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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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2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Radio & Speaker Upgrade

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We recently had the opportunity of upgrading the radio and factory speakers in a brand new 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.  The owner loves Jeeps and has brought one to us in the past.  He quickly came to us after purchasing this new one because of the very poor quality sound from the audio design in the new Jeeps.  I will include pictures and description of all that we did and most likely will update as the install or other customers …

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Apple Car Play & Android Auto 2015

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Just last summer I was saying to myself, “Self, the next big thing will be using your phone on an aftermarket radio without needing HDMI, a bunch of hideous cables and parts, that will be based solely on the phone’s firmware alone whether it be IOS or some weird candy Android comes out with.”  Late last fall, it happened with Apple Car Play.   Android quickly caught up and released their product in Spring of 2015.  Then we got busier …

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2014 Chevy and GMC Truck with Bose Center Dash Speaker Rattle

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This is for a select few people.  If you have a 2014 and newer Chevy or GMC truck or SUV with Bose that has a center channel speaker located in the center of the dash you may be experiencing a very annoying rattle.  If you are, here’s a fix.
We found with our own customer upon inspection the speaker itself was mounted down with only 2 screws and it’s sitting on plastic.  Rattle is inevitable.
First, how do …

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Clarion Marine Factory Speakers

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Do you have a Mastercraft boat or any other boat with factory Clarion speakers?  Is it 3 years old or older?  You’ve noticed lately they don’t seem to sound as loud as they once did or you know one is bad and the others are fine.  Wellll…..the truth is most likely they are all bad and you don’t really notice because you usually listen with the engine running.  Those babies are most likely toast.  Shredded wheat is more like it.

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Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD

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So do you want to know which new unit is ahead of the rest? Kenwood’s DNN990HD is the winner.
I personally prefer an itemized list but I’ll save that for the things that aren’t so typical in a navigation radio. It has all the basics such as 6.95” WVGA touchscreen monitor, 3 preouts, 1 AV in and 1 AV out, ready for SiriusXM, iPod, back up camera and of course, AM/FM/CD/DVD/HD Radio. The …

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Pioneer AVH-X4500BT/AVH-X1500DVD

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These 2 head units are the only Pioneer “DVD without Navigation” receivers we are carrying this year.  Pioneer has made a few upgrades to their AVH line for 2013 that deserve a little recognition.
First, the AVH line as a whole has far better improved screen quality and graphics.  When we first saw the literature for this in an email we assumed the better graphics and color were due to photo shopping.  However, to see it in person is to …

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Mercedes-Benz Remote Start & GPS Tracking

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For those not in the know, most car audio shops like us, CAR Audio & Security, sell and install only one manufacturer of alarm and remote starts.  Of all the ones available DEI is probably the largest.  They manufacture Python, Clifford, Avital, Sidewinder, Automate and Viper.  We sell Viper and Avital in our store.  Now that the background is out of the way, I’d like to let you all know about DEI’s newest product; integrating remote start to a Mercedes …

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New Pioneer CD Receivers for 2013 ~ DEH-X6500BT

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Two years ago the least expensive CD receiver offered from Pioneer was the DEH-7300BT and it did not include audio streaming.  This year, Pioneer is offering 2 CD receivers with Bluetooth and audio streaming for at least $50 less than the 7300BT.  We have chosen for now to only carry one of those 2 CD receivers with Bluetooth for one main reason; common sense.  The DEH-X6500BT is only $10 more than its little brother, DEH-X4500BT, and it offers 5 more …

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New Pioneer CD Receivers for 2013 ~ DEH-X3500UI

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As of right now, Pioneer has released 7 new CD receivers for 2013; and there will be more to come later this fall.   CAR Audio & Security carries most of those and the DEH-X3500UI is one of them.   For our Pioneer line-up, it is the least expensive CD receiver with a USB input and a wired remote input to integrate to your factory steering wheel controls for audio.
This radio is much like 2012’s DEH-3500UB except for a few updates.  …

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NEW FOR 2013 – Pioneer FH-X700BT

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Pioneer definitely had an itch to scratch because they have already released the first half of their CD Receiver line up.  They are like department stores with their Holiday decorations; they come out earlier every year.
First up this year is a radio I like to call, “Vegas”.  I say that because it’s big and has a lot of bright lights.  This is a double din sized, CD receiver that can be mild to flashy depending on your mood.  It …

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