BOSS Audio Systems Ups its Game with New Branding Initiatives.

BOSS Audio Systems Ups its Game with New Branding Initiatives.

For Immediate Release

New Website, New Look, and New Products Across All Lines

Designed to Redefine Value and Performance in Today’s Marketplace

OXNARD, Calif., Sept. 9, 2019 – With the launch of the new bossaudio.com, BOSS Audio Systems, a leader and innovator in 12 Volt aftermarket audio and video products, is proud to announce it is taking the brand in new and exciting directions with a modern look while redefining great value, great performance, and what a great customer experience should be in today’s marketplace. The new bossudio.com is now live.

“We’ve taken the initiative to modernize our branding and product offerings across multiple markets while at the same time strengthening our already market-leading approach to customer service,” explained Sam Rabbani, CEO and founder of BOSS Audio Systems. “For more than 30 years, we have been a leader in the car and truck audio market category. And now with the immense popularity of the marine and powersports categories and with their significant short and long term potential, we are designing even more quality market-specific products that more people can enjoy at great price points. For instance, we are focusing on “Plug and Play” and easier DIY installable products with added features, all at usually half the price points of our competitors that offer products with the same feature sets.”

As audiophiles at heart, everyone at the BOSS family strives to stay agile and constantly innovate products and the consumer experience. “We are motivated to dominate today’s mobile audio aftermarket with feature rich products, powerful customer support, best in class warranties, and a strong community for audio fans and families,” Rabbani continued.

The new look within BOSS Audio’s independent market segments include being easily identifiable with its own unique logo and color scheme, as well as a straightforward branding message, while also staying true to the company’s heritage and philosophy across all platforms…from packaging, to the website, social media, dealer and consumer communications, and more.

Founded in 1987 by Sam Rabbani in Los Angeles with the concept and goal of developing leading, world-class mobile audio system’s to fit within everyone’s budget, BOSS Audio has since grown to now offer more than 400 products that are sold in 130 countries, both in storefront retailers and online. Each market category under the BOSS umbrella, including car/truck 12 Volt, marine, and powersports and BOSS’ Elite product offerings, now has a new, streamlined and modernized look and feel to each of their marketing components as well as the products themselves.

For individuals and families looking to upgrade their in-vehicle audio and connectivity options and performance, no matter if it’s in a car, truck, motorcycle, SXS, or boat, BOSS Audio Systems offers the market’s most varieties of affordable and feature-rich audio and mobile solutions coupled with acclaimed customer support and a dealer network that has the same goals and objectives as BOSS Audio: customers first.

“Now, the new bossaudio.com allows consumers an even easier way to both research as well as purchase the ideal audio/video products for their ride, no matter if on the road, lake, trail, or beach,” said Xin Hamilton, BOSS Audio VP of Marketing. “In redefining what the ideal mobile audio can be, we are enhancing consumers’ personal experiences as well as how modern consumers see their options. In the end, we are continuously pushing ourselves to create a seamless pre-purchase, installation, and after-purchase experience.”

Additions and features of the new bossaudio.com include:

  • Easier navigation
  • More visually appealing and increased product content
  • More product and market educational copy and imagery
  • Robust customer portal for product registration, ticket, and support
  • Independent BOSS Inside Program – a community space for BOSS Audio fans and support to engage with one another on installation ideas, tips, and tricks.

“BOSS has and always will create a technology-focused, customer-driven experience that is within everyone’s reach,” Rabbani concluded. “Our in-house acoustic, design, mechanical, and electronics engineers combined with the vast resources of our global manufacturing partners work as a team to infuse our products with state-of-the-art features that make every listening experience more enjoyable.”

For more information, please visit www.bossaudio.com.

About BOSS Audio Systems:

Since 1987 BOSS 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 leverages robust logistical and production capabilities to create optimized audio and video experiences as well as deliver innovative products.

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Media contact:

Charlie Leib
CRL Public Relations
(480) 380-0673
[email protected]

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Sound Storm Laboratories Names Greg Orlando Brand Manager

Sound Storm Laboratories Names Greg Orlando Brand Manager

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For Immediate Release

Sound Storm Laboratories Names Greg Orlando Brand Manager

In this Capacity, Orlando is Responsible for SSL Products Across Multiple Markets

 

OXNARD, Calif., June 20, 2019 – Sound Storm Laboratories (www.soundstormlab.com), a division of BOSS International Group and sister brand of BOSS Audio Systems, is proud to announce that it has named Greg Orlando brand manager, effective immediately. In this capacity, Orlando will be responsible for SSL products across multiple markets.

“SSL is growing, and we needed to expand our team by adding someone not just with experience across multiple categories, but also with a passion for the industry,” said Doug Kern, Vice President Sales and Marketing at BOSS International Group. “Greg fits the bill and is settling in perfectly at SSL in this position. We are excited to have him on board.”

Orlando has more than 25 years of professional automotive, powersports, and audio experience. Starting in retail audio in 1992, Orlando is a former IASCA and USAC competitor and has worked for such industry leaders as SSV Works, Scosche Industries, Borla Exhaust, Turbonetics, and Vortech superchargers.

“I’m a true audio enthusiast and I’ve worked with customers of all sizes…from independent retailers to mass merchants to OEM manufacturers such as Ford and Yamaha,” said Orlando. “SSL and its sister brands at BOSS International Group have a long and respected history, and I am excited to be a part of the team.”

For more information, please visit www.soundstormlab.com.

 

About Sound Storm Laboratories
Part of BOSS International Group, Sound Storm Laboratories was founded in 1997 by a group of business-minded car audio enthusiasts who successfully set out to show the industry that car audio products don’t need to be expensive in order to be powerful, valuable, and appealing. From day one, SSL’s mission has been to provide outstanding car audio products and to support those products with an obsessive eye on customer service and one of the best warranties in the business.
Over the past 19 years, Sound Storm has grown from a car amplifier and speaker company into a mobile entertainment juggernaut with a widespread fan base. SSL’s line now includes multiple series of subwoofers, speakers and amplifiers as well as an extensive offering of in-dash, overhead and head rest mobile video products and related accessories, and the right signal processors and audio accessories to round out most any system. Sound Storm also has an impressive line of off-road products, featuring the BoomTube series of amplified ATV speaker systems, and a whole slew of SMC products designed for on or off-road use.
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Media contact:

Charlie Leib
CRL Public Relations
(480) 380-0673
[email protected]

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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.

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*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.

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Contacts:

Xin Hamilton
VP of Marketing

(805) 988-0192

[email protected]

 

Allison Matthews

Skyya PR

(952) 836-9626

Juan Sequeira Joins BOSS Audio Systems as Operations Manager

Juan Sequeira Joins BOSS Audio Systems as Operations Manager

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BOSS Audio Systems welcomes Juan Sequeira as Operations Manager

By Boss Audio

Published: November 21, 2018 7:30 a.m. ET

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OXNARD, Calif., Nov. 20, 2018 — BOSS Audio Systems, a leader and innovator in 12 Volt aftermarket audio and video products is proud to announce it has recently named Juan Sequeira as Operations Manager.

In this role, Sequeira will report to Steve Garcia, CFO, overseeing the distribution center, driving key automation initiatives, and building consensus across multiple levels.

“We are looking forward to having Juan join our team,“ said Garcia.  “His ability to maintain a high quality, effective team environment combined with a keen eye towards efficiencies makes him a valuable addition to the Boss Audio family.”

Sequeira has over two decades of experience in Operations and has worked consistently to increase the proficiencies of staff as well as fine tune his expertise in SAP-ERP.  With a 99% on-time delivery rate at his warehouses, Sequeira has integrated operational best practices seamlessly into his workflows, allowing for increased productivity combined with consistent cost reductions.

“I am happy to join Boss Audio at an exciting time in the company’s history. Boss Audio has over 30 years of providing the market with high quality audio and video products, and it will be a tremendous opportunity to be part of the team.  I look forward to leveraging many years of experience directing operations within dynamic environments and working to keep our teams surpassing our customers’ expectations.

About BOSS Audio:

For over 30 years, the company has produced quality audio and video products that feature the latest technology, while consistently delivering clean and powerful sound. Their in-house acoustic, design, mechanical, and electronics engineers combined with the vast resources of global manufacturing partners work as a team to infuse products with state-of-the-art features that make every listening experience more enjoyable. The BOSS Audio catalog includes 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 leverages robust logistical and production capabilities to create optimized audio and video experiences and deliver innovative products.

Contact:
Xin Hamilton
VP of Marketing
(805) 988-0192 x 2215
[email protected]
BossAudio.com

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BOSS Audio Systems Welcomes Bryan Grace as Power Sports Sales Manager

BOSS Audio Systems Welcomes Bryan Grace as Power Sports Sales Manager

OXNARD, Calif., Nov. 20, 2018  — BOSS Audio Systems, a leader and innovator in 12 Volt aftermarket audio and video products is proud to announce it has recently named Bryan Grace Power Sports Sales Manager.

In this role, Grace will report to Doug Kern, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and manage existing product lines as well as marketing for Power Sports via BOSS’ international network of off-road dealers. He will also be focusing on developing new products in the Power Sports market, reinforcing BOSS’s commitment to bringing more innovative products to this category.

“Bryan brings a solid understanding of the Power Sports experience to Boss Audio and will be overseeing our presence in the off-road market both nationally and internationally.” said Kern.

From developing and managing dealer networks to overseeing sales teams, Grace has expanded territories, developed new product rollouts, and dramatically increased sales for mobile audio’s most recognizable brands.  He attributes at least part of his success in the field to his appreciation for off-road racing.

“I started racing bikes, ATVs and UTVs from the age of six,” Grace said. “I’m part of their group.  I speak their lingo.”

Grace has nearly four decades of installation, sales and distribution experience in the 12-volt and powersports industries.  His strong off-road cultural background combined with his solid knowledge of audio technology make him a powerful addition to the BOSS Audio Power Sports team.

About BOSS Audio:

For over 30 years, the company has produced quality audio and video products that feature the latest technology, while consistently delivering clean and powerful sound. Their in-house acoustic, design, mechanical, and electronics engineers combined with the vast resources of global manufacturing partners work as a team to infuse products with state-of-the-art features that make every listening experience more enjoyable. The BOSS Audio catalog includes 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 leverages robust logistical and production capabilities to create optimized audio and video experiences, and deliver innovative products.

 

Contact:
Xin Hamilton
VP of Marketing
(805) 988-0192 x 2215
[email protected]
BossAudio.com

SOURCE BOSS Audio Systems

Madison Barlow Joins BOSS Audio Systems as Customer Service Manager

Madison Barlow Joins BOSS Audio Systems as Customer Service Manager

OXNARD, Calif., Nov. 20, 2018 — BOSS Audio Systems, a leader and innovator in 12 Volt aftermarket audio and video products is proud to announce it has recently named Madison Barlow as Customer Service Manager.

In this role, Barlow will report to Steve Garcia, CFO, and oversee the Customer Service team.  Her role will include training team members, developing processes and protocols, implementing new support systems, and ensuring that BOSS continues to provide superior customer service.

“We are pleased to welcome Madison to the BOSS Audio Customer Service team” said Garcia.  “Her leadership and customer centric approach will optimize our customer service team’s impact, raising our already exemplary service levels even higher.”

Barlow has over a decade of customer service experience, with extensive involvement in developing call center teams and building training structures.  Her results driven training programs train effective, personable customer service teams that consistently exceed customer expectations.

“Customer satisfaction is one of the driving forces behind BOSS’s success,” explained Barlow.  “I’m looking forward to being part of the BOSS Audio Customer Service team and expanding the team as the company grows.”

About BOSS Audio:

For over 30 years, the company has produced quality audio and video products that feature the latest technology, while consistently delivering clean and powerful sound. Their in-house acoustic, design, mechanical, and electronics engineers combined with the vast resources of global manufacturing partners work as a team to infuse products with state-of-the-art features that make every listening experience more enjoyable. The BOSS Audio catalog includes 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 leverages robust logistical and production capabilities to create innovative products that optimize the audio and video experience.

 

Contact:
Xin Hamilton
VP of Marketing
(805) 988-0192 x 2215
[email protected]
BossAudio.com

SOURCE BOSS Audio Systems

BOSS Audio Systems Welcomes Xin Hamilton as VP of Marketing

BOSS Audio Systems Welcomes Xin Hamilton as VP of Marketing

OXNARD, Calif., Nov. 20, 2018 — BOSS Audio Systems, a leader and innovator in 12 Volt aftermarket audio and video products is proud to announce it has recently named Xin Hamilton Vice President of Marketing.

In this role, Hamilton will report to Navid Farhand, Director of International Sales and oversee branding, Omni-Channel development, marketing strategies as well as lead the Marketing Team.

“Xin excels at marketing in both on and offline channels and will be leveraging her keen understanding of consumers, products and marketing to build effective marketing strategies and tactics.  She’ll be leading our Marketing Team as they continue to expand the BOSS Audio global presence as a leader and innovator in the audio market and into other categories.” said Farhand.

With years of marketing experience, Hamilton’s experience includes growing a tech startup, owning and establishing marketing & brand strategies from inception, developing omni-channels, and creating go-to-market plans with enterprise partners such as Amazon, Newegg, & T-Mobile.  Her proven track record in growing product revenue and brand awareness through innovative digital and traditional marketing methods will reinforce BOSS’s national and international presence.

“As the market evolves, there is no clear boundary between channels and markets, making the requirements for marketing and branding more challenging than ever.  There is no longer just one successful formula and BOSS clearly sees the opportunity laying ahead and is ready to grow both online and offline.

I’m really excited to join BOSS Audio Systems and be part of the vision to expand BOSS to an Omni-Channel player with more innovative product offerings. BOSS’s 30 years of heritage mixed with my marketing knowledge and experience will allow us to continue build a versatile marketing team that can implement the company’s vision successfully.”

About BOSS Audio:

For over 30 years, the company has produced quality audio and video products that feature the latest technology, while consistently delivering clean and powerful sound. Their in-house acoustic, design, mechanical, and electronics engineers combined with the vast resources of global manufacturing partners work as a team to infuse products with state-of-the-art features that make every listening experience more enjoyable. The BOSS Audio catalog includes more than 500 400 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 leverages robust logistical and production capabilities to create optimized audio and video experiences and deliver innovative products.

 

Contact:
Xin Hamilton
VP of Marketing
(805) 988-0192 x 2215
[email protected]
BossAudio.com

SOURCE BOSS Audio Systems

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!