Scosche announces its first car stereo and there’s an app for it

Scosche’s new car stereo receiver works with a free Android and iOS app that turns your phone into a wireless remote control.

Scosche has been manufacturing car stereo dashboard mounting kits, wire harnesses, and installation accessories for so many years, but it has never offered a car stereo receiver of its own… until now.

At the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Scosche showed off the SCDBTA60 Car Stereo Receiver. This unit features an internal four-channel amplifier that outputs a maximum of 40 watts per channel and three preamp outputs for adding external amps. It’s got a CD player, an SD card slot, and can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth (HFP and A2DP), USB, or an auxiliary input. By itself, it’s a solid, yet simple single DIN receiver that is probably best distinguished by its lowish MSRP of $139.95.

Scosche controlFREQThe controlFREQ app for iOS and Android allows users to stream audio to the receiver, select the audio source, and adjust the radio tuner.

However, the SCDBTA60 isn’t by itself. It works hand-in-hand with Scosche’s new controlFREQ app available for free in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Market. This app features colorful menus with large buttons that allow the user to choose from the SCDBTA60’s available audio sources, tune and save up to 30 radio presets, and adjust the volume and select from EQ presets. Basically, controlFREQ does the sort of things that any decent car stereos (including the SCDBTA60 itself) can do using physical buttons and knobs.

I suppose that if you’re the one guy who makes use of the wireless remote control that older car stereos ship used with, then controlFREQ could be useful. As for me, I’ll adjust my volume with the knob on the unit, thanks.

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