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How much is a remote car starter

How much is a remote car starter?

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On January 12, 2017
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How much is a remote car starter? The price of a remote car starter can vary widely, depending on the features a buyer wants. At Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound we believe customers should get real value for their money so we are authorized retailers for brands such as Viper and Code Alarm. Our least expensive model from those trusted manufacturers is priced at $99.99 for an activation unit and one-way keychain remote control. There is an additional interface module required for virtually every vehicle on the road. The most common of those is an additional $99.99, which includes installation and programming to match your vehicle. That makes a total of about $200 for a remote start installed. Other stand-alone remote starters have additional features such as longer range, diesel compatibility and two-way communication so you can see what’s happening with your vehicle. Some models will automatically start your vehicle at a certain time, or start the engine when the temperature falls below a pre-set level. There are even remote starter packages for standard transmission vehicles. Of course, systems become more expensive as you add features. Often remote car starters are part of more complex packages that include keyless entry or even complete vehicle security. You should expect the price of a quality security system with remote starter to start somewhere in the $250 range, plus the cost of the interface module for your vehicle. Two-way control systems are usually higher. One option that is becoming very popular is a system that can be controlled from your smartphone. The price of these varies depending on what features you want on your phone. At the high end, you can see where your vehicle is at all times, and how fast it’s being driven. You can also build an electronic “fence” so you are paged if the vehicle leaves a designated area. When you come into Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound you can be assured you are getting the lowest installed price in town on your remote car starter.  
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How much does it cost to install a remote starter

How much does it cost to install a remote starter?

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On January 12, 2017
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How much does it cost to install a remote starter? The cost to install a remote starter is kept a mystery at many retailers. The good news is, when you purchase your remote starter (or any other security system) at Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound, the installation cost for the “brain” is just $1. If you purchase the hardware elsewhere and bring it to us for installation, our rate is $80 per hour. All newer vehicles require an interface module, which must be programmed for the specific make and model. There is an extra installation charge for that part of the process, frequently as little as $99. Let’s take a moment right here to stress one point: unless you are very good at 12-volt electronics, you do NOT want to attempt the installation of a remote start yourself. No matter how many manuals you have read and how many videos you watched, there is a real danger of doing serious damage to your vehicle. Complicated, computer-controlled systems have a very low tolerance for mistakes. A remote starter is often part of a larger package that includes complete vehicle security and convenience. There may be some additional installation charges for the most complicated systems. Additional installation charges are also possible when adding remote starter to some of the more exotic car models, or if you have standard transmission. Buying your remote starter from Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound, and having it installed at the same time has several benefits: First, our installation experts do the job every day. They know all the makes of cars and know how to avoid common problems. Second, we feature top brands such as Viper and Code Alarm, which are known around the world for their quality and reliability. With a name brand unit and installation by an authorized retailer you have a warranty that will be honored anywhere. Finally, when you leave your Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound location, you know you have purchased your remote starter at the lowest installed price in town.  
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What is a two way speaker system

What is a two way speaker system?

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On December 21, 2016
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What is a two way speaker system? In automotive parlance a two way speaker system usually refers to a component package consisting of a woofer, a separate tweeter, and a set of crossovers. These components are designed to provide greater flexibility in locating each of the elements and more accurate sound reproduction. By separating the tweeters from the woofers serious audiophiles can create what is known as imaging, which causes different elements of the music to seem to come from different locations. Typically vehicle owners want to the vocalist “front and center” with the instruments lower and in the background. Although the more common coaxial speakers have a woofer and a tweeter, their one-piece design means it is difficult or impossible to create the “soundstage” effect that is the attraction of two way systems. The buyer of two way components is looking for the extra level of quality sound in their car speakers. There are three components at work to produce the sound: Woofers handle low to mid-range frequencies. These come in a variety of sizes but 6-1/2 inch is common. They are often mounted in factory locations in the doors, in the opening left when the factory coaxial speakers were removed. The much smaller tweeters produce the high range frequencies, such as female vocalists. Buyers often want tweeters in specific locations, which may require custom installation. The third essential part of a two way system is crossovers. The job of the crossovers is to send higher-pitched sound to the tweeters and lower tones to the woofers. This assures that neither speaker is wasting energy or creating distortion by trying to reproduce sounds for which it is not built. Many component two way systems are built to handle much more power than factory systems. This invites the use of an amplifier to boost the signal from the source unit and take full advantage of the available volume. Using the crossovers, it is also possible to limit the low range sound going to the component woofer and add a subwoofer for fuller bass. Come in to Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound and join our professionals to explore all the possibilities of a two way speaker system in your vehicle.
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What is a full range speaker

What is a full range speaker?

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On December 21, 2016
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What is a full range speaker? In general, the term full range speaker refers to a single unit that is designed to produce a range of sounds from very high to quite low. In car speakers this is most often accomplished by using two separate speakers, a large woofer for low tones and a small tweeter for high tones, mounted in the same frame. The most common design is what is known as coaxial speakers. That means the small tweeter is mounted in front of the larger woofer, with magnets centered on the same axis, which gives the name coaxial. Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound is a great place to see various sizes designed to fit your vehicle. We stock top name brand products in a wide variety of price ranges. Full range speakers are widely used by automobile manufacturers because they are relatively inexpensive to produce and provide the most music using the least space. It is very likely the speakers that came from the factory in your vehicle are coaxial unless you paid for a high-end factory sound system. Designs using two speakers are the most common, but there are models that feature three or four separate speakers in a single housing. These provide more accurate sound since each speaker is selecting only the range it reproduces best. Since available sizes and shapes range from 5.25 inch round units to 6×9 inch or larger models to match certain factory openings, it is a simple matter to find high-quality replacements for failing factory car speakers. Each speaker in the pair will include a tweeter that is less than an inch in diameter. The sound quality and durability of the speakers is determined by the materials manufacturers use in the cones and magnets. The professional staff at Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound will be happy to demonstrate the improvement that is possible by installing full range speakers.  
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What is a coaxial speaker

What is a coaxial speaker?

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On December 16, 2016
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What is a coaxial speaker? A Coaxial speaker is actually two separate speakers combined within a single basket. The larger of the two speakers, called the woofer, is designed to handle the low sounds of the music. A smaller tweeter produces the high sounds. The tweeter is usually mounted in the center of the woofer, which is the source of the term, coaxial. With a wide range of sizes and price ranges provided by the top names in the industry, Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound is a great place to learn all the details. These speakers have become common in the automobile industry because they produce the most music using the least space. They also have the advantage of being less expensive to produce compared to other designs. Unless you paid for a high-end factory sound system, it is very likely the car speakers that came from the factory in your vehicle are coaxial. Although systems with two speakers are the most common, there are speaker designs that comprise three or even four separate speakers in one housing. These provide more detailed sound since each speaker is selecting only the range it reproduces best. Sizes and shapes of coaxial speakers range from 5.25 inch round units to much larger designs such as 6×9 speakers. Tweeters may be less than an inch in diameter. The quality of the sound and durability of the speakers is determined to a large extent by the materials used in the cones by different manufacturers. Experts on car audio are in general agreement that replacing factory car speakers with higher-grade aftermarket speakers is the quickest and cheapest way to improve the sound in any vehicle. The professional staff at Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound will be happy to introduce you to the possibilities provided by coaxial speakers.
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keyless entry system for cars

What is a keyless entry system for cars?

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On December 16, 2016
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What is a keyless entry system for cars? A keyless entry system for cars is a system that allows the driver to lock and unlock a vehicle’s doors by remote control. This feature is available on many newer vehicles but may be offered only as an extra-cost option. At Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound we have a wide variety of possibilities for vehicle owners who want to add this feature. Using a keyless entry system, a driver is able to unlock the doors of a vehicle while still some distance away. This is especially convenient in bad weather or when the driver is carrying packages. The system can also provide a safety feature at night when interior lighting is activated. At its most basic, keyless entry consists of a small keychain control device, which triggers a receiver installed in the vehicle. An interface between the receiver and the vehicle triggers the power lock mechanisms on the doors. The same system may be used to pop open a trunk lid or rear hatch if the vehicle has a power-actuated lock. With most devices parking lights can be programmed to flash, or an audible tone can be sounded when the doors are locked or unlocked. Keyless entry can be installed as a stand-alone system, or it can be part of a much more sophisticated system for security and convenience. The most common combination is with a car security system including an audible alarm, starter interrupt to prevent a thief from starting the vehicle, and a shock sensor to warn intruders away. A remote engine start can also be part of this package. At the high end of these systems, it is possible to control and monitor many security/convenience functions using a smartphone. This is truly a case where a vehicle owner can enjoy new-car technology without having to take on new-car payments. You can see all the possibilities for a keyless entry system for your car at your nearest Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound.  
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remote starter for a car

What is a remote starter for a car?

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On December 16, 2016
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What is a remote starter for a car? A remote starter for a car is a system that allows a vehicle’s engine to be started without the driver having to be in the vehicle. Using a remote car starter, a driver is able to start the engine and let the vehicle run for a pre-set period of time before entering the vehicle. This is especially convenient in very hot or very cold temperatures, since the vehicle can be pre-warmed or pre-cooled before anyone gets in. At its simplest, a remote car starter includes a small keychain controller, which activates a receiver installed in the vehicle. Through an interface module, the receiver starts the engine and maintains proper RPM while the heater or air conditioner brings the vehicle to a comfortable temperature. More complex systems can perform functions such as automatically running the vehicle for a period of time when the temperature falls below a certain point. Many remote starters have settings that allow them to be used with diesel engines and high-performance gasoline engines. There are also optional components to make it possible to start a conventional transmission vehicle by remote control. Remote start can be installed as a stand-alone system, or it can be part of a much more sophisticated system for security and convenience. The most common combination is with a car security system including an audible alarm, starter interrupt to prevent a thief from starting the vehicle, and a shock sensor to warn intruders away. Keyless entry for doors and trunk can also be part of this system. With an additional module, it is possible to control and monitor many security/convenience functions using a smartphone. With a remote starter for your car you will never have to get into a vehicle that is too hot or too cold again. The professionals at your nearest Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound will be happy to get you started today.
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Bridging an Amplifier

Bridging an Amplifier

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On November 9, 2016
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Bridging an Amplifier Bridging an amplifier involves taking the power of two channels and turning it into a single channel. Sometimes you can more than double the available power. Bridging is a popular way to drive subwoofers. What you are really doing is combining the power of two separate amplifiers enclosed in one case. Often it is less expensive to use a two channel amplifier than it is to by a mono amp producing the same power. Just be very certain you know what you are buying and understand what is happening. Check for certain that your amp is bridgeable. Your sales representative or installer will know, or the owner’s manual will have directions. Amps from different manufactures are different, but usually it involves connecting the speaker leads to the positive terminal of one channel and the negative terminal of the other channel. Be sure you have enough load to keep the amp from overheating. Our professional team has a lot of experience in installing and bridging an amplifier and knowing based on the equipment and design of your system when it is advisable and when it is not.
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What is a Car Audio Crossover?

What is a Car Audio Crossover?

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On November 4, 2016
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What is a Car Audio Crossover? What is a car audio Crossover? As soon as you start to move past the factory sound stage with your car audio system you will need to know what a crossover is. As you upgrade your system you will start encountering crossover filters. They will be designated as high-pass or low-pass. These are the tools for getting the best sound from your system. Car Audio Crossovers may be located in your car audio receiver, in an amplifier, or they may be separate parts in many component speakers systems. In all cases, the purpose is to send the sound to the speakers that can handle it best. A low-pass filter stops the higher pitched sounds from getting to your subwoofers. It makes sure that your subwoofers only get the frequencies they handle most efficiently. A high pass filter does the opposite, sending only the higher pitched music to the mid-range speakers and car tweeters. Adjustable crossovers let you fine tune the sound for your specific system. For instance, the low-pass filter setting will be different if you have a 15 inch subwoofer than it will be if you are using 5×7 speakers for your bass. The manual that came with your components will suggest settings. Understanding what is a car audio crossover and how it works is critical for getting the best sound out of your car audio system.
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What is a 4 channel amp

What is a 4 Channel Amp

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On June 20, 2016
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What is a 4 Channel Amp What is a 4 channel amp? Simply put, a 4 channel amp puts out equal power in four separate channels. At its most basic, a 4 channel amp can be used to power two pairs of full-range speakers. A 4 channel amp starts to show their versatility when they are bridged. This involves combining the power from two of the channels into a single channel. Many 4 channel amplifier are bridgeable to three or even two channels. In a 3-channel configuration, you have power for a subwoofer from the bridged channels and two channels remaining to power a pair of speakers. Bridged down to two channels, the amp will provide power to two subwoofers, or a single dual-voice-coil subwoofer. Why do you want one? The difference even a small amplifier makes compared to what is often referred to as “deck power” from a factory radio can be amazing, especially when you upgrade from your OEM speakers. An un-bridged 4 channel amplifier gives you a great deal of control over the balance and fade of your speakers. It also provides more punch for the mid-bass sound. Bridging often produces more power than the simple sum of the two channels for a woofer. Here’s a word about bridging: it can be tricky. Not all amplifiers are built to be bridged, and not all bridgeable amps go about it exactly the same way. When you bridge an amp you change the impedance. There is a danger of damaging the amp, speakers or both. Check the owner’s manual before you start, and if it still looks puzzling, get expert help. Our staff at Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound will be glad to show you which amp you need, and our professional installers are experts and amplifier installation and will install it at the guaranteed lowest installed price in town.
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