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  1. mp3Car and jr4284 on CNN this AM

    by , 07-24-2010 at 04:38 PM

    Local Baltimore Tech Guru and CNN commentator, Mario Armstrong, covered the mp3Car community and Justin Riley's iPad vehicle dock on CNN this morning. Video link here.

    Updated 07-25-2010 at 11:23 PM by optikalefx

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    mp3Car News
  2. Hardware Review: Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio

    by , 07-23-2010 at 12:03 PM


    What is it?


    The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio is a USB device which allows FM and DAB broadcast to be controlled and played through a computer.

    The Verdict: The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM USB Radio is a solid solution when searching for an FM capable radio device. The fact that it is controlled and powered but only usb means its easy to install and less susceptible to interference in a car computer setup. You wont get digital FM broadcast, nor AM radio, but the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio worked every bit as well as an OEM radio deck.



    What's in the box?

    The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio comes with the radio module and a USB cable. It should be noted that the device does not come with an SMB to motorola cable which is needed to connect the Venice 7 to a car antenna in the US.


    Description

    The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio is the latest in radio devices to hit the car pc arena. Its true claim to fame is the fact that it carries both FM and DAB broadcast within the same unit. There have been other devices on the market which have this feature, but the Ultimate Radio's reception quality rivals after-market head unit reception quality. No, it doesn't have digital or "HD" FM capabilities, but in all honesty, the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio sounds every bit as good as my HDRadio, and it has a smaller footprint as well.

    Another key feature of the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio is the fact that its powered by only a USB cable. Again, there have been other devices which have been USB-only, but none that I've experienced can match the sound quality of the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio. The obvious benefit to being powered by USB is the ease of installation. To get the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio radio working you simply need to connect the USB to your computer. The drivers are windows standard drivers, so no CD or download is necessary. After the driver installation, connect your factory antenna to a SMB to Motorola adapter cable (not included) for FM signal. The last step simply involves running a 3.5mm patch cable(also not included) from the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio device to the line-in on the computer. Sadly, there's no USB-over-audio applied.


    Once the radio is installed, its just a matter of finding a program for the computer to manage it. Impressively enough, there are already plugins for both RideRunner and Centrafuse front ends available prior to the formal release of the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio. There's also a standalone application available from the designers website. All applications for the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio are built to manage both the FM and DAB radio functions of the unit.

    The Positive:

    High-quality sound in FM mode (could not test DAB)
    Both DAB and FM work through 1 antenna port
    Smaller than most high quality radios available
    USB controlled and USB powered. Installation is a breeze

    The Negative:

    No casing
    Lacks AM radio
    May require purchasing extra accessories

    The Verdict:

    The Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio USB radio is a solid solution when searching for an FM capable radio device. The fact that it is controlled and powered but only usb means its easy to install and less susceptible to interference in a car computer setup. You wont get digital FM broadcast, nor AM radio, but the Ultimate Computer DAB / FM Radio sounds every bit as well as an OEM radio deck.
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    Product Reviews
  3. Ultra Low Price IEI 140W Intelligent DC DC PSU

    by , 07-20-2010 at 12:43 PM

    For a limited time purchase our IEI 140W DC/DC Smart ATX PSU for Mobile Applications IDDV-6304140A for only $49.99.

    Input : VDC to 30 VDC
    Min input operating voltage: 5.7 V
    Max input operating voltage: 30 V
    Startup voltage :8 V
    Deep-discharge shut down voltage: 10.6 V
    Output:
    max.: 5 V@10 A, 3.3 V@10 A, 12 V@4 A,-12 [email protected] A & 5 [email protected] A
    Output Voltage:140 W
    Efficiency up to 90%
    Weight NW: 118 g
    Storage Temperature -40C ~ 125C
    Operation Temperature -20C ~ 85C
    Dimensions 45 mm X 160 mm

    Updated 07-20-2010 at 07:41 PM by optikalefx

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    Store Sales
  4. Mp3Car & NASIOC Team Up To Drive Innovation

    by , 07-14-2010 at 02:39 PM


    NASIOC and mp3Car team up to offer a contest on the NASIOC forums. The forum member to post the best DIY write-up about a car audio setup, install, build, or system design will win a free Lilliput EBY701-NP/C/T to begin their in vehicle computing project.

    See the NASIOC Contest Thread HERE.
    Get involved to see if you can claim the free Lilliput!

    Updated 07-14-2010 at 02:52 PM by Jensen2000

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    Technology Events
  5. iPad Suction Mount

    by , 07-09-2010 at 02:04 PM

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    This 2 sided suction cup to suction mount is ideal for sticking your iPad in all those places you wanted it to go, but never had a means to get it there.
    Get Your iPad Suction Mount Today!

    *all cars were harmed in the filming of this video

    Updated 07-09-2010 at 04:04 PM by optikalefx

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    Products and Technology , Store Sales