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Apple’s CarPlay for vehicles has come to Future Shop

by Blogger on ‎05-17-2014 01:05 PM - last edited on ‎05-20-2014 03:03 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It was only a matter of time before Apple would make the jump into vehicles by trying to simplify how to use an iPhone while behind the wheel, and that vision has culminated in CarPlay. CarPlay isn’t a product unto itself but rather a platform car manufacturers and aftermarket companies can include in their respective infotainment systems. You can get your hands on it now with a new unit from Pioneer Future Shop will be carrying.

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Phillips Dual Screen Portable DVD Player: The Key To Happier Road Trips!

by Blogger on ‎11-26-2013 09:20 PM - last edited on ‎01-08-2014 04:18 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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This one’s not for you. No, seriously, it's not for you.

 

It’s for your kids! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a driver, not a passenger, and you’re still reading because this is one of the smartest ways to keep your backseat passengers amused when you’re on the road. It’s the Phillips Dual Screen Portable DVD Player (the PD7012G/37 to be exact) and today we’re going to look at what it is, and why you want it.

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The Pioneer TS-SWX251 - Big Bass in a Small Package

by Contributor Installator ‎10-10-2013 11:48 AM - edited ‎10-10-2013 11:49 AM

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The age-old conundrum of space versus bass has been a struggle for vendors and consumers alike for decades.  The problem lies in the physics of it: Big, deep bass requires big drivers (or several small ones) mounted in similarly big enclosures.  Squeezing a conventional ten-inch woofer into a single-cab truck can present somewhat of a challenge, unless you’re willing to strap it into the passenger seat.  Luckily, manufacturers have been paying more attention to this issue and have been finding innovative ways to slim down the conventional subwoofer, making it less intrusive to cargo space.  The Pioneer TS-SWX251 is one such example of a great-sounding compact sub that doesn’t break the bank.

 

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Since the introduction of their bypass modules for remote starters in 2005, the engineers at iDatalink have continued to impress us installers with their innovation in products, software and trusty tech support during those (few) times when we run into speed bumps during an install.  Their OEM integration products for remote starters and security systems are the best I’ve used in my career as an installer.  Taking another step in the ever-changing world of OEM integration, iDatalink have released the Maestro, which is designed to bridge the gap between aftermarket head units and factory-integrated systems, such as Ford Sync.  Compatible head units will also benefit from a few added bonus features from the Maestro that make it a truly unique product.

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Graduation Season. Top Gifts for the New Graduate.

by Blogger on ‎06-12-2013 04:46 PM - last edited on ‎07-11-2013 01:34 PM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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Accomplishments are in the air, as it’s graduation season! Whether you are attending the gradation ceremony for high school, college, or a technical program, a gift will brighten up the day for the new graduate. Check out our top 5 graduation gift ideas. 

 

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7 Things You Didn't Know About Satellite Radio

by Blogger on ‎03-17-2013 10:03 AM - last edited on ‎03-19-2013 03:21 PM by Retired Administrator

SXM_Main_TwitterIcon_500x500_040711.pngSatellite Radio has been around for a while, and while people originally scoffed at the idea of paying for something you already get for free, nearly 20M subscribe to satellite radio across the continent.


Here are some other things you maybe didn't know about satellite radio:

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Pioneer AVIC-X950BH - Future Shop @ CES 2013

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 05:53 PM - last edited on ‎01-11-2013 11:29 AM by Retired Administrator

Review: Parrot Minikit Neo

by Blogger on ‎12-16-2012 11:23 PM

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Parrot has built a solid reputation for bridging together different technologies within the vehicle, which can come in various forms and sizes. Not everyone likes how a Bluetooth headset feels, so if you’re on the hunt for a good Bluetooth speakerphone for your car, the Minikit Neo is a good place to start.

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Review: SiriusXM Lynx

by Blogger ‎12-05-2012 09:01 PM - edited ‎12-05-2012 09:05 PM

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It might not be a stretch to say that satellite radio has just gone through a little bit of a makeover because of how listening to the content has changed. It used to be something you’d keep in the car or near a window at home. Some Internet functionality came in with certain speaker systems and the mobile apps a couple of years ago, but the Lynx from SiriusXM takes those things and brings them to a standalone device.

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Alpine has been a trusted brand in car audio for years.  The Type R series of subwoofers are well-known for their high performance at a modest price, but with the release of the new Type S subwoofer Alpine has raised the bar once again, and has redefined what to expect under the two-hundred dollar price mark.

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Review: Sirius XM Edge Satellite Radio

by Blogger on ‎09-17-2012 07:08 PM

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Satellite radio can be one of the most functional things you have installed in your car. It works almost wherever you go and offers up a pretty good selection of music and talk radio, depending on your preference. The Edge is a satellite radio unit that can work through a simple do-it-yourself setup, or as an integrated part of your car’s stereo system by ConnectPro technicians.

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A Sirius Look at Satellite Radio

by Blogger ‎09-02-2012 07:21 PM - edited ‎09-02-2012 10:04 PM

 

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Far above the Earth, a series of satellites stare down at a continent of dedicated music fans just like you. These orbiting transmitters beam out a lot more than just your favourite tunes – they also offer consumers a reliable, commercial-free flow of weather, talk and traffic. For those who live in rural areas, far away from the reach of radio reception, Sirius represents an ideal solution to ensure you’ll never fall out of touch. Below, we’ll look at four unique components that can instantly transform your existing stereo equipment into a digital radio receiver.

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What's Up With Watts? Audio Power Ratings Explained

by Contributor Installator ‎07-27-2012 12:42 PM - edited ‎07-27-2012 12:42 PM

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Audio power ratings can be some of the most ambiguous and confusing specifications to understand.  After all, there’s maximum power, nominal power, RMS power, continuous power, peak power, program power, and the list goes on.  Manufacturers have a habit of stamping big numbers on their product packaging because after all, big numbers sell products, right?  But bigger isn’t necessarily better, and hopefully, after we sift through some of the terminology and technical jargon, you will understand why.

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Proper Placement of Subwoofers: A How-To Guide

by Contributor Installator ‎06-12-2012 09:16 AM - edited ‎06-12-2012 09:16 AM

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Proper placement of subwoofers is an important detail that often gets overlooked, or misunderstood.  The reality is locating a suitable location for subwoofers is crucial, and can make or break the overall performance of a sound system.  This often spurs the classic debate between husbands and wives of functionality over cosmetics, and let’s face it guys, more often than not it’s a losing battle (“I don’t understand why it has to go there.  Why can’t it go by the planter over there, or in a different room altogether?  It’s so big and ugly”).  And thus, the Man Cave was born.  But whether you and your significant other are sharing the living room, or if you have a basement nook all to yourself (with a well-insulated ceiling, I hope), with a little experimentation you can probably find a solution that benefits everyone.

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The Great Debate: Sealed vs Ported Subwoofer Enclosures

by Contributor Installator on ‎03-08-2012 12:13 PM - last edited on ‎04-26-2012 07:23 PM by Retired Moderator

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This topic has been covered a thousand times, and yet I’m still confounded by the lack of information – or misinformation, as the case may be – about the differences between sealed and ported subwoofer enclosures.  At the expense of possibly beating a dead horse, I’m going to resurrect this debate and hopefully shed some light on the benefits and drawbacks of each enclosure type.

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