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Pioneer New Z Series Apple CarPlay Android Auto Car Multimedia Receivers

Be Connected. Unite your life.

That’s the latest tagline from Pioneer. Just what do they mean? From what we gather, Pioneer is aware that smartphones are now part of everyone’s life in such a big way that they could not neglect this fact in their product development. So we see them innovating smartphone integration into their car receivers in order to achieve a better overall user experience. Things like calling, messaging, music streaming, navigation and such while driving seem to be at the center of their focus. Oh, and not forgetting safety of course.

In the pursuit of seamless integration, they have recently launched their Z Series head units. What does that mean to us? Well, most obvious would be the usage of the Z letter in their newest models. The all familiar AVH-X are now AVH-Z followed by the model numbers and letters.

 

What Does the Z series models have to offer?

Firstly, lets acknowledge the fact that there has been a gap in the models offered by Pioneer before this. Only the flagship AVH-X8850BT has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So the cheaper AVH-Z1050DVD is a welcomed addition for those of us with not so deep pockets. Even the most expensive AVH-Z7750BT is still well below the flagship price. Besides the obvious lower price point, there are a number of improvements made over the previous models besides the additional features.

Main Features

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – All 4 models have Apple CarPlay but only 2 models (AVH-Z5050BT and AVH-Z7050BT) have Android auto. This smartphone integration makes using your smartphone while driving a whole lot safer. Learn more about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

AppRadio Mode+ – Unique to Pioneer AV receivers, AppRadio Mode+ allows for more apps to be integrated to your receiver. Pioneers very own AppRadioLIVE app specifically focuses on Navigation, Media, News and Calendar. This supposedly should cover all you need when on the go.

24-bit True Color Display – The new Pioneer AV receivers reproduce high-resolution images with greater range, smoother gradations and richer tones of color than ever before boasting up to over 16 Million colors. This is new to Pioneer receivers, even the flagship AVH-X8850BT doesn’t have it.

Full HD Playback from USB devices – Another feature it has that even the flagship model doesn’t is the ability to play Full HD (1080p) video from files encoded in various digital formats (except MPEG-2 and DivX) from USB devices.

Improved Graphic User Interface – The UI on the Z series definitely looks much different than previous models. There is now one touch switching between apps, easy app switching and easy device switching so that users spend less time fiddling with the controls and more time paying attention to the road ahead. The UI is now also less cluttered and customisable allowing for the user to configure it to their preference.

Works with Spotify – Being massive Spotify users our self, this is definitely one very appreciated feature. Now all our music is easily accessible from the receiver.

Setup-free Smartphone Connection – Smartphone connection is no longer complicated an clunky. Just plug in and go.

Higher Quality Pioneer tuned parts for improved sound quality – We never doubt Pioneer when it comes to sound quality and the Z series doesn’t disappoint.

 

The Z Series Line up

From left to right AVH-Z7050BT, AVH-Z5050BT, AVH-Z2050BT and AVH-Z1050DVD.

Here is a summary of the differences:-

7″ Motorized display – AVH-Z7050BT, AVH-Z5050BT

6.2″ fixed display – AVH-Z2050BT, AVH-Z1050DVD

Android Auto – AVH-Z7050BT, AVH-Z5050BT

Bluetooth – AVH-Z7050BT, AVH-Z5050BT, AVH-Z2050BT

2 DIN – AVH-Z5050BT, AVH-Z2050BT, AVH-Z1050DVD

1 DIN –  AVH-Z7050BT

 

Which Z series is right for me?

To figure this one out, we have listed down a few questions. The answer should help determine the right model for you or at least exclude the one that doesn’t suit you.

Q: Can your car fit a 1 DIN or 2 DIN unit?

A: If you answer only 1 DIN, the AVH-X7050BT is the only unit that will fit unless you plan on doing major customizations.

Q: Can you live without Mirror-link, SD/SDHC, HDMI input and Dual Zone Audio/Video?

A: If you answered no, then your only choice is the Pioneer AVH-X8850BT, give the Z series a pass then.

Q: Do you use an Android device?

A: If yes, then only the AVH-Z5050BT and AVH-Z7050BT will support your device.

Q: Is a 7″ screen size a must?

A: If yes, then only the AVH-Z5050BT and AVH-Z7050BT has it.

Q: Do you dislike having Bluetooth connectivity?

A: If Yes, then the AVH-Z1050DVD is for you

 

Those couple of Q & A’s should lead you in the right direction and help you decide on the right Z series head unit.

Do comment below if you have any questions.

 

All the Best!

2017-09-18T20:43:08+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Car Audio & Video|0 Comments

Balik Kampung Pit Stop – Free California Scents

2017-06-23T16:09:04+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|News, Promotions|0 Comments

PIAA Automotive Sports Horn for Cars, Bikes and vehicles running 12V

Car horns. Love it or hate it, is undeniably an important part of our vehicle. It has also become part of the soundscape of many large and busy cities. Originally created for safety reasons, its usage has evolved and is used in many other ways these days. The main use of car horns are to caution others on the road of possible dangers.

Such dangers could be:
1. Another drivers lack of attention.
2. When making a turn that has visibility issues due to obstacles.
3. When driving on a road with many pedestrians.

Other uses may include:
1. To let someone know you’ve arrived without having to politely walk up to the door and knock.
2. To alert the person who double parked behind you.
3. To let the neighborhood know that you’re coming for the bride.
4. To get the attention of a pretty lady on the sidewalk.

Agree or disagree on the other uses, you can’t deny those are what car horns are often used for these days.

So, if you have ever been in a situation where you needed to use the horns, you know how important it is for it to be loud and attention grabbing, but not so loud that is will damage ones hearing. Ever been in a situation where you pressed the horn but the sound was less than impressive. Asthmatic to an extent. Look at the photo below to understand why.

That is how most factory horns look like. It is no wonder that they sometimes fail to get any attention at all.

Do you REALLY need horns to be loud?

A valid question really. It is without a doubt that car horns are one of the most annoying sounds to most of us. So why would you want a louder horn? Easy. The horn, if not misused is a safety tool. It is supposed to get attention. Having a horn that isn’t loud enough is like having a knife that is not sharp. It won’t work, and to a degree, would be useless.

Why do manufacturers equip such poor horns?

We don’t know, but our guess would be cost. It isn’t exactly the first thing you check when buying a car. I doubt most people even think of the horn until after the are driving it home. So its an easy target for cost cutting.

Aftermarket to the rescue (as usual).

Luckily for us, PIAA has some excellent horns that are within regulations, and are able to be installed easily in most cars.

1. PIAA HO-2 Dual Tone Light Weight Twin Super Car Horn 12V (400/500Hz)

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Sports Horn

Loud horn with a beautiful tone. The HO-2 is perfect to ensure others hear you when it matters, excellent safety aspect. The twin horn produces a wonderful tone with its 400Hz and 500Hz combination. Furthermore, this easy to install horn also comes with weather guard to ensure your horn is kept clear from elements.

Made from tough ABS material and rust resistant black chromate, this horn will be of service for a long time. Its light weight and compact design enables it to be installed in most cars.

  • Powerful 112dB Dual Tone.
  • 400Hz and 500Hz combination
  • PIAA Horn can be installed on one and two terminal cars.
  • Black Housing
  • 2 terminal type
  • (Includes ground wiring)
  • Light weight: Approx. 194g/pc
  • Made in Japan

More info on the PIAA HO-2 here

2. PIAA HO-8E Dual Tone High Pitch Euro Sports Car Horn 115dB (500/600Hz)

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Euro Sports Horn

If the “luxury car” horn tone is what you’re after, the HO-8E is perfect for you. Always featuring the PIAA loudness, this horn proves to be the buyer favorite everytime.

The higher pitch 500Hz and 600Hz dual tone combination simply sounds perfect. Light weight and compact, this horn can be installed to most cars easily. On top of that, it comes with a weather resistant cover to keep your horn free from contaminants.

  • Powerful 115dB Dual Tone.
  • 500Hz and 600Hz combination
  • PIAA Horn can be installed on one and two terminal cars.
  • Black Housing
  • 2 terminal type
  • (Includes ground wiring)
  • Light weight: Approx. 194g/pc
  • Made in Japan

More info on the PIAA HO-8E here

3. PIAA HO-9 Dual Deep Tone Superior Bass Car Horn 112dB 12V (330/400Hz)

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Superior Bass Horn

The depth of sound of this new “330 Hz” horn far exceeds the popular “PIAA Sports Horn.” The 330Hz combines the dignified depth of sound that swept the world with the tone and quality of a 400Hz horn, achieving a refined serene sound with plenty of depth!!

  • Powerful 115dB Dual Tone.
  • 330Hz and 400Hz combination
  • PIAA Horn can be installed on one and two terminal cars.
  • Black Housing
  • 2 terminal type
  • (Includes ground wiring)
  • Light weight: Approx. 187g/pc
  • Made in Japan

More info on the PIAA HO-9 here

4. PIAA HO-12 Dual Tone Slender Ultra Light Twin Horns 12V (400/500Hz)

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Slender Horn

The “Slender Horn” represents a lightweight horn that is the world’s thinnest spiral horn. It is a new horn with the world’s thinnest body in the popular “400Hz / 500Hz” bass range.

Big sound in s small package. The HO-12 is ideal for tight space applications. The twin horn produces a wonderful tone with its 400Hz and 500Hz combination. Do not underestimate this horn given its slim build. It will blow you away.

Equipped with a stylish guard fin that prevents water and dust permeation.

  • ECE Regulation No. 28 approval
  • Powerful 112dB Dual Tone.
  • 400Hz and 500Hz combination
  • PIAA Horn can be installed on one and two terminal cars.
  • Black Housing
  • 2 terminal type
  • (Includes ground wiring)
  • Light weight: Approx. 180g/pc
  • Made in Japan

More info on the PIAA HO-12 here

2017-04-29T19:12:35+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Automotive Horn, News|0 Comments

RaceChip Pro2 for Honda Civic FC 1.5 Turbo Install

Here is a simple video and some photos of our RaceChip Pro2 Chiptuning install on the Honda Civic FC 1.5 Turbo.

Thanks to Adrian for driving all the way down from Penang. Thanks also to Felix and Khairul from RaceChip Malaysia for taking the time to help us out even though it was your day off.

Enjoy!

 

2017-03-09T23:00:39+00:00 March 9th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Carall Regalia Velvet Musk 1386

Carall Regalia Velvet Musk (Model No. 1386), a product by Okamoto Industry Co. Ltd based in Japan is probably one of the most pirated air freshener in Malaysia.

For the uninitiated, ‘Carall’ is the brand name, ‘Regalia’ is the series that the product belongs to and ‘Velvet Musk’ is the name of the fragrance. The model number for this product is 1386.

1386 has a distinctive fresh and calming smell, with a light citrus tint that makes it very acceptable and easy on the nose. Adding to that is the quality glass jar packaging that stands out among the many varieties of air fresheners in the market.

The popularity of the 1386 eventually caught the attention of bootleggers and in the past few years, imitations of 1386 got so good that even experienced stockists find it hard to differentiate between the authentic and the fake. Also, do take note that under the Regalia series, there’s also Platinum Squash (Model No. 1385) and Silky Veil (Model No. 1384) which is nowhere as popular.

It is believed that these 1386 imitations are manufactured in China and made its way into Malaysia through East Malaysia, where custom surveillance is not as strict.

We would like to advise consumers to be extra vigilant when shopping for their favorite air fresheners. You may not feel the effect of these chemicals immediately but prolonged usage of fake air fresheners manufactured without taking care of consumer’s well-being and safety will cause many health issues in the long run.

Carall Regalia Velvet Musk 1386

2017-01-20T20:58:59+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Air Fresheners|0 Comments

UNBOXED! Kenwood KMM-BT303

We’ve just unboxed the latest CD-less 1-DIN media receiver from Kenwood- KMM-BT303. This model is a replacement to the KMM-BT302.

If you are looking for a 1-DIN player that gives you Bluetooth connectivity, USB input and charging functionalities, Aux-In connector, this one should fit the bill.

Fasmoto.com Unboxed - Kenwood KMM-BT303

Fasmoto.com Unboxed - Kenwood KMM-BT303

Fasmoto.com Unboxed - Kenwood KMM-BT303

Fasmoto.com Unboxed - Kenwood KMM-BT303

Fasmoto.com Unboxed - Kenwood KMM-BT303

2017-01-16T19:29:03+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Car Stereo Receiver|0 Comments