Archive for the ‘Car Audio’ Category

Choosing The Installation For Car Radios


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car radios

By Anne Ahira

Having new car radios means that you will have to find a way to have the device installed in your vehicle. 

Many of the models that you can buy for your car today come equipped with a fantastic arrangement of features. 

It is important that you choose the right installation company to make sure that the device is installed correctly in your car.

Car radios are best installed by professionals. To find one to install the stereo or radio in your car, you should make a list of the available installers in your area. Once you have a list of the installers in your area you should check them out to find the price that you want and the one with the best reputation.

Make sure that they are able to install your car radio without destroying the interior of your car. In many cases you will have to cut into the dash or install some of the components in the trunk or side panels of your vehicle. You want to make sure that the installer that you hire has the ability to perform these tasks professionally.

There are a number of components that come with many of the car radios on the market today. Some of the stereo systems that you will find have the ability to play cd’s, mp3s and are Bluetooth ready. 

Choose the system that has all of the features that you are looking for on your stereo. If you are looking for video capabilities on your stereo system, make sure that you find the right model to suit your needs.

Many installers of car radios will be able to help you select the right system for your vehicle. With just a few simple answers to question, these professionals can narrow down the right system for you to have installed in your car that will meet all of your needs. 

Consider the type of music that you generally listen to and the amount of time that you spend in your car when you are choosing your stereo system. There is nothing like a great stereo system when you are stuck in your vehicle for long periods of time.

If you take frequent trips with the family in your vehicle, you should consider some special options that will make travel much more comfortable for everyone in the car. 

Traveling with children can be very trying so find car radios that have features that the kids will love and will keep them entertained during long trips.

There are many things to consider when you are selecting car radios for your needs. Take your time and shop around before you settle on the system and the installer that will set everything up in your vehicle. 

Having the right system installed in your vehicle will allow you to enjoy the time that you spend in your vehicle. Many people spend hours in their car every week and having a good system is a great way to make use of that time.

An Audio Review of Speakers For Your Home Theater


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audio review

By Anne Ahira

So you’ve bought the gorgeous LCD or plasma television, maybe even mounted it on the wall. You’ve invested in an upscaling DVD player or maybe even went ahead and placed your bets on the success of Sony’s Blu-Ray technology.

But before you can really enjoy this set-up, you need to make sure you have the right speaker set-up to deliver high quality, movie-quality sound. And that’s what makes this audio review so important.

Audio Review: Speaker Configurations

If you’ve never bought speakers before or if you’re just not sure how many speakers are needed, you’ll be more confused when you go to the store, enter the speaker area, and find a wide range of configuration options.

The home theater package I purchased a couple of years ago came with seven speakers. Others come with five, three, even just two.

We’ll talk in a minute about whether these packages are a good deal or not but you do always have the option of purchasing separate speakers. Just remember most stores only quote the price per speaker even though you’ll have to buy them as a pair.

With your basic two speaker set-up, you’ll be able to get true stereo sound. This is how most music is recorded so it’s really the minimum you want for enjoying audio.

The 3-speaker set-up is a bit better for music because it includes a subwoofer that can deliver more bass which is important for rock, rap, metal, and other types of non-adult contemporary music.

Now if you’re interested in getting a home theater experience, this audio review recommends investing in a 5.1 package. The name is a bit misleading because you’re really getting 6 speakers.

The set includes a subwoofer, two front speakers, two rear speakers (so the planes or dinosaurs or monsters sound like they’re coming from all around you), and a center channel.

The center channel’s purpose is to make the dialogue easy to hear because it can be drowned out by the special effects.

A newer configuration is called the 6.1 package. Again, the name is misleading because you actually receive 7 speakers. You get everything that comes in the 5.1 set, plus a rear center speaker.

This audio review should also mention 7.1 sets, such as the one from Onkyo, that include four rear speakers and no rear channel speaker.

Audio Review Recommendations

Which speaker configuration is the best choice? Well, if you’re only listening to music, the two speaker or three speaker configuration will probably be good enough.

If you want an impressive set-up, consider purchasing floor standing speakers which typically come with larger woofers than bookshelf models.

The cost is normally higher, as well. At Amazon, for example, JBL speakers cost $300 each. Add another $300 if you want to add the JBL subwoofer for a three speaker configuration.

Price wise, however, the best choice from this audio review is a full home theater system that comes with a compatible receiver. Separate receivers are hard to find and very expensive. One of my favorite sets is the Samsung 5.1 home theater system.

It includes a 5 CD changer, the receiver, front standing speakers, rear satellite speakers, and an included iPod cradle (something that usually costs extra with most of the systems). At Amazon, the cost for the whole set is just over $400.