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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

  • Posted by agency-it
  • 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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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

  • Posted by agency-it
  • 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

  • Posted by agency-it
  • 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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Audio Express Protect Your Car From Theft

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

  • Posted by agency-it
  • 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

  • Posted by agency-it
  • 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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Audio Express Amplifier

4 Things You Need to Know About Amps Before Buying

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On July 4, 2017
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  • amp, amplifier, Audio Express, power, speakers, subwoofer
Amplifiers can be a great addition to your car audio system. If you’re not getting the sound quality or volume you expected, or you want to add a subwoofer or two, the right amp will make a world of difference. As with anything else, there are always a few things to consider when shopping for an amp to add to your car audio system. Size and Location Where would you like the amplifier to be installed? You’ll need to be sure that it will fit. Most of the time, amps can easily be installed in the trunk of your car, where it’s hidden from prying eyes. If you drive a truck or SUV, hiding your amp can be a little trickier. However, these days, many manufacturers make smaller footprint amps to fit in today’s tight spaces Power Power is important for a solid clean sound. But, many cheap brands will show misleading power ratings to attempt to fool people into thinking an amplifier produces more than it does. Every amplifier will have a “peak power” rating, but there will also be a “RMS power” rating, typically somewhere on the box in small print. This is the actual power you can expect to continuously see from the amp. To be safe, you’ll usually want more power from your amp than your speakers are rated for. This way you don’t overheat or clip the amp, as speakers are designed to perform best with more power available. You’re likely to damage you speakers if you don’t have enough power, due to overworking them and burning the voice coil. For example, if you’re running your amp to a Kicker sub rated at 300 watts, then a Kicker Amp with 600 watts of power would be a good amp to use, as you can always turn the amp down, and the extra power is there if you want to add a second subwoofer. Wiring Getting the right wiring kit is another very important part of getting an amplifier. You want to make sure to get a kit that is made of oxygen-free copper (OFC), versus copper clad aluminum (CCA),as this will provide a better flow of power from your battery to your amp. Also, watch the wire gauge – 8 gauge is great for smaller, lower power amplifiers, but for more powerful amps, go with 4 gauge or bigger. Again, it’s about the best flow of power from battery to amp, if you’re not getting the current power properly flowing thru the wire, you aren’t getting you true available wattage. Also, the longer the wire, the more current lost, so the biggest gauge rating is always better. Channels Are you going to have this amplifier power subwoofers or your speaker system? If you’re looking to power a subwoofer, then a more powerful mono or two-channel amplifier like the Kenwood Excelon XR1000 would work beautifully. But if you want to power your car’s speakers, then a Jensen Power400X4 4-Channel Amplifier can easily handle the job. Another option is a five-channel amplifier that can power your speakers and a subwoofer, like the Alpine MRV-V500. Audio Express Whatever your custom car audio needs are, stop by any of our Audio Express locations and talk to one of our trained Car Audio Professionals about the best amplifier setup for your car. We’ll get you set up with the best package and install your new amplifier with the lowest rates available. 
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Audio Express Steering Wheel Controls

Buying Guide: Why Do I Need a Steering Wheel Control Interface?

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On July 3, 2017
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  • audio controls, Audio Express, safety, steering wheel
A steering wheel control interface isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think of car audio. However, having one in your car can make a big difference in both safety and convenience. What was once an exclusive addition to luxury automobiles, steering wheel control adapters make it possible to add these controls to practically any automobile. A New Stereo Requires a New Adapter If you are taking advantage of one of our fantastic sales and upgrading your automobile’s factory installed stereo system, you are going to need to install a new steering wheel radio control adapter if your car has this feature. If you don’t, then the existing controls won’t control the stereo functions in your new aftermarket unit. A steering wheel control adapter connects the controls to the stereo so that you can control the new stereo the same way that you controlled the old one. Steering Control Interface Improves Safety Changing the radio station and adjusting the volume are some of the most common causes of distracted driving accidents. A steering wheel control interface all but eliminates this potentially dangerous distraction because there is never a need to take your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road. Choosing the Right Steering Wheel Control Interface There is no one size fits all solution in this regard, so it is important to choose the device that works best with your vehicle, stereo, and speakers. At Audio Express, the Axxess AX-AESW steering wheel control interface is one of our most popular options because it is easy to install, easy to program, and fits practically any Metra harness. However, this steering wheel audio control interface won’t work for every system and every vehicle. Some older vehicles and those that use analog systems may require something more like the PAC SWI-RC or the PAC SWI-CP5. It all boils down to the design of the head unit and whether it’s designed to accept a universal adapter or not.  Professional Installation is Highly Recommended Installing a steering wheel control interface requires skill and patience to complete. Because the installation involves programming and potential interactions with other controls, airbags, etc., it is not something that should be attempted at home in the garage. Leave it to the experienced professionals at Audio Express. Audio Express At Audio Express, our trained technicians will use their expertise, technical charts, and every customized tool in our arsenal to help you select and install the right adapter for your stereo. This will ensure the highest degree of functionality and reliability as you take the car for a spin and put the stereo through its paces. We invite you to contact the nearest Audio Express to discuss which steering wheel control adapter would be best for your car and stereo system.  
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Audio Express Keyless Entry

Five Things You Need to Know about Keyless Entry

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On July 3, 2017
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  • alarm, anti-theft, Audio Express, keyless entry, theft deterrent, vehicle security
A keyless entry convenience system makes it possible for you to get in and go without having to fumble for your keys. Simple to operate and convenient to use, they come in handy when you are heading to work on a cold winter’s day or trying to beat the heat beneath the blazing summer sun, all with your hands full of groceries. Once considered exclusive accessories for luxury vehicles, keyless entry systems and keyless autostart ignition systems are becoming features that motorists everywhere are installing on their vehicles. 1. RF – Radio Frequency is the Key A keyless entry remote works by sending a radio signal from the remote to a receiver within the vehicle. When the control module receives the right signal from this active RFID system, it unlocks the door. Typically, the range of these receivers is between five and 10 feet on a factory system, but many of today’s aftermarket systems can reach much farther. 2. Keyless Entry Remote Start is Not the Same as Keyless Entry Keyless entry systems are different than keyless autostart ignition systems. One locks and unlocks the doors only, while the other can both unlock the vehicle as well as start the vehicle with the push of a button. A keyless remote start consists of the main module installed in the dash within the vehicle, and sends the signal to the cars computer to tell it to start the ignition system when the correct button is pushed. 3. Viper Alarms Work with Your Smartphone Viper car alarms and Viper SmartStart entry systems can be controlled from your smartphone with the appropriate module. This type of system allows you to warm up the car, cool down the interior, or arm or disarm the security system regardless of how far away the vehicle is parked, since everything is controlled right thru your smartphone. If you have data service, you can activate these features as necessary. Should someone with bad intentions manage to defeat the security system and gain entry to your vehicle, the Viper will sink its teeth into them and send a GPS signal out to track the vehicle if equipped with the Viper VSM350 system. This makes it easy to notify law enforcement and convey the precise location, direction and speed to the nearest squad car, all while being tracked right from your smartphone. 4. Keyless Entry Can Be Added to Any Car Keyless entry systems can be installed on practically any make or model. Whether you have a Toyota, Honda, Kia, Ford, Chevy, etc., installation is a straightforward process that takes just a few hours. It can even be installed on “classic” cars that were manufactured way back when keyless entry was a dream of science fiction novels. If your vehicle does not have factory power locks, aftermarket actuators can be added to allow a keyless entry system to function in vintage vehicles. 5. Alarms Deter Theft, including what’s Inside the Vehicle, but Most Factory Systems are Not Alarms Many people confuse a factory keyless entry system with a security system, since they hear the horn honk. Many of these factory systems DO NOT include any type of shock sensor, meaning a thief can easily smash a window and steal valuables inside the car, all without any sound from your vehicle. Adding a solid alarm system will notify any would be thief there is an alarm via the flashing LED light, and to stay away from your vehicle. Don’t fall for a false sense of security, make sure you have a real alarm protecting your valuables and vehicle. Audio Express We invite you to contact the nearest Audio Express to learn more about the keyless entry systems we offer and the installation process required for your vehicle. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you choose the right system for your lifestyle.
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Audio Express Innovative Car Audio Features

Today’s Most Innovative Car Audio Features

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On June 30, 2017
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  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Audio Express, car stereo, innovation, mobile audio, technology
Technology feels like it’s constantly changing. Computers have evolved from taking up an entire room to fitting in the palm of your hand. Car audio is no different. What started out as a simple AM receiver is now more versatile than most of us ever imagined. These days, there are not only a number of different ways to play music through a car audio receiver, but a nice selection of accessories you can get for your stereo. Bluetooth Streaming and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Depending on your age, you might remember a time when cassette tapes, and later CDs, were the only options for listening to music in your car, aside from AM/FM radio. While AM/FM radios and CD players are still common functions of car stereo systems, stereos today commonly have built-in Bluetooth, which allows you to connect your smartphone wirelessly and stream music from apps such as iTunes, Spotify or Pandora directly to the stereo. All aftermarket stereos will offer an auxiliary input with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, to plug in sound from any device. Most also offer USB inputs to allow charging devices, as well asl playing music from a phone or USB flashdrive. With the right equipment, you can gain access to over 150 radio stations with SiriusXM satellite radio, many commercial free. These channels cover every genre of music, sports, news, traffic, weather, and talk radio. Even better, your stereo can receive signal anywhere as long as it has access to the satellites, and with terrestrial repeaters it will be extremely rare to lose signal, even thru tunnels and overpasses. Apps, Maps and More In addition to these fantastic new ways to listen to music through your stereo, technology has brought us great safety features to help you get where you’re going without incident. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connect your smartphone to the car stereo and allow you to access features from your device like maps, texts and other apps, directly through your stereo’s touchscreen or voice control. This allows you to keep your eyes on the road, and driving safer, not digging for your phone to get the info you need. Another great feature available in many stereos is the ability to add a backup camera that feeds directly to the screen, giving you a better view while backing out of your driveway or any other spot. Many car manufactures are adding stereo controls into the steering wheel, providing quick access to volume, play/paus, and skip controls without taking your hands off the wheel. Even better, if you want to replace the factory stereo, you can keep your steering wheel controls working with the addition of a Steering Wheel Control Interface available with the install. Audio Express Come out to one of our many Audio Express locations and chat with one our Car Audio Professionals to learn more and find the right stereo for you.
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