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Scosche Introduces Its First Car Stereo, App Makes Phone Remote Controlled

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The Scosche SCDBTA60 Car Stereo

Scosche has long made adapter and wiring kits for aftermarket car stereos. Say hello to its first full-fledged car stereo head unit. (Antuan Goodwin photo courtesy CNET.)

You’ve probably bought a mounting or wiring kit from Scosche for your previous aftermarket audio installs. Now you’ll have the chance to buy the head unit from them, too.

According to CNET, Scosche introduced the SCDBTA60 Car Stereo Receiver at this year’s SEMA trade show, marking the first time the company has offered a full receiver. With three preamp outputs, a CD player, an SD card slot, an internal four-channel amplifier with a maximum output of 40 watts per channel, USB and auxiliary inputs, and Bluetooth connectivity, the single-DIN unit is expected to retail at about $140.

The stereo reportedly works with Scosche’s ControlFreq app available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Market. From the app, users can tweak a number of radio settings, including tuning to and saving presets, adjusting the volume, and changing the EQ settings. Effectively, the user’s smartphone becomes a remote control for the unit.

The CNET story noted the stereo has a traditional volume knob and button-based control interface for those who see no reason to use a remote– even a pretty smartphone-based one– to control a stereo within arm’s reach.

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