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Oxygen Audio oCar

iPhone 4/4S/3G/3GS Docking Car Radio Stereo Receiver

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The oCar for iPhone

The Oxygen Audio oCar is a revolutionary new stereo built around the Apple iPhone. With this universal stereo, you can place calls, navigate and even watch videos like you would on other aftermarket stereos. Included is a wired microphone for clear and distortion free Bluetooth phone calls while on the road. There are 3 sets of 2 volt RCA outputs that can be used to add multiple amplifiers into your car audio system. With the download of the Oxygen Audio applications from the iTunes store, you gain a 3-band equalizer as well as separate subwoofer control, balance and fade. With these apps, you can even tune into your local radio stations, or listen in on national programs. The oCar supports navigation while playing music, just as your iPhone does. The included case will aid your iPhone in staying secure when it is attached to the stereo. Look no further, this universal head-unit is the perfect in-dash solution for the every day Apple iPhone user!

 
 
 
 
 
 

General Features:

  • In-dash Digital iPhone Receiver
  • Full-Color Retina LCD Touchscreen Display with attached iPhone
  • Free "Sound" and "Radio" apps available from iTunes store
  • Maintains iPhone GPS navigation for easy traveling to your destinations
  • Includes 2 free iPhone docking cases
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 55 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • Universal fitment will work with any vehicle
  • Maintains a constant 5 watt charge on your device
  • Phone orientation 90°, and tilting 15°
  • Compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS & iPhone 4
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of any Audio or Video on your iPhone
  • Separate volume and subwoofer level control
  • Radio tuner with 18FM/12AM presets
  • Intuitive station search mode and audio settings
  • Local or national program reception
  • AM frequency range: 522 KHz - 1620 KHz
  • FM frequency range: 87.50 MHz - 108.00 MHz
  • 3-band equalizer with download of oCar applications for iPhone
  • Supports playback of music while navigating

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 2V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio Ready: iPhone app and subscription required and sold separately
  • Audio/Video outputs for connection to separate monitors and devices
  • Apple iPhone 4S compatible with an optional case recommended and sold separately

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking
  • Bluetooth version 1.2 +EDR certified
  • Bluetooth range up to 32.8 ft.
  • Bluetooth Profiles Supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
  • Includes an external wired microphone for uncompressed, distortion-free talking

Which Is Right For You?

Free
EQ App
Steering Control Use Your Phone Case Adjustable Phone Angle Separate Sub Control Detachable Controls RCA Video Output
 
 
   

Note: Some applications or services from iPhone may require a subscription or other fees such as Netflix. Also, check with your cellular service provider to verify your internet data plan. Standard rates and data service costs may apply.

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

Detachable
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
No
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

55 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
22 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Yes
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
2 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
3-band equalizer with download of oCar applications for iPhone
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

TFT-LCD Monitor
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Full Color
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
White
CD Signal-to-Noise
CD Signal-to-Noise Ratio is a key specification that is often overlooked by newbies. The CD S/N Ratio measures how well the CD player silences background noise. Higher ratings in decibels (dB) indicates less noise, and generally a cleaner signal.
95 dB
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

No

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
6
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
No
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
No
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

No

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Front
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

3.5mm
This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

Optional
This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

No

Monitor Screen Features

Touchscreen
If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Yes
Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
Monitor Angle Adjustment

Backward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt backwards so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, this type of pivot means that the bottom of the screen stays stationary while the top of the screen retracts. On Double DIN units this means that the bottom of the screen slides forward while the top of the screen moves down, resulting in a backwards angle tilt.

Forward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt forward so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, a forward pivot keeps the bottom of the screen stationary while the top of the screen moves forward. On select Double DIN units, a forward tilt is sometimes referred to as a reverse tilt. The bottom of the screen remains in the same position while the top of the screen moves forward.

Left/Right Angle (Horizontal):
Some monitors allow the display to be rotated to the left or right in order to have the best viewing angle possible.

Slide In/Out:
A feature mainly found in select Kenwood units. It allows the entire screen to slide in and out. This is different from a forward/backward tilt in that the entire screen moves forward or backwards as opposed to just the top or bottom.

Backward
Forward
Left/Right Angle (Horizontal)
MirrorLink Compatible
MirrorLink allows connectivity between a smartphone and the aftermarket car receiver. The consumer gets into the car, connects the phone with a cable, and gains access to phone applications through the car stereos controls such as navigation and steering wheel buttons. MirrorLink allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

Optional (Accessory Required and Sold Separately)
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

1 Video RCA Output
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - SIRIUS or XM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
No
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Yes (Built-in/Included Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and Microphone Included)
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

No
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
No
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
No
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
No

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (Built-In/Included)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (Built-In/Included)
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
No
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Android Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android and allow for audio control and playback of the Android through the head unit. Head units that have Android connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard charging and connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own Android charging and connection cable.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
14%
4 Star
57%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
29%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
3.1
Value
3.4
Features
3.3
Design
3.3
Usability
3.6
Bill

Albuquerque, NM

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Mr. Sharp

July 8, 2013

Good Product. The only drawback would be the hard shell that comes with the Ocar is a cheap version of other shells. My INAPIO hard shell for the iphone 4GS is not compatible and I have to take it out of the hard shell to use it in the Audio Ocar. This stereo system is a nice addition when it is hooked up. Also, the phone function is great.
So, I would rate this product an "A-"

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tomfather

Norway

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iPhone - multimedia player

June 23, 2013

Fantastic iphone player. Very easy to install and use. A little "dull" design, but functionable.
Great bluetooth handsfree, with great sound and mic. I installed the mic in the windshield of my convertible, but no problems when talking for receiver to hear and understand what im saying.
IF i should point out an issue, it could also have bluetooth music transfer. Overall i'm quite satisfied with my purchase. Good price and fairly quick delivery - I live in Norway. This is a product i can recommend for all iPhone freaks.

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Clint

kingman, AZ

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Beware radio knob is junk. Broke 2 months after purchase

January 7, 2013

I liked the idea of this stereo. I was installed and worked amazing. How ever, the volume knob broke within 2 months. It won't turn up or down without a lot of turning back and forth.

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UKAuto

Canada

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If you understand you are buying 1st generation – you won’t be disappointed

September 14, 2012

The case restrictions are somewhat annoying, thankfully this has gone in to one of my cars that is not often driven - so I can live with either putting it in the provided case, or, as another reviewer suggests, adding some pad to the mount to hold it in place.

Also, as someone else indicated, I too felt the effort to mount and remove the phone was poor, and would be a pain if you are frequently putting it in and out. In fact the pressure required worries me, as I suspect over time parts will get lose and sloppy, or worse yet break.

The radio reception is surprisingly good, outperforming the Kenwood deck it replaced; and outperforming reception of the factory decks on my two cars that don't have aftermarket audio. I can pick up good quality radio stations on the FM band with little to no static at approximately 60 miles / 100 km.

The amplifier circuit is fairly good for a built in amp; although not surprisingly it is not 'great', you do get what you pay for. If you are playing high volumes then go for an external amp (not unique to this unit).

Mounting of the unit has been highlighted as a concern in other reviews; and you do need to ensure you have the room for this unit. Its face sticks out from the dash significantly more than most head units (looking very bulky - and taking more "height" than most any other single din head I have seen). Also, keep in mind that once mounted if you wish to rotate the head you need sufficient clearance; on my car it just pops out far enough to clear an obstruction below, but I would expect some cars you will effectivley be limited to landscape mode.

From a functionality perspective I found the display slow to respond, again others shared this concern. It could flow smoother, and to be honest, being based on a smart phone like the iPhone they could be way more creative (even offering multiple UIs to select from). Once reviewer complained that the FM tuning was in small increments of .05MHz - my guess is they had the region set incorrectly, I know I experienced similar, but found I was set to Europe, and needed to change to North America.
All on-screen controls require slow movements, and do not feel precise or predictable.

My biggest UI complaint, however, is the fact they have two apps, one for radio, and one for tuner. I found that sometimes I would close one, open the other, and upon returning to the initial one it indicated my phone was not docked to the radio. I needed to shut the app down (not just minimize it) and then re-open it to connect.

Also, I found that I had unpredictable behaviour moving between radio and iTunes, sometimes it worked fine, sometimes it required me to shut down the app again.

It would be wonderful if the app could manage task switching and allow you to toggle from iTunes to Oxygen easily (but that may be hard with the way iPhone is locked down). At very least it would be nice if the Oxygen apps were merged in to one app; stabilized; and the UI made to be more responsive.

Hands free operation was very good, the sound quality was reported as excellent by the person I called; with that said my car was parked and engine off - so no significant background noise to contend with.

Overall, not good value at list price, but worth the money at street price if you are willing to live with some of the short comings to have the advantage of a very cool concept that is reasonably well presented. A revised version would be nice; one where the mount is much better designed AND where it is designed to easily allow retrofitting to support future iPhones like iPhone 5 and beyond, as I imagine they will not fit.

At least if I ever move to iPhone 5 I can keep my iPhone 4 as the face plate for this car's stereo - so it isn't truly dead at that point.

My overall rating is pushed higher due to the coolness of this unit, and this too brings up the value rating (when purchased from Sonic, due to their better than average price). I have held design back due to some things mentioned in my review, but still love the concept.
Durability rating - pure guess - have only had it for a couple of days.
Features, again high, as the primary feature - my iPhone being the face plate - is a fantastic feature.
Ease of use, well, it is a little tough - but I expect we will see some incremental improvements in the software, and frankly, that is a great thing about a virtual face plate that you just don't get with a conventional head unit, it can be revised easily enough by Oxygen.

This was my first purchase from Sonic Electronix.com, and I must say the service was fantastic, shipped quickly and well packed.

RECOMMEND: BUY!

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WILLIAM

TORRANCE, CA

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Oxygen Audio oCar

May 28, 2012

Oxygen Audio oCar in my 2010 Honda Insight professionally installed.
Docking system:
Pros: perfect for horizontal and landscape mode.
Cons: Need to take out any case or cover unless it's thin enough.
Ocar Apps:
Pros: Radio signals are clear
Cons: Need to turn off radio app to listen to itunes or pandora.
HandsFree:
Pros: Obviously clear since hooked in with the speakers and the external mic helps too.
Cons: sometimes you don't want to answer by hands free because Private calls can be heard by others on speakers. Bluetooth acts up a bit sometimes. Only during hands free mode.
Other Apps:
Pros: Can text hands free, GPS, any other apps except
Cons: while driving can not use Youtube or it seems any video apps.

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iP4nut

Decatur, IL

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Was exactly what I wanted

November 14, 2011

I can't believe that it has taken this long for something like this to be available. Unit installed seemlessly, allthought you will need to make sure your dash can accomodate the large face trim plate. The tuner and equalizer app could be more refined but overall worked ok. Bluetooth works great! All of my apps now available IN MY CAR!! Unit allows the iPhone to display n either portfolio of landscape mode. Sound quality is very good. I will be buying one for my wife for Christmas for sure.

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Jeremiah Johnson

Oakland, Cali

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Great idea, but...

November 12, 2011

Cons
1. Biggest issue is that this will not install in all cars. My dash (Z4) is at an angle and my dash kit was for a standard single din radio. The faceplate on this thing is huge and needs a flat dash or a recessed sleeve mounting kit to make it fit flush with the dash, so I had to install it in my son's car (Jeep). And it sticks out way too far... Just sayin be careful what car you have and what dash kit you get. Do measurements to make sure it will work first before you buy.
2. Second biggest issue. I can no longer use my phone case. I have to use the functional, but thin and non-protective case that comes with the ocar. This may be a deal killer for most.
3. Third biggest issue. You can't use the Radio app and use the Sound app to equalize the sound, because when you background the Radio app, the music stops. This REALLY needs to be fixed. I personally change my subwoofer settings on almost every song.
4. Tuning to another station on the Radio app is frustratingly slooow. It increments at 0.05MHz steps. And you can't see what frequency you are on while you are swiping, because the number is under your finger.
5. The equalizer app is very frustrating to use. There's not really a graphical representation of where you are, just some small + - text at the top of the screen. Don't swipe fast, swipe reeeeeally slow to get it to work.
6. Balance & Fade; same frustration-ness....
7. When you switch video out, you have to remove the phone and reinsert it to get the video to switch.
8. No center frequency controls.
9. No Subwoofer cutoff frequency controls.
10. No Steering wheel controls.
11. Popout swivel just sounds cheap. Boingy spring... When it's popped out, make sure you hold the bottom of the bracket when you push the Home button on the phone, or it will flop down. When it is pushed back in, it still jiggles and vibrates while going down the road.


Pros
1. Sound quality is good. Could be a ton better, maybe, if I could set the center frequencies and cutoff frequencies.
2. Video quality is good.
3. Finish is nice. Contrast of the gloss and flat black...
4. Volume knob is works nicely. Bonus hidden feature! Push in the volume knob for mute. Hold it to turn the unit off.

Overall, it does get an iPhone in the dash of a car, but at a very basic level. I wouldn't buy it again. I'll wait for something else.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

oCar

UPC

3527570040573

Weight

3.93lbs

Internal SKU

ocar

Internal Product ID

41417

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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