Bluetooth car stereo

Need advice on car stereo and fitting?

Hi,

My name is Ian and with over 35 years in the car audio industry thought I would try to impart some helpful free knowledge and information to those at home wanting to change or upgrade their car stereo systems.

If you have a Japanese import radio and the FM stations are not working then an FM expander is the starting point for an upgrade.

To Bluetooth your music from your phone to your car stereo headunit then the cheapest way is an FM modulator adaptor.

To add an AUX input, wired or wireless Bluetooth, then this can also be done, and I can help with all these, but some are a compromise in sound quality and if you wish to fix all of these issues together then I recommend you put the money you would have spent on these “upgrades” into a new stereo head unit that has all the up to date features built in.

These new systems can be inexpensive as the technology of Mirror link, Apple car play and Android auto can cost less than $500.00. There are cheaper options if you only require Bluetooth for hands free phone calling as well as wireless music streaming built in to your new stereo unit for under $200.00.

Hands free Phone calling is just one of the advantages, along with GPS mapping from Google, texts and emails all shown direct on the larger car stereo screen, as well as reverse camera options for that added safety.

My mobile car stereo fitting service is available in Auckland, so if you require a Mobile install of car audio in home or at your work then contact me ian@radio-waves.co.nz

You can also call or text me on mobile 021935374

I have dash install kits, wiring adaptor plugs and wiring colour codes to fit most stereo units as replacements to Japanese import vehicles, as well as NZ new ones.

For those that want to know how to install car stereo systems and do it yourself I can also provide stereo fitting parts, wiring plugs and looms as well as dash kits and adaptors for most vehicles. Just look online at www.aucklandwide-car-stereo.co.nz  for “Auckland Mobile Car Stereo”, or direct at www.radio-waves.co.nz

There you will find the answers to common questions (FAQs) that might enable you to fix some car audio problems, and also options for car stereo installations and upgrades in Auckland or purchase online and have items couriered direct to your door anywhere in New Zealand. There are also many customer reviews to gauge the integrity and superior service that can be provided at your home or work by myself with a mobile onsite visit.

 

Apple car play / Android auto touch screen Bluetooth Multimedia player.

The History of the Car Radio

 

How the world was forever changed.

One evening in 1929 two young men named William Lear and Elmer Wavering drove their girlfriends to a lookout point high above the Mississippi River town of Quincy, Illinois, to watch the sunset. It was a romantic night to be sure, but one of the women observed that it would be even nicer if they could listen to radio music in the car.

Lear and Wavering liked the idea. Both men had tinkered with radios – Lear had served as a radio operator in the US Navy during World War I – and it wasn’t long before they were taking apart a home radio and trying to get it to work in a car. But it wasn’t as easy as it sounds, as automobiles have ignition switches, generators, spark plugs, and other electrical equipment that generate noisy static interference, making it nearly impossible to listen to the car radio when the engine was running.
One by one, Lear and Wavering identified and eliminated each source of electrical interference. When they finally got their radio to work, they took it to a radio convention in Chicago. There they met Paul Galvin, owner of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. He made a product called a “battery eliminator” a device that allowed battery powered radios to run on household AC current. As more homes were wired for electricity, more radio manufacturers made AC-powered radios. Galvin needed a new product to manufacture. When he met Lear and Wavering at the radio convention he believed that mass-produced and affordable “car radios” had the potential to become a huge business.

Lear and Wavering set up shop in Galvin’s factory, and when they perfected their first radio and they installed it in his Studebaker.  Galvin then went to a local banker to apply for a loan. Thinking it might sweeten the deal he had his men install a radio in the banker’s Packard. Good idea, unfortunately it didn’t work, as half an hour after the installation the banker’s Packard caught on fire. (They didn’t get the loan.)

Galvin didn’t give up. He drove his Studebaker nearly 800 miles to Atlantic City to show off the new car radio at the 1930 Radio Manufacturers Association convention. Too broke to afford a booth, he parked the car outside the convention hall and cranked up the radio so that all the passing conventioneers could hear it. That idea worked – he got enough orders to put the radio into production.

WHAT’S IN A NAME

That first production model was called the 5T71 but Galvin decided he needed to come up with something a little catchier. In those days many companies in the phonograph and radio businesses used the suffix “ola” for their names – Radiola, Columbiola, and Victrola were three of the biggest. Galvin decided to do the same thing, and since his radio was intended for use in a motor vehicle, he decided to call it the “Motorola”.

But even with the name change, the radio still had problems:

When the Motorola went on sale in 1930, it cost about $110 uninstalled, at a time when you could buy a brand-new car for $650, and the country was sliding into the Great Depression. (By that measure, a radio for a new car would cost about $3,000 today.)

In 1930 it took two men several days to put in a car radio – the dashboard had to be taken apart so that the receiver and a single speaker could be installed, and the roof had to be cut open to install the antenna. These early radios ran on their own batteries, not on the car battery, so holes had to be cut into the floorboard to accommodate them. The installation manual had eight complete diagrams and 28 pages of instructions.

HIT THE ROAD

Selling complicated car radios that cost 20 percent of the price of a brand new car wouldn’t have been easy in the best of times, let alone during the Great Depression. Galvin lost money in 1930 and struggled for a couple of years after that But things picked up in 1933 when Ford began offering Motorolas pre-installed at the factory. In 1934 they got another boost when Galvin struck a deal with B. F. Goodrich tyre company to sell and install them in its chain of tyre stores. By then the price of the radio, installation included, had dropped to $55. The Motorola car radio was off and running. (The name of the company would be officially changed from Galvin Manufacturing to “Motorola” in 1947.)

In the meantime, Galvin continued to develop new uses for car radios. In 1936, the same year that it introduced push-button tuning, it also introduced the Motorola Police Cruiser, a standard car radio that was factory preset to a single frequency to pick up police broadcasts. In 1940 he developed the first handheld two-way radio – the Handie-Talkie – for the U. S. Army.

A lot of the communications technologies that we take for granted today were born in Motorola labs in the years that followed World War II. In 1947 they came out with the first television to sell under $200. In 1956 the company introduced the world’s first pager. In 1969 it supplied the radio and television equipment that was used to televise Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon. In 1973 it invented the world’s first handheld cellular phone. Today Motorola is one of the second-largest cell phone manufacturer in the world. And it all started with the car radio.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO….

The two men who installed the first radio in Paul Galvin’s car, Elmer Wavering and William Lear, ended up taking very different paths in life. Wavering stayed with Motorola. In the 1950’s he helped change the automobile experience again when he developed the first automotive alternator, replacing inefficient and unreliable generators. The invention lead to such luxuries as power windows, power seats and eventually air conditioning.

Lear also continued inventing. He holds more than 150 patents. Remember eight-track tape players? Lear invented those, but what he’s really famous for are his contributions to the field of aviation. He invented radio direction finders for planes and helped in the invention of the autopilot. He designed the first fully automatic aircraft landing system and in 1963 introduced his most famous invention of all, the Lear Jet, the world’s first mass-produced affordable business jet. (Not bad for a guy who dropped out of school after the eighth grade.)

As you can see, great things can happen from small beginnings.

NEVER EVER GIVE UP!