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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 SCDBTA60
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Scosche SCDBTA60
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LAS VEGAS--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, 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 and 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 controlFREQ
With the ControlFreq app for iOS and Android you can stream audio to the receiver, select the audio source, and adjust the radio tuner. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

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.

From this app's colorful menus with large buttons the user can 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 sorts of things that any decent car stereo (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 used to ship with, then ControlFreq could be useful. As for me, I'll adjust my volume with the knob on the unit, thanks.