Driving Entertainment

In car entertainment

  • Volkswagen at Xtrons

    Volkswagen has always been a firm favourite amongst car enthusiasts and our Volkswagen car stereos and accessories have remained a popular purchase for our customers, so we’ve continued to develop them, just for you.

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    Compatibility

    Amarok (2010-2013), Caddy (2003-2013), Golf V (2003-2008), Golf VI (2008-2013), Golf Plus (2003-2013), Golf Cabriolet (2011-2013), Golf Wagon (2010-2013), Golf GTI (2010-2012), Golf R (2010-2013), Golf Estate (2009-2012), Passat (2005-2013), Passat Estate (2005-2013), Passat Sedan (2006-2013), Passat Wagon (2007-2013), Passat Alltrack (2012-2013), Passat CC (2008-2013), Jetta (2005-2013), Jetta GLI (2006-2013), Touran (2003-2013), Tiguan (2007-2013), Sharan (2010-2013), Scirocco (2008-2013), EOS (2006-2013), WT5 Transporter (2010-2014), WT5 Caravelle 2010, Multivan T5 (2010-2013), Polo (2009-2013), Polo Sedan (2012-2013), Polo V 6R (2009-2013), New Beetle 2 (2011-2013)

    Volkswagen Android Octa-Core Car Stereo Features as Standard

    Both Volkswagen car stereos are fully loaded with the latest and smartest technology. So much so that they are now said to be better than some desktop computers. And here’s why…

    - Android Marshmallow 6.0

    The newest, fastest and smoothest operating system – much more powerful than any other, previous in-car entertainment system.

    - Octa-Core 64bit Processor

    An eight-core configuration allows optimum speed and performance, especially when multitasking.

    - 32GB ROM + 2GB RAM

    More space and storage to download, run, browse and play on your favourite apps, websites and games – in a much smoother fashion.

    - Multi-Touch Screen

    1024*600 high pixilation density provides a remarkably fluid and intuitive operation.

    - Smarter User Interface

    The new layout enables quicker operation and a level of convenience whilst accessing several functions.

    - Screen Mirroring

    Mirror your phone screen to the unit and operate as you would. Read messages, watch videos and enjoy.

    - Full RCA Output

    Utilise the full spectrum of features via the RCA output to other monitors.

    - Dual Zone Function

    Navigate, listen to the radio and make calls all whilst your back-seat passengers watch a DVD.

    - Bluetooth 4.0

    Hook up your head unit to any Bluetooth device and access music, share videos and make calls.

    - Online Maps

    Google Maps, iGo, Sygic and more are readily available for download.

    - Dual Channel CANbus

    Designed to work in harmony with BMW and its features such as heated seats.

    - USB & SD

    Built-in portals to allow uploads, downloads and instant access you your personal documents & files.

    Volkswagen Android Octa-Core Car Stereo Extras

    Although the following features do not come as standard, they do make for excellent extensions, improving the performance and ability of your Volkswagen head unit. And they’re not that costly.

    - Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

    The ability to digitally assess your tyres and their performance on screen. Analysing pressure, temperature in real-time statistics.

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    - OBD2

    Retrieve real-time data, in an easy to read format, allowing you to understand any troubles with your car’s computer.

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    - DAB+

    Enjoy better sound quality and a stronger signal using a USB radio receiver.

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    - Wi-Fi

    The built-in Wi-Fi module allows you to use your smartphone as a hotspot for 4G internet. Connect a 4G dongle with a SIM and share across all mobile devices.

    - Cameras

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    Giving you added confidence and protection, this 170° wide angle lens waterproof reversing camera is just one from the range and is custom for Volkswagen Golf 6.

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    If you have any further queries about our Volkswagen car stereo range, please get in touch.

  • Audi at Xtrons

    Over the years, we’ve developed and adapted many an Audi device. Now we’re happy to boast the latest in the Audi car stereo collection with our Android Marshmallow Octa-core range. And here they are…

     

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    Audi TT MK2 (2006-2014)

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    Audi A3 (2003-2013), S3 (2003-2013)

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    Audi A4 (2002-2008), S4 (2002-2008), RS4 (2002-2008), SEAT Exeo (2009 - 2012)

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    Audi Android Octa-Core Car Stereo Features as Standard

    Each of these Audi car stereos are fully loaded with the latest and smartest technology. So much so that they are now said to be better than some desktop computers. And here’s why…

    - Android Marshmallow 6.0

    The newest, fastest and smoothest operating system – much more powerful than any other, previous in-car entertainment system.

    - Octa-Core 64bit Processor

    An eight-core configuration allows optimum speed and performance, especially when multitasking.

    - 32GB ROM + 2GB RAM

    More space and storage to download, run, browse and play on your favourite apps, websites and games – in a much smoother fashion.

    - HD Video

    Now supporting 4K, replacing 1080p, as the highest definition format to date.

    - Multi-Touch Screen

    1024*600 high pixilation density provides a remarkably fluid and intuitive operation.

    - Smarter User Interface

    The new layout enables quicker operation and a level of convenience whilst accessing several functions.

    - Screen Mirroring

    Mirror your phone screen to the unit and operate as you would. Read messages, watch videos and enjoy.

    - Full RCA Output

    Utilise the full spectrum of features via the RCA output to other monitors.

    - Dual Zone Function

    Navigate, listen to the radio and make calls all whilst your back-seat passengers watch a DVD.

    - Bluetooth 4.0

    Hook up your head unit to any Bluetooth device and access music, share videos and make calls.

    - Online Maps

    Google Maps, iGo, Sygic and more are readily available for download.

    - Dual Channel CANbus

    Designed to work in harmony with BMW and its features such as heated seats.

    Audi Android Octa-Core Car Stereo Extras

    Although these features do not come as standard, they do offer up some excellent extensions to the performance and ability of your Audi head unit. And they’re not that costly.

    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

    The ability to digitally assess your tyres and their performance on screen. Analysing pressure, temperature in real-time statistics.

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    OBD2

    Retrieve real-time data, in an easy to read format, allowing you to understand any troubles with your car’s computer.

    OBD02-300dpi-PNG

    DAB+

    Enjoy better sound quality and a stronger signal using a USB radio receiver.

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    - Wi-Fi

    The built-in Wi-Fi module allows you to use your smartphone as a hotspot for 4G internet. Connect a 4G dongle with a SIM and share across all mobile devices.

    Cameras

    Increase your safety on the road and protect yourself with on board journey recorders and dash cams.

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    If you have any further queries about our Audi car stereo range, please get in touch.

  • BMW Head Units at Xtrons

    The BMW head unit range is constantly evolving here at Xtrons and we are aware that sometimes it can be tricky to keep up with the ever-changing modifications. Therefore, we thought we’d write a blog to prevent any crossed wires, so to speak.

     

    Our latest range of BMW head units are equipped with high-performance Octa-Core processors and Android Marshmallow 6.0 software but that’s not to say that they’re any harder to install or configure, compared to our older units. There are just a few FAQs we want to answer for you.

    BMW Head Units at Xtrons:

    Here are a few of our recently developed BMW car stereo head units, featuring Octa-Core & Android Marshmallow.

     

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    Key Features include:

    • 7" HD Digital Multi-Touch Screen
    • Octa-Core Processor
    • 64bit, 32GB, 2G RAM
    • Andorid 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System
    • Custom Fit for: BMW E93 (2005-2012), E92 (2005-2012), E91 (2005-2012), E90 (2005-2012)

    Download the User Guide

     

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    Key Features include:

    • 7" HD Digital Multi-Touch Screen
    • Octa-Core Processor
    • 64bit, 32GB, 2G RAM
    • Andorid 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System
    • Custom Fit for: BMW E53 2000-2001 17-pin-connector), X5 (E53 2002-2006 new 40-pin-connector), 7 Series (E38 1994-2001), M5 (1996-2003)

    Download the User Guide

     

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    Key Features include:

    • 7" HD Digital Multi-Touch Screen
    • Octa-Core Processor
    • 64bit, 32GB, 2G RAM
    • Andorid 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System

    Custom fit for BMW 3 Series E46 / 320 / 325 (1998 - 2006) Download User Guide

     

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    Key Features include:

    • 7" HD Digital Multi-Touch Screen
    • Octa-Core Processor
    • 64bit, 32GB, 2G RAM
    • Andorid 6.0 Marshmallow Operating System
    • Custom Fit for: BMW 5 Series Touring E39 (1997-2004), 5 Series Sedan (1995-2003), X5 SUV E53 (2000-2006)

    Download User Guide

     

    BMW Head Unit Useful Information

    Extension

    In most cases these head units are an easy enough switch. However, some versions of the E53/X5 or 3 Series/E46/E90s will require a 5-meter extension, if your vehicle has a factory fitted Sat-Nav. This is because the stereo connections are situated in the boot, near the battery, which is quite far from the head unit. A recommended extension would be the EXL005 is compatible with most of the BMW vehicles.

    Relocation

    When you are preparing the BMW E46 for car stereo installation, you will need to relocate your heater controls. One way of doing this is to park them beneath the lip of the dashboard where the storage pocket is located. Relocation kits can be purchased; however, the heater controls can be clipped in place without one.

    Amplification

    If you have an amplified, or alternative, speaker system connection the adaptor may not fit the unit. Again, adaptors can be purchased (sometimes they need a little modification) to be wired to the supplied ISO instead. This helps retain this option. Any fixes you choose to make, in terms of adapting your vehicle and its components to our units, are not Xtrons responsibility, by the way.

    Confidence

    Our Android Octa-Core units are accelerating the development of the in-car entertainment industry. With the software and processing capability better than a lot of desktop computers, there’s no surprise these units are changing the game.

    We strive to modify our units to make them more accessible and adaptable to a range of cars and models. Hopefully, the above information was relevant and helpful. If you have any further queries, please get in touch.

     

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  • Double Din Car Stereos – Are You Tuned In?

    If you’ve ever felt excluded amid a discussion about cars, technology and their specifications, you’re not alone. Car terminology can be quite obscure and tricky to keep track of, especially when people start throwing single and double DIN’s about. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.

    DIN is an acronym for Deutsches Institiut für Normung, which is the German standards organisation that created the original standard for car head units that we still use today.

    The only difference between single and double DIN car stereo is the size of the unit itself.

    Spot the Difference

    d24v01-1 - single din car stereo td699gdv-1 - double din car stereo Double DIN car stereos are noticeable dissimilar to single DIN car stereos.

    To decipher the difference, you’ll need a measuring tool. If the faceplate of your current head unit comes in around 7 inches long by 2 inches tall, then it’s a single DIN all day long. This means that if you ever wanted a new head unit, you’d have to replace it with another single DIN unit. Double DIN car stereo units are twice as tall (4 inches). This is because they have added features such as larger interfaces with touch-screens, DVD players and GPS meaning it requires the extra space. However, you can replace a double DIN with a single Din, should you want to.

    Which is Better - Single or Double DIN Car Stereos?

    This debate boils down to personal preferences and it depends entirely on what sort of head unit you want for your car.

    Naturally, single DIN car stereos are cheaper because they don’t have all the additional extras. Despite this, the audio quality is often exactly the same. So, if you’re not interested in all the shiny extras, sing DIN will suit you just fine. Plus, they are compatible in a wider range of vehicles.

    Having said that, in this day and age, with modern technology rising to the fore in all industries, double DIN car stereos are desirable.

    With more internal space for components like built-in amplifiers, it’s easy to understand why. But the main benefit of double DIN head units is typically in the display. With twofold the size of single DIN screens, the double DIN car stereos offer a real visual appeal, allowing features such as HD, touch screen and screen mirroring to really shine through. There are some other benefits here.

    Double DIN Car Stereos at Xtrons

    tl702ap-1 - Android Double Din Car Stereo Xtrons double DIN head units have all the spec of a premium product at a realistic price.

    They are designed to a standard size of 178mm x 100mm, accommodating most vehicles, and fitting accessories for specific models are included.

    Premium features such as Bluetooth, touch screen functionality, CANBus, FM and AM radio, iPod connectivity, and GPS are standard in most our double DIN units. Individual models can include additional features such as TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems) and can be personalised to your taste through integrated Android OS technology, including the new Android Marshmallow 6.0 & Octa-Core ranges.

    Frequency Found

    Hopefully, you have found this information on double DIN car stereos educational. We’d fully expect you to be able to join in any technical conversation about these head units and throw some stats around of your own!

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  • Android Octa-Core at Xtrons

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    Yes, it’s arrived; the Android Octa-Core car stereo range. Yes, it’s quicker, smarter and smoother but the questions everyone wants to know the answers to are:

    Is eight better than four?

    It would seem that the Octa-Core (eight) suggests that it possess double the qualities and abilities of its Quad-Core (four) predecessor, however, it’s not a straight forward as that.

    Although it is an eight-core configuration, it doesn’t mean it has double the performance. Instead, the approach is to have one cluster of four high-powered cores which don’t prioritise energy efficiency, and four low-powered cores which are much easier on the battery. This allows the two clusters to alternate at rapid speeds, depending on the amount of work the processor is demanding.

    Though it is possible for the processors to operate at the same time, (a process known as heterogeneous multiprocessing), the idea is for them to counteract one another according to the enactments of the device. This, in turn, allows the device to be more responsive; making multi-tasking feel fast and fluent.

    Beforehand, the applications had to wait for resources to be allocated to them. Now, unlike before, the cores that are not in demand can shut down completely to minimise their impact on battery life. Alternatively, cores can be drawn upon to better respond to the user’s excessive instructions.

    Is eight four too may?

    Some argue that it’s overkill. The concern is that if the Octa-Core processors are compensating for one another, are half of them left idle most of the time?

    In short, yes. But, there are also several other technological factors to be considered beyond the number of cores on their own. One of which being the core architecture itself.

    Each component has its own unique place and role. Often configured in even numbers to assist the likes of: the manufacturing process, power, efficiency, speed, heat displacement, size and overall performance, the number of cores will never be sporadic. Not with the main contributing factor of cost often at the heart of any technological development.

    That being said, it’s the technological development that is the single most important aspect to consider.

    So, what’s better about it?

    The fact of the matter is that the Android Octa-Core is a new generation of high-end processors, so it’s bound to be better, right?

    We’re certain that even the most tech savvy users will identify with the obvious upgrades.

    For starters, it’s faster (CPU 64 bit). Not just in terms of the swiftness of navigation or loading of applications but in the actual boot to power too (10 seconds faster than quad-core). It also works faster with the internet meaning that downloading and video decoding is pacier than ever.

    Remember it’s got more memory too (32GB ROM + 2GB RAM). More memory to store more of your favourite things like 3D games, especially as the availability of these has increased too. The more memory the you have, the more space you have – which allows for more fluidity for browsing, downloading or watching stuff.

    It also comes equipped with a car-standard radio module which boasts strong anti-interface ability and improved radio signal receiver. This is further enhanced by the power amplifier chip which produces high-fidelity audio effects.

    Our TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) can also be intertwined with our Android Octa-Core units, giving it smarter and safer functionality to be taken advantage of.

    Finally, the Android Marshmallow 6.0 sophistication still shines through on all our Octa-Core units.

    Octa-Core Concluded

    It’s a step in the right direction regardless of the sceptics. The demand has been met and, as a result, we have an improved piece of technology.

    For any further information but our Octa-Core units, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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