Archive for January, 2011
Monday, January 31st, 2011
If you change your radio in a later model Alfa Romeo, which has the CAN-BUS system in it, you may get an issue with your dash display where it displays the miles as 000000-do not worry, you’ve done nothing wrong, your car isn’t going to implode and you don’t need to see your dealer-unless you’re feeling flush;)
There is a known issue with the CAN system, which is what performs all the pre-start checks on your car when you turn the ignition on, having issue with your new radio as it is no longer the original CAN ready unit. The CAN system throws a hissy fit, shouts “mama mia” and then carries on as normal.
You may have these problems without changing your radio, another one of the little perks of Alfa ownership!
You can take the car to a dealer to have this re-set.
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Friday, January 21st, 2011
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Charlie came into the Birmingham store (01214593131) looking for a Sat Nav and AV solution for his Cayenne.
As he was already familiar with the TomTom sat nav it was an easy choice to go for Sony’s new XNV-L66BT, the 1st “fitted” aftermarket navigation system to feature TomTom mapping and software.
This is a feature rich unit, but still easy to use:
- HD Traffic for the most up to date traffic information on the road delivered live to your dashboard
- Safety Alerts keeps you aware of traffic cameras and accident black spots
- Tap into the world’s largest database of shops and businesses, wherever you go by using Local Search with Google
- TomTom Maps give you access to 45 European countries at your fingertips
- IQ Routes provides you the fastest and smartest routes using actual speed data from millions of users
- TomTom Home keeps your in-dash navigation future proof with map and content updates as well as new services*
- MP3/WMA/AAC/DivX/JPEG and MPEG-4 codecs supported to be able to listen and watch all your digital music and videos
- High resolution 6.1″ static WVGA screen and 4 x 52 watt MOSFET amplifier for ultimate in car visual and audio experience
- Full Bluetooth for hands-free talking, phonebook access and music streaming while driving.
- Full iPod, iPhone, Walkman, connectivity using the rear USB connection.
- Includes Sony unique search and music select features Zappin and Sense-Me to organise your music to suit your moods.
- Fine tune your music to suit your vehicle with Centre Speaker Organiser, Intelligent Time Alignment and EQ7 graphic equalizer
- 3 x 4V pre-outs and low pass/high pass filters for ultimate system expandability
To fit it we just needed Sud’s skills and Connects”CT23PO01 and CT27AA14
Pictures of it installed:
Screen, bright and clear- a little too bright for my camera to get a great pic!
Mic fitted by rearview mirror.
Thursday, January 13th, 2011
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Some pics of a Pioneer AVH-3200BT we fitted into a 2006 Renault Meganne at the Birmingham store.
We also used the steering wheel control adaptor, CTSRN005 and CTSONYLEAD (fits both Sony and Pioneer stereos)
The AVH-3200BT also operates as a bluetooth hands free kit and ipod charge/control system so you can safely make calls and operate you ipod as well as watching DVDs.
The AVH-300BT incorporates a High Pass Filter, which allows the unit to filter the bass from the factory speakers so we fitted an Inphase USW10 under the driver’s seat to take advantage of this; the Meganne’s standard 13cm speakers will never produce bass to any decent level and playing bass through them makes them distort and gives you a “muddy” sound. Filtering it out gives you better clarity and power handling, allowing the stereo to be turned up louder and maintain integrety at these higher volumes.
Friday, January 7th, 2011
Power capacitors or stiffening capacitors are used to assist a car that has a problem with dimming lights (voltage sag) or to help tighten up the bass. These capacitors store a large amount of power and then release it very quickly when the demand is the greatest from the amplifier. These capacitors release the current much faster than a battery can and do not force the amplifier’s power supply to be at a loss (due to a voltage drop) when bass notes and other transients are greatest. Capacitors should be chosen in the ratio of one Farad per thousand watts max or 500wrms.
1 Farad Cap, pictured, suitable for 500Wrms/1000WMAX £39.99
2 Farad Cap, suiatable for 1000Wrms/2000WMAX £59.99
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Richard popped in looking for some upgrades to the audio in his T25 VW Camper Van, he was after good SQ on a fairly modest budget so I put together this little system for him:
Pioneer’s DEH-4200SD 50w x4, CD/MP3/WMA/AAC playback from the CD deck, USB/ipod input and SD card input and 3 pairs of 4volt preouts for the later addition of amplifiers.
Phase Linear CF130.25 13cm components, these were some NOS and quite a find-they’re something that is very rare in car audio; bi-ampable. This means that the front channels of Richard’s stereo can be used to drive the tweeters and the rear channels used to drive the mids, giving him 200w for his componets instead of the 100w he’d have got if he went for any other components. Other features include Silk dome tweeters and Carbon/Paper pulp cone for a smooth and detailed response, listed as 36Hz-32Khz!
Though the Phase Linear’s quote 36Hz as their F3 this is a bit ambitious for a 13cm so to take the stress off the drivers in the lower frequency range we fitted Inphase’s compact, but powerful, USW10 into the front foot well:
DEH-4200SD fitted in dash
CF130.25′s fitted, mids into the doors and tweeters on the A-pillar
Inphase USW10 fitted in the front footwell behind floor mats