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Car Audio and Video

Car Audio

When you upgrade your car’s entertainment system, you improve the driving experience for all. At our affordable prices, you don’t need to go on “Pimp my Ride” to build the vehicle entertainment system of your dreams.

  • Going from Ordinary Tunes to a Melodic Symphony

What’s in a stereo? Your factory radio may be adequate, but why settle for less than the best when you can afford to upgrade to a first class head unit? I ask again, what’s in a stereo? In our opinion, when someone takes a seat in your vehicle and you turn the volume up, it should be an entertainment experience. If you just want a stereo that only has a few more features and options than your factory radio, we have those too. But if you want a head-turning, smile-inducing stereo at an affordable price, you are looking in the right place.

An aftermarket stereo is the first step towards building a great vehicle sound system. They usually come standard with controls for your AM/FM tuner and also have CD, MP3, WMA, and AAC playback capability. An increasing number of receivers also include features such as DVD playback, Sirius and XM satellite radio controls, digital HD Radio, internal hard drives, Bluetooth capability, GPS navigation, and inputs for iPod and USB use. Check out the head units section for more info on the latest designs.

  • Step up Your Speakers

The cheapest and simplest way to upgrade your sound system is to upgrade your speakers. Step up your speakers, and you step up your system to a whole new level. An after-market set of speakers is better able to handle a wider range of frequencies. The improvement from factory to aftermarket speakers is so dramatic that you will wonder why you didn’t upgrade sooner.

Of course, a step up from a car with aftermarket speakers, is a car with both aftermarket speakers and subwoofers. Car subs will give an overall depth and realistic sound to your music. Subs add booming bass beats to let the whole block know that you mean business. To get the most out of your subs, you need a subwoofer enclosure. We have a wide variety of professionally constructed sub boxes, built for your convenience and designed to perfectly complement your personalized system. We advise you to choose a sealed, ported or bandpass box based on your subwoofer specifications and available vehicle space.

  • Amp Up Your System

An amplifier modulates power from your car battery, feeding power into your subwoofers and speakers. The power generated from the amp enables the speakers to emit both low bass beats and high frequency sounds. You need to choose an amplifier that can supply enough power at a specific ohm load, called the impedance. Take your time when choosing an amplifier, because the amplifier is the blood-life to your sound system.

  • Create a Theater on Wheels

As a driver, your primary responsibility is to keep your passengers safe. But assuming you’ve got that covered, why not look (and sound) good while doing it? That’s where we come in. To thrill your passengers with movies and TV, install one of our car stereos with in-dash DVD playback. To complete the system, you will need LCD Monitors, and we carry overhead, headrest, stand alone, rearview, sun visor, and in-dash monitors. For the ultimate system, check out our in-dash DVD receivers with built-in screens and touchscreen controls. They feature motorized screens so that you can put the screen away when out of use. Another option for top notch entertainment is our overhead monitors that include built-in DVD players. Not only do these combos simplify the installation process, they also blend in nicely with your vehicle.

If you have young children, be sure to look for systems with built-in wireless FM modulators and infrared transmitters. These systems enable passengers to use wireless headphones, affording you peaceful silence on the road.

Now that you know what you need, plan out your budget and call us today to start building a state-of-the-art entertainment system on wheels.

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Remote Car Starters

Remote Start

Remote start systems allow you to warm up your engine from a distance. Don’t be alarmed, even though you’re starting your engine, it does not mean someone can open your door and drive away with your vehicle. Even though the engine starts from a remote command, you still need to put the key into the ignition to actually drive away. If someone does try to hop in while you have the engine running, as soon as they touch the parking brake, the engine will shut off (until you decide to start the car again). Besides, you also control the automatic power locks through your remote, so you can always just lock your vehicle in the first place.

On a hot day, you can cool down your car from the comfort of your home. Besides the convenience of climate control, these devices warm up your vehicle before you start driving, which some mechanics believe will help prolong the life of your engine. Many of our remote car starters also include a car alarm to help protect your vehicle and its contents from theft. Besides discouraging the theft of your vehicle and its contents, you will be notified of a break-in via the 2-way paging system.

A remote engine starter can be programmed to automatically start you car periodically in10-60 minute intervals. This is a great technique for preventing your vehicle’s gas, oil and engine fluids from freezing. To control the temperature inside of the cab, just make sure you have the heater or air conditioning running before you turn off the car. The next time you use the remote start it will automatically heat or cool your vehicle based on your previous climate settings. Remote starters also allow you to lock and unlock your car doors with the press of a button. Certain 2-way remote car starters will even enable you to roll down the windows, open the sunroof, pop open the trunk or the hood, turn on the dome lights, beep the horn, and even start the defroster.

Our remote ignition starters feature two-way communication. For example, when you start the car, an image of the car on the LCD remote screen will show smoke exiting the tailpipe, indicating that the car has been started. This way, when you use your remote to start your car, you can be sure that the signal was transmitted to the vehicle even when from a distance. Two-way pager remotes will also indicate whether you successfully locked or unlocked your doors.

Your vehicle must have an electronic fuel injected motor only. Remote car starters are not recommended for manual transmissions. If your vehicle has an immobilizer you must purchase a bypass module, transponder, or data interface in order to bypass the immobilizer so that the engine starts when you use your remote car starter. Only certain makes of vehicles manufactured from 1993 and on require these bypass modules for remote start, keyless entry, and window controls.

Remember, remote car starters can offer both climate control and vehicle security at the touch of a button. Be sure to get an experienced professional to perform you install.

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Glossary: Vehicle security

Vehicle Security is Very Important

Actuator – Standard door lock motors for adding power door locks to most vehicles (requires relays unless purchasing 4 door kit which already has relays, see tech for application)

Add-ons Motion Sensor (dei-500t) – Detects vertical motion from jacking or towing attempts. Water resistant design utilizes offset silver-plated contacts for a wide range of adjustment. Recommended as a cheap alternative to the tilt sensor.

Air resonance sensor (ultrasonic sensor) – The sensor detects movement inside the vehicle by sensing air disturbance. The sensor will trigger the alarm if a thief tries to gain access to the interior of your vehicle. This sensor will only work properly if all entrackes are closed (doors, windows, sunroof, etc).

Audio sensor (glass break sensor) – Provides pre-entry protection by detecting tampering and breaking of vehicle’s glass. Reliable CMOS design with remote microphone analyzes frequency, intensity and timing of intrusion sounds to eliminate false alarms.

Back-up battery - Sealed 0.7 amp/hour lead/acid battery powers and triggers the alarm when vehicle’s battery is disconnected. A must for any high-security installation.

Closed Loop Sensor (dei-502t) - Perfect for monitoring auxiliary lights, car covers, trailers or anything that you might want to trigger the alarm when you disconnect it. Extremely low current consumption, and compact transistorized design provides both positive and negative output triggers when input trigger is disconnected.

Diodes - allows current (+/-) to travel in one direction. Generally used for door lock wires on certain cars.

Dual zone shock sensor (stinger double guard shock sensor) – The most effective protection against shock/impact. Uses electromagnetic technology to eliminate mechanical parts . Two outputs are provided. The first offers a Warn Away® response on light impact and the second instantly triggers the alarm on hard impact.

Dual Zone - is a feature of proximity and shock sensors only. Zone 1 ( light impact on shock sensor and short motions(adjustable) on proximity sensor) will trigger warn away chirp to warn intruder that car has an alarm without setting off the full alarm. Zone 2 (heavy impact on shock sensor and extended motions(adjustable) on proximity sensor) will trigger the alarm to “go off”.

Knock sensor -  this sensor is designed for AUTOPAGE ALARMS ONLY. It will allow someone to alert you by tapping on the exact spot where the sensor is located to alert the person who has the paging remote. It will show on the remote but will not trigger the alarm.

Magnetic switch - this sensor is designed to trigger an alarm when the circuit it is connected to is “broken” or opened. Good for tool boxes, tunnel covers, and sliding windows on trucks.

Mini Piezzo siren (dei-513t) - Special-application siren often used as a pain generator inside the vehicle.

Pin switch – this switch is designed to trigger an alarm when the circuit is grounded (pin depressed). Good for car doors, hoods, trunks, tool boxes, and gas tank doors.

Power window kit - this is an aftermarket kit for cars with manual windows only and turns a pair of windows into power windows.

Proximity sensor (field disturbance sensor) – The most effective vehicle-intrusion sensor. This dual zone radar sensor detects moving high-density objects using RF field-disturbance technology. Ideal for convertibles or any application where zone-intrusion protection is desired.

Pulse timer relay - Adjustable (1 to 90 seconds) timer-controlled 30A relay. Activates with a (+) or (-) trigger input. For temporary circuit connect/disconnect applications. For example if your alarms do not have a built in turbo timer you can use this relay to create one. Can be used for remote start systems on diesel engines which do not have a wait to start wire.

Relay – an electronic switch which can be used for multiple applications (ie. Reverse polarity, adding door lock actuator, trunk release solenoids, adding starter kill to a vehicle, and remote turn-on when adding multiple amplifiers to a system)

Shock sensor – this sensor is designed to trigger an alarm on light or heavy impacts and vibrations (standard sensor included with most alarms)

Tilt sensor (digital tilt sensor) - this sensor is designed to trigger an alarm when the vehicle is lifted by a jack or tow truck when the alarm is armed. Recommend to someone is worried about there rims. Sensor will remember the angle of the vehicle before it is armed and will only trigger if angle is changed.

Trunk release solenoid - Interfaces with existing latch or release cable to provide power trunk/hatch release by switch or remote control. Comes with mounting bracket, hardware and momentary switch. Requires relay.

2 window up and down (au93) - window automation system controls the operation of two windows in both directions. Can automatically roll up two power windows when a security system is armed, and will provide “one touch” up and down operation for both factory power window switches. Accepts (-) switch inputs to make interfacing with European style, rest at ignition window systems simple; and the adjustable sensitivity makes it compatible with most factory power windows systems. Windows can also be vented or rolled down completely by remote control, using an auxiliary validity channel of a security system.

2 windows up/down (au934) - Allows operation of two windows in one direction or one motor in two directions. Interfaces with most modular alarms. Great for sunroofs or rear windows

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