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What You Need to Know about UTVs and Sound Systems for Them

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On October 12, 2017
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  • Audio Express, bad boy off-road, off-road, offroad, polaris, side-by-side, sound system, utv, yamaha
What’s the best type of vehicle to use when hunting? Mudding? Off-roading? For many active outdoor enthusiasts, the answer to all three increasingly is a utility task vehicle (UTV). All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are typically meant for a single rider, which gives them an advantage when it comes to getting through narrow places on a trail, but that’s about where their advantages end. Because they are so small, they are less balanced. They also make for a less-comfortable ride and have a limited ability to haul anything. That means for hunting, hauling, or hitting the trail with a friend or two, you’re ready for a UTV. The increased room for riders and gear makes them a perfect option for a day of work or play. When you add a great sound system, that makes your day of work or play that much more fun! Let’s take a look at some UTV options as well as some great sound systems for them. Three UTV Options Yamaha Wolverine Standard: This is a value UTV. It starts at only $10,999, which makes it hard to find a better deal anywhere else, especially for a brand like Yamaha.  Bad Boy Off-Road Stampede 900 EPS: Bad Boy offers a lot of unique features with this model, such as gun boots, bow holders and an extended cab. They even put a two-year warranty on it. It starts at $14,449. Polaris General 1000 EPS Deluxe: Polaris offers an all-wheel drive system that allows this vehicle to go just about anywhere, and the towing capacity is premium. It starts at $15,999.  Now it’s Time to Upgrade the Sound in Your UTV No matter which model of UTV you purchase, it’s time to think about a sound system for it, just like you would with your car. Great audio is important when it comes to the needed bass and sound quality to help fuel your adrenaline on your adventures. Whether you have a Polaris or another UTV, Kicker’s UTV audio package is an excellent choice. Audio Express’ selection of UTV related speakers, amps, and subwoofers allow you to bring your music with you through virtually any terrain. With a compact design that doesn’t sacrifice sound or performance, you can fit them in your ride while they counter extreme vibration and handle extreme power. For example, Kicker’s CompRT Subwoofer, can handle those rough and rugged rides in the elements and still deliver big bass sound. Where to Buy Audio Equipment for Your UTV You can find Kicker products, as well as those of other great brands, at Audio Express online. Better yet, come see us in person today. Our certified professionals will help you create your perfect plan for adding top-of-the-line audio to your UTV. We’ve got other great accessory options for UTVs too, including LED light bars and cubes to give you better vision for night riding. We can even add rear-view and side-view cameras for better riding and rock crawling. Please contact us for more information.
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Audio Express Guide to Speaker Issues

What’s That Sound? Mini Guide To Speaker Issues

  • Posted by agency-it
  • 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 5 Ways to Test Your stereo

Five of the Best Ways to Test Your Car Audio System

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On June 29, 2017
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  • amplifier, audio, Audio Express, equalizer, sound system, speakers, stereo, wattage
A good sound system can put a spring in your step; a great system will have the driver in a car several blocks away joining the chorus. If you are tired of tolerating mediocre melodies in your car, you have to test your system for the weak links that need to be addressed. 1. Check and Compare Wattage One of the most common reasons for poor sound quality is a discrepancy between the amplifier output and the maximum power of the speaker and subwoofers. This can create a distorted sound and can cause the speaker to blow out. For the best audio clarity and sound, make sure the max power of the speaker is matched to the power output of the amplifier. 2. Adjust the Equalizer Start with the treble as it conveys the finer details of the music. Once the treble is tuned in just right, adjust the bass levels to give the thumps and bangs the oomph that gets the blood pumping. As you balance your equalizer, it is also a good idea to take note of the best settings for the various types of music you enjoy. This will make it easy to set everything before you take your next trip down the road. 3. Choose Your Test Tunes Carefully It is always a good idea to pick out a handful of test songs that represent the artists and songs you listen to most frequently. Using them as your test tracks will help you dial in the sound for the types of music you enjoy the most. Also, much of today’s digitally downloaded music varies in sound quality and volume, so tune your stereo with the best audio recording available, or use a Store bought CD if you have one available for best tuning. 4. Listen for the Dynamics You should always test your speakers at the highest and lowest volumes. Different systems will create a different sound at these extreme ranges and it is important to know how your system performs when the beat is blasting on a jam or when the chorus cools off and softens up for a love song. 5. Create a Quiet Space You should never test your audio out on the street or within a noisy garage. Create a quiet place where you can roll up the windows and test your system in peace and quiet. This will help ensure that outside noises don’t distract from the true sound quality coming from your speakers as you calibrate the receiver and the other components in your car audio system. Audio Express Audio Express car audio stores are just a stone’s throw away. Our audio technicians would be delighted to help you test and select the best components for your sound system and music preference. We will be happy to answer your questions and give you our recommendations for creating the best listening experience as you travel down the road.
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Audio Express Tips for Buying a Subwoofer

Six Essential Factors to Consider Before Buying a Subwoofer

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On June 15, 2017
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  • Audio Express, box, enclosure, installation, noise reduction, power handling, sound system, stereo, sub, subwoofer, wiring
Some consumers, when shopping for car audio components, will agonize over the best car subwoofer brands, comparing obscure points of construction and output for a speaker that many consider to be the key component of any good sound system. We’d like to help make that process a little less painful. Size Matters There are many different size options in picking a subwoofer. The most common used are 8”, 10”, or 12”. The size that you choose will directly correspond to what type of sound you are trying to produce. A smaller subwoofer will produce a tighter, richer sounding bass, while a larger one will be deeper and louder. This is also directly related to the type of vehicle it is being placed in. For instance, if it is in a trunk, you will need to use a larger woofer to create more bass to fill the entire car. However, if it is a hatchback vehicle or pickup truck, it will be easier to fill the vehicle with sound and may not be necessary to go as large. This also can be decided by the type of music the consumer prefers. Hip hop and dance music sound better on a larger woofer, whereas heavy metal music may sound cleaner on a little smaller one. The Price Tag Price can be a tricky subject when discussing subwoofers. There is a lot that goes into building a bass system. Looking for pre-packaged deals is almost always a winner here. Finding the right package for you at your budget is easily accomplished at Audio Express. Power Handling Power handling is very key in getting the most out of a subwoofer system. Every speaker has an optimal amount of power that it can receive. If this is matched up correctly with the amplifier being used, then the subwoofer will be able to perform at its peak. This means the system will not only have a more crisp sound, but it will also improve the life of the subwoofer. Enclosure In the majority of systems, the subwoofer will be placed into an enclosure. These are generally made of wood, and come in two different builds. The first is a sealed enclosure. This type of system is built for tighter sounding bass for things like rock music. The more popular system is a vented enclosure. This type of system is built to get the maximum output of a subwoofer. This is generally used in music with more bass, or in vehicles with a trunk to help produce deeper bass. Wiring When installing a subwoofer system, the wiring is crucial. A power kit for the amplifier running the speaker, and the speaker wire going from the amplifier to the speaker are both necessary. It is always recommended to use the best wiring to improve the life of the system and get optimal performance. It is recommended to use 100% pure oxygen free copper wire. The size of wire needed will be determined by how much power is needed to properly run the system. Noise Reduction It is also a great benefit to use a sound dampening material for the installation. This can be placed inside of a trunk, a hatch, a door, or even along the roof and the floor of a vehicle. With this type of material, two main goals can be achieved. The first is securing the sound inside of the vehicle. Most cars have a skin made from thin sheet metal. It is very easy for the sound waves to escape, therefore reducing the amount of bass in the vehicle. With sound dampening installed, it will reflect the sound waves back into the vehicle, therefore increasing the amount you will hear. The next is to reduce rattle. Those same sound waves running through the vehicle can cause that metal to vibrate. If lined with dampening material, it will increase the durability of the panel, and reduce the chances of a rattling vehicle. Audio Express Audio Express can help consumers make the best possible choices for their car audio installation without making it feel like a high-pressure sales pitch. Give us a call or come by today to check out what we’ve got.
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Audio Express Tips for Buying an Amplifier

The 8 Best Insider Tips for Buying Car Amplifiers

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On June 13, 2017
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  • amplifier, car, quality, sound system, speakers, stereo, subwoofer, truck
The process of shopping for car audio amplifiers can be one of confusion and frustration. The uninformed will hear lots of big numbers and strange terms; even the informed can find themselves occasionally bewildered by the range of options available.   To help both types of consumers, we humbly offer some helpful hints. Go Big It’s not necessarily wrong to look for big numbers with regards to output for a car audio amplifier. However, many brands try to hide the real power of the amplifier behind big claims, so you’ll always want to look for the RMS power rating. This is the continuous power rating, showing what you can really expect wattage wise from the amp. Know Your Power You can take the specs for an amplifier and check to make sure it really does put out what it claims it does with a simple formula: P=vce, where P is the total power output, v is the voltage of your car battery, c is the current draw for the amp, and e is the efficiency constant. If you plug in those numbers and the result is 5 percent less than what’s advertised or greater, pass on it. Count Your Channels Each speaker is a channel, and that includes the subwoofer.  If you’ve got four speakers and a sub, don’t get a monoblock (one-channel) amp. Amplifiers for cars should, ideally, have the same number of channels as there are speakers. You can run multiple subwoofers off a mono block amp, since they run on the same frequency setting, but if looking for one amplifier to drive multiple size speakers, either a four or five channel amp is needed, or multiple amplifiers. Make Sure You’ve Got Spare Power Amps create a power budget for the speakers. Make sure that each speaker has a surplus. Underpowered speakers are far more susceptible to damage than overpowered speakers, due to the heat created by working a speaker at less wattage than needed. Mount It Right When having a car amplifier installation professionally done, think about where you want the amplifier placed. Ideally, you want to keep it as close to the battery as possible, to shorten the amount of wiring needed to power it. Installing an amp under a seat is normally ok, but can cause an amp to run hotter than normal, so sometimes the trunk is the only option. Just remember, the farther the amp from the battery, the bigger gauge wire you should use for best current conduction. Many of today’s newer vehicles place the battery in the back, making the connection a shorter distance and allowing better power flow. Add Extra Power Sources Car stereo amplifiers, along with other components, can be a major drain on a car’s battery. If you’re driving down the road with thumping bass going and the headlights are flickering in time with the beats, there’s too much power going out. Consider a secondary battery or capacitor, and also upgrading your existing wiring with the “Big three” upgrade. The Right Wires The best car amplifier should have the best wiring possible to ensure the highest possible performance. Look for Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) wires as opposed to Copper Clad Aluminum (CCA). OFC types conduct electricity far better, giving you the wattage you bought, and also doesn’t heat up the wire as much. Also, upgrading the Big-3 (The wire from the alternator to the battery, from the battery to the body ground, and the engine grounding wire to the battery.) will give your charging system much better performance. Guaranteed Products It should go without saying, but always check the manufacturer’s warranty and make sure that the shop doing the installation is an authorized dealer for the amplifier and any other components you might be using. There are many “grey market” products out there, resulting in voided warranties thru the manufacturer when bought from a non-authorized dealer. Audio Express These are just the basics to keep in mind for when you go to buy a car audio amplifier. Get in touch with the staff at Audio Express and become a more educated consumer today.
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Audio Express Upgrade Your car Truck Stereo

Expert Tips for Enhancing Your Car Stereo’s Sound Quality

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On June 7, 2017
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  • acoustic, amp, amplifier, audio, car, sound quality, sound system, speakers, stereo, sub, subwoofer, truck
For some folks, a stock sound system in their car is something they can live with. For others, it’s barely a starting point. When you want to squeeze the maximum performance out of your car’s sound the same way another person might soup up the engine or suspension, there’s a number of ways to go about it. Overhaul the Speakers Unless you paid for a high-end options package and verified that the speakers that went into it really were the best car audio speakers the manufacturer had to offer, replacing the factory-installed speakers is a big step with big payoffs in sound performance. This goes for both regular speakers and subwoofers. Also, factory speakers tend to be made of poor quality materials, even the high end ones. Aftermarket products hold up to our harsh environment much better, since they tend to be made from better materials. Acoustic Insulation Even in modern cars, engine and road noise can impact the ultimate output of your sound system. Installing insulating, sound deadening material in the doors, floorboards and engine compartment can help manage these noise sources and add to your acoustic experience. Add an Amplifier Stock amps might have impressive-sounding numbers, but they may not be the best amps out there. Raw power is only part of the equation, and replacing the stock amp with one that has better control of its power, and more adjustment, is a good idea. Set Your Amp Correctly This is a corollary to the previous tip. Cranking everything to 11 on an aftermarket amp and calling it good is not what you want to do. Tuning the amp’s output may take some time, but it’s a step that will be well worth taking the time to do right. Bypass the DAC Smartphones have Digital-to-Analog Converters, which aren’t as good as dedicated high-end stereo components. Connecting wirelessly makes the phone do the work instead of your stereo, impacting car stereo sound quality. Instead, try running a USB cable from your mobile device to your stereo and hear the difference. Use Higher-Quality Media Files Media files have to balance file size and sound quality. If you want really good sound quality, the files will be bigger. Instead of MP3s or streaming services like Spotify, try FLAC or other lossless compression formats. Properly Enclose the Subwoofer Unless you like having all of your music sound like Hans Zimmer recorded it, putting your subwoofer into a box that is the right size and shape is important. Incorrectly sized or tuned enclosures adversely affects sound and longevity. Upgrade the Wiring If you’re going to the trouble of doing a total car speaker installation, it’s always worth it to replace the wires connecting the speakers as well. Good insulated lines help minimize signal loss. Combined with a capacitor or power cell to keep power flowing to the amplifiers, it can make for performance gains across the board. Audio Express If all else fails or you just want to leave the work to professionals, drop by Audio Express and let them give you some ideas about how to make your vehicle truly sing.
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