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HEAD UNIT SIZES

Saturday, May 28, 2016 11:43:28 AM Etc/GMT+5

Vehicle manufacturers design car stereo head units in various sizes. You need to choose an aftermarket head unit based on your vehicle’s year, make and model. After market radios are normally rectangular. The standard car stereo size is referred to as single DIN. Most cars have single DIN stereo slots. The measurement of a standard DIN slot is 2-1/8” (50mm) height by 7-1/8” (180mm) width. Most car radios will slide directly into the single DIN slot without requiring an additional adapter kit. However, some DIN models may require an installation kit. 

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Your Car has Wi-Fi

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 9:46:23 AM Etc/GMT+5

By now you’ve probably heard all the buzz about how some car companies are building 4G LTE Wi-Fi right into their new cars. Pretty cool right? What you might not know however, is that you can easily get that same amazing Wi-Fi functionality in your existing vehicle.

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ROCKFORD FOSGATE LAUNCHES 2014 PRIME SERIES MOTORCYCLE AUDIO SYSTEMS

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Heated Car Seats

Monday, October 28, 2013 6:34:49 PM Etc/GMT+5

How do heated car seats work?

Answer
Heated car seats work by warming up the seats. They have heater coils that are locate inside that turns on by a switch it causes the seat to warm up. You can choose different settings. 

When was heated seats in a car invented?
It was invented by. Robert Ballard. of General Motors in 1951, and the patent was issued in 1955

Why was heated seats in a car invented?
To keep your butt and back warm in those -40c chilly winter days here in Canada.

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Upgrade your POWER

Monday, October 28, 2013 3:10:36 PM Etc/GMT+5

UPGRADE Your POWER... by adding a battery to your system
Why You Should Consider Upgrading Your Battery
Why You Should Consider Getting Upgrading Your Battery

Watching the lights in your car flicker and dim as your stereo system demands more electrical power, probably isn't the kind of light show you were hoping to go with your music. You might notice little failures like these (or larger ones!) when the combination of your car's regular electrical systems and your stereo's system require more power than what is currently available. Luckily for you, you don't have to choose between your system and properly powering the rest of your car's electrical needs. A simple and effective way to make sure your car is completely powered up is to increase the power by adding a battery to your system.

Do I need to power up?
 

The average vehicle on the road today comes from the factory with a 90amp alternator and will draw around 50 amps of current to run the AC, lights, head unit and other stock electrical systems. If you add in a 1,000 watt RMS system and you are going to add in around 80 more amps of draw. This puts the vehicle pulling 130amps, when it is only equipped to supply 90amps. That's 40 amps more pull than the vehicle can produce. This is when you start to see headlights dimming, amplifiers going into protect, and even amplifiers burning up. This is where an upgraded battery under the hood or secondary battery can add in a buffer to keep your vehicles electrical systems running properly.

Also, if you're someone who listens to your system with the engine off, whether you're having a tailgate party or just enjoying your awesome system with your friends, we recommend adding another battery. The best way to decide what is best to keep your car and system bumping, is to talk to your local specialist. In the meantime, find more information about quality power for your vehicle by visiting our friends over at XP Power.

XS Power: Real Power, Unreal Performance
Don't Be Left in the Cold!
Don't be Left in the Cold In the winter months the most common electrical systems used in a vehicle is the heater, defroster, and the all-important remote start. It is so easy to pick up the remote start remote and start your vehicle while you are getting ready, so when you get in the vehicle is warm and your windows are already defrosted. Well you can get the top of the line best remote start offered on the market today installed in your vehicle, but it is useless if you do not have a good battery under the hood of the vehicle to actually start the vehicle! Working with electrical systems can be tricky and even dangerous so please leave this one to the professionals.
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Newsletter: Baby Got Back... Seat Entertainment!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 1:11:26 PM Etc/GMT+5

Baby Got Back... Seat Entertainment!
Why You Should Consider Getting a Back Seat Entertainment System.

Don’t you wish you could just bring your family room with you on a long road trip, (or even a short one!) so that your passengers can stay as relaxed and entertained as they are at home?  As it turns out, turning your car into an entertainment center on wheels by installing rear seat video actually isn’t as hard as you might think.

Why You Should Consider Getting a Back Seat Entertainment System
There are a few ways to achieve the bliss of rear seat video...

The simplest and most popular way is by getting a headrest video monitor installed.

Headrest monitors allow you to view DVDs and depending on the model, some also seamlessly support smartphone integration, USB, and SD cards. By replacing your factory headrest with one that matches the interior of your vehicle and includes a built in video monitor, you get two monitors that have the ability to play two different things at the same time. So no more loud, kicking and screaming, and fighting over what to watch!

The simplest and most popular way is by getting a headrest video monitor installed
Another popular option is the overhead video monitor which is a larger, single monitor installed into the ceiling of the vehicle.

This option is perfect for playing two player video games (that’s right, I said video games!), or for passengers who enjoy watching the same program together.

Both the overhead and headrest video monitors can play sound through wireless and wired headphones so that everyone can happily listen to what they want without bothering other passengers.

Another popular option is the overhead video monitor which is a larger, single monitor installed into the ceiling of the vehicle
Finally, if you or your passenger have a tablet:
A simple solution is to use a headrest mounting system that attaches easily to the back of the passenger or driver’s side seats. Change the tilt for the best viewing angle then safely and easily remove it at the end of your trip.
Finally, if you or your passenger have a tablet
Keeping your back seat passengers entertained means a happier driving experience for everyone in the car Keeping your back seat passengers entertained means a happier driving experience for everyone in the car. And if kids are involved, whether or not they are occupied and distracted (so that you’re not!) can be the difference between a good trip or a very, very, bad one. We offer all of these solutions so give us a call and we can help you decide which option best fits your needs and your vehicle.
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Newsletter: Putting In-Car Navigation Safely within Your Reach

Friday, August 2, 2013 1:39:00 PM Etc/GMT+5

Destination? Dash.
Ditching the map in your car? Go safe and secure with in-dash navigation!
Putting In-Car Navigation Safely within Your Reach
Can you imagine a world without GPS technology to get you to your destination?

It's tough to remember, but it wasn't all that long ago when drivers traded in their street atlases for internet maps and portable GPS devices. Now finding your way is easier than it's ever been with complete in-dash navigation and entertainment systems that can be installed into any vehicle.

But Why Can't I just Use my Cell Phone??
We agree — your smartphone is awesome, and it does everything besides make you a sandwich. There are tons of ways we can integrate your phone into your car to make your life easier (ask us how!). But when it comes to navigation, an in-dash nav system has some pretty big advantages over smartphone navigation apps.
1) Using your phone in your hand while driving isn't safe, and in most places it's just plain illegal. And what happens when an important call comes through? You have to make that crucial decision — ignore Mom and face her wrath, or get lost in the sketchy part of town. Yikes! Using cell phones for GPS is illegal in many states
2) When your map and turn-by-turn directions are on a large screen that never moves from the dash and never changes perspective, there really isn't a more convenient way to get where you need to go. No cell phone service? No problem!
3) Plus, for those of you who enjoy adventuring a little "off the beaten path", the satellite technology behind in-dash navigation does not depend on a mobile internet or network connection of any sort... So even when your 4G phone gets little or no signal, you're never lost!
Navigation is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Today's in-dash navigation systems come with so many advanced features that you can't really compare them to any other standalone device out there.
Spoken Directions
MP3/CD/DVD Entertainment
Built-in Bluetooth
Extensive Points of Interest Database
Built-In Gyroscopes to Detect Vehicle Direction
Live Traffic Services w/ Alternate Route Options
Satellite/HD Radio
Big, Easy-to-Use Touchscreens
Expanded Nav Features
When you get navigation installed, what you're really getting is a complete "infotainment solution" that is conveniently located where it should be: always safely within reach.
Navigation in-dash is much more than just navigation!
And, AS ALWAYS...
Make sure you have a professional install your navigation unit. Your car is complex, so maybe chose a different DIY project and trust this one to professional installers like ours who will make sure your navigation system is installed correctly and safely the first time!
For more information about this topic and more, please visit our site.
We are your ultimate destination for mobile audio & video electronics.
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Newsletter: New Sound - Old Radio

Friday, July 5, 2013 2:00:00 PM Etc/GMT+5

New Sound, Old Radio?
Upgrading Your System Around Your Factory Radio
We get it.
You love your dash radio, and you don't want to mess with it. But maybe you're not thrilled with the sound quality of your factory system.
You love your car radio but want better sound?
Maybe the sound is a little rough...
Or maybe you want more bass...
Or maybe it just doesn't get loud enough for you without snap, crackle, pop...
Luckily there are options to solve your factory system woes that don't include swapping out your factory radio or messing with your dash.
We Hear You, Loud and Clear
When you add more power to an audio system, your dynamic range improves dramatically. So if music sounds distorted at high volumes or you simply want your current system to be louder, you should definitiely consider adding an amplifier. You'll get instantly clearer sounds with a much larger range of volume level. Overall, adding amplification is one of the best upgrades you can make to increase the total performance of your system.
Add an Amp for Instant Sound Improvement!
Become the Ace of Bass
Most factory sound systems can't give you impressive, high quality bass range because they don't come standard with subwoofers. Adding just a single subwoofer to your system will turn your playlist into a live concert.

Pair your subwoofer with an amp (or get one with a built-in amp so that it's already powered), and watch your girlfriend's hair blow back! Yes, bigger and better bass can make your heart feel like it's beating harder and faster, but that's not always a bad thing...
Bass so Rich and Strong it Blows Your Hair Back
Speak(er) Up!
Trust us, once you hear music through a set of quality replacement speakers, those old factory speakers will sound...well, old.

Replacing factory speakers is an easy and inexpensive route toward enhancing your ride's sound. But if you really want to make your buddies jealous, pair up those new speakers with an amp and subwoofer — all while keeping your dash radio in one piece.
Avoid a Bad Window Tint Installation
And Don't Forget...
Every vehicle is different. So work with a professional who knows exactly what your car needs and how to install it — like us. (Or trust these guys.) There is one part of your system we always recommend you do yourself... Show it off!
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Newsletter: Shedding Light on Window Tint

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 2:07:22 PM Etc/GMT+5

Shedding Light on Window Tint
Why You Should Consider Getting Your Windows Done
(even if you aren't a rap star or movie villian)
If you think window tint is just for TV mobsters and teenagers, think again. The mysterious and sleek look of window tint might turn quite a few heads, but what you might not know is that there are also many practical benefits to tinting your windows:
Heat/Light/Fade Protection
Glare Reduction
Increased Anti-Theft Protection
Window Tint isn't just for the super cool or bad guys...
Improved Safety, Privacy, Scratch Resistance, and More!
Save Your Car's Skin...and Your's Too
Window tint protects from UVA and UVB rays that can cause damage to your skin as well as the interior of your car. A recent study found that more than 50% of all skin cancer cases in the U.S. appear on the left side of the body. In other words, the side of your body exposed to the sun while you drive is getting fried! Quality tinting materials have the ability to eliminate up to 99% of harmful rays before they can start causing damage.
Sun Damaged Skin is No Joke!
Improved Anti-Theft + Collision Saftey
Window tint isn't just your skin and upholstery's best friend, it's your security system's as well. If a thief can't see what's inside your car then they're a lot less likely to go after it. Plus, some window film can make your windows strong enough to make it difficult for even a baseball bat to break!

In fact, the right window film tint can also help prevent window splinter/shatter if you're in an accident which can help protect both you and your passengers. This same quality also provides your windows with a scratch resistance coating that will keep your car looking smooth and increase the lifespan of your windows by protecting them from everyday use.
Anti-Theft Benefits
And Remember, Go to a Pro
Adding window tint to your car is one of the most affordable ways to protect the interior of your car. The fact that it also makes your car look awesome is just a perk! Don't take any chances on shoddy installation though — it's important to go to a window tint professional (like us!) to make sure you get the most precise results and the latest info about state and local window tint laws.
Avoid a Bad Window Tint Installation
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21st Century Upgrade for Your Car: iPod & Smartphone Integration

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 2:15:00 PM Etc/GMT+5

21st Century Upgrade for Your Car:
iPod & Smartphone Integration
Once upon a time, there lived an in-dash 8-track player...
Do you remember how we used to listen to music in the car? The 60s gave us the wonder of in-dash 8-track players. Then, years later in 1985 we witnessed the install of the first factory in-dash CD player.
Now, after almost 30 years, it's time for the next big shift—upgrading to a 21st century system with smartphone and/or MP3 player support. The good news? The upgrade process doesn't have to be complicated and is probably more affordable than you think...
Option #1: Replace Your Factory Radio
Switching out the head unit (stereo) in your car is not only the most convenient way to integrate your smartphone or MP3 player, but it is often also the most affordable as well. Getting a head unit that integrates your devices into your car is an easy first step to getting the latest car "infotainment" without having to buy a new car.

And what's even cooler are the additional features that might come with your new head unit — Bluetooth for hands free calling, navigation, and video. Some even have native support for iOS or Android apps! There are a wide range of models, options, and price points available so you can get the smartphone/MP3 player integration upgrade that makes the most sense for you.
Replace that Factory Radio
Option #2: Radio Adapters
Radio adapters allow you to keep your factory radio while adding functionality, so you can control your iOS devices through a wired connection without needing to completely replace your stereo. Of course, this means no extra bells or whistles like you'd probably get with a shiny, new head unit.

The iSimple GateWay was the first interface to utilize a car's built-in satellite radio connection to provide music from an iPod or iPhone, as well as library browsing by Artist, Album, Genre, and Playlist from the radio controls. GateWay delivers crystal-clear music from any iPod or iPhone model and houses technology allowing it to be upgraded with an iSimple HD Radio, SCC1 SIRIUS satellite radio receiver, or an iSimple Bluetooth module.
Use a Car Stereo Radio Adpater
Option #3: FM Modulators, aka Playing thru Radio
Using an FM modulator to play your audio output through your car's speakers is not the most seamless way to integrate your devices into your car, but it is one of the simplest.

We recommend trying the iSimple WiFli which transmits a digital RDS FM radio signal to the stereo, giving you superior sound quality plus track and song information displayed on radios equipped with RDS technology. You can use the WiFli remote to play/pause your iPod or iPhone, as well as control tracks and select playlists.
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