Product Review: The Clarion NX702
In today’s economy everyone is looking for the best value they can find when it comes to looking for a new car radio. They look for the most features they can get for their money. We recently received the new flagship Clarion double-din head unit and all I can say it is the best value on the market. This beautiful 7” WVGA touch screen radio can do everything you want with a price everyone would want to pay.
Spotlight: Clarion's CMD7 Marine Head UnitWhen you’re getting ready to purchase that killer marine system for your boat, picking JL Audio speakers and amps is the best way to start, but don’t forget the head unit! This is where many have made the mistake of either not going with a marine grade deck or something cheaper that “claimed” to be marine grade that wasn’t. Read on, as I’ve got the best solution when it comes to marine radios…Clarion…
Get Your Tint On!Did you know that Serious Autosport is an authorized 3M Tint installer? Yes we are! 3M film is high quality product that comes with a lifetime warranty. This warranty is backed by 3M and is valid at any authorized 3M dealer. When we tint your vehicle you will receive a warranty card filled out by your Serious Autosport salesman.
Hitting The Water with Rockford Fosgate’s Marine SpeakersRockford Fosgate has introduced a solid lineup of speakers for the harsh marine environment that will compliment any boat system out there. The company offers a full line of full range speakers and subwoofers that meet the demanding ASTM D4329 and ASTM B117 test standards for marine usage. So… What does all that mean? ASTM; formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials; is an International Organization that develops standards for materials, products, systems and services. ATSM B117 involves placing components in a Salt/ Fog environment and its testing involves accelerated aging in a controlled corrosive environment. This enables measurements of corrosion resistance pertaining to metals and coated metals. Read more
Why Satellite Radio?
We are in the year 2012 and the standard FM/AM radio is filled up with commercials and advertisements. You are lucky to get more than 30 minutes of music in one hour of time listening to your favorite radio station. It is getting more and more difficult to find a station that actually plays content that you enjoy listening to. What other options are there for us who want a wider variety of content to choose from?
Car Audio Review: The Kenwood KIV-BT901
We are in the year 2012 and most of the clients I have that come in use an iPod or other MP3 player as their main source of audio through their vehicles system. I am here to present to you the Kenwood KIV-BT901 Mechless deck. What do I mean by mechless? A mechless deck is a head unit that lacks the ability to play CD’s. This particular head unit loses the ability to play CDs but gains the beautiful 3” TFT Monitor on the front of the radio. After having time to play with the radio and see what it is capable of, I wanted to share with you my thoughts about it.Read more
Evan’s Boat Gets JL Marine Audio Overhaul
Now that my Tahoe has been done for a while, I decided it was time to make my boat’s audio match it. Of course, JL Audio was the only company that came to mind with their amazing marine audio line. Over the past few years, JL Audio has become THE marine audio company. The line has continued expanding every year and they now have something for everyone. Being the audio nut that I am (see my Tahoe build) I decided I wanted to go all out. Read more
The Car Lover’s Candy Store!
Have you visited our location in West Palm Beach? No???? Stop what you’re doing and head over here immediately! Our store gives car lovers a very unique experience in the automotive aftermarket industry. At Serious Autosport, there is no “high pressure sales atmosphere”, just knowledgeable staff willing to work with you to help guide you in the right direction. Whatever your project may be, we can help!Read more
Car Audio: OEM Unlock Interfaces
Video In Motion and More..
We have a lot of customers who come in asking about “Unlocking” their factory DVD/Navigation system. They may have read something online or possibly have had the luxury of seeing the capabilities of one of these interfaces in action. What does it mean to “Unlock” the factory DVD/Navigation system in a vehicle? Depending on the interface, when you unlock the factory system you can: view video while in motion, add a rear camera, view the rear camera while in motion, add a front camera, control Bluetooth, and control the navigation while in motion. The number of vehicles with factory DVD/Navigation screens is growing every year as is the selection of aftermarket interfaces to unlock those systems. Here are a few options:Read more
Spring Break Nationals 2012
What is Spring Break Nationals? Spring Break Nationals is one of the United States largest Car Audio Shows/Competitions. This event was held on March 24-25th at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. I had the pleasure of being able to attend the show for my first time ever. If I could give you one tip of advice if you ever plan on going it would be bring ear plugs! It is an underestimate to say that it was LOUD. We were invited by JL Audio to display two of ours vehicles in their booth. We brought along our Tahoe which you can find photos of on our Facebook page. Also, our 2012 Mercedes C350 which has a very impressive JL Audio sound system in it as well.Read more
TOM MANGS: TOP 100 CAR AUDIO INSTALLER 2011-2012
Tom Mangs once again has been named "Top 100 Installers in the United States" by Mobile Electronics Magazine for 2011-2012. He already won this award back in 2007-08 and that plaque sits next to the many others he has received throughout the years. Tom has been with us for 30 years now (yes THIRTY) and during his time has built some amazing audio systems. He specializes in one off custom installations that includes fiberglass, plexi, motorization, and LED lighting, but has also built plenty of competition cars in his day as well.Read more
CAR AUDIO: The End of Aftermarket Car Radio In 10 Years?!
So I was playing around on the internet today and came accross an article stating that in the next 10 years, aftermarket car radio could possibly be "dead". The part of the article that talks about this is copied below for you to read.
I understand where they are coming from...I just don't know if I see this actually happening. How about you? Do you believe that aftermarket car radio's will come to an end in 10 years? Read the article below and give us your feedback on our Facebook or Twitter page. We're interested to know what you think about this!Read more
CAR AUDIO: Getting The Most Out Of Your Car Audio System
There is a common mistake we tend to make as either consumers or salespeople when it comes to designing and purchasing a car audio system. Addressing the proper way to upgrade!
I’ve run into situations working with clients where there is much more involved than just changing out the radio or speakers. In some cases, the system actually sounded “worse” than before the upgrade! “Why does it sound worse than before?” I would get asked.Read more
Audio System Spotlight: They Said, “It’ll Never Do 140db” - '07 Chevy Tahoe
When it came time to put an audio system in my Chevy Tahoe, I looked carefully at all the brands we carried and after months of going back and forth with different system designs, I decided JL Audio was the way to go. I didn’t want to just replace the factory speakers with JL’s and I didn’t want to just put a subwoofer enclosure in the trunk. I wanted to build a vehicle where our master installer Tom Mangs could really stretch his legs. He was given the equipment I picked out and when he asked how I wanted it installed, I simply said “Make it different than anything else out there”. With no real budget or time restriction, I knew we would be in for a treat.Read more
Car Audio Spotlight: Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD
The folks over at Kenwood continued their tradition of upgrading their line of head units this year. The new 2012 line-up of Kenwood Excelon receivers is finally here and better than ever. The DNX6990HD is one of the two flagship models from Kenwood. I have had some great hands on experience with it that I would love to share.
This year they packed more features than ever into a head unit which is also a few hundred dollars cheaper than its predecessor. The DNX6990HD continues to use the Bluetooth Powered by Parrot which is arguably the best quality Bluetooth interface available to date. The recent update to the Bluetooth added Bluetooth audio streaming capability from any iPhone, Android, or Blackberry device. This means that any music on your phone or audio playing from your phone can wirelessly stream through your car radio. In addition to being extremely convenient, it sounds great!Read more
Car Audio: iPod? Satellite Radio? Bluetooth? Camera? Yes, there's a solution...
So, you’ve got a car or truck and want to “live in the now”, huh? Seems like with more folks hanging on to their vehicles these days, there’s been a greater interest in such options as Satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless or even getting that iPod to play your music. I wrote a blog some time ago on some of the options that were available and will revisit some of that stuff alongside what’s new and readily available now.Read more
Car Audio: The Best of the Best...
It's a question many of us think about- we might dream about it- and we always try to get as close to it as our abilities (and budget) will allow.
What's the best I can get?
Well, it's time we spent a few paragraphs going over what some of the industry standards are and what we can offer at Ask The Advisors and Serious Autosport when it comes to car audio. To begin, let’s define what “the best” actually is…Read more
CAR AUDIO SPOTLIGHT: Audio Control’s LCQ1
In the years since its inception, the pathway to integrating the factory radio with aftermarket components has been riddled with cheap methods, noisy adaptors and countless failures. The usual method if you wanted to add an amp to your car’s factory system involved the use of a high to low level adaptor, which worked “enough” at the time, although there was inherent noise and a huge lack of performance from this band-aid.Read more
Car Audio Spotlight: Rockford Fosgate’s Power Series T1652S Components
When we announced the return of the legendary Rockford Fosgate lineup to Ask the Advisors and Serious Autosport, we also brought in the newly designed Power Series of speaker systems. After hearing these additions, I can honestly say Fosgate has extended their reputation for quality and durability beyond just subwoofers.Read more
Car Audio: Sound Deadening Your Vehicle
One of the most important (and usually overlooked) areas where you can actually achieve a great improvement in sound quality with any car audio system is in sound deadening. It is here that you can actually greatly reduce if not eliminate all the areas of your vehicle that hinder sound system performance- right down to improving mid-bass response!Read more
CAR AUDIO/VIDEO: Rosen Z10 Overhead DVD Player
The holiday season is coming up and I am positive that plenty of you are planning on travelling to go spend time with friends and family. If you plan on driving to visit everyone, how do you plan on entertaining your family in the vehicle? An option that everyone is bound to love is a new overhead DVD player in your vehicle. I can vouch from experience that there is nothing better on a long road trip then being able to watch a few movies to pass the time by.Read more
Assembling the Fleet…Witness the Demo Vehicles Here!
When you offer the premiere car audio sales and installation team in South Florida, there’s only one way to showcase that team…With some awesome demo vehicles, of course! And we’re sparing no expense when it comes to showing you what Ask The Advisors and Serious Autosport can do when it comes to creating a killer car audio system!Read more
CAR AUDIO: Project Tacoma
So, I’ve been planning to put a car audio system in my little 96 Toyota Tacoma truck for a little while now, and frankly it’s driving me crazy that I haven’t put it in yet. I want the single DIN, Kenwood Excelon KDC-X995. With the KDC-X995 I can connect my phone, and listen to Pandora, where it can store new stations, and it also has the thumbs up/down feature. The X995 has Parrot Bluetooth, so that I can keep more of my attention on the road. Not to mention HD radio, for that near CD quality sound, and which is free. All of these features are built in. Talk about a feature filled list! We haven’t even begun to look at the IPod connectivity. Which uses direct, alphabet, skip, and more can be used to search for songs. Direct search is particularly easy because all one needs to do is enter the first three letters of the playlist song, artist, podcast, or genre, to navigate to your desired area. All in all a fantastic quality deck with a two year warrantee.Read more
Car Audio: Stable Power to Spare with the Power Station from Helix
Let’s face it. We drive vehicles that have mediocre audio systems, so we shell out some bucks to upgrade our systems so we have the latest features and superior sound quality. Yet in some cases, we still fall short of our system’s capabilities and our personal expectations and it’s sometimes not the fault of the equipment we’ve installed. This can actually be blamed on the actual power supply from our vehicles, which like the power we have in our homes- is actually not very clean or stable.Read more
CAR AUDIO SPOTLIGHT: PIONEER'S AVIC-Z130BT
The folks at Pioneer continued the tradition of the heralded AVIC car audio lineup with the AVIC-Z130BT, and this unit packs some real cool features, not to mention good solid performance!
The AVIC-Z130BT comes with standard features, including a 7 inch WVGA Touchscreen display, full on-board NAV, DVD player, iPod control and Bluetooth Wireless. In addition, new features include Pandora Internet Radio capability and HD Radio. On the Navigation side, the AVIC-Z130BT features lane guidance that can direct you to the right lane particularly when you will be heading towards busy intersections. It also has intelligent re-routing options which come in handy if you get lost during your travels. Navigation can be utilized in either 2-D or 3-D mode and displays major landmarks, making navigating smooth and easy.Read more
What is Distortion and why is it BAD for you?
Go ahead. Crank up that volume until your ears bleed…Until every cop knows you. Just make sure you do it properly- AND- have the proper equipment to provide “staying power”. (Some of you can relate to this and some of you might not)
Sure, car audio gear can get plenty loud- and given the fact that much of today’s music is either saturated or compressed to death- it makes avoiding the dreaded “D” and “C” words. I’m talking about distortion and clipping- and they usually signal the death of speakers and electronics, whether by user error (misuse) or inadequate equipment. (Did She say that to one of you?)Read more
Car Audio Spotlight: Clarion NX501
If you are thinking about adding a new car radio to your vehicle, look no further than the Clarion NX501. This beautifully designed double-din radio will not only blow you out of the water in looks but also in the easy to use, user interface and incredible sound quality. The Clarion NX501 offers a wide variety of outstanding features.Read more
Car Audio: Fix it or Replace it?
I average about 15 calls per week from clients who have a factory radio that they say has broken and needs to be repaired. The problems range from bad tuners, failure to play CD’s and even no power at all. Generally, they've already contacted the car dealer and were told either nothing or that they could simply replace their radio at a substantial cost. It's at this junction that I always recommend replacing that tired factory radio with something current that- in most cases- offers much more in the way of integration and features, not to mention better performance.Read more
Why should you add an amplifier?
It’s a common question. And it involves making an additional investment in your car stereo purchase which can make a huge difference. So why should you add an external power amplifier to your car?
Let’s take a look at what a power amplifier actually does. Put simply, an amplifier takes the low level output from a source device (CD player, tuner or MP3 player) and brings its output level to a range that can drive speakers. This range, or power output, can vary depending on the size of the amplifier. Many car audio systems- both OEM and aftermarket- contain power amplifiers even though you might not know it. They can range from built-in amp stages that are actually inside the chassis of the radio to separate external amplifiers that can be located under a seat or in a rear side panel of the vehicle.Read more
Project Mustang Part 2,3,4,5,6…
A few months ago I posted a blog on my Project Mustang in which I detailed the JL Audio sound system we installed in the car. Well, we have had a ton of people visit to hear the system, and I am happy to say a fair number bought systems based on this one.
MARINE AUDIO SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Rockford Fosgate Marine
We recently were proud to announce that we were offering the full line of car audio from the legendary Rockford Fosgate.
I’m also proud to introduce the new Marine lineup from Rockford Fosgate.Read more
MARINE AUDIO SPOTLIGHT- CLARION’S CMD7 MARINE CD/USB RECEIVER
Since we just rolled out the full line of products from Clarion, I thought we ought to get right in and talk about their new high end marine unit, the CMD7.
This is a single DIN chassis with a large display face that can really take whatever the ocean can dish out. The CMD7 incorporates solid rubber gaskets for the best seals possible, stainless steel chassis designs, drip shields and rubberized controls to insure no moisture gets in anywhere. It is this attention to detail and the full IPX5 Salt/Fog testing that gets the CMD7 the highest water intrusion protection rating in it’s class. We’re talking as waterproof as you can get!Read more
CAR AUDIO SPOTLIGHT: Kenwood KFCX-1730P Component Speaker System
The KFCX-1730P Excelon series 6 inch components feature a new advanced speaker cone material and design that delivers the richest high, mid and low frequencies with minimal distortion. Kenwood has utilized a new hybrid fiber diaphragm material that combines glass fiber and a heat resistant material which allows the driver to provide a purer, cleaner sound across mid and low frequencies. A silk dome tweeter delivers a smooth, wide range of high frequencies. The KFCX-1730P also features a newly designed magnetic circuit that uses less steel, resulting in less distortion compared to a conventional circuit. The KFCX-1730P handles a hefty 330 Watts and allows for 3-point attenuation of the tweeter for better tuning.Read more
Car Audio 101: What’s in a Name?
You might have noticed that automobile manufacturers have been “paying more attention” to the calls for better sounding factory audio systems in their vehicles. Manufacturers are touting systems with components from brands including Alpine, Bose, Infinity, JBL, Pioneer and others- which might lead you to think that there isn’t a reason to look at aftermarket equipment as a logical upgrade.Read more
SPOTLIGHT- Morel’s Tempo 6 Components
For those of you shopping for a real good set of component speakers for your vehicle, I invite you to take a real close look/ listen to the Tempo 6 Series Components from Morel. These six inch component speakers offer much of the technology and sound quality Morel is famous for - but at a price standpoint, they will surely fit into any budget!Read more
Car Audio: SPEAKER AND SOUND SYSTEM 101
Occasionally, I come across incidents where car audio systems are being damaged without any clue to the owner, whether by over-driving components, maladjustments of the equipment or simply a combination of crappy equipment and stupidity. I’m going to review some common issues and offer some “guidance” if I may in the hopes that I might be able to save some gear- and ears in the process.Read more
We’re Proud to Introduce Clarion Car AudioAsk the Advisors has always been at the forefront of offering our customers the latest in car audio and we’re proud to offer the full line of high performance car audio from Clarion.
Clarion has been a leader in car audio since introducing the first car stereo in Japan back in 1948. Since then, Clarion has achieved numerous industry firsts including the first 2-Din car stereo in 1995 and the top performing CD player in the industry in 1996. Read more
Serious Autosport now offers Audio Control!
With the increased emphasis on better audio quality in the car audio arena, we’re proud to now offer the full line of audio interfaces and processors from the great folks at Audio Control.
Audio Control has been around since 1977 and produces some of the finest audio processors and interfaces around. Some of you may have run across the famed “Epicenter” bass enhancer through the years, which set new standards when it came to enhancing and providing killer bass response.Read more
Car Audio 101: Firmware Maintenance
Having the cool new car stereo in your ride means you can take advantage of all the new add-on features available with today’s technology. Features like Bluetooth wireless technology, iPod integration, and Navigation and Satellite radio can add to your enjoyment. With the increasing emphasis on technology, car audio decks are way more sophisticated and require “firmware updates” to keep up with new software versions that are being churned out on a regular basis.Read more
Car Stereo Spotlight: Kenwood KDCX995
For those of you in search of a great high-performance car deck, look no further than the KDCX995 from Kenwood’s Excelon division. Following the success of last year’s KDCX994, the KDCX995 brings some great new features to an already popular lineup of functions- alongside the 2 year parts and labor warranty standard with every Kenwood Excelon product.Read more
Car Audio System Spotlight: Kenwood’s XR-W10F and XR-W12F Excelon Subwoofers
Following on the heels of the highly successful XW series of thin car subwoofers, the folks at Kenwood have introduced 2 new models that provide even greater performance, while still staying with the successful slim basket designs.
Yes, there are ways to upgrade your factory car audio system!
Automobile manufacturers have made some baby steps toward making the factory stereo system look and sound better, but they’re still falling way short of what’s possible when it comes to getting great sounding audio and extra features from your car system. Every year, the auto industry tries to change the designs of head units (radio's) so that it makes it difficult (if not impossible) to change the radio in order to upgrade the system. Thank goodness the aftermarket industry changes with the times! Read more
Bringing Back a Legend! The Return of Rockford Fosgate…
It’s been years since I messed with the old Punch 150 amps and woofers, but I’m excited to announce that Ask the Advisors is now offering the legendary car audio amplifiers and speakers from Rockford Fosgate!
Yup, you heard right!Read more
You’re getting a killer deal…Or are you? Buying car audio on the web…
You’ve made your decision and want to buy the “Whiz Bang Model 7” car radio. It’s got everything- all the features and looks good, too. The question is- what’s the best price you can get it for?
…Now the fun begins…Read more
Spotlight: Kenwood’s DNX6980
Kenwood wasted no time with its success of the DNX6960 by rolling out the DNX6980 for 2011 and this year’s model is a winner, too!
Take one look at the DNX6980 and you can see the sleek design and easy functionality the designers and Kenwood were out to achieve.Read more
Want to add some bass? Check out the JL Audio Stealthbox
Adding bass to your ride can be fairly easy in most cars but can also be cumbersome, especially when space in most vehicles is at a premium. Fortunately, there is a solution for most vehicles on the road today that offers the customer some great options when adding a subwoofer. JL Audio, a leader in car audio for years, offers a variety of custom-tailored subwoofer enclosures called “Stealthboxes” and the name fits!
Project Mustang GT Part 1 – The Sound SystemWe get asked the same couple of questions a lot about car audio; they are…
1.) Can I keep my stock head unit and still get great sound?
2.) I want to keep the interior looking very stock…can you do that?
The answer to both of these questions is a great big yes, and in the design and execution of the system for my new Mustang GT we are going to do both. I want to keep the Sync system in place both for looks and because I have learned to really like the voice commands. As for the rest of the car; I just really want to keep a stock look.Read more
SPOTLIGHT: Morel’s Ultimo SC Series Subwoofer
We can sit here and spend all day talking about subwoofers. We can compare one model to another, brand versus brand, whatever. It seems we all tend to get muddled up talking power handling or frequency response or heck- even magnet size. Geez! What ever happened to sound quality?
Well, I’m proud to introduce you to the “Ultimo SC” Series of car subwoofers from Morel (www.morelhifi.com). If you’ve read my previous blogs on their component speaker systems, you ought to know by now that Morel truly brings some top-notch hardware to the table when it comes to sound quality, design and durability- and this can be no more evident when you take one look at the Ultimo SC Subwoofers. Positioned as a “great consumer value” line, these woofers take much of their technology from the award-winning Ultimo Subwoofers but at a more competitive price point.Read more
Spotlight- Kenwood’s KMR-440U Excelon Series Marine AM/FM/CDIn today’s growing marine audio market, it makes sense to offer marine grade products, and Kenwood is no exception, having entered the marine arena with its Excelon series KMR-440U Head unit.
This deck, priced at $199.95 provides the same features and benefits found in the company’s KDC-X494 car deck but adds extra durability for the harsh marine world.
The KMR-440U comes with a front 3.5mm audio input and USB port for attaching additional sources and can fully control an iPod with the optional iPod cable sold separately. Other options that can be added include Satellite radio and HD radio with optional tuner modules. Expansion with outboard amplifiers is possible from the unit’s 3 sets of preamp outputs, which also allow for subwoofer level control from the head unit. Read more
SPOTLIGHT: JL Audio’s XD700/5 Amplifier
I'm pleased to see a good variety of good sounding 5-channel amplifiers available. These small footprint designs offer greater flexibility, more wattage for the buck and save you $$ on installation- not to mention you only need to purchase one amp.
The latest addition comes from JL Audio, one of the leaders in small amplifier design and performance. The company already is enjoying success with it’s high-end HD series 900/5 amplifier, and now introduces the XD700/5 which compliments the HD model within its XD lineup of small efficient car amps.Read more