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As wife and employee of the business owner, I have decided to start a blog. We hope to, one, educate the consumer on what is new and innovative. Two, share our experience as owners of a business. Three, share some of our custom installs. We welcome comments, but please keep them tasteful and please remember my gentle, female disposition and that I don't claim to be a 12 volt genius.

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What’s New for 2012 – Kenwood DDX419

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One of our favorites this year at C.A.R. Audio & Security is the Kenwood DDX419.  It is not your typical yearly replacement that looks and mostly acts like its predecessor.  It does pretty much look just like the DDX418 but it acts differently.  This is a great DVD Receiver.  It has AM/FM/CD/DVD/USB/Aux/Bluetooth.  It had that last year, too.  What’s new?
This year Kenwood decided to add a few welcoming features.  Last year’s model wouldn’t allow for adding satellite radio.  If …

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Subwoofer Install

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Wonder what the difference is between your “fly by night”, Big Box Store or backyard friend performing installs and coming to an independently owned car audio store?  This is a perfect example.  Please keep following the path of “oh nos” we’ve endured the last week.  This is not an everyday occurrence; however, it’s often enough that we are often hired to fix problems such as these and worse when others attempt them.
Our customer has a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited …

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Remote Start Pointers

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Remote starters are a very popular item for our store.  Most people, like myself, appreciate being able to start their car during extreme temperatures and have their vehicle comfortable when they get in.   Some people have had it installed from the factory on their vehicle and think nothing of it as a feature until they buy a vehicle that does not have it.  Then they start the hunt and often are surprised at their cost and lengthy install.  We often …

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What’s New For 2012 – Pioneer DEH-P8400BH

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The next product in our series of the 2012 line up is the Pioneer DEH-P8400BH.  We received her today.  What do you see that’s different?  What do you see that’s the same?
This receiver has many great qualities that higher end Pioneer receivers have had for a few  years now.  What’s different is, it’s all here; all of it.  No longer is Pioneer white-knuckling the “Price Point” mantra for receivers as they have for the last 2 years or so.  …

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2012 Car Audio Product Review Series – Sony DSXS310BTX

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IMG_0279The new product for 2012 is slowly trickling in.  My goal is to feature the highlights of this year’s products in our blog.  First, I will revisit what I still believe is one of the top products out today and has been since October, 2011.  I have already discussed this unit once before but it’s so good it deserves an encore.
I cannot say enough about Sony’s DSXS310BTX.  As far as I am concerned, this is the only receiver anybody …

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I Don’t Get It

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Maybe that is my major malfunction.  As a nation, heck, Wake Forest as a city and the surrounding areas love cars.  We need our cars.  Unless you live within a certain distance of a business district you cannot take a bus to the mall or work.  So, our cars are loved because they are also necessary.
Our state, like many, has been busy building roads to bypass these business districts so morning and evening commutes are better for the tax …

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CES – How Do I Love Thee?

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Let me count the ways because absence makes the heart grow fonder.  This lover hasn’t been to CES since 2007 and I haven’t been to any other major show, SEMA, since 2009.  It is definitely a time when one is in Vegas and can see more inside than out on the strip.
I do miss it.  However, after 2 days of walking on concrete for 6 hours I always seem to feel, “Eh, I’ve seen this before.”  It’s really the …

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A Very Special Christmas Visit

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How do you like our tree?  It gets a little cuter every year.  The striped Seuss type hat was Chris’ choice for a new addition.  It was that or a red, sequined Fedora.  I wanted the Fedora but I think he picked well.  This blog entry is about our appreciation during this last but special month of the year.
I have been reminded quite a bit recently why it is we, as a car audio shop, may still be here …

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Is that a real jet ski?

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Our usual response to this question is “It used to be.”  This former Polaris was a sad shell when Chris bought it for $50 without an engine.  Chris had the idea that we needed a show piece for our show room.  Our show van was too big and the store seemed so empty without it.  Chris bought the ugly duckling and over about 6 months he, along with other employees, most notably Sam, stripped away all the evidence of Miami …

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Great Sound Comes In Small Packages

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This is a shout out to JL Audio for building what we call here at CAR Audio & Security, “The Breadbox”.  The CP108LG-W3V3 is a ported enclosure with an 8” W3 subwoofer.  This has been a great enclosure for several different vehicles over the last few months since it was released.  It measures 5.25” D(with the grill) x 11”H x 18.625W and will handle up to 250 watts continuously.  We have for the first time been able to add a …

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