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Brett Solomon has been covering the world of car electronics since 1993 as a true enthusiast. He was the Editor-at-Large of CarSound & Performance Magazine. More recently, he has written for the automotive trade, but he still loves the consumer! He is a member of the International Motor Press Association.

EFX Core Amp Installation Kits do the twist, cut noise

Ma Bell learned long ago that a certain amount of twists in a length of wire cuts noise. Scosche’s EFX Core Amp Installation Kits apply that to car audio.

The Lengthy Li: Backseat fun in the BMW 750Li

Luckily for those of us with children who aren’t entertained by simply looking out the windows, the BMW 750Li’s rear-seat entertainment system delivers.

Don’t Ram it in! Use a Metra 2002-2005 Dodge Ram Retrofit

For those who cannot have another monthly payment, the 2002-2005 Dodge Ram is a pretty bulletproof choice. But that ye olde Mopar parts bin head unit has to go. Lucky, then, that Metra Electronics has released a 2002-2005 Dodge Ram retrofit kit for aftermarket head units.

Pioneer’s new head units make Bluetooth pairing a little easier

Everyone likes a smooth Bluetooth pairing experience.  No one like a Bluetooth fight.  So Pioneer figured out this novel approach.  Rather than cue up the head unit, go into the iPhone, find the Settings, make sure that the head unit hasn’t left the pairing sequence while you were digging thru the iPhone, find the car more »

Alpine ships X-009 head unit. Shows F150 and Silverado love!

Lyndon and I love simple work trucks.  Utilitarian.  Typically easy to fix.  And you don’t feel so bad if you get a minor scratch in the bed or ding in the door.  But don’t you find that you spend more time in the work truck than your pride-and-joy weekend roadster?  I certainly do.  So I more »

The Lengthy Li: Can the big BMW 750Li take on the S500?

Feature for feature, probably it is an even contest between the BMW 750Li and the Mercedes-Benz S500. A dead heat. But for driving dynamics, the BMW may have the edge.

In technology, the S Class pulls ahead. However, there are a few tricks up the big Bimmer’s sleeve to make it not a tech bummer at all.

Mercedes S 500: Defeat the safety nannies for full autonomous?!

We already know that the Mercedes S 500 is unreal with its Distronic Plus system, but I would not have believed this hack if I didn’t see it for myself.

Audi Q3 is coming: Cute ute with tech!

In the cute ute category, the Q3 is coming, and the pricing is not bad to start — especially considering its wide array of tech including on-board wifi.

Subies get Starlink improvements via Clarion Smart Access

A lot of praise has been heaped on the new Subaru Starlink infotainment/connectivity systems. Sometimes, not so much. However, Subaru is making it easier for the end user to access apps via the Clarion Smart Access platform.

Fortissimo Fiat: On Fiat 500L fuel economy and infotainment

So after chillin’ in the Fiat 500L for the week, the fuel economy numbers are in. And I’m tired of pulling over to enter nav destinations.

Getting psyched for the Jaguar XE

I am really excited about the prospects of the entry-level Jaguar XE since it fills the hole left by the X-Type, which I really liked, even though it was basically a Ford Mondeo with prodigious Coventry tuning and a better interior.

Fortissimo Fiat. Living with the Euro Twin Clutch Transmission

Que bella.  The Fiat literature promises “a sportier driving experience with AUTOSTICK Shifting and providing as much as 15% better fuel economy (we’ll check that claim that later this week) and lower emissions.”  How?  By automating a traditional manual transmission.  Wow, well what’s not to like? Some caveats: During low speed driving, vehicle momentum changes more »

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