Monthly Archives: March 2014

All-Time Great Road-Trip Playlists

  

There comes a time when the music in your car is much more than just the accompaniment to your commute: The road-trip. The road-trip isn’t just another journey. It is the means to a highly anticipated end and an opportunity to perfect the ideal soundtrack. The playlists archetypes below have stood the test of time and proven themselves beyond all… Read more »

Radio is Dead, Long live Radio! Has the in-car Analogue Radio met its Demise?

  

Radio has been mourned many times in its history, most notably in songs by Queen and The Buggles. While that may seem like an unfortunate eulogy, it is one that is happily premature. Yes, analogue radio is on the wane in terms of new production. Digital radio is now cheap and compact and MP3/Bluetooth integration has brought the iPod revolution… Read more »

Tips to protect your hearing while driving

  

Cars have given us some of the most recognisable sounds known to people. The rich, fat burble of an idling exhaust on a supercar. The vroom everyone made as a child discovering the Doppler Effect. Or, if you’re unlucky, the coughing fit and possible explosion that tells you it might be time to visit a garage. All these, and many… Read more »

Top 5 musical gadgets for your car

  

Trying to get the best from your music while you’re in your car can seem to be a bit of a daunting task. Speaker combinations, integrated entertainment set-ups and radio options are myriad and overwhelming the more you try to understand. Fear not good reader because we can help you! The gadgets below are those that best compliment your in-car… Read more »

What in-car gadget to get for Mother’s Day

  

Do you remember car trips with your parents? Your endless demands for being entertained by the same three songs over and over again until you fell asleep? Waking up and demanding juice, a biscuit and crisps, several games of I-spy, more singing and the possibility of pulling over to go to the loo on the busiest stretch of motorway going?… Read more »

Speak up! 5 signs your car needs new speakers

  

Whether they’ve blown out, degraded over time or you simply want to upgrade your system, changing your car speakers can be one of the quickest and most effective ways to improve your car audio. Here are five signs that it’s time to change your speakers: 1. The sound quality isn’t good enough to start with  Unless you have a new… Read more »

8 reasons you need reversing cameras for your car

  

A reversing camera mounted at the rear of your car can give a wide angle view of what’s behind you. The image is transmitted to a screen mounted on or in your dashboard and can be a great aid to reversing. Here are eight reasons why you need reversing cameras for your car:   1. Avoid expensive prangs A reversing… Read more »

Motoring gadgets for bikers: The top three

  

Car drivers always seem to get the best gadgets. From in-car entertainment systems to help with parking, heated seat covers and even magnetic key holders, there’s a wide range of innovative products to choose from. Unfortunately, bikers don’t have quite the same choice. While they’re not in the same kind of enclosed environment as car drivers, there are still a… Read more »

Musical tweeters: what do they do?

  

The way that your in-car sound system performs depends on the arrangement and the quality of a number of different components. Car amplifiers can be very different from domestic versions that are used for indoor audio and entertainment systems, but the quality of sound that is achievable in a car is comparable to the most high-end home set-up. High frequency… Read more »

Bluetooth stereos that will leave your friends green with envy

  

The way that in-car stereo systems develop often mirrors other technical advances as manufacturers integrate the latest technologies into their ranges. Today, the cutting edge is provided by Bluetooth connectivity which basically means you can use a smartphone, an iPod or other MP3 playe in tandem with your in-car entertainment system. Being able to play music from other devices through… Read more »