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Understanding Amplifiers: A Mini Buyer’s Guide for Amplifiers

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  • On September 11, 2017
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  • amplifier, Audio Express, car audio, power, speakers, subwoofer
If you’re not getting the sound you want out of your speakers, or you’re thinking about adding subwoofers to add some better sound to your system, you should consider adding an amplifier to your system. What an amplifier does An amplifier increases the power of the audio signal that travels from your receiver to your speakers or subwoofers by increasing the wattage output. Car stereo receivers are limited as to the strength of signal they can send to your speakers, typically insufficient power resulting in poor sound. An amplifier takes that signal in, increases its power and then sends the amplified signal to your speakers, resulting in a crisper, cleaner, more powerful sound. Types of amplifiers Amplifiers come in a variety of types. Mono amps have a single channel, meaning they can only increase power to a single type of speaker, usally subwoofers. Mono amplifiers are standard in amp and sub combos, like the Kicker 11HSB Compact Amp and Sub enclosure. For your regular car speakers, a four-channel amplifier will provide power to all of your car’s speakers. A five-channel amplifier will power your car’s four speakers as well as a subwoofer. Power and heat Amplifiers should be installed by a professional for best results. They require a direct connection to your car’s battery for power, and a professional can install the power cable so it is perfectly hidden inside your vehicle. Also, some amplifiers produce an amount of heat and need to be installed in a well ventilated location in your vehicle for best performance and to keep them from shutting off in thermal protection mode. What the ideal amplifier includes The ideal amplifier should have a high enough power output (wattage) to power the speakers or subwoofers you have in your vehicle, without under or overpowering them. A gain control allows you to match the RCA signal voltage coming in from your stereo, and balance it to the output from the amplifier to your speakers. A Gain IS NOT a volume control, and not using it or setting it correctly typically results in blown woofers or severely shortened speaker life. And finally, the ideal amplifier will be small enough to easily fit in your vehicle, while still providing the output you need. Why you should add an amplifier to your car If you are thinking about adding a subwoofer, like this Alpine subwoofer, then you will need an amp because your car stereo does not have the ability to power the subwoofer on its own. Another reason to add a subwoofer is to improve the sound quality out of your current speakers, by allowing the woofer to handle the lower frequencies, letting your full range speakers play without the strain or distortion of trying to reproduce frequencies they are not meant to play. Where Can I Find Quality Audio Components? So stop by one of our convenient Audio Express and Quality Auto Sound locations and talk to one of our trained car audio professionals about which car amplifier is best for you. If you have more questions about amplifiers, feel free to contact us online. And remember, we offer the lowest rates available for professional installation. 
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Audio Express Guide to Speaker Issues

What’s That Sound? Mini Guide To Speaker Issues

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  • On September 5, 2017
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  • Audio Express, car audio, clipping, popping, Quality Auto Sound, sound system, speakers, troubleshoot
Are your car stereo speakers not working the way you want them to? Maybe there is popping and crackling from one or more speaker, or maybe there is no sound coming from one, or you’re just not getting the volume or clarity you should be. Let’s discuss how to troubleshoot speakers so you can get back to rocking out on your daily commute. There are several speaker issues that can lead to poor quality or no sound. Fixing your speakers can be a simple fix – or may require replacement or upgrade. Connection A common problem, especially with speakers that weren’t professionally installed, are the wiring connections. A faulty connection can be anything from mismatched wiring to loose wiring and can cause intermittent loss of sound or low volume output. Checking the connection is the best first step when troubleshooting car speakers. Typically factory installed speakers have a plug that clips in, so if you have the stock speakers and no sound, always check the connection first, but most times it’s a sign your vehicle is ready for an upgrade. Grounding The next thing to check is the stereo’s grounding. If the ground wire is not properly connected to an unpainted solid metal point on the vehicle, the stereo will not be able to push sound to the speakers with any level of consistent power or quality. This can also cause the stereo to flicker, or turn on and off intermittently. Amplifiers If you aren’t getting the volume you desire out of your speakers, or the sound quality drops at higher volumes, your stereo may not be pushing enough power to your speakers to give you the clarity and sound you want. This is a standard issue with factory stereos, and can easily be fixed by upgrading your receiver or adding an amplifier in between the receiver and speakers. If you determine that this is the resolution you need, our trained Car Audio Professionals can help you find the perfect upgrade for your needs. Blown Speakers The final thing to check for is a blown-out speaker, the most common cause of speakers failing. If a speaker has recently had a drop in volume output or produces a crackle, static or distortion when trying to produce sound, or no sound at all, it may be blown. This means the voice coil that creates the sound is damaged, due to excessive volume and heat, or time. When you turn on the car or stereo initially, there will usually be a small “pop” from the speaker causing the problem. This can also cause the stereo to go into “protect” mode and output no sound at all. This protects the radio from a blown or shorted speaker. Sometimes you can tell by looking at the speaker. If there is damage in the cone, the foam surround has rotted away, or the speaker feels frozen when you gently push on the cone, it is blown and needs to be replaced. Most factory speakers are made from low quality materials, like thin paper cones and weak foam surrounds that dry-rot away after just a couple years in today’s harsh environments. Luckily, it’s straightforward to buy car speakers online thanks to our easy-to-navigate website, or check out one of our locations to hear the sound quality before you buy. We’re Here to Help So stop by any one of our convenient Audio Express or Quality Auto Sound locations and talk to one of our car audio professionals about troubleshooting speaker problems in your car today. If you can’t make it into a store, then contact us through our website to help with any of your questions. Order from our selection of the best speakers online, and let us professionally install your new speakers to avoid any of the common issues with car speakers. Remember, we offer installation at the lowest rates available.
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Audio Express Car Alarm Systems

How to Choose the Perfect Car Alarm System

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On July 30, 2017
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  • alarm system, antitheft, Audio Express, Code Alarm, Viper Alarm
For most people, a vehicle is like a second home. It’s a place we spend a lot of our time on any given day. The addition of a car alarm is a good way to help protect your investment and your belongings. Today, car alarms are easier than ever to use and provide you with incredible functionality, such as arming or disarming the alarm and locking or unlocking your doors from your smartphone, all while protecting your vehicle from auto theft and vandalism. Modern Conveniences Choosing a car alarm is a lot like choosing an alarm for your home, and it is important to know what features you want. Today’s car alarms can give you information about your car’s condition, keep your car from starting through a kill switch, and with the addition of the correct sensors, can notice motion within the vehicle, alert you if the windows are broken and even alert you if your vehicle tilts (in cases of towing or being picked up and moved). Additionally, car alarms can include GPS location monitoring and can link directly to your smart phone, allowing you to check your vehicle no matter where you are as long as you have a cell phone signal. Many times, people think their factory remote is an alarm because the horn honks. This is far from the truth, and gives too many consumers a false sense of security. Most factory systems do not offer a shock sensor, meaning people can break the window and steal your belongings and cause significant damage to your vehicle. Content theft is a common occurrence, and simply having an aftermarket alarm, with the flashing LED light as a warning, can really help deter potential thieves. Don’t become their next victim and risk higher insurance rates, protect your car with an alarm. Some insurance companies even offer discounts when you vehicle is protected with an aftermarket system! Prices to Fit Any Budget At Audio Express, we offer several car alarm systems at a wide range of prices and features. One of our recommended vehicle security systems is the Code Alarm CA1053. This system comes with four remote controls and a 125-decibel siren that can stand up to the elements. Additionally, this system offers a silent mode that alerts you discreetly, as well as a hijack mode that lets you kill the engine without causing damage to your vehicle. Another great system is the Viper Alarm 3606V that has a six-tone, 120 dB siren to alert you to trouble. This system senses vibration and unauthorized door openings, and if your system is armed your car won’t be able to start without the key fob disarming it. Another great feature that can be added to a car alarm system is remote start. Gone are the days of getting into an ice cold or boiling hot vehicle. With a remote start system all you have to do is push a button and your car will start up (even if you are thousands of miles away with the smartphone upgrade module). We have you covered with great car alarms with integrated remote start systems from both Viper and Code Alarm. Audio Express For more information, or any questions, visit one of our many Audio Express locations and speak with one of our trained auto technicians today! Can’t make it into our store, no worries! Any questions you have can be answered through our feature, and don’t forget to check out our current specials! And remember, we offer the lowest install prices available!
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Audio Express Subwoofer Buying Guide

Subwoofer Buying Guide

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  • On July 29, 2017
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  • Audio Express, buyers guide, buying guide, component, loaded enclosure, powered enclosure, sub box, subwoofer
Is your car audio system not giving you the bass your music deserves? Maybe it’s time to add a subwoofer or two in order to get the thump you desire! With a professionally installed subwoofer, your stereo will be able to produce sound with quality and depth beyond what your door speakers alone are capable of. So Many Choices! There are a variety of subwoofers available these days, and it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what you need for your system. This guide, along with assistance from our car audio professionals at Audio Express, will help you pick the perfect subwoofer for your car and musical tastes. You will want to consider what type of subwoofer you want, and then you’ll need to decide what size, power and other features you want. Subwoofer types Component subwoofers are the most popular type of subwoofer for audiophiles because they allow you to build a system to your specifications. Component subwoofers are sold as just the speaker and will require an enclosure and amplifier for power, which can add to the cost. The advantage to this is that you get to choose the enclosure and amplifier that are right for you. Enclosures can be purchased to hold one or more speakers. The right powered amplifier can improve the quality of your subwoofer’s sound. Loaded subwoofer enclosures, also known as enclosed subwoofers, come pre-installed in an enclosure, saving time and money on installation, and will still require a separate amplifier to power. The advantage to enclosed subwoofers is that they are quick and easy to install; however, if you want to add more subs, they will take up more space in your vehicle. They are most commonly sold in sealed enclosures that produce a crisp, powerful bass, or ported enclosures that give you extra output and volume, and play lower than a typical sealed enclosure. Another major advantage is you know the air space of the box is exactly correct for the best performance from your new woofer. Amplified subwoofer enclosures, or powered subwoofers, are the all in one of the subwoofer world. Sealed in an enclosure with its own built-in amplifier, they are simple to install, and often smaller than component or enclosed subwoofers, allowing for under-the-seat and other space-saving installation. These also tend to be perfectly matched in power and air space, as it is an all in one solution right form the manufacturer. Size Most subs are available in 8-, 10-, 12- and 15-inch diameters. While larger speakers can produce louder and lower sounds, they also usually take up more space. Additionally, smaller speakers with the right power and enclosure can push out tighter, cleaner sound, but will never play as low as the larger speakers. If you drive a pickup with limited space, you’ll want to go for a subwoofer that makes the most sense, but if you’ve got a nice big trunk, or SUV, that the larger speakers will fit in, then you can enjoy the extra volume of the larger subs. Many of today’s leading manufacturers like JL Audio and Kicker off great solutions for trucks with woofers as large as 12 inches, so you can get the sound you want, no matter what you drive! Power To get the best sound you need quality power. So pay attention to RMS power ratings as you shop for your subwoofers. The RMS 500-watt power of the Kicker 43CWR122 sub will play much louder than the RMS 150-watt power of Kicker’s 11HS8 Compact Amp and Sub Enclosure, due to the extra cone space and air movement of a 12” woofer versus 8”, and the additional power pushing the speaker. That’s not to say that the 11HS8 won’t give you the sound you’re looking for; it is a compact powered sub that will fit in many places other won’t, like under a seat, and still produce amazing low frequency sounds. Great sound in your subwoofer doesn’t only rely on its power rating; it also needs an amplifier that can push the power from the receiver to the speaker. If you want to run a pair of Kicker 43CWR122’s then you’ll want to find an amplifier that can match the RMS power, like the Kicker 43CXA1200.1 Mono Amplifier, which can push 1,200 watts at 2 ohms, matching the impedance and power rating of the subwoofers. Other Considerations Other things to consider when shopping for subwoofers are sensitivity, impedance, frequency range and number of voice coils. Sensitivity is just as important as power to the sub. The higher the decibel (dB) frequency, the less power is required to produce sound, meaning it’s a more efficient woofer. Impedance, measured in ohms, affects how much signal can run from your amplifier to your subwoofer. Matching your amplifier and subwoofer in impedance can lead to a massive improvement in sound quality. Frequency tells you how low of a frequency the sub can play. The lower the minimum hertz (Hz) the lower the sound the sub is capable of producing. The typical subwoofer only has one voice coil; however, dual voice coil (DVC) subs are becoming more popular and more widely available, and DVC subwoofers allow for a variety of wiring options for optimization of sound, and give you more flexibility on amplifier choices. Audio Express If you have questions about your car or a specific product, Ask Lui online and while you’re there, don’t forget to check out our regular specials. At Audio Express, we want you to drive home happy with the car audio system you want, so if you don’t have the cash and don’t want to wait, we offer special financing. For more information, stop by one of our convenient Audio Express or Quality Auto Sound locations, where one of our trained car audio professionals will help you pick out the perfect subwoofer set up for your car and schedule an installation with the lowest installation rates available.
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Audio Express Marine Audio Speakers Subwoofers Amps

Your Guide to Marine Sound

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  • On July 29, 2017
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  • audio, Audio Express, boat, lake, marine, summer, watercraft, waterproof
No matter where you live, everyone wants to be on the water during the sizzling summer months. On those days, relaxing in a boat and listening to your favorite tunes can be exactly what you need to escape the daily grind. This means that you should make sure that your boat’s audio system is top-notch. Understand the Components Choosing the right audio equipment for your boat is vital, and the options are extensive. One of the most important aspects of choosing your audio components is making sure your equipment is going to stand up to any exposure to water, salt and adverse weather you may encounter. Luckily, Audio Express has everything you’ll need, including professional installation, to guarantee that you will be ready to hit the water. The main marine audio equipment categories to consider when building your system are receivers, speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers and remotes that will give you control of your system from anywhere on your boat. Marine Recievers When it comes to receivers, we have equipment for every price range. For those looking for something affordable that will still give you great quality and durability, the Kenwood KMR-D765BT Marine Receiver will give you access to SiriusXM (with the addition of an added tuner), Bluetooth, MP3/WMA playback and subwoofer controls at a great price, plus you can purchase additional remote controllers for placement in swim steps on near the steering wheel, as many times boat stereos are far from the driver. If you’re looking for a receiver that has all those features, as well as a more rugged frame, a weather band tuner, optional remote and a larger 3.5-inch color display, the JL Audio MM100S Marine Audio Receiver might be just what you’re looking for. Marine Speakers The speaker, amplifier and subwoofer setup you choose is just as important as the receiver, and our audio professionals can help you make the right decision. We have a wide range of marine speakers, ranging from 6.5-inch to 8.8-inch speakers that provide great sound, and the marine protective coating will give you years of enjoyment on the water. If you’re looking for the deep bass that only a subwoofer can provide, we offer marine subwoofers that don’t require a dedicated enclosure and will give the low-range sound you are looking for. These are called Infinite baffle style subs, and can be cut into many spots in boats to give great sound without loss of space. We want your time on the water to be full of fun, excitement and to be punctuated by awesome sound from equipment that will stand up to the elements. You will want a system that works for your boat, has the features you want and gives the sharp sound you expect. Audio Express To find your perfect set up, come to one of our Audio Express many store locations and talk to one of our trained audio specialists, or visit the marine stereo section of our website. And don’t forget that Audio Express offers financing options to get you exactly what you want with an affordable payment option.
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Understanding electrical resistance is vital to properly coordinating a quality sound system and Audio Express breaks it down for you here! Call us today!

Understanding Ohms and Why They Matter in Your Car Audio System

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  • On July 28, 2017
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  • amp, amplifier, electrical, ohms, resistance, subwoofers, wires, wiring
We’ve all seen the word ohm, or the symbol Ω, when shopping for speakers and amplifiers. But what exactly does it mean, and why does it matter? Ohms represent impedance on the audio signal from your amplifier to your speakers. So the lower the impedance, the more signal can travel from the amp to the speaker. To give a visual explanation, think of the speaker as a pipe, the audio signal as water and the amplifier as the pump. The wider the pipe, the less impedance there is for the water to move through it. Balance of Power The reason this is important for your car audio system is because you want to make sure that speakers and amplifier can handle each other’s power, and the ohm load matches correctly. If your amplifier is more powerful than your speakers, you can burn out your speakers. Conversely, if your speakers have a lower impedance than the rating your amplifier, the amplifier will end up working too hard, and either burn out or shut down in protection mode, to avoid burning out. Many lower quality amplifiers do not have protection circuitry, and could potentially cause a fire in the event of too low of an ohm load, so always make sure you purchase a quality, name brand product. Either way, it hurts your audio system, and could potentially be dangerous. If you want to run two Alpine SWR-12D2 subwoofers in your car, then you will want to find an amplifier that meets its overall 2-ohm rating, since these woofers are dual 2 ohm voicecoils. The JL Audio RD1000/1d Mono Amplifier would be a perfect match, or if you want to run just one Alpine SWR12D4 woofer, the Alpine MRV-M500 Mono Amplifier would be a great choice, as it will put out a solid 500 watts of RMS at 2 ohm. Wiring While this is pretty straight forward, it does get complicated when dealing with a multiple speaker system and the variety of different wiring options. Wiring speakers in series, which means one speaker is wired from its negative to the other speaker’s positive, the impedance is doubled – so two 2-ohm speakers wired in series have a total impedance of 4 ohms. However, if the speakers are wired in parallel, meaning they are wired positive to positive and negative to negative, then the total impedance becomes the impedance of one speaker divided by the number of speakers. Two 2-ohm speakers wired in parallel end up with a total impedance of 1 ohm. Because of these variables, it is important to have an experienced professional install your new amplifier and speaker system. Our professional installation technicians will install your system to optimize sound quality and prolong the life of your equipment. Many times, ohm’s law gets confusing for people, and 1 ohm is very close to a potential dead short, which could always cause electrical issues, so it’s best to keep the overall ohm load at 2 ohms or above. Audio Express For more information, stop by one of our convenient Audio Express locations, and talk to one of our trained car audio professionals. If you want to know more without leaving the house, you can always Ask Liu. And remember: We offer the lowest install prices available.
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Audio Express Must-Have Car Accessories 2017

Five Must Have Car Accessories for 2017

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  • On July 28, 2017
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  • accessories, Audio Express, backup camera, camera, dash camera, dashcam, touch screen
If you’re looking for 2017’s must-have automotive technologies, Audio Express is the place to go. We have everything from car audio receivers with the latest technologies to the best safety and convenience gadgets. Here are five must-haves for 2017. Touchscreen Display Avoid the frustration of locating a small, barely illuminated button by upgrading to one of our many receivers with touchscreen display. With the Kenwood DDX-394-Sat receiver you get the advantage of a 6.2-inch touchscreen display along with dual phone Bluetooth connectivity and the satellite radio tuner included. If you’re looking for something with a smaller in-dash footprint, then the Jensen VX3014 Single Din Touchscreen Stereo is one of many options we carry with a motorized touchscreen that slides out to reveal a 7-inch touchscreen and access to all of your receiver technologies and apps like Pandora, Spotify and SiriusXM. Subwoofers If your stereo isn’t giving you the bass you desire, maybe it’s time to add a subwoofer or two. The Kicker 43CWRT122 12 Inch Comp Subwoofer is designed to conveniently fit any vehicle and pump 500 watts of sound, giving you the hard-hitting bass you want. Back-Up Camera If you’re tired of not knowing what’s behind you as you back out of the driveway, a back-up camera is just the tool you need. Easily able to send video to your touchscreen display, rearview mirror or even a stand-alone monitor, a back-up camera will provide you with peace of mind, knowing you can see the world behind your vehicle as you’re backing out or into a parking spot. Remote Start Get into your car comfortably in the blistering heat of summer or bitter cold of winter with remote start. With the ability to start your car from the comfort of your home or office, your car will be the perfect temperature when you are ready to get in. Dash Camera Whether you want to document your drive on a scenic highway or capture your rough off-road experience, a dash camera will record video of every trip without the bouncy motion-sickness-inducing quality of your passenger’s cell phone recording. You can also protect yourself from fraud and higher insurance rates with a DVR dash cam. While witnesses of a car accident can have different stories, a dash camera will always tell the truth. Audio Express For more information, stop by one of our many conveniently located Audio Express locations and talk to one of our car audio professionals. If you don’t have time to come by, but still want answers, feel free to Ask Lui. While you’re there, check out our weekly specials. And remember, at Audio Express, we offer the lowest install prices around. Don’t forget to check out our amazing financing options.
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Buying Guide: What You Need to Know about Headrest Monitors

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  • On July 5, 2017
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  • Audio Express, headrest monitor, monitor, movie, television, tv, video game
There are plenty of reasons you should consider installing a headrest video monitor or combination headrest monitor and DVD player in your vehicle. Slim and compact, they take up little space in the vehicle, but deliver lots of entertainment value. Units can be integrated into headrests or attached directly to the factory headrest’s post, allowing them to be compatible with many of today’s newer vehicles equipped with active headrest features. Plug and Play DVD Headrests Plug and play systems are essentially pre-installed within a replacement headrest. Installation requires little more than removing the existing headrest and plugging the replacement into the vehicle’s entertainment system.  Custom Installed Headrest DVD Players Vehicle owners who want to maintain the factory aesthetics of their vehicle love custom installed headrest DVD players. Installation of these systems requires cutting into the existing headrest and flushing the monitor inside. The main advantage to this type of system is that it blends seamlessly into the overall interior of the vehicle. Custom Factory Look and Fit Headrest DVD Players Another option for vehicle owners who prefer aftermarket quality when it comes to picture quality and playback options, but want the same factory look, is our OEM custom headrests. Made to OEM specifications, even down to the exact leather pattern, color and grain, these will look like they came right from the factory. You can even have your vehicle model stitched onto the headrest. For consumers interested in this option, Audio Express offers special order factory-matched head rests with your choice of 7 or 8 inch screens with the highest quality DVD player available. Choosing Integrated or Self-Contained Systems Another question you need to determine is whether you want an integrated system or one that is self-contained. Integrated systems can be connected to a DVD head unit, which makes it possible to share media on multiple screens and the speaker system within the vehicle. These do require a little more wiring, but the results can keep the whole family entertained on long road trips. Conversely, you may prefer a self-contained system, which requires little more than connecting it to the car’s power supply, and typically enjoying sound thru a separate wireless IR headphone. These systems include either an LED or LCD backlit monitor, DVD player and speakers or an audio output. This limits the ability to share the entertainment being enjoyed, but it gives everyone the flexibility to enjoy their favorite programming in peace.     Sorting Through Features Galore There are more than a few additional features you should look for when installing a vehicle entertainment package. Built-in video games, remote controls and, of course, USB ports and extra headphone jacks are features that you may want to include. The key to selecting the right features is to determine your existing needs and forecast the features that would be most beneficial to the members of your family. Audio Express We invite you to contact Audio Express to learn more about our in-vehicle DVD players and headrest monitors and to discover the many entertainment options we have available. We will be happy to answer your questions and show you why you can rely on our quality guarantee. 
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Audio Express Protect Your Car From Theft

Is Your City a Hot Bed For Car Theft? Tips To Keep Your Vehicle Safe

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  • On July 5, 2017
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  • anti-theft, Audio Express, car alarm, grand theft auto, keyless entry, theft
It seems car theft is on the rise again, and according to an article by U.S. News last December, Albuquerque now has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of car theft. Check out the article to see if your city is in the top 10. Either way, it’s a good idea to protect your car from theft no matter where you live. Car theft is as likely in Manchester, MO, as in Phoenix, AZ. Here are some tips and tricks on how to protect your car. Inconvenience Most car thieves are looking for a quick and easy car to steal. If it looks like your car will take too long to steal, they’ll often move on. When parked, leave all windows closed and your doors locked. Never leave your car running when unattended. Also, never leave your keys in the car. Park in well-lit, high-traffic areas where thieves don’t want to be seen. Install an Anti-Theft System There are a variety of anti-theft systems available on the market today, and each has advantages and disadvantages. Cheap and simple: The Club and similar devices are a visible deterrent to car thieves, and marketed by claiming it will take some work to get your vehicle moving. Unfortunately, these devices are very easy to bypass. Highly technical: Another option is a hidden kill switch that blocks power to your starter. Unfortunately, while this is highly effective, it is expensive to have professionally done versus buying a good alarm system, and you don’t get any convenience features like keyless entry or remote start. If done wrong as a DIY project, it can lead to potential expensive repairs. Technical and efficient: The best route to go for protecting your vehicle is a quality alarm system. A system like the Viper Alarm 5305V is a great choice because of all of the features and options. The Failsafe Starter Kill, for example, works much like a kill switch, but instead of being controlled by a hidden switch, it’s automatically activated when your alarm is activated. The Stinger Double Guard Shock Sensor will trigger a warning tone on a light bump to the vehicle, and a full alarm with a heavy bump. And, the 5305V will allow you to lock and unlock your vehicle, PLUS start it with the push of a button. Another great feature you can add to this system is the Viper SmartStart module, which gives you access to your car’s alarm system through your smart phone. Upgrade to the Viper SmartStart module with GPS and you can keep track of your vehicle’s location. False Sense of Security: Don’t be fooled! Many times, people mistake their factory convenience system for a security system, because it honks the horn. Most of these systems have no shock sensor, meaning your vehicle is wide open to content theft. Anyone passing by, can easily break a window, and steal your radio, laptop, or anything else left in your vehicle while you’re away. Audio Express Stop by any of our Audio Express stores and consult one our Car Audio Professionals for information on our low install rates. And if you have any questions, just Ask Lui.
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Audio Express 5 Things to Know About Speakers

5 Things You Should Know about Car Speaker Installation

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  • On July 4, 2017
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  • amplifier, Audio Express, coaxial, component, sound, speakers
Are you not getting the sound out of your car stereo that you had hoped? Bass not thumping the way you’d like? Maybe it’s time to upgrade your speakers. Here are some important things to consider before installing new speakers. Power If you’re keeping your factory stereo, you may want to consider an external amplifier in addition to new speakers. Most factory stereos don’t offer much power; without an external amplifier, upgrading speakers will give you a little better sound. But for more volume and clarity, more power is necessary and an amplifier will get the job done. If you’ve already upgraded your stereo, look at the user manual that came with it to discover its output. Depending on the receiver, it is likely to have enough power for your new speakers, but higher end speakers an component sets will always perform better with more power than what an aftermarket stereo provides. Sound Range Which sound range is most important to you? If you want more low-end bass, then it might be a good idea to add a subwoofer to your speaker system. The right subwoofer will provide a great amount of low range sound as you listen to your favorite songs. It’s not all about the “thump;” even high end home audio systems always have a subwoofer to give the complete range of sound. If you’re looking for more of the high level, consider a pair of imaging tweeters to increase the high range quality and sound stage. Then again, a great speaker system utilizes a perfect combination of high-, mid- and low-range capabilities, so adding or upgrading your tweeters and subwoofer at the same time as upgrading your mid-range speakers will help you achieve the best sound possible. Speaker System Most speakers fall into two types of systems: component and coaxial. Component is a combination of high-, mid- and/or low-range specific speakers as mentioned above. Coaxial speakers are designed to handle the full spectrum of sound ranges. They are cheaper and easier to install, but pale in comparison to the sound staging and imaging of a component speaker system. Speaker Size Every vehicle is designed with preset speaker sizes, as speakers typically are hidden in your door’s kick panel or other areas to provide the best sound in the safest location. Our Car Audio Professionals can help you determine which speakers will fit your car. Just because a speaker is 6 inches x 9 inches doesn’t mean it will fit your car’s 6” x 9” location. Other factors like speaker depth, basket size or tweeter height can change the fit. Best option is to consult a professional to make sure you get the best fit for your vehicle. Get the Job Done Right at Audio Express Installing new speakers, especially component speakers, can be a tricky job. There are many things to consider, from wiring, to tweeter placement and the best acoustic for your specific vehicle. At Audio Express, our experienced Car Audio Professionals offer installation at the lowest rates available, so stop by one of our locations to talk about upgrading your speakers.
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