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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Season's Greetings from GROM Audio

GROM Audio would like to wish all of our customers a very enjoyable holiday season and a Happy New Year. May all of our customers, friends, family and loved ones have a joyful holiday filled with cheer. 

While GROM Audio works to continue to create innovative car audio products for our clients in 2014, we would like to take a moment to thank you for your support. Without our loyal customers and new clientele we would not be the company GROM Audio is today, and for that we owe so much gratitude.

Thank you to everyone who has made 2013 an incredible year. Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It's Time for Giving

Holiday season is officially here, which means the season for giving is officially here too! With all sorts of year-end celebrations, holiday parties and gift exchanges, it is easy to get caught up in all the  cheer. But as we celebrate with friends, family and colleagues, it is also important to remember those less fortunate, who may be struggling this time of year.

This festive season can become that much more rewarding through donations or charitable giving. Knowing you have helped someone else create a joyful holiday season for them and their family can be more gratifying than any gift or present received. This is why GROM Audio takes part in giving back to our community every holiday season.

Through donations to local shelters, food banks and other holiday charities, you and your loved ones can also help someone who may be homeless or not have enough money to buy gifts for their children. Even the smallest contribution could impact someone's life, transforming the holiday season from stressful to joyous. So this holiday season, help GROM Audio spread the meaning of Christmas through by reaching out to your local charities!

Happy holidays to all, GROM Audio wishes you a joyful holiday and a wonderful New Year!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Don't Buy a New Car for Modern Features, Upgrade Your Car with GROM Audio Adapters

As people become more and more dependent on technology, you expect and want your vehicles to be compatible with the same technologies you use daily. Now new vehicles come equipped with multimedia integration, allowing drivers to utilize your cell phones, tablets and other media players while driving—making your commute an experience instead of a hassle.

But rather than considering putting a down payment on a new car to enjoy the latest features of driving, why not upgrade your vehicle with a GROM Audio adapter? Although car dealers may make you think it is necessary to purchase a new 2014 vehicle to take advantage of modern amenities, that is really not the case.

GROM Audio's current product line includes the GROM-BT3 for Bluetooth integration, GROM-USB2P for iPhone/iPad/iPod and USB compatibility, and the GROM-AND2 for Android 
product capabilities—gives drivers many options to upgrade your car, without having to considering purchasing the latest model. Through these products and other GROM add-on options drivers can utilize the same state-of-the-art features, taking advantage of music steaming (through your library or applications stored on your device), hands-free calling, GPS turn-by-turn navigation.

With more innovative products to come in 2014, GROM Audio seeks to be the solution to your vehicle technology needs. Allowing drivers to engage in the same high tech features new vehicles offer, GROM Audio provides affordable fixes to keeping your car up-to-date. 

Head over to gromaudio.com now and receive 10% off your holiday purchases!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

GROM Audio's Delivery Deadlines for this Holiday Season

With the holiday season in full swing, GROM Audio understands you have to get your presents by a certain time. With Christmas quickly approaching, we want to ensure all our customers receive their purchases in time for gift giving!

Therefore, GROM created deadline dates to avoid any late deliveries. To receive your GROM Audio products by the December 25th without extra express shipping expenses, please make your purchase by December 18th.

But even if you decide to wait until last minute, GROM can make sure you receive your gifts via express US shipping, if you make your purchase before December 20th at 2:00 PST.

For further information about our holiday shipping policies, please go to gromaudio.com

Happy Holidays for the GROM Audio Team! 

Friday, December 6, 2013

The GROM-BT3 Helps Drivers in the US and the UK

Recently GROM Audio's Bluetooth adapter, the GROM-BT3, was featured in one of the UK's premier car magazines, Vehicle Electronics Professional. The UK-based magazine highlighted the benefits of hands-free calling as well as the seamless integration and installation processes of this adapter. Discussing our affordable solutions to modernizing your standard car stereo, VEP magazine showcased how GROM Audio's products can transform your driving experience.

While there may be some distinct differences in driving in the US verses the UK, ie. passing on the right and of course driving on different sides of the road, GROM Audio can still help revamp your outdated car stereo system with ease. Regardless of where you drive your wheels, GROM's car audio interfaces can not only provide entertainment, but can also ensure safe driving through hands-free options and steering wheel button controls. Although the GROM-BT3's main functionality is to allow for Bluetooth wireless connection, this car audio adapter also has two external extension ports for AUX-IN and iPhone/iPod/iPad connection. Therefore, drivers can utilize the convenience of hands-free calling while also having their personal music device connected!

Drivers who live in the UK can find more information and purchase GROM Audio products at gromaudio.co.uk, while North American drivers can find further info at gromaudio.com.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

GROM Audio Explains Music File Formats

GROM Audio's car audio adapters support a variety of music file formats, allowing you to enjoy most types of audio while driving. Although most people have come accustom to MP3 files, there are an assortment of other file formats which generate higher quality sound or have less software restrictions.

While MP3 files are reduced in size in order to allow more space in your music library, these files also lose some sound quality through their compression process. Other GROM supported audio files such as AAC formats follow the same lossy compression process, meaning data is removed through downsizing of the file, typically this data loss is unnoticeable to the ear.

But GROM Audio's adapter also allow drivers to appreciate lossless audio files such as FLAC formats. FLAC files, meaning Free Lossless Audio Codec, retain more information to create an audible boost in sound quality. The sound of FLAC files are closer to WAV formats, which are uncompressed files that are also supported by GROM products, including the GROM-MST3, GROM-AND2 and GROM-USB2P. Uncompressed files produce the best sound, but these files can be very large, taking up a considerable amount of space on your MP3 player, mobile device or computer.

So now when you are determining what audio files to download, you can understand the effects that impact the sound coming through you car audio speakers. Through a plethora of adaptable audio files, GROM allows you to listen to the exact sound quality you are looking for while driving. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Special

Do not miss - 24 hour only - Black Friday Special - 25% off GROPM-USB2P and GROM-MST3, and 20% off GROM-BT3. Ends on 11/29 at 11:59pm PST

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Don't Miss GROM Audio's Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Holiday shopping season is officially here, which means people have begun checking off gifts from their laundry list of names. People are already lining up days in advance for the spectacular Black Friday sales, camping out, to get what are considered the best mark downs of the entire year.

GROM Audio can help you check off a few names of your gift list, without standing in the daunting lines or getting up in the middle of the night to get those coveted deals. This year GROM will  surprise customers with special sales when you stop by gromaudio.com on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But the sales will not be revealed until Friday November 29 and Monday December 2.

With countless gift options at your finger tips, GROM Audio can help you give the perfect present—transforming your loved ones' vehicles into on-the-go multimedia centers. Through car audio adapters such as the GROM-USB2P, GROM-MST3, GROM-BT3 or add-on products like auxiliary cords or Bluetooth dongles, GROM Audio can help you give a gift that will be used for years to come. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Testimonial: GROM-BT3 Transforms Nissan Primera P12

Everyday GROM Audio strives to provide its customers with the most useful car audio products available. To help transform outdated car stereo systems with poor sound quality, GROM Audio creates a range of car audio integration systems that will convert your vehicle into an on-the-go media center. With the ability to connect a variety of devices, which your old system could not integrate, including Apple and Android devices, MP3 players and UBS mass storage sticks, GROM supplies consumers with new listening possibilities while driving.

Our latest success story comes from the Nissan Primera Owners Club Forum, where a customer details his installation of the GROM-BT3 into his Nissan Primera P12. After the easy installation process, the Primera P12 owner could not only control the music library on his mobile phone via the car steering wheel controls, but could also manage incoming/outgoing calls and GPS navigation. The BT3 module, not only allowed the driver the luxury of wireless control, but gave him the best sound quality heard from a car stereo system.

For more information on how to transform your own vehicle, as well as compatible car makes and models please visit gromaudio.com.

Monday, November 18, 2013

It's Holiday Season: Let GROM Audio Help You Give the Perfect Gift

With the holidays just around the corner, you must have started thinking about gift ideas for your loved ones. As you brainstorm the best presents for them, you often consider practicality, usefulness and of course if the gift is something they would buy for themselves. So rather than getting your family and friends some gadget they probably won't use or the same old gingerbread scented candle, why not help them transform their listening experience in their vehicle?

GROM Audio can help you give that, by converting vehicles with outdated sound systems into on-the-go media centers. With car audio adapters such as the GROM-USB2P, GROM-MST3 and GROM-BT3, GROM Audio changes the entire driving experience through high-quality sound, allowing drivers to enjoy their own music library or music streaming applications. Through a multitude of add-on products drivers and passengers can enjoy the convenience of hands-free calling and wireless audio, while also feeling safe on the road.

With over 30 compatible car makes and models, GROM Audio's car audio integration product line gives drivers easy control of their mobile devices, including Apple and Android products as well as MP3 players and USB mass storage devices. So this holiday season, rather than scouring for latest unnecessary gadget, why not give a gift that meets all your criteria and will excite your friends and family for years to come!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

GROM Audio Updates its Advanced Media Player Application (AALinQ) for Android Users

GROM Audio was the first car audio company to bring Android integration to the marketplace, allowing you to connect your Android devices directly to your car stereo for in-car listening. With car audio adapters such as the GROM-USB2P, GROM-AND2 and GROM-MST3P, GROM delivered high-quality sound to Android users through its AALinQapplication—a mobile phone app available for free from the Google Play marketplace.

Now after receiving tremendous feedback from Android users, GROM is pleased to announce a new updated skin to its AALinQ application. This easy-to-use audio app is designed to provide drivers who are also Android users the ability to stream music wirelessly, allowing you to listen to your own music library effortlessly. 

The AALinQ's updated facade brings Android drivers a more modern streamlined look, while still supplying users with features such as voice control (BETA), browsing abilities, personalized music folders and support for many audio files including MP3, FLAC, WMA, AAC and OGG. Through large fonts, vivid colors and easy clicking options, you can feel safer driving by keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road—while still enjoying your own music library. The AALinQ app cuts out the annoyance of commercials, while also providing Android users with the same visual features Apple users receive, ie. album cover art, grid or list mode for music selection, a “playing now”screen, as well as the ability to lock the screen to avoid unwanted changes. 

Drivers can update their AALinQ application with the Jelly Bean style skin easily, follow the steps below:
1.) Upload the AALinQ app to your phone via Google Play
2.) Open AALinQ, go to Settings > Current Skin
3.) Choose AALinQ Jelly Bean Skin
Through GROM's AALinQ application you can easily connect your Android device to your GROM audio adapter by connection of the USB cable provided, making it easier than ever to enjoy your own media while on-the-go. With the ability to play, charge and control your Android device, you can feel like you have the latest technology at their finger tips while making your daily commute!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Looking Forward to Your Upcoming Holiday Road Trip? Check Out Tips to Make it More Enjoyable.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, drivers will be preparing for road trips to visit family and friends. With these long trips on the way, don't you want to be as comfortable in your vehicle as possible?

GROM Audio can help you do just that, by avoiding the constant loop of cliche holiday songs and endless commercials that constantly play on the radio, making your road trip much more enjoyable. With car audio adapters which allow smartphone, USB and MP3 player integration, GROM provides customers with audio solutions that turn your drive from daunting to delightful.

With over 30 compatible car makes and models, GROM Audio can help a multitude of drivers transform their vehicles into on-the-go media centers. Audio interfaces such as the GROM-USBP2, GROM-MST3 and GROM-BT3 give you the ability to utilize features such as high-quality audio through direct connection or wirelessly, hands-free calling and control of their device through steering wheel or stereo buttons.

Having usage of your smartphone on your extended driving trips is extremely convenient, giving you the luxury of listening to music streaming applications such as Pandora and Spotify. But at times you may go through dead zones with no reception or internet connection, leaving you left with same old songs and commercials on the radio. In those cases, the GROM-USB2P is the perfect solution, allowing you and your passengers to listen to music stored on their USB mass storage device.

Via USB integration, you can store tons of music, audiobooks, learning courses, etc without having to worry about spotty service or battery power. USB devices allow you to easily organize your media, while using little to no space in the car, making them a great option for extra long driving trips. The GROM-USB2P will remember the most recent track position on up to four mass storage device, a feature that is very useful when listening to audio books that have long tracks or chapters.

So let GROM Audio help you make this holiday driving season much more enjoyable by having the ability to catch up on that audio book you haven't had to time listen to. Or even make the drive educational by taking an audio course to improve your skills while on-the-go!

Friday, October 25, 2013

GROM Audio Launches New GROM-MST3P Adapter Kit for Audi Vehicles with MMI 2G Systems

GROM Audio is proud to announce its latest car audio adapter, the GROM-MST3 PLUS for Audi vehicles with MMI 2G! The MST3P gives Audi drivers more music integration options than ever. Drivers with newer model Audi cars have come accustom to the 2G Multi Media Integration System, standard in many models 2002 and newer.

The MMI 2G integration interface gives drivers control of many vehicle functions, including navigation, radio tuner, CD changer, heating/cooling and vehicle information. Through a single screen drivers can control all of these systems, in just a few easy clicks.

GROM Audio created the MST3P car kit to help these Audi drivers take these integration advancements one step further, giving drivers the ability to connect their own smartphones, MP3 players or even USB ports. Through direct connection or Bluetooth wireless connectivity, drivers have an array of functions they can manage such as in-car music listening, navigation and hands-free calling. With the ability to integrate their own devices, including Apple and Android products, Audi drivers can create all-in-one media center in their car.

Through flawless connectivity and larger memory space, the GROM-MST3P car audio interface give drivers the option to listen to a multitude of audio formats like, FLAC, MP3, WAV, AAC, OGG and others. These Audi car audio solutions take integration to the next level, making safety a top priority by allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road, while utilizing steering wheel controls and hands-free Bluetooth abilities.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

GROM Audio Improves Products Through Customer Feedback

GROM Audio truly believes in delivering our customers the best quality products we can create. In order to continually bring our loyal consumers high-quality aftermarket car audio adapters that meet their needs, our support team likes to hear feedback about our products. To ensure GROM Audio always brings drivers the most innovative devices to allow MP3 player, iPhone, Android and USB connection, our design and support teams constantly look to our current customers for opinions, insight and feedback on how to improve our products.
Some of the latest response comes from Mexico City!

"I bought the Grom for Volvo S60 and it works perfect, easy installation, the shipment was fast and reliable, I highly recommend it, don't hesitate to buy it! Greetings from Mexico City"

The GROM Audio team would like to hear your experience with our car audio adapters and other add-on products, so we can continue to improve brand. If you have feedback on anything in the GROM Audio product line, please send your testimonial here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday, October 18, 2013

GROM Gives Customers Halloween Discounts!

Halloween is just around the corner and GROM Audio wants to give its loyal customers and potential clients some discounts to help celebrate the spooky holiday.

GROM-USB2 Discount until November 1st

For drivers who are looking to directly connect USB mass storage sticks or Android devices with ease, the GROM-USB2 car kits creates a flawless listening experience. With the ability to add-on AUX, iPod/iPhone/iPad and Bluetooth, this all-in-one car kit gives drivers high-quality sound for their exact needs.

To receive a $10 off your GROM-USB2 purchase enter the code: HGROM

Receive $25 off the GROM-MST3

The GROM-MST3 car kit gives European car drivers the same luxuries as American-made vehicles. With these car audio adapters drivers can utilize USB or Android connection directly from the device or they can add iPod/iPhone/iPad, auxiliary, or Bluetooth connectivity. These new improved MST3 kits gives drivers more listening options than ever with FLAC support (with tags), AAC/MP4 support (with tags), WAV support, online music streaming for Android AALinQ (require AALinQ 1.0+).

To receive the $25 off your GROM-MST3 purchase enter the same code: HGROM (before November 1 at 3PM PST). 

Happy Halloween from GROM Audio! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

How to Locate BMW CD Changer Connector in a BMW Trunk

While GROM Audio takes pride in providing its customers with easy-to-use car audio adapters, we understand that installation of these interfaces can be confusing to novice users. For drivers with BMW vehicles, equipped with navigation or DSP, installation of their GROM device is slightly different than other vehicles because they must install their adapter in the trunk, where the CD changer is located.

If the CD changer was not previously installed, locating the connector is tricky, as it is well hidden behind a fabric cover in the trunk.

So today we will give BMW drivers a step-by-step tutorial on locating the correct trunk mounting cable to allow Android and USB integration, as well as iPhone connectivity and/or Bluetooth 
capabilities—depending on the car kit purchased.

In order to connect GROM interfaces such as a BMW iPhone adapter, you must first locate the 3-pin connector for the CD changer.  Please watch the Youtube video that explains where the connector is located. Please note, in BMWs with cell phone connection, there are two 3-pin connectors that look almost identical. To ensure you disconnect the correct 3-pin connector associated with the CD changer, please watch the tutorial video below:

Once you have located the cable with the brown ground wire in position #1, drivers can easily disconnect the CD changer and attach the matching cables to connect their GROM device. These steps are the same regardless of whether you have purchased a Bluetooth car kit for BMW or you are installing an adapter for BMW Android and USB integration.

Despite the features you are looking for or the device you are looking to connect, GROM Audio can help you create an on-the-go media center in your BMW!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How does the USB streaming work for Android devices with Jelly Bean software?

While Android users eagerly await the release of Google's next operating system update, KitKat 4.4, they can rest assured that the current OS, Jelly Bean 4.3, is working with flawless functionality. After the announcement that the current 4.3 version is now compatible with older phone models, GROM Audio wanted to ensure drivers could utilize their Android device for USB audio streaming.

To guarantee the best sound quality possible, GROM Audio's technical support suggests to use the USB cables provided with your car audio adapter kit. Drivers have two choices–use the GROM kit with the AALinQ media player to be able to control media playback from the car stereo or steering wheel buttons, or use USB audio streaming with every music app.

Today we will describe how drivers can enable the USB audio steaming to utilize the media apps on their mobile devices. Before starting, Android users must make sure the operating system on their device is at least 4.1 or higher. (Please note, most but not all phones with 4.1+, support USB streaming, due to some providers do not support this feature)

In order to receive high-quality sound through USB streaming, drivers must enable this feature on the GROM USB Android kit using a configuration  file—please see the GROM forum for instructions on config files. Once the file is loaded, drivers can listen to media through any app stored on their Android phone or tablet. Applications such as Pandora, Spotify, Youtube and even navigation apps, will then be redirected through the GROM audio adapter, creating clean sound quality for daily driving.

Although USB streaming functionality allows drivers to use more media applications on their device, these applications do not allow track control and song information (ie, title, artist, length, etc) will not be displayed. If used with GROM's AALinQ application through USB streaming, AALinQ will act as the regular media player, and the car stereo and steering wheel buttons with not function.

To receive the full functionality of the AALinQ app, to control tracks and see song information displayed on your stereo, drivers must reset their GROM audio interface or load another config file to turn it back on, which would be the config file with gromusb2.cfg with a=1 instead.

To reset the GROM module, you can simply disconnect it from the vehicle specific harness, and reconnect it back.

Note: Known limitations of USB audio streaming include, HTC phones and some Samsung and Nexus Android phones 

Please see the demo video for USB audio streaming below:

Thursday, October 3, 2013

GROM Audio Helps Drivers Switch from FM Radio to Music Streaming

With so many music listening options today, isn't it time to trade in your vehicle's standard FM/AM radio and all the commercials that come along with it? On average, American drivers spend 38 hours a year stuck in traffic on their daily commute. While in large cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. drivers sit aimlessly for up to 60 hours a year, according to a recent report by The Atlantic. That is to say, most people spend an entire work week or more sitting in traffic, so why not enjoy the drive through music streaming, hands-free calling and other applications available on your mobile device.

GROM Audio creates car audio adapters which allow drivers to do just that; with an array of audio interfaces that are compatible with over 30 car makes. These aftermarket car kits give drivers many options that will transform their daily commute from dull to delightful in just a few easy steps. With the ability to integrate Bluetooth technology drivers can listen to their music library, stream music or podcasts from apps like Pandora, Tune-In or Spotify and even hear audio books—all through wireless connection. Drivers who do no want to use wireless connectivity can utilize the connection cables provided with the car audio adapters to receive the same listening options. 

When you spend so much time in the car, it is important to feel comfortable and enjoy your commute. GROM Audio is ready to help drivers convert their vehicles from a headache to an on-the-go media center, making it easy to endure the daily drive everyday.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

How to Update Your GROM Audio Firmware for the Best Car Audio Listening

GROM Audio brings drivers car audio adapters to integrate smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, USB sticks and more into their car stereo speakers. Through audio adapters such as the GROM-USB2P, GROM-AND2 and GROM-MST3P, drivers can utilize Bluetooth technology for wireless connection or connect their device through cables provided. With over 30 compatible car makes, GROM Audio's car kits are the universal solution to creating high-quality sound on the road—making it easy for drivers to switch their GROM adapter to a different vehicle, as needed. Drivers only need to update the firmware on their GROM interface, in order to use their adapter in a new or different vehicle! (Purchase of different vehicle specific harness may be necessary.) 

When purchasing a GROM adapter, drivers will receive the most up-to-date firmware available. But throughout the year GROM will release new firmware updates with new features for the GROM Audio adapters. Drivers can update their firmware for free at anytime to receive the latest updates.

Just like updates you make to your mobile device or computer, GROM Audio's adapters can be updated to preform new features. Although drivers do not have to upgrade their firmware, it is always suggested to receive the most current functionality.  In just a few easy steps, this short video tutorial shows GROM car audio adapter users how to update their audio receiver. After these firmware updates are completed drivers can be assured that their device and their car stereo are working together to create flawless music listening on-the-go!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

GROM Audio Delivers Drivers More Listening Options Than Ever

Many drivers have come accustom to connecting their smartphone to their car stereo speakers, in order to listen to their music library. While having the ability to listen to your own music selection is a luxury, having the power to listen to streaming apps, such as Pandorda, Tune-in or Spotify help create a practically endless collection of music for drivers to enjoy.

All of GROM Audio's car audio adapters allow drivers to steam music while driving, making your morning or evening commute much more pleasant. Giving drivers a plethora of listening options, these audio interfaces allow users to not only appreciate streaming apps, but also podcasts or audio books. Giving drivers the capability to connect their devices wirelessly through Bluetooth (an add-on to some audio adapters) or through direct cable connection, GROM audio delivers high-quality sound regardless of what drivers are listening to.

Bringing drivers as many listening options as possible, GROM continually develops new innovative add-ons, audio adapters, and cables to make the driving experience as easy and enjoyable as possible!

Review on GROM-USB2P-BMWT installed into BMW X5 with DSP

We at GROM are always looking to receive the feedback from our customers. This helps us to stay on track, improve and make sure that we are doing the right things. Some of the reviews can also be a great help for the other people who are interested in installing GROM. Here is the one from Amazon customer with BMW X5 (original wording and punctuation are preserved):

"Brought the Grom USB / Ipod and Bluetooth for my 2001 X5 BMW. I have the DSP non Nav radio so to upgrade the system is pretty hard. Had the 6 CD changer in the rear, and sometime it will need to be reset in order for it to work, in other word I had to eject the cartridge and then reinsert the cartridge. My X is too old for the later Bluetooth and the car phone that was available when the X was brand new was analog.

Because I had DSP I had to buy the DSP adapter so that I could have a 6-pins connector for the GROM harness. The install of the DSP adapter was fairly easy. Instead of tapping into the car harness for the DSP adapter power, I tapped into the Grom 3 pins connector that connects to the BMW harness. The center wire in the Grom 3-pins adapter is the power wire and I used a ring for the negative connection to the car body. Connected the harness to the Grom adapter, connected the 3-pins Grom connector to the BMW 3-pins connector, connected the 6-pins Grom connector to the 6-pins connector at the DSP adapter and connected the coaxial cable from the DSP adapter to the BMW Amp.

I'm using a 16GB flash drive that is about the size of a nickle to store my music. I made 6 folders and number them 1-6. Gave the wife 1 folder and the kids 1 folder and I kept the other four folders. The 6 folders matches the 6 cd button on the radio.

Supposedly with a 16GB flash drive I can load close to 3000 MP3 song files. Went to the computer and started dragging my songs into the folders. Ejected my flash drive and inserted in the Grom and started the BMW to listen to the music. The music is as good as any CD that I ripped. The steering wheel button changed tracks and controlled the volume. No more burning CDs. Kool

Next I connected the Bluetooth dongle and paired my cellphone. Called my brother and asked him to call me back. While listen to the Grom, the music was muted as my call came through the car audio system. Kool Next weekend will be to route the microphone cable from the overhead console back to the Grom.

Finally connected the Ipod cable and,my Ipod to the Grom. Selected Ipod and the next thing I knew the Grom was playing music from my Ipod. I could use the click wheel to select songs or start a playlist and use the radio control or steering wheel control to go back and forth on the playlist. The Ipod cable also charged my Ipod. Kool again.

So if you want something better than the CD changer and you want Bluetooth capability in your X install a Grom, you won't be disappointed."

To submit us your feedback, please use GROM Feedback form


Friday, September 20, 2013

GROM Audio Products are Compatible with Apple's iOS 7 Update

Apple has officially released its latest software update, iOS 7. The launch has been met more praises than complaints so far, unlike its previous update that unveiled Apple Maps and its countless kinks. Giving Apple users some much needed updates, the technology giant brings customers new security features, multitasking abilities and file/data sharing through Airdrop, just to name a few. All of which are viewable through the new streamlined iPhone/iPod/iPad design, giving users more screen space and a minimalist easy-to-use display. 

To ensure Apple users, who are also GROM Audio users, can utilize these new updates while driving, GROM has spent the last week testing all of its Apple compatible products. The car audio company is pleased to announce that with testing complete, all GROM car audio adapters, add-on products and cables ARE adaptable to iOS 7.

Drivers will still have all the luxuries their GROM audio interface brings them while on-the-go, but with more features than ever!  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Using Auxiliary Cables with GROM Audio adapters

Most drivers know they can use an auxiliary cable to connect their MP3 player to their car stereo speakers. But auxiliary cables can do much more than connect an MP3 player. GROM Audio's AUX-IN 3.5mm cable allows drivers to connect a multitude of devices including, mobile phones, DVD players, tablets and more.

These easy-to-use cords take up almost no extra space and are compatible with any of the following car audio adapters, GROM-AND2, GROM-USB2P, GROM-MST3, GROM-BT3 and GROM-AUX3. GROM's AUX-IN 3.5mm cable gives drivers the convenience of listening to their own music library, music streaming app or podcast, while supplying 5V USB charging for their device—a feature many other auxiliary cables do not have.

To add this streamlined product to your car stereo, for convenience and high-quality sound follow these steps:

1.) Make sure 5ft auxiliary cord is connected to your GROM audio adapter.
2.) Switch to the GROM mode (CD, AUX, Disc or XM button - depending on the car stereo)
3.) For GROM-USB2P or GROM-MST3 switch to the AUX mode (according to the manual). For GROM-BT3, GROM-AUX3 or GROM-AND2 there is no need to switch the mode, once the music device is turned on, it will start playing through the car stereo speakers.
4.) Plug-in male aux-in 3.5mm connector into your device (where you typically connect headphones).
5.) Turn on your device. Make sure that the volume on the device is turned up. You can control the volume using car stereo volume knob or steering
wheel volume controls.

Friday, September 13, 2013

GROM Audio Helps Drivers Use Apple Maps with iOS 7

On the cusp of Apple's latest operating system launch, iOS 7 is set to be revealed to the public September 18. The Silicon Valley technology giant replaced its Google Maps app with their previous operating system update (iOS 6), back in September 2012—causing an uproar for travelers across the world.The replacement, Apple Maps, was quickly met by a flurry of malfunctions, sending drivers, runners and walkers alike off the beat and path, to say the least. 

Now ready to unveil its latest update, Apple is happy to bring drivers and GPS users a new and improved Apple Maps, along with several other new Apple applications. 

GROM Audio is ready to help drivers take advantage of the company's latest improvements with iPod car audio adapters. With the ability to connect your iPod/iPhone/iPad to your car, drivers can not only take advantage of voice turn-by-turn directions to avoid getting lost but can also utilize a plethora of applications stored on your Smartphone. Let GROM make your drive less stressful, through easy-to-use iPod car adapters, compatible with AUDI, BMW, Honda, Fiat, Acura and more.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Set Up Your Smartphone with Voice Turn-By-Turn Directions via GROM-BT3

Tired of having to look up directions before you get in the car?  Let GROM's car audio adapters make your drive easier through turn-by-turn directions via your car stereo speakers. GROM Audio's Bluetooth adapters give you the capability to avoid getting lost, missing turns or forgetting routes through voice directions. The GROM-BT3 is compatible with a variety of smartphones, giving drivers an array of GPS apps to use, while on the road. Regardless if you are using Google Maps, Apple Maps or a different application, this Bluetooth audio receiver allows drivers to forget about the stress of getting lost and enjoy the drive!

This aftermarket Bluetooth car kit (GROM-BT3) is easy to install and makes driving more convenient than ever! Easily pair your smartphone with the GROM device to have the advantage of hands-free calling and wireless A2DP audio streaming in addition to voice turn-by-turn directions.

Following the pairing set below: 
1.) Please make sure that Bluetooth function on your phone is ACTIVE or Turned ON and the phone is set to be discoverable before turning car key in ignition.
2.) Turn on vehicle's radio - GROM-BT3 will become discoverable by your phone for 3 minutes. (You must pair phone within that time interval)
4.)Your phone may ask for confirmation and you can get the pop-up message: “Confirm that the passkey “…” is shown on GROM-CAR”. Click “PAIR”, then a random pin will pop up; you should only have to press Connect.
3.) After pairing in complete, your phone will automatically connect to the GROM-BT3 upon ignition start, whether radio is ON or OFF. The pairing only needs to be performed once.

GROM Audio at Dubfest Car Show 2013

GROM Audio took a part of the Dubfest Car Show this year as an official sponsor. GROM presented a live demo at the show with a fully integrated GROM-USB2P presenting its latest products including support for European factory car stereos.

In addition, we installed GROM’s Car Kit at our booth to showcase the installation for Jacquelyn & Todd (VW Rabbit and Golf) – Jacquelyn and Todd are now equipped with GROM’s Car kit - according to both, they couldn’t be happier with full audio integration; connecting Bluetooth for hands free can wireless streaming, Smartphones and multimedia devices to their factory car stereos.

The crowd was amazing and GROM’s Car-Kits for European cars were a huge hit at the show. Many attendees came by our booth with a great deal of interest and some of them became our new customers!

In addition to sponsoring trophies for the winners of best of Euro cars, GROM ran a raffle giveaway for the show attendees to make the day even more exciting!
GROM Audio's European car kits integrate factory car stereos to create Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free communication. Upon installation, the drivers will have the ability to connect any mobile device to their car stereo through the wires provided or wirelessly - allowing music to be played automatically.

These easy-to-install car kits are designed to not only reduce noise and eliminate echo, but also produce high-quality sound for crystal clear calls. Additionally, GROM Audio's European car kits allow Android and USB integration, giving consumers more media playing options.

GROM’s team at the show worked hard and it all paid off by the great success at the show!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Find the Right Car Audio Adapter for your Vehicle

GROM Audio creates car audio adapters for a wide variety of car makes and models. With over 30 compatible car makes, GROM takes pride in designing and creating aftermarket stereo adapters for drivers. With vehicle specific products, the Bay Area car audio company brings drivers exactly what they need for the perfect in-car audio listening experience.

The GROM-USB2P-VAG is one of the car audio adapters that is compatible with multiple car makes and models including, VW, SEAT and Skoda vehicles. This audio interface gives drivers direct connection of USB or Android devices, as well as the ability to connect Bluetooth, auxiliary and iPod/iPhone/iPad, all sold separately. Through these connections, drivers receive high-quality sound via music app streaming, podcasts and their own music library. With direct connection drivers have the ability to control, play and charge their devices, making their in-car experience much more enjoyable.

GROM Audio creates many other car audio adapters compatible with many other vehicles, transforming your car audio experience. Stop listening to the same radio station and avoid constant commercials through one of GROM's quality audio adapters! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Use Your USB Device to Listen to Music in the Car

Many European cars come equipped with a USB output, making it easy for drivers to listen to media stored on a mass storage device. This is why it is common practice for European drivers to use USB devices, rather than a MP3 players or mobile phones, to listen to music while driving. Since USB devices often have much more space to store music and media, users can free up space on their mobile phones to allow applications to load faster and phone battery to last longer.

But many car makes, both American and European, do not come standard with the use of USB. Therefore, drivers must adapt their vehicles in order to use the luxury of using a mass storage device to play media. GROM Audio designs and manufactures USB adapters with add-ons to cater to drivers audio needs. Car audio adapters such as the GROM-USB2P give drivers not only the ability to listen to music on a flash drive, but also direct connection Android devices and the capability to add Bluetooth, aux input, and iPod/iPhone connectivity (all sold separately).

Friday, August 30, 2013

Customize a Car Audio Adapter - Fit to Your Needs

Many cars, new and old, do not come equipped with the technology to connect your MP3 player, mobile phone or tablet to your car stereo. Therefore, in order to enjoy your own music library, stream music or listen to podcasts, drivers must buy products such as adapters, auxiliary cables,  USB cords, FM transmitters or even  new stereos in same cases. Not only are there many products on the market to adapt your music player into an in-car theater, but there are also many different types of music players—making it hard to find the best equipment for your needs.

GROM Audio creates customizable car kits for over 30 car makes and models, perfect for a multitude of car audio needs—giving both Android and iOS users many different options to satisfy their in-car listening issues. GROM designs, develops and manufactures car audio adapters, which have add-ons such as Bluetooth dongles, auxiliary capabilities and USB connection. These adapters and add-on products allow drivers to create an audio adapter tailored to their exact needs, whether they are looking for an Android audio adapter or iPod (iPhone) car adapter.

With the ability to create exactly what you want, drivers can avoid extra unnecessary equipment while enjoying features like Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free driving, wireless music listening and GPS turn-by-turn navigation (via Bluetooth adapter or Dongle add-on). Through USB, AUX, iPod, Android and Bluetooth integration GROM gives users personalized after-market car stereo adapters transforming their in-car listening experience.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

GROM Adds Direct Android Connection for High-Quality Sound and Listening

Most Apple users have come accustom to countless products to adapt to their iPhones, iPads, or iPods. Companies, including GROM Audio, create iPod car adapters, auxiliary cables and/or Bluetooth devices allowing drivers the ability to listen to music in the car, make calls hands-free, connect to GPS and much

But what about Android users?

GROM Audio is the only car audio company to meet the growing demand for Android-compatible equipment to connect Google devices to your vehicle. The more people switch to the Android operating system, the more they will find that there is a clear lack of Android adapters to connect their devices to their vehicles. This is why GROM Audio has spent the last year on Android development, creating car audio adapters, which give Android users the same capabilities as as Apple users.

Through adapters such as the GROM-AND2, Android users have the ability to directly connect their phone or tablet to their vehicle. Then they have the same luxuries Apple users have, including the ability to connect wirelessly through Bluetooth, stream music through apps or listen to their own music library. These Android audio adapters also give drivers GPS capabilities and hands-free calling through Bluetooth, making being on-the-go so much easier!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

GROM Audio Creates Bluetooth Audio Adapters to Help Create an on-the-go Office

Looking for a way to have your office on the go, even when you are driving? In order to do so, drivers must utilize today's endless technologies including Bluetooth capabilities. Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows data to be transmitted over short distances (like inside your vehicle) using mobile devices to create personal area networks with high security.

Many car makes and models do not come standard with Bluetooth technology, therefore drivers must find Bluetooth car kits to integrate into their vehicles. GROM Audio creates Bluetooth audio adapters to give busy drivers the luxury of answering and making calls wirelessly and controlling their MP3 players (including Android music players and Apple devices) through Bluetooth wireless audio control (AVRCP).

These Bluetooth audio receivers not only make it easy to do business while you are making your commute, but they also create a safer driving experience on the road. Drivers can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, making Bluetooth audio adapters one of the easiest ways to make your daily driver more enjoyable and safer!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

GROM Audio's USB Adapters Allow Drivers to Listen to their Own Music in the Car

You bought your MP3 player and/or smartphone so you could be on-the-go with your music library at all times. But if your vehicle is not equipped with the necessary outputs, you may not be able to listen to your device while in the car. Many car makes and models do not come standard with iPod/iPhone, Android or Bluetooth connectivity, making it difficult to enjoy your music everywhere you would like.

There are a multitude of products to help alleviate these issues including USB adapters, which allow direct connection of Android music players, MP3 players and USB mass storage devices. GROM Audio designed the GROM-USB2P, which is compatible with a large variety of vehicles including Ford, GMC, Nissan, BMW and more, so drivers could experience the ability to listen to their music while on the road. These USB audio adapters give users the ability to connect many other extensions including AUX cables, iPod connection and Bluetooth Dongles (all sold separately) to allow a seamless listening experience in the car.

We understand the frustration of listening to endless commercials on the radio while you make your morning and evening commute. Having the convenience of your own music at your fingertips creates a more relaxing drive and GROM Audio wants to help drivers stay relaxed!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

GROM Audio is sponsoring at the longest and most anticipated European car event this year – DUBFEST Car Show!

GROM Audio is excited to be a part of the longest and most anticipated European car event this year – DUBFEST Car Show!  We are honored to sponsor and host a booth at the show.

GROM Audio will be hosting a booth with a variety of European Cars featuring GROM’s Car Kit live demonstration.  The DUBFEST show attendees are welcome to participate in the live demo with their Smartphones and Multimedia devices.   

GROM’s car kits  incorporate Bluetooth technology, allowing in-car hands-free calling and wireless audio for streaming media. 

GROM Audio’s focus is for drivers are looking to enhance their music listening experience on the road with safety.  Drivers will benefit from higher sound quality, as a result of direct audio connection and mobile devices can be controlled straight from the car stereo display!

Please visit us at GROM's Booth and test out your next car kit for any of the European car models.   Also, GROM will be running a raffle giveaway at the show - $100.00 gift certificate for GROM’s Car kits.

We are excited to see you all at DUBFEST 2013!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

GROM Audio Aux Adapters for Cars Create Hands-free Calling for Users

The Best Aux and Bluetooth Adapter for your Car 

It is important for drivers to feel safe on the road and one of the easiest ways to do so is through hands-free calling. Bluetooth capabilities not only create the safety drivers are looking for, but also give them the ability to stream or enjoy their own music library wirelessly. Unfortunately, not all cars come equipped with Bluetooth capacities, which is why GROM Audio creates aux adapters for cars without these features.

Since drivers are looking for aux Bluetooth solutions for their vehicles, GROM Audio developed the GROM-BT3. These Bluetooth and auxiliary adapters are simple and affordable solutions for many car makes and models, giving drivers in-car Bluetooth hands-free calling and 3.5mm input for MP3 player and smartphone connection. The BT3 adapters give drivers an aux cable for their cars, allowing features that make the driving experience safer and more enjoyable.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

GROM Audio Brings VW Drivers USB and Android Connection

Looking for a universal audio solution to add to your VW factory car stereo? GROM Audio has affordable, simple to use adapter solutions to allow MP3 player and smartphone integration through USB connection. With the ease of the GROM-USB2P-VAG adapters, users have the ability to listen to their own music library, while also allowing the convenience of Bluetooth connection (through add-on, sold separately).

The GROM-USB2P-VAG is compatible with many VW models, including Jetta and Passat ('99-'10),  Golf ('98-'12) and Beatle ('99-'10) as well as SEAT and Skoda vehicles. (Find full compatibility list at gromaudio.com). This stereo audio adapter is the best car adapter for Android smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S and S II and USB mass storage devices, giving users playback through steering wheel or stereo controls.

These newly improved multimedia interfaces enhance drivers in-car experience, giving them features such as FLAC support as well as support for ACC/MP4, WAV and online music streaming. For more information on this car audio adapter and installation instructions see the video below.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Have a car stereo with optical fiber technology? Let GROM Audio introduce you to the GROM-MST3 adapter

GROM Audio takes pride in providing its customers with the most up-to-date multimedia interfaces available. Which means, its product line includes equipment compatible with optical fiber  technology—common in many newer German car makes and models. Since optical fiber stereo systems have become more popular, GROM Audio has created the GROM-MST3.

This easy-to-use in car adapter gives customer the convenience of two external ports, allowing connection of AUX-IN, Bluetooth, Android and/or iPhone/iPod. With the ability to charge your devices and listen to music through in car Bluetooth wireless playback this car audio adapter creates a better driving experience for drivers and passengers alike.

Watch GROM Audio's step-by-step video below for further directions.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Let GROM Audio Help You Find The Best Bluetooth Adapter For Your Car

Safety on the road should be a priority when driving and one of the easiest ways to ensure drivers can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road is through wireless Bluetooth. GROM Audio creates Bluetooth adapters, which are compatible with iPhone/iPad, Android Smartphones such as HTC, Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus and other phones, giving our customers the best Bluetooth options for their car stereo.

GROM Audio's GROM-BT3 adapters are compatible with many car makes and models including Fiat, Honda and Mazda as well as luxury car makes such as BMW, AUDI, Mercedes. These easy-to-use adapters allow drivers to receive incoming calls, make outgoing calls and stream music wirelessly, making their drive easier and more safe.

Like all of GROM Audio's multimedia interfaces the GROM-BT3 is designed to allow drivers convenience and enjoyment in just a few easy steps--making phone integration faster than ever. Please find a full list of car makes and model the GROM-BT3 is compatible with at gromaudio.com.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Need help with your Bluetooth, iPod/iPhone car adapter installation? Follow these steps from GROM Audio:

While GROM Audio takes pride in creating easy-to-use in-car multimedia integration systems, we also understand installation can be confusing for users without experience. Since many people are not aware of the technical terms associated with installation, GROM Audio has created a step-by-step installation video, to make the task much easier!

Watch this 3 minute installation video, which takes users through the steps of taking out the climate control and radio from the dash, connecting the GROM adapter to the radio cords and remounting the stereo and climate control in the dash.

In just a few easy steps, users can enjoy their own music library with higher sound quality through GROM Audio's direct connection!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

GROM Audio integrates Android with GROM-USB2P

As Google's Android operating system continues to increase in popularity, GROM Audio continues  to bring customers the best quality adapters to fit their needs. Known as the first car audio company to deliver direct connection of Android smartphones or tablets to factory car stereos, GROM Audio strives to give drivers the ability to use their mobile devices on-the-go.

The GROM-USB2P car kit gives drivers the ability to not only listen to their own music library straight from their smartphone or tablet, but it also gives users the best sound quality through direct digital connection. This direct digital connection creates high-quality sound by keeping the digital signal intact until it is converted to an analog signal. This means no unnecessary manipulations are made to the music signals, creating little to no interference.

This GROM Audio interface integrates Bluetooth technology as well (via the Bluetooth Dongle, GROM-BTD) giving drivers the ability to talk on the phone hands-free while driving. Because safety on the road is the most important factor of driving, this feature allows users keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times.

It is GROM Audio's goal to continue to bring Android users more car audio integration options and the GROM-USB2P is only the beginning of its Google compatible multimedia systems. Please check the GROM Audio website for compatible Android devices and stay tuned for more GROM products suited for the Android operating system.