Audio. 

Let’s jump right into it.

Rear View License Plate Mount Camera
Boss Audio LPCB40

 

This affordable high resolution color camera is weather proof with a wide angel view.   The mount uses your existing license plate mounting screws and is hidden behind the plate itself.  Output is NTSC and there’s a helpful on-screen display distance guide.

This is another reliable Boss Audio product that provides solid tech for a fair price.  Installation is fairly simple and feedback so far has been positive.

Mech-Less Multimedia Player with Bluetooth
Boss Audio 470BRGB

For those who no longer utilize CD/DVD formatted media, this player is a smart choice.   It’s mech-less (no moving parts) and does not have a CD or a DVD player, which is an advantage when it comes to pricing.  Like other Boss Audio players in this line, it has a wireless remote, multi-color illumination options, and is Bluetooth Compatible.

This double din player offers a bit more that just a great price.  The Boss Audio 470BRGB has front and rear pre-amp outputs as well as USB, Aux, and Input options.  60 watts x 4 max power, USB charging, and preset built-in EQ make this a solid purchase for an aftermarket upgrade to an older car.  It’s compatible with audio out from smartphones and MP3 players and plays Bluetooth/USB, MP3, WMA, FM/AM, and digital media.

CD/MP3 Player with Bluetooth
Boss Audio 810BRGB

Let’s start with the basics.  This is a double din CD/MP3 player with 80 Watts x 4 max power, preset built-in EQ, Bluetooth compatible, and with front, rear, & sub pre-amp outputs.  It has balance, fader, bass. and treble controls along with a wireless remote.

There are a few bells and whistles that add to the player, including multi-color illumination options, a USB charger, and wireless control of music and apps like Spotify & Pandora.   It plays CD, MP3, WMA, FM/AM, and digital media from smart phones via Bluetooth.

Overall this is a workhorse that will give you flexibility in your input (USB, Aux, Input) source as well as allow you a wide range of formats to play.

That rounds out our list of a few of the latest products from Boss Audio.  Please comment below if you’ve purchased any of the above or have any questions about the new items hitting the shelves.

Boss Rebel Power Sports REFLEX Audio System | A new UTV overhead modular sound system

Boss Rebel Power Sports introduces a new UTV overhead modular sound system called the REFLEX Audio system. Available in 2 sizes 40” and 46” with an articulating bracket system that will fit any Roll-cage configuration. The REFLEX is an expandable 5 speaker Audio system that can run multiple units in sequence from one Bluetooth controller. Powered by a ultra-compact extremely efficient Class-D (Digital) amplifier pushing four high output 6.5” speakers and one supper efficient 8” subwoofer. The Boss Rebel Power Sports REFLEX UTV Sound System retails for $720, and will soon be available at BossAudio.com