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The latest media system for Volkswagen, Skoda and SEAT

Over the past five years multimedia systems have been shadowed by smart phones and tablets. When people need to use a navigation system they usually just download the latest app and connect an external mobile device to their vehicle. The standard GPS as we know it is no longer relevant and manufacturers have struggled over the years to adapt to industry changes and find new ways to reel in customers. However, all that could be over with the release of the new Kenwood DNX521DAB.

The Kenwood DNX521DAB is a multimedia device that has been designed specifically for Volkswagen, Skoda and SEAT vehicles. It features everything one would expect from a high-class multimedia system and offers applications and components that not even the most advanced tablets have.

Picture and Sound Quality

Without decent car entertainment a multimedia system would never have a chance of competing with a tablet. The Kenwood DNX521DAB has a seven-inch high-definition touch screen that provides superb picture quality. Images are sharp, crisp, bleed-free, and the colouring is spot-on. When playing DVD’s and other downloaded media, the up-scaling is flawless.

Equally impressive is the sound quality. With output in 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, it’s certainly of a high calibre. Whether the device is being used for music or video, the sound is clear and immersive, making the viewing or listening experience a pleasure.


When it comes to car multimedia devices the navigation aspect is often overlooked – which is ironic considering that’s what they were originally designer for! The in-built navigation system on the Kenwood DNX521DAB is powered by Garmin and provides a comprehensive database of POIs and destinations in both the UK and Europe.

The Navigation system can be set to automatically update to ensure that the road maps are all current. In addition, it will alert drivers of accidents, roadworks and traffic to prevent any unnecessary delays. Route settings can be set to the fastest, shortest and even the most fuel efficient.

Media Playback

Media playback has always been an issue for car multimedia systems. Nowadays a standard DVD player won’t cut it, so many of the older systems have since become obsolete. The Kenwood DNX521DAB features media playback in a wide variety of formats, ensuring that it doesn’t go out-of-date for a very long time.

The addition of the microSD card slot – which wasn’t available on previous Kenwood models – can play everything from WAV files and MP3s to more obscure formats such as MKV videos. In addition, the device can download media directly from the Internet to either its internal hard drive or an external source.

Battery Life

Forgetting a battery charger when trying to get from A to B is very frustrating. Most people don’t store tablet or smart phone cables in their cars, making them easy to forget. A GPS system, however, doesn’t have this problem as there’s absolutely no logic in removing them. Luckily, if the cable is removed it doesn’t matter too much as the Kenwood DNX521DAB has excellent battery life – far more than the average smart phone or tablet.


The Kenwood DNX521DDAB proves that car multimedia systems still have relevance; even in today’s increasingly mobile tech world. While they may not have all of the applications and hardware components of tablets, they’re definitely a more functional alternative.

June 6th, 2014
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Car Audio Plus; pleased to announce becoming an official retailer of JBL Car Audio

Here at Car Audio Plus, we know that sometimes your car audio budgets arent always going to run into the thousands. This is why we have brought back the best ever budget car audio brand; JBL Car Audio!

JBL Car Audio have been around, well, forever it seems! They are the masters of budget car audio and we have them to thank for bringing car audio to the masses. Before JBL there wasnt much choice unless you wanted to spend upwards of £1000 for a speaker and subwoofer system to connect up to your classic cassette stereo. When JBL arrived on the scene, this all changed with the first sub £100 car audio subwoofer and soon released a huge range of speakers, amplifiers and even more subwoofers.

JBL’s UK distribution had faltered in recent years but has now settled and Car Audio Plus are proud to announce that we will finally be restocking all JBL products. Your car audio options just got a whole lot better.


August 12th, 2009
Shelved in the Car Audio, High End Car Audio, JBL, JBL Car Audio, Subwoofers, Upgrade Car Audio category
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In Phase develop 5700w RMS Mono Amplifier

News has arrived here at Car Audio Plus that In Phase have finished working on a new CRAZY amplifier . This beast really is not for the faint hearted, if you need big power stable at 1 and 2 ohm then you need In Phase Power Drive……..

In Phase are proud to announce the launch of the Limited Edition POWER DRIVE 5000. In Phase have spent years researching and developing the ultimate solution for power and performance.

Introducing to the world “The In Phase Power Drive 5000″

Producing an awesome true 5700w RMS @1Ω with the ability to STACK IT. Yes STACK IT feature will allow you to use 2 In Phase Power Drive 5000 to generate power outputs in excess of 10kw!!!!!!

This amplifier is not for novice installation and MUST be installed by an extremely experienced installer, always read the manual.

With its uncomplicated design the Power Drive measures 700mm in length 300mm width this amplifier can draw up to 500 amps of real current we recommend as a minimum that you have 700 amps of power supply with a capable charging system. This is a serious amplifier and needs serious power supply including batteries and a large alternator.

Using the latest developments in Class D technology the microprocessor ensures maximum performance in any installation, measuring and adjusting itself as the music plays. Features on this amplifier are nothing less than you would expect from In Phase.

Each In Phase Power Drive 5000 is provided with its own Birth Certificate sharing its true tested RMS power rating, so you can be guaranteed that your amplifier will deliver the true power stated.

August 11th, 2009
Shelved in the High End Car Audio, Uncategorized category
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New Car Audio Plus Website brings in new products and brands

Well here we are, nearly 10 years after becoming one of the very first online retailers of car audio. This is the birth of the brand new Car Audio Plus.

We have redisgned the webpage for many reasons and you, our customers, will benefit from lots of new features.

We have spent 2 months reviewing the products we sell. We have discontinued much of the poor, lesser known products and brands and added britains finest brands to our stock; Vibe, Fli and Edge.

Vibe are making their mark on the world car audio scene, not just the UK’s. They are well known for providing quality streetbass products at very reasnonable prices. Vibe Audio stands for Vented Innovative Bass Enclosures, this is where Vibe gained their reputation. They developed a series of products to add into your car to give your music a much lower bass note. They are known across the UK for their new Audi R8 demo car which pleases the crowds at the UK’s biggest car shows.

Fli are Vibe’s younger brothers. They were designed to give the ultimate car audio experience for those with a smaller budget. Fli create very affordable speakers, subwoofers and bass enclosures which not only look good but sound great too.

Edge are the new boys of car audio. The products really look stunning. They use a bright Orange colour cone for their speakers and subwoofers and cover their amplifiers in an Orange cast aluminium casing. Prices are good too, you can pick up a full system for less than £200. To keep with the colour coding they decided to use a Ford Focus ST in the Ford Racing ST Orange as their demo vehicle. It looks fantastic and sounds very nice.

Look out for more to come from Car Audio Plus. There are lots of plans in the horizon to keep us ontop of the car audio pile in the UK.

June 10th, 2009
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