Infotainment Experts

Infotainment Experts InfotainmentExperts.com is a website devoted to demystifying the complexities of infotainment be it automotive, all audio, hi-tech car safety gadgets

We test and review every new car's infotainment system from Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system ease of use, audio system quality and look forward to every new addition to the realm of automotive electronics and smartphone connectivity. But we don't just stop in your car as we also have very experienced experts who will bring you all the latest news, reviews and honest rankings of headphones, wireless audio systems, amps and a whole lot more. So long as it keeps us connected in your home or car, we cover it.

Mission: To simplify the complex world of in-car and in-home infotainment so anyone can understand it. And know what they want to buy at a price they can afford.

Hi - As many may know, we lost the heart and soul of this page, James Hamel, earlier this year. Not a day goes ...
10/26/2017
Infotainment Experts - Technology, simplified.

Hi -
As many may know, we lost the heart and soul of this page, James Hamel, earlier this year. Not a day goes by that I don't wish Jim were still here, needling me in his innate manner. I'm going to continue to do car reviews on the website, centering on the infotainment side.

Since I don't have Jim's contacts in electronics at the moment, it's tough to continue with that... but stay tuned, cause you never know!

Thanks for reading and please visit our website: www.infotainmentexperts.com

My mom has this beautiful painting of the house she was born and raised in the city of Winona, Minnesota-located where t...
04/26/2017

My mom has this beautiful painting of the house she was born and raised in the city of Winona, Minnesota-located where the mighty Mississippi River starts, actress Winona Ryder also was born here and was named after the town. I too was lucky enough to be born in the same house that I lived in until I graduated High School. Anyone else? And was that a positive or negative to you? #hometown

This Volvo is seriously sexy. Did we just say that?
04/09/2017
2017 Volvo S90 has enough Style to make Tech Sexy - Infotainment Experts

This Volvo is seriously sexy. Did we just say that?

This Volvo is sexy. The 2017 Volvo S90 flagship four door luxury sedan is its full name. Okay, pick yourself up off the floor. It really is one of the sexiest cars on the road. Seriously, it’s true. I drove the luscious Osmium gray metallic 2017 Volvo S90 T5 Momentum (its given name) from Long …

If you live in the San Fernando Valley or surrounding areas...live better. With Straight Scoop Real Estate.
03/03/2017
Straight Scoop Real Estate

If you live in the San Fernando Valley or surrounding areas...live better. With Straight Scoop Real Estate.

You want the Straight Scoop on buying real estate in Los Angeles, you're in the right place.

Anyone looking for a place that would be perfect for your Hi-Fi in Eagle Rock, California?
03/03/2017
Straight Scoop Real Estate

Anyone looking for a place that would be perfect for your Hi-Fi in Eagle Rock, California?

Look at that fireplace!

Here is the recently released hardbound "One More than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911" being sold now at the Petersen Au...
02/13/2017

Here is the recently released hardbound "One More than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911" being sold now at the Petersen Automotive Museum. You think you know the 911? You have never seen such successful restorations with such a respect for the old air-cooled models that are still considered the soul of this iconic sports car.

And it's totally worth it to buy this insider's look at a business that essentially restores works of automotive art. I have a copy, bought extras as gifts for my father and Brother who between them have owned Porsche models of all types dating from the early 70's through a 1986 Targa on down to my brother's immaculate 993 and then the last was my brother's water-cooled convertible. Suffice it to say, they loved the books.

Available now at the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles, or for those who don't live nearby, you can order a copy from the Singer Vehicle Design website where it is $95 and $10 for shipping and handling. I know mine arrived earlier than expected and that rarely happens. Here is their full address for the shop. Thanks Deb Stearn Pollack for sharing this news.

This is the true story of a comparison test between three luxury sport sedans which take very different paths to achievi...
02/11/2017
Affordable Luxury Sport Sedans: Nissan Maxima SR vs. Chrysler 300S vs. Acura TLX SH-AWD

This is the true story of a comparison test between three luxury sport sedans which take very different paths to achieving their performance goals. For those with petrol in their veins, everyone should know that the aggressively styled 2017 Nissan Maxima is front-wheel drive, the 2017 Chrysler 300S is a rear driver with the only honest to goodness V8 on test here and the 2017 Acura TLX SH-AWD can send power to any slipping wheels even in dry weather conditions. [ 1,705 more word ]

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This is the true story of a comparison test between three luxury sport sedans which take very different paths to achieving their performance goals. For those with petrol in their veins, everyone sh…

Five Great Travel Tech Gifts you can buy Yourself - Infotainment Experts
01/18/2017
Five Great Travel Tech Gifts you can buy Yourself - Infotainment Experts

Five Great Travel Tech Gifts you can buy Yourself - Infotainment Experts

We have all had this experience at one point or another when we hoped and wished someone would buy us that cool piece of travel tech. But usually unless we drop serious hints those travel tech masterpieces we want will not simply appear at the holiday party or family gift exchange at your Aunt Mathi...

Our Editor in Chief Anne Proffit will also be at CES next week and here is her latest review of the 2017 Mazda  CX-9 #sw...
01/01/2017
Mazda CX-9: An SUV for drivers, infotainment for all - Infotainment Experts

Our Editor in Chief Anne Proffit will also be at CES next week and here is her latest review of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 #swanky
http://www.infotainmentexperts.com/2016/12/mazda-cx-9/

Mazda has finally produced a large SUV that has style, panache and the zoom-zoom factor that inhabits all Mazda vehicles and differentiates them from the herd. Until it introduced the second generation 2016 Mazda CX-9 SUV at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, this model had been based on a Ford platfor...

Next week InfotainmentExperts.com will be hitting CES in Las Vegas. Stay Tuned!
01/01/2017
The GoGroove Flexsmart X2 is the Perfect Answer for your In-Car Connectivity Needs - Infotainment Experts

Next week InfotainmentExperts.com will be hitting CES in Las Vegas. Stay Tuned!

Written by James Hamel We understand that most cars and light trucks that are bought and sold each year are used and that many of those do not come equipped with the basic connectivity features that most new car buyers take for granted. For instance, it was not all that long ago that Bluetooth hands...

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12/31/2016

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This power mini window is a perfect peephole for Gypsy when the top is up. There would not even be any leaping out to ch...
12/31/2016

This power mini window is a perfect peephole for Gypsy when the top is up. There would not even be any leaping out to chase a passing squirrel family.

#Gypsydog's favorite dog safe drop top? The 2017 #VWBeetle #Convertible Dune Edition
12/31/2016

#Gypsydog's favorite dog safe drop top? The 2017 #VWBeetle #Convertible Dune Edition

James Hamel gets in depth with the latest Kia Optima Turbo and we recommend it not only because it comes with the excell...
12/13/2016
2017 Kia Optima Turbo UVO Infotainment System and Full Review - Infotainment Experts

James Hamel gets in depth with the latest Kia Optima Turbo and we recommend it not only because it comes with the excellent UVO infotainment interface. This car is a hoot to drive. We just said "hoot."

Written by James Hamel Overview (Letter Grade after 8 Categories: A Minus) Kia was once the sorry sad sack bargain basement car brand in the auto universe but nowadays what with it topping quality rankings above the likes of Lexus and Porsche all while giving its latest models a dash of design panac...

12/13/2016
Saving Carson Shelter Dogs

This is to remind everyone out there thinking of buying a puppy for Christmas from a breeder. There are millions of rescue dogs available during the holidays that just need a chance. Don't be part of the problem.

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SMOKEY is small and very handsome and this beauty needs help now, they have him as RESCUE OLY for some reason. Please SHARE for his life, he is VERY special and a FOSTER and RESCUE would save him. Thanks!

#A5010550 My name is SMOKEY and I'm an approximately 3 year old male Pit Bull. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 11/9. I will be available on 11/14. You can visit me at my temporary home at CRECEIVING.

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This was the most viewed video from Infotainment Experts on our Youtube channel. Please visit our channel and check out ...
12/12/2016
The 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel 4x4 Goes Off-Roading

This was the most viewed video from Infotainment Experts on our Youtube channel. Please visit our channel and check out the comments section where apparently many viewers felt the driver James Hamel was perhaps the victim of a recent head injury. No, he is always like that. Thanks to Ram Trucks for the help with the camera work and putting up with our nonsense.

James Hamel goes off-roading with the folks at Ram trucks in their new Rebel trim off-road 4x4 model. Will the Ram keep up with the Wranglers on the trail ah...

Anne Proffit has the last word on the LA Auto Show or wait, er, the #AutomobilityLA days?
12/05/2016
Los Angeles Auto Show - #AutoMobilityLA Days 2 and 3 - Infotainment Experts

Anne Proffit has the last word on the LA Auto Show or wait, er, the #AutomobilityLA days?

The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show ended the Sunday after Thanksgiving, but the wonderful and interesting vehicles available for viewing there will, in most cases be available at a dealership near you. Maybe not today and maybe not for a bit. And if you’re in Detroit early January, the car show there is...

The Kia Forte has been heavily revised for 2017 but is it enough to keep up with the leaders? Anne Proffit lets us know.
12/05/2016
Lacking notable features in a crowded marketplace - that's the Kia Forte EX's problem - Infotainment Experts

The Kia Forte has been heavily revised for 2017 but is it enough to keep up with the leaders? Anne Proffit lets us know.

It’s easy to feel sorry for the 2017 Kia Forte EX, a Korean front-wheel-drive, four-door sedan competing with other stylish entries from Honda, Toyota, Nissan and even its cousin Hyundai. Refreshed for 2017, this upswept traditional four-door gains familial features, particularly at the front where…

Find out what Anne Proffit uncovered at the seemingly never ending LA Auto Show #Automobility.
12/05/2016
Los Angeles Auto Show: A Festival of Cars and Technology - part 1 - Infotainment Experts

Find out what Anne Proffit uncovered at the seemingly never ending LA Auto Show #Automobility.

This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show received a new name: #AutoMobility. The rationale for the renaming is pretty easy to understand, as vehicular travel becomes more technology-focused – and it’s definitely just the beginning for technological advances in vehicle manufacture and usage. Indeed, the aut...

Contributor Robert Rowzee puts his unique spin on this review of the affordable, powerful and odd looking Klipsch GiG.
12/05/2016
Klipsch GiG Bluetooth Speaker powers through looking Weird - Infotainment Experts

Contributor Robert Rowzee puts his unique spin on this review of the affordable, powerful and odd looking Klipsch GiG.

By Robert Rowzee I’ve held off from getting into the wireless speaker world for a long time.  Not because I’m an audio snob.  It’s more about not having a need.  And honestly, whenever I see people with Bluetooth speakers, they are the idiots blaring them on a plane, subway, or some other public pla...

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11/14/2016

Infotainment Experts's cover photo

Our Infotainment Experts Green product of the month is a recycled worn out bike tire turned into a stylish new belt. Tru...
11/03/2016

Our Infotainment Experts Green product of the month is a recycled worn out bike tire turned into a stylish new belt. Truly recycling and repurposing at its highest. Jenny, owner of CycleUpProducts on Etsy.com, created these examples you see here that we bought with our own money. Check out CycleUpProducts on Etsy and see how affordable these belts are. And how Green

If you love your iPhone and want it as your infotainment system to be just as easy to use, check out the 2017 Volkswagen...
11/03/2016

If you love your iPhone and want it as your infotainment system to be just as easy to use, check out the 2017 Volkswagen GLI. It can be purchased with a 6-speed manual transmission (#savethemanuals) and is also a really fun car to drive. Plus a sweet Fender audio system for your iTunes.

11/03/2016
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How to get your start reviewing and testing at Infotainment experts!

Hey guys. I need new speakers for my home. I pretty much plug into iTunes and play from a Mac Book, and soon I'll have only an iPad to plug into bc work will repossess my Mac when I leave.
I need more volume than I'm getting, enough to annoy my neighbors/have an outdoor party. Will I need an amp of some kind or are there speakers you might recommend that can do the job? Wired or wireless. Any help appreciated!

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11/03/2016

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Infotainment Experts was part of the Katzkin Leather presentation at SEMA! Sometimes goofy creativity is appreciatiated!...
11/02/2016
KATZKIN LEATHER LEADS INTERIOR CUSTOMIZATION AT SEMA

Infotainment Experts was part of the Katzkin Leather presentation at SEMA! Sometimes goofy creativity is appreciatiated! Check out our video and all the Katzkin info here!

Nearly 100 Project Cars and All-New Personalization Options for New and Used Cars on Display – Partnerships Include Chip Foose, Realtree, Rawlings, Mopar, Remington & Shelby

10/07/2016
What Drones See

What Drones See

Do you fear the drone overlords are watching you. Well they are and it appears they have gone everywhere.

10/01/2016
Moto Mods Presents: Skip The Sevens (Focus Groups)

I may love Apple so when I decided to get an Android phone so that I could do a comparison of a Moto 360 smart watch against the still superior Apple Watch. Thankfully I fled from Samsung like the Bubonic Exploding Battery Plague (Yes, I skipped the 7's) and I picked up the then unknown Motorola Z Force modular smart phone.

Not only is it the thinnest smart phone on sale, it is shatter proof, was first to axe the audio jack plus it offers Moto Mods that attach to the back via powerful magnets allowing 25 hours additional battery, use of an impressive JBL speaker, a compact wall projector for movies or presentations as well as a Hasselbad camera attachment with physical zoom of 10X and unparalleled shake stabilization. I love Apple. When they innovate. So I will be skipping the seven.

Smartphone innovation has stalled. Leading brands are focused on incremental product improvements - display sizes increase by fractions of an inch, cameras c...

Anne Proffit covers the Mitsubishi Owner's Day!
08/02/2016
Mitsubishi Owner's Day Rises to the Occasion - Infotainment Experts

Anne Proffit covers the Mitsubishi Owner's Day!

Mitsubishi Owners Day (MOD) is a ritual for fans of the Japanese marque, drawing cars and owners from as far away as New Jersey (there was a prize) and as close to the company’s Cypress, California headquarters as Garden Grove, just a hop and skip away. The event began at the Normal, Illinois plant…

Here is Anne Proffit's latest take on a new model! This time the 2016 Scion...soon to be Toyota iA.
07/06/2016
2016 Scion iA Road Test and Infotainment Review - Infotainment Experts

Here is Anne Proffit's latest take on a new model! This time the 2016 Scion...soon to be Toyota iA.

The 2016 Scion iA was a replacement for a scheduled vehicle. It wasn’t a car I would have chosen to drive, but you take what you’re given and move along with it, right? So why is it the vehicles we think we’ll like the least are those that impress us most? To whit, I’ve always …

Somebody stop us! We are on a roll now with the latest new car and infotainment review from the inimitable Anne Proffit!...
07/04/2016
2016 Toyota Corolla and Entune Infotainment Review - Infotainment Experts

Somebody stop us! We are on a roll now with the latest new car and infotainment review from the inimitable Anne Proffit! Are you in the market for a new Corolla? Read on to learn if you should be....http://www.infotainmentexperts.com/2016/07/2016-toyota-corolla-and-entune-infotainment-review/

Although it’s inherently a bland mechanical appliance, the 2016 Toyota Corolla S Premium four-door, front-wheel-drive sedan has quite a few redeeming qualities. Driving the classic silver metallic projectile from Chicago to Indianapolis at the start of the annual hegira for the Indianapolis 500 was…

Part Two of the Infotainment Awards and an early congrats to Harman Kardon and its parent company Harman International w...
07/04/2016
2016 Infotainment Experts List of Best In-Home and on the go Wireless Speakers - Infotainment...

Part Two of the Infotainment Awards and an early congrats to Harman Kardon and its parent company Harman International which dominated in more than one category. But fear not, some young upstarts also managed to impress and delight!

Written by James Hamel Celine Dion quite famously kicked the ass of the song “All by Myself” and its final minute and a half of orchestral sonic cheesiness with her much vaunted French Canadian vocal prowess. It was hard to believe when you first heard her covering that song that so …

06/22/2016
Katzkin Leather is set to give this Mitsubishi Lancer GT a transformation!

Hello audio disciples, you know we are taking this 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer GT "project car" which will put this option free four door through a metamorphosis. First stop will be the Katzkin factory to have bespoke leather seats installed by their masters of stitchery. Truly, a bird will be set free. We will try not to cry tears of joy.

From an idea co-founder and co-owner James Hamel had six years ago now, thanks to the help of his business partner Joshua Stone, there now exists a website d...

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