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Audio Express Car Video Systems

Benefits of a Car Video Monitor and TV

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On July 1, 2017
  • Audio Express, backup camera, car video system, display, entertainment, mobile entertainment, monitor, navigation, touch screen
Have you ever considered a video system for your car? More and more people are discovering how great it can be to have a video system in their vehicle to shorten long road trips, or make the drive to the grocery store that much quieter. Here is a look at some of the benefits one might bring you.   Road Trips If you have kids, then you know just how distracting and restless they can get on a long drive. Whether it’s a day trip to the lake or a longer drive out of state, children get bored. Their youthful energy makes it hard to stay in the car seat for hours on end. Enter a drop-down DVD player or Concept headrests; that boredom comes to an end, and you get your peace back while they listen to their content thru wireless headphones. Adding a new, quality video monitor will provide your children hours of entertainment, watching their favorite movies, and allow you to focus on the road. Back-Up Camera Capability Blind spots can be terrible when backing out of a parking space and it’s impossible to see anything directly behind your rear bumper. Adding a back-up camera to your video receiver can reduce the risk of backing into or over something you couldn’t see through your rearview mirror or your rear window. This is especially helpful when you drive trucks or SUVs. Back-up cameras are also great tools to assist in backing into a cluttered garage without bumping into anything. The image can also appear in your rear view mirror, or a separate, custom installed screen if you don’t have an in-dash monitor. Navigation While most of us use Google Maps, Waze or Apple Maps for navigation, sometimes just having a voice giving you directions through your speakers isn’t enough. If you’re driving down the freeway in rush hour, it can be helpful to know which exit you need before you need it. Google Maps and the other apps often only give a half-mile notification of your next exit or turn. When you’re flying down the fast lane in heavy traffic, that half mile may not give enough time to merge across traffic to get to your exit. With the right in-dash video receiver the map comes to your screen to show you in advance your next move. Using the receiver’s built-in navigation is one option, but many receivers come equipped with the ability to use your favorite app right on the screen, giving you the benefit of on-screen display with real-time traffic updates from apps like Waze. Larger Display Trying to get information from the screen of a standard single DIN stereo receiver can be a pain, and dangerous, especially if it’s a single line set to scroll through. You end up repeatedly looking at the display to get the information you’re looking for, instead of the road. With a larger video display, all of the information can be seen in one quick glance, allowing you to keep more focus on what around and ahead of you. Audio Express Would you like to learn more about video systems for vehicles? Want to drive safer with a backup camera? Stop by one of our many Audio Express locations and talk to one of our Car Audio Professionals to find the right video or safety system for your car. Check out our specials on our website, and remember, we always guarantee the lowest installed price in town.
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Audio Express Subwoofer Myths

Myths Busted: 5 Common Misconceptions about Subwoofers

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On June 8, 2017
  • audio, Audio Express, boat, car, electronics, entertainment, speaker, stereo, subwoofer, truck, video
The average consumer, when looking at car audio equipment, likely will come across some bad information. It will be dressed up in authoritative tones with lots of technical terms and acronyms that they don’t understand, and a great number of them will not be happy with their purchases. At Audio Express, we’d like to take this opportunity to help consumers by killing some common myths. Myth: “I don’t need a subwoofer” If you want to get the best possible sound quality from your music, you really do need a subwoofer, and it should be a good one. This myth usually has an additional excuse related to a musical genre the person “doesn’t listen to.” Good subwoofers aren’t just for metal and rap. They bring out the deep tones of a slap bass in jazz, the low-octave woodwinds and brass of classical and chamber music, and even the harmonies of pop music vocal groups. Subwoofers make every genre of music sound better. Hey, doesn’t every band have a drummer? Myth: I don’t have any room in my car” You’d be amazed at the inventive ways a subwoofer can be incorporated into a car audio installation without taking up a lot of space. For example, shallow-mounted subwoofers can be placed under seats or many manufacturers offer vehicle specific solutions designed to blend right into your vehicle’s interior and take up minimal space. Another option is to use a compact powered subwoofer, where you don’t need a separate amplifier. Small enough to be mounted under a seat but powerful enough to make your sound system considerably better, self-amplified subs are very popular. Don’t let the traditional image of big cones in bulky boxes be the only thing that comes to mind. Myth: “Subwoofers will go anywhere if they’ve got a box” While a subwoofer can be shallow-mounted or cleverly hidden under a seat, there’s a little more work to it than that. If the enclosure isn’t the right size, the best case scenario is that the subwoofer doesn’t work at top efficiency. The worst case is that the subwoofer ends up damaged or destroyed. Mounting and enclosing a subwoofer should be like fitting a high-end suit or dress: carefully measured and tastefully done. Myth: “I have an X-watt sound system already” The amount of wattage that a sound system is rated for may be an easily conveyed selling point, but there’s a lot more going on. When a factory installation has, for example, a 200-watt sound system, that doesn’t mean every speaker is being powered by 200 watts. That’s 200 watts for the entire sound system, for all speakers, including the stock subwoofer. If you’re upgrading your factory installation, you’re likely getting an amplifier, and that means you should be getting a good subwoofer to go with it. Myth: “I can’t upgrade my factory installation” Most people probably can’t perform the sort of work a custom installation demands. That’s why there are car audio specialists.  Modern “infotainment” systems are more complicated than swapping out tape decks, but reputable car audio shops will have access to information necessary to allow them to swap out the speakers and other hardware, but keep things like the touchscreen and other functionality. The best shops will make sure that the equipment purchased can go into the car with a minimal amount of effort. Audio Express It’s understandable to have questions, and Audio Express is happy to provide answers that kill the myths and bring car audio to life.
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