Category: Accessories and Installation

OFC vs. CCA Wire: The Rundown

A factor that is commonly overlooked in choosing any type of wiring kit is the material that the wire is made from. Copper and aluminum are the most commonly used wire materials and there is a significant difference in quality, power handling and signal transfer between these materials. The least costly between these ...

The Car Battery Buying Guide

Why do you need an Aftermarket battery? One of the few problems with installing an aftermarket sound system in your car is that your battery can have problems keeping up with the new power demands. This often results in dimming headlights and flickering lights inside your car with the beat of your music. Even the ...

Sound Dampening Guide

Sound Dampening Guide

Sound Dampening Eliminating unwanted noise in a vehicle is a multistage process. This is because there are many ways that noise can enter a vehicle. The most common types are road noise, engine noise, panel vibration and rattling. The process and materials that are used to quiet these sources of noise are listed ...

What is Polyfill and Why Should I Use It?

What is Polyfill and Why Should I Use It?

Polyfill, also known as polyester fiberfill, is one of the best types of materials used for enclosures. This material is found and sold almost anywhere and is extremely affordable. The material is easy to apply to the inside of your subwoofer enclosure and allows you to add the perfect amount of fill so your box ...

5 Steps to Eliminate Headlight Dimming

5 Steps to Eliminate Headlight Dimming

1. Check Power Contacts, Grounds and the Battery The electrical system needs solid contact to transfer power as efficiently as possible. Contacts that have grown dirty or crusted will have a higher resistance to power transfer, which means other parts of the system suffer. The first step is to check each of the ...

How to Discharge a Capacitor

How to Discharge a Capacitor

Car audio capacitors add stability to any audio system by keeping a small reserve of power available for the amplifiers when they need it for quick musical peaks. If you need to remove your capacitor or move it into another vehicle, it is always a good idea to discharge it. Capacitors store energy and can take a long ...

How To Charge A Capacitor

How To Charge A Capacitor

A stiffening or power capacitor is a great addition to any stereo system. Sometimes however the installation instructions for these devices tend to be lacking in description and can cause a bit of confusion. Let’s straighten things out and make “pre-charging” your capacitor as painless as possible. There are often two ...

HID Color Temperature

HID Color Temperature

If only everyone could have a fancy new luxury car with those blue-ish white lights that put normal Halogen bulbs to shame. Alas we are not created equal, so what is one to do when they put the hammer down and decide to upgrade to High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps(HIDs)? The first step is to decide what color ...

What Are HID Lights?

What Are HID Lights?

You're driving down the street at night with your headlamps on, their glorious golden light breaking through the darkness ahead. From behind a vehicle passes you at breakneck speed and you glimpse the aura of light ahead of it. It's not golden light that illuminates the road, its white light with a bluish tint from ...

How to Create a Proper Ground

How to Create a Proper Ground

When installing an amplifier in your vehicle, the ground wire can make or break your sound system. An improperly installed ground can cause headlights to dim, amplifiers to burn, and speakers to short. It is never as easy as finding metal, and attaching your ground cable to it. We wish it was trust us! To prevent ...

Types of Wiring Harnesses

Types of Wiring Harnesses

Wires and lots of them! You open up the dash and all you see is a rainbow of colored strands that disappear into the inside of your car. It can be a daunting task to whip out the multi-meter and begin to test each wire in your vehicle to try and figure out what they do. Luckily,wiring harnesses  are here to save us ...

Wiring Harness Color Standards

Wiring Harness Color Standards

Aftermarket car audio wiring harnesses use a standard color code to identify what the wire is used for.  Understanding what these colors mean can make your installation faster, easier, as well as ensuring that your installation is done properly.  It is important that the appropriate cables are connected properly to ...