Archive for October, 2010
Monster Halloween Sale
Starts Thursday October 28th
@ Car Audio Centre
“Our Monster Halloween Sale will Scare you Silly!”
Get the best in Car Electronics from Car Audio Centre In Nottingham, Leicester, Birmingham, Ilford, Tooting, Manchester and On-Line…
Sale Starts October 28th until November the 6th with all stores open until 6pm
Check it out for Scarily Low Prices and Terrific Treats on all the best car electronics.
Monster Savings on:
- CD / MP3 / USB Headunits
- USB / SD Card Headunits
- iPod Direct
- Active Boxes
- Single and Double Din Units
EVERYTHING MUST GO!!!!
Keith called my shop on Monday afternoon wanting a quick boost to the sound system in his wife’s Mini Cooper S. The car was fitted as standard with Mini’s Boost Audio system, which unfortunately is pretty poor-what the “Boost” refers to is anyone’s guess!
They’d had the car for just a week and weren’t keen on changing the styling of the dashboard or filling the boot with subs and amps. Sound quality and expandability were key for Keith so we set about designing a system:
Initially Keith was going to just amp the standard speakers and fit a sub. This all changed once we discussed what I was fitting in my Cooper S, the sublime Dynaudio MD102’s and MW162’s running actively, and I was asked what would be next down the list in terms of price when compared to the Dynaudio. The DBAudio Trex 5.2c were the natural choice, they feature Silk Domed Ring Radiator Tweeters (with phase plugs) a high quality cross-over and Kevlar coned midbass using a cast basket, for improved thermal power handling and reduced basket resonance, along with Voice Coil venting amongst others. They are a truly revealing speaker set-a previous customer only noticed the difference in symbal crashes between Left and Right channels on a Michael Jackson track after fitting these speakers in his car-he’d been listening to the track for 20yrs!
For an amplifier Keith couldn’t resist the Alpine PDX4.150. This is David and Goliath combined into one tasteful and compact amplifier-David is it’s compact size, Goliath it’s massive 4x 150WRMS power output. These little monsters were designed with Sound Quality (SQ) in mind and their “Class D” design makes them incredibly efficient and in turn means they generate little so can be stowed away in cubby holes or under false floors-ideal for this install. Two of the channels are driving the Trex 5.2c and the others driving the stock 6×9s-for the time being Keith’s keen to upgrade the rear drivers too!
Subwoofer wise there was only 1 choice-the Inphase USW10. These compact self amplified subwoofers will fit anywhere and have a surprisingly high output, the separate bass remote allows them to easily be adjusted from the front of the car-just what you need with a factory stereo and no sub-out!
So here are some pics from the install-we built a false floor in the boot of the Mini to house the amp and the subwoofer. The mids needed custom brackets fabricating to mount them to the front doors and the tweeters were temporally mounted on the dash-Keith is purchasing some original BMW “A” posts with tweeter mountings built in we’ll add pictures when we do that.
Door Card removed for fiiting of Trex5.2c Midbass
New DbAudio Trex5.2c fitted on custom MDF baffle
PDX4.150 and USW10 in location, false floor to be added to cover the units.
False Floor installed, 8cm of depth lost from the boot-but you’d have to really know a Mini boot to know!
DB Audio T-Rex6.2C 150 Watts component speakers
DB Audio TRex6.2C
|review||Best speakers I’ve ever owned||5/12/2010 5:30:42 AM|
|I had these fitted at the Car Audio Centre in Birmingham into my 1989 Mazda MX5. They’re running passively off an Inphase IPA1041 4ch amp-until I can afford a Pioneer DEH-P88RS to run them actively!The sound quality is quite astounding, really clean and detailed but with a huge amount of bass for some 16.5cms-the guys did sound deaden my doors to help with the bass and midrange out put and reduce unwanted panel distortion and colouration.
I recently went back to the store as I thought I had a problem with the speakers-on Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean i noticed that the sound from the simbals was different from the left tweeter to the right so i asked them to investigate it:
Greg the manager came out and had a listen and agreed the sound was different from both tweeters and his engineer stripped down my door to have a look and see if they could find a problem. cross over was ok, so they assumed a fault with the tweeter and swapped it-”PROBLEM” still there! this had Greg and Sud slightly baffled (me too) so they quickly swapped my RCAs around so the right chanel played thru the left and vis-versa. The “PROBLEM” moved sides-it was only then we all realised that the simbal sounds from left and right were different and I’d not noticed this before on any speakers I’d ever used!
These speakers have revealed details in my CDs that I have never noticed before, the midrange clarity is excellent and they maintain this clarity even at the high levels needed in a convertable-something my Infinity Kappas struggled with in my RS Turbo!
These really are a great set of speakers and I’d recomend them to anyone!
*Please note I don’t listen to Michael Jackson-so had no idea the symbals used on the track were different on the left and right channels until we auditioned it through the DB Audio’s that is! Steve, having loved the track for years SHOULD have known this-unfortunately the inferior speakers he’d used previously hadn’t REVEALED ALL THE DETAILS as the DB Audio’s do!
This weekends Big Deal is the astonishing Inphase IPX2 In Car DVD,CD,MP3,MP4 Reciever SD Card Reader 3.5″ Monitor
Following on from the massive success of the In Phase IPX1 DVD Player, In Phase have been working hard at adding features and making the IPX2 one of the market leaders on Single Din DVD Entertainment systems, adding features such as a massive 4×60 watt amplifier, SD card reader allowing you to transport all your favorite music with easy without the mess and hassel of CDs. Playback functions such as DVD, MP3, MP4, WMA, CD, USB, Front Aux Input allowing you to play all formats of music and video files. The Front USB Port allows you to input a USB pen drive with all music files on allowing you to keep all your favorite music in a small compact easy to use and transport device giving you file data such as song name and album.
The In Phase IPX2 comes with its own inbuilt 3.5″ colour screen monitor allowing you to view or control what rear passengers are enjoying. Also giving you the option to input external devices such as gaming consoles with control to send the image to rear screens and audio through your speakers.
Key features of the In Phase IPX2
- Built in Multi regional DVD Player
- DVD/ CD/ MP3/ MP4/ SD
- Built in SD Card Reader
- 3.5″ full colour screen
- Front Aux Input
- Front USB Port
- 4 x 60 Watt Internal Amplifier
- IR Credit Card Remote included
- Built in IR Reciever
- Full Face Off for extra security
- AF Feature
- PTY Feature
- Built in TA
- Video Output for external Monitors (IVM7PK Head Rest Monitor)
- Rotary Volume Encoder
- Audio Output
- Individual Subwoofer Output
Get one now! dont miss this massive deal Valid Saturday 9th October and Sunday 10th Ocober Only
Car Audio Centre Leicester Install Rear Entertainment into the New Subaru Tribeco
The customer had very little requirements, Two headrest monitor and a external DVD player that would feed them both for wireless headphones and play through his original Subaru Tribeco Stereo.
We set to work Using In Phase IVM 7PK Screen which where flush fitted into his original Subaru Tribeco headrests which turned out very well indeed. The external DVD In Phase IVD DVD was located under the passenger seat and the remote eye sensor located on the centre of the dash, giving great coverage anywhere in the vehicle. In Phase IVMH wireless headphones were used and a FM Transmitter was also used for the audio into the Factory stereo.
Great products and Prices for a High end addition to his new Subaru Tribeco.
For a qoute on any work Car Car Audio Centre 0870 7544 486 or call Car Audio centre Leciester on 0116 2831358
Latest Sony XNV Range Backed by TOM TOM at the Car Audio Centre
Both Sony and TomTom have come together to roll out a couple of A/V navigation systems in the form of the XNV-L77BT and XNV-L66BT, where both companies hope that this partnership will result in some of the most advanced car audio, video and navigational technologies which are currently available in the current market. The Sony XNV-L77BT will be a 7-inch widescreen display while the XNV-L66BT is a 6.1-inch widescreen display, where both models will ship pre-loaded with TomTom’s extensive map database of both UK and Irleand roads, coupled with one free year of map upgrades which does not involve any incremental charge. Just to get an idea on how comprehensive TomTom’s maps in the UK are, they feature more than 1 million more miles of roads than other GPS brands. Ain’t that comforting?
The Very Latest Kenwood KIV-700 Now In Stock at the Car Audio Centre
The revolutionary KIV-700 is Kenwood’s first in-car receiver designed specifically for iPod and USB media lovers. Having no CD mechanism included the user interface can be made to operate extremely intuitively for large capacity media libraries, where search systems are the number one priory. An extra bonus is the ability to display video from either iPod or USB devices.