Most factory car stereo systems are built as an afterthought to the car. The basic factory radio just can't keep up with the features and sound quality of an aftermarket receiver.
Upgrading to a well featured, high power car stereo is very economical. For less and $200 you can get iPod control, Bluetooth, HD Radio the ability to add a subwoofer and many other features!
These outputs send a signal to external amplifiers. A separate amplifier will sound better than the built-in amp, and play louder too. Most receivers offer at least one preamp output, but many have two or three.
Some receivers have a separate preamp output for a dedicated subwoofer amplifier. Adding a subwoofer is one of the most effective ways of improving overall sound quality in your vehicle. A dedicated subwoofer output from your receiver provides the optimal connection and best bass control.
You can connect a portable MP3 player or even a video source to some receivers. The most common type of connection is a mini-jack in the front, but some in-dash receivers have USB on the front also.
Much like your HDTV is better than your old cable. This just performs much better than traditional radio.
BETTER CD PLAYBACK
Most aftermarket CD players are able to track even badly scratched discs. Some feature electronic skip protection, allowing the player to read ahead on the CD to ensure skip-free playback
Some vehicles have a less-than-ideal stereo location which makes having a remote control a convenient bonus. Plus you can keep your eyes on the road while you make adjustments to your radio
An aftermarket receiver will usually produce more output power than your factory unit, but keep in mind that no receiver can match the power and sound quality of an outboard amplifier.
Most aftermarket receivers have a removable front panel. Take the faceplate with you, and your in-dash receiver is disabled. Anyone peering through your window will see only a plain blank panel or a flashing security light.
CAR AUDIO INSTALLS
CAR STEREO INSTALLATION KITS
Gone are the days of shaft radios and standard cut-outs; vehicles these days come a ton of different dash-design each one seeming to try and outdo the others for smooth integrated looks. This makes for a nice clean interior but can turn adding an aftermarket stereo into a nightmare.
Car Stereo Installation Kits are designed to match the factory dash cut-out and contour allowing you to add a new stereo with having to resort to custom molding plastic. These kits are essential for almost every vehicle on the road today.
Stereo Wiring Harnesses are completely color coded to your new aftermarket stereo's wiring and feature a plug designed to match your vehicle's plug. So if you can match colors and work a wire crimper a Car Stereo Wiring Harness allows you to install your new radio in minutes, and without a degree in electrical engineering assuming you know how to take your dash apart and put it back together again!
CAR STEREO WIRING HARNESSES
AFTER MARKET RECEIVER INTERFACE ADAPTERS
CANBUS, LANBUS, Onstar...all of these vehicle interface protocols can spell nightmares when trying to put a new stereo in your vehicle. That's where an Aftermarket Receiver Interface Adapter comes in. These are designed to easily integrate a new stereo while retaining all of the factory functions such as retained accessory power, door chimes, etc. They are also color coded for easy installation. We recommend to not try and wire around these at it might cause many problems from warning lights on your dash to service technicians not being able to use diagnostic equipment on your car.
If you've got an iPod, MP3 player, CD player, or even a DVD player that you want to hook up to your car stereo, then we've got the adapter for you. The best way to add this to a factory radio is an integration piece that allows you to control your audio device using the buttons on your radio. Next track, previous track, and volume controls are all basic features we take for granted. These adapters integrate these important car stereo features with your device allowing the car to have control. If you're steering wheel radio controls they won't work for your iPod and iPhone also
IPOD/AUXILIARY INPUT ADAPTERS
Let your ears be the judge! Your factory speakers may sound okay to your ears, but have you wondered what better sounds like? It's no secret that factory car speakers are designed to be cost-effective, not great sounding. Quality aftermarket speakers allow you to enjoy your music loud and clear. There are lots of options for every budget and musical preference, as well as different sizes and types to fit whatever you drive. Take the first step to better sound by upgrading your speakers!