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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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K40 – Our Choice for Radar & Laser Detectors

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CAR Audio & Security has been a dealer of K40 product for years.  For several years now, their only unique products were those that were “stealth”, meaning no display was mounted anywhere.  They were basically hidden.  There’s nothing wrong with that, however, they have introduced new features that even the typical window mounted unit has.
K40’s lineup includes the RL100, RL200 and RL360 models.  I’ll briefly describe each but I will give more space to the new features.
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Marine Audio – Tower speakers

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Floatillas, cove parties and wake boarders all have one thing in common.  Their music can never be too loud.  Chris and I bought our wake boarding boat in 2000 when the sport was just becoming popular here in North Carolina.  That summer we were one of 4 wake boarding boats seen on Falls Lake in Raleigh.  Now, 2 out of 3 boats on Falls and most lakes in our area are wake boarding boats.
Why is a wake boarding boat …

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Smartstart with Bluetooth! ~ Remote start your ride with your smartphone.

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Smartstart is a technology created by DEI who is the manufacturer of well-known Viper, Python, Clifford, Sidewinder, Automate and Avital alarms and remote starts.  Basically, your smartphone, with an app of course, will be your remote to lock, unlock, remote start, trunk pop and panic.  There are many features for this product of which I have already blogged in Remote Start Smartly. Click this link: http://teamcaraudio.com/?p=470.  Please refer to that blog entry to get a better understanding before reading further.

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Parking Sensors

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“What’s behind me?”  Look once, look twice.  Is Billy’s bike back there?  How much further to the car in the space behind me?  Look again.  Windows and three mirrors are never enough.  Even in the tiniest of cars there are blind spots.  You may not need a back-up camera but you do want to know exactly how far you have to back up before hitting the wall or car behind you.
Cameras have a concave lens to give the viewer …

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What’s New For 2012? – Pioneer AVIC-Z140BH & AVIC-X940BT

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These two series of units have always been top sellers in our car audio shop in Wake Forest.  They always include sought after features and a price to match.  These two units have a lot of similarities and a few differences with a price difference to match.
First, they both come with AM, FM,CD, USB, AUX, DVD and built in Navigation, Bluetooth hands free and Bluetooth audio streaming.  They both can add satellite radio, back up camera and iPod.  They …

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What’s New for 2012 – Kenwood DNX-9990HD

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The Kenwood DNX-9990HD is the top of the line receiver from Kenwood.  The DNX-9 series unit is always the top of the line with Kenwood but there have been small i$$ues with it in the past.  This year they removed some of those i$$ues and I believe it will sell more often when compared with its counterparts.
This receiver has AM, FM, CD, DVD, USB, AUX and will play many different media files that I will not bother to list.  …

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Toyota 6×9″ Speaker Replacement Woes

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Sometimes I think there is some kind of “Think Tank” that automobile manufacturers attend.  At this “Tank” are a bunch of people who are all devising ways to irritate anyone who dares to replace anything they are generous enough to include in the price of the vehicle.  Toyota has done a great job doing this with their front 6×9” speakers that are in some of their vehicles.
The vehicles that have lucky owners are; 07-11 Camry and FJ Cruiser, 08-11 …

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They Charged What? – JL Audio’s CS113TG-TW5

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Is paying $30 for a subwoofer box, branded and custom built and tuned for your high quality subwoofer too much to pay?  Well if it makes you feel better we would charge much more to build the same thing.
The CS113TG-TW5 is a custom built enclosure designed to house and include the 13” TW5 subwoofer.  The 13TW5-3 is a 3 ohm subwoofer rated at 600 watts RMS and is JL Audio’s first thin line subwoofer.  The technology used for this …

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What’s New For 2012 – Pioneer AVH-P1400DVD

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The AVH-P1400DVD was a bit of a surprise.  This model most closely resembles last year’s AVH-P2300DVD.  It still has a 5.8”, AM/FM/CD/DVD, Front USB and Aux and you can add navigation with the AVIC-U220.
It is still the same radio quality wise for equalizer and power but Pioneer is giving us a treat this year.  Pioneer has expanded the App Radio accessibility.  If the user has an iPhone or iTouch 4 or newer, navigation can be added by using the …

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What’s New For 2012 – Pioneer DEH-6400BT

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I believe the most common new feature of radios in 2012 is Bluetooth.  Not that Bluetooth is new, but it has become a lot less expensive and therefore, more common.  Previously, most brands had only one single din cd receiver with Bluetooth but several with the ability to add it.  That was a silly idea really because if someone really wanted Bluetooth they would buy the one that included it because adding Bluetooth was far more expensive.
This year, Pioneer …

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