IMCE Distributing Calrad
March 15, 2012

Ingram Micro's Consumer Electronics Division said this week that it has reached a distribution agreement with Calrad Electronics. The deal covers more than 100 custom installation accessories, including the RCA Digital Audio Balun.

Good Advice From a Man Who Knows
January 10, 2012

Joe Clayton knows his way around retail. He spent 25 years at RCA where, among many other things, he helped to usher in DirectTV. He was tapped to run Sirius Satellite Radio in its early days. About six months ago Clayton joined DISH Networks as CEO and, true to nature, he's ready to shake things up.

The 'Groovy' Highway Hi-Fis of the 1950s
September 21, 2011

I know a little about under-dash record players from the late 1960s, but I was totally clueless about 1950s car turntables, until I heard writer Paul Collins talking about them on WNYC's "Soundcheck" radio show a few weeks ago. I chatted with Collins to learn more about these groovy hi-fis. Columbia Records developed the proprietary Highway Hi-Fi format: a thick 7-inch, 16 2/3rpm record that had up to one hour playing time per side. Chrysler executives jumped on the idea, and offered the turntable as an option in their 1956 models, and were hoping one out of 10 cars

Hashmarks of 
September 1, 2011

Alpine has always been a leader in the aftermarket world. Ever wonder what the five slashes are before the word Alpine in the logo? (No, someone did not just leave their hand on the key that shares space with the Question Mark.) Those five stripes stand for Engineering Excellence, Manufacturing Excellence, Marketing Excellence, Service Excellence, and Partner Excellence. A multitude of retailers have been Alpine partners for years. Let's take a look at some the actual tech Alpine is excited for this year and moving forward.

Dual Doubles Up at MERA KnowledgeFest
August 30, 2011

At MERA KnowlwdgeFest, Dual Electronics showed its new Axxera line of headunits, a new fall line of Dual units, and a unique GPS solution.

Three-Way Shootout: Car Audio Systems
August 1, 2011

THERE is much to think about when buying new audio for the car, not the least of which is will it fit? In times gone by, car radios were the same size - you'd slip one out and put another in - but not now. Many are designed into the dash and some share wiring with air conditioning and ventilation. Pull them out and you may cripple the dash. This is an attempt by car makers to tie you to their systems - so upgrades and repairs can only be done with their parts through their dealers

Scosche's SneakPeek Auto Video Cable Charges While Playing
July 28, 2011

If you've been looking for a way to get video from your iPod, iPad, or iPhone to your vehicle's rear seat entertainment system, Scosche may have a solution for you with its SneakPeek auto. This combination cable and charger adds an iPod input to any in-car video receiver with RCA connections. Externally, the SneakPeek auto's construction is rather simple. The 9-foot shielded cable features a 30-pin Apple dock connector on one end and a trio of analog gold and nickel plated RCA connections at the other. Somewhere along the line, there's a black box that handles the connection conversion,

Scion Adds Pandora to 2012 xB's Stereo
June 28, 2011

The premium audio system proved a disappointment, but the company announced new stereo choices for the 2012 model. The base and upgrade Pioneer head units add standard Bluetooth and HD radio, and the upgrade brings in iPhone Pandora integration. At its launch, Scion relied on aftermarket head units for its cars, which should have kept it on the edge of in-cabin electronics. But recent models used older electronics, and lacked feature-rich Bluetooth phone systems or modern audio sources. The new Pioneer head units add HD radio and Bluetooth audio streaming to the existing iPod support.

Video: RCA at CEA Line Shows
June 23, 2011

RCA, one of the most familiar and trusted names in the electronics industry, brought a variety of new introductions to CEA Line Shows – from big and small screen TV, to new Blu-ray players and a great idea for the iPad