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Mobile Magic

As factory-installed stereos get better and better, many music lovers are sticking with the stereo that came with the car rather than replacing it with an after-market model. This is also in part due to the popularity of leasing-people don’t want to hassle with installing a whole new stereo system if they’re only going to turn their car back into the dealer within two to three years.

Given the declining state of the mobile sound industry, forward-thinking mobile electronics manufacturers have discovered new ways to interface with OEM (original equipment manufacturers) audio systems. And they have also started to pioneer new, non-musical ways of enhancing your commute. Through advancements in computers, video monitors, and wireless communications systems, your vehicle will closely resemble the Starship Enterprise, except it’ll still have tires. Interfacing with the OEM there are some adequate sound systems that now come standard with premium luxury cars. However, there are usually a couple of ways that these OEM systems still deliver substandard performance. The first issue is the CD player. Many systems for new cars include a built-in compact disc player, but even now, with CDs far outselling cassettes, most car stereos only include a cassette deck. When you do get a CD player as standard equipment, it can be very expensive-twice the price of getting it retrofitted by a car stereo store.

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