Within the mid-2000s, standardized head models were changed by built-in receivers. Then came USB and Bluetooth connectivity. And yet, tens of millions of vehicles out there predate these factory audio evolution. How onerous is it to carry these beasts into the era of podcasts and Spotify? I examined three approaches on three audio techniques, each from a distinct audio epoch, to find the best options.
Problem 1: Someone stole my Alpine.
Problem 2: Add Bluetooth to an AUX plug.
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• Verdict: Energy difficulty solved, and the outdated Clarion has new life.
Challenge three: You never had a stereo within the first place.
• I bought my 2009 GEM e4 street-legal golf cart secondhand from the Navy. And Uncle Sam didn’t spring for extras like speakers. Or doors. In case you, too, have a automobile with no stereo by any means, your greatest plan of action is a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker. Better yet, two of them. The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is about the size of a grapefruit and disproportionately loud. It lasts about ten hours between prices, and is waterproof, which makes it well suited to old Jeeps or different automobiles with hose-it-out interiors. Hanging one from the rearview mirror is a jaunty solution to go, but I, once once more, resorted to Velcro, mounting one on each side of the dash, no wiring required.
• Verdict: Simply bear in mind to place it in the trunk whenever you park.
This appears in the July/August 2017 issue.