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Online car audio/video/alarm/installation help for SD members

BayArea 487 August 11, 2008 at 03:00 PM
I can offer you advise on any purchases you are about to make, what to look for, whats good/not good, and any problems you have that you need to troubleshoot.

My father has been in the business for decades and myself for many years, so this is our expertise. We are an award winning car audio speciality shop, and we take alot of pride in our work. Fiberglass is also something I/we specialize in, so shoot your questions!

Ive helped countless amount of SDers with their questions about purchases and what to look for when buying and installing these sorts of things, as it sometimes becomes overwhelming to any one that's not car savvyBig Grin

Things that you might have trouble with that I can help include : In dash decks, in dash navigation systems, ipod and bluetooth integration,alarms, mobile video, amplifiers, speakers and components, signal processors, subwoofers, boxes, wiring, power caps, installation kits, and installation.


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Please remember to input the following descriptions when asking for advise about a future purchase

Vehicle- Year, make, model
Parts purchased/considering- model numbers of the parts
Goal- what are you looking for (that way i know the part your buying will fulfill your needs)

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For troubleshooting:

-Year/make/model of vehicle
-Problem (bass stop working, amp clipping, etc...)
-Weird noises or lights(ex. red light on amplifier, error message on stereo, etc...)

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As a employee at a shop that is an authorized dealer for many brands, im familiar with most if not all models out there. If you have a question about any single one, just ask!

Remember: Always buy from an AUTHORIZED dealer!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I know the seller is an Authorized Dealer?
All you have to do is visit the website of the product you are planning on purchasing and there will be a tab named Dealer Locator. All you do is click on that and enter your zip code and it will list all authorized dealers in a certain mileage radius.

How do I know what will fit my car?
Simply ask me what your car is and I can tell you what size speakers, radio, etc... will fit. Remember, the cool thing about car audio is customizing something that didn't come from the factory. We can make your car special and outfitted to fit your needs!

Im not looking to spend too much, can I have a decent sound system on a budget?
You sure can, ask me what your looking for and im sure I can whip up a system for you that will fit your budget. Good sound doesnt require you to spend good money Wink

*BayArea will not be held liable for any damage that results from improper installation or use of tools. I am only giving advice to help slickdealers get started on their car audio systems and to point them in the right direction.

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Quote from Sportsaholic View Post :
I got the in dash receiver that's on front page today . I have a Nissan sentra 2005. I installed the HU, but it doesn't power on. Checked all the fuses and wiring still no dice. Then I tried to put the stock one back, now it won't turn on either. I can't figure out what the problem is. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Checked fuses?
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#1292
Quote from Microtubule View Post :
Checked fuses?
Yes, all the fuses in both the fuse boxes are fine.
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#1293
Quote from Sportsaholic View Post :
Yes, all the fuses in both the fuse boxes are fine.
Wow, you already said that. I fail at reading. laugh out loud

Quote from Sportsaholic View Post :
Yes, all the fuses in both the fuse boxes are fine.
Do you have access to a test light to make sure the wire is getting power?
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Quote from Microtubule View Post :
Wow, you already said that. I fail at reading. laugh out loud


Do you have access to a test light to make sure the wire is getting power?
No I dont but I can get it from walmart or so if thats necessary.
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#1295
I have a 2008 Toyota Corolla LE with JBL Premium 6 Speaker Sound System + 6 Disc CD Changer (in-dash).

Unfortunately, this model does not have the capacity to play mp3s, nor does it have any auxiliary jacks or USB inputs. Pretty lame for a car made in 2008, especially with premium audio, but it is what it is.

Anyway, I want to add a BT car stereo that also has USB and auxiliary jack support, plus phone call support. Sound quality is a big deal to me, so I'd like to have lossless audio quality via the receiver.

DIY installation project features wanted:

Car stereo head unit with:
BT audio
BT phone calls, hands free
USB plugins & media scanner
Auxiliary jack
HD Audio support
NO satellite radio
FLAC/other lossless support
No navigation or video playback.
CD playback not important

Installation for:

2008 Toyota Corolla LE
has JBL Premium 6 Speaker Sound and 6-disc In-Dash CD Changer

Considerations:

Inexpensive - Grad student budget (I make less than 5 figures a year)
Preserve clean front dashboard look.
Easy capacity to restore to factory/stock radio for resale.
No soldering, cutting, splicing, etc. I want to plug and play.
Pre-outs - easy ability to add a small DIY sub in the future if desired.

Thank you for any/all help.
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#1296
Nothing? This thread was linked to from a recent head unit SD for help and suggestions on other options and how-to DIY.

I could certainly use some help from the pros regarding my post above!
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#1297
I don't see BayArea being all that active on SD right now, and he's the one that started this thread to give free advice. Unless someone else takes up the car audio guru slot, your question is going to sit here for awhile.
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Life has been busy, but no excuse to not give back to this great site. Let's get the discussions going again folks!
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Quote from longdong View Post :
I have a 2008 Toyota Corolla LE with JBL Premium 6 Speaker Sound System + 6 Disc CD Changer (in-dash).

Unfortunately, this model does not have the capacity to play mp3s, nor does it have any auxiliary jacks or USB inputs. Pretty lame for a car made in 2008, especially with premium audio, but it is what it is.

Anyway, I want to add a BT car stereo that also has USB and auxiliary jack support, plus phone call support. Sound quality is a big deal to me, so I'd like to have lossless audio quality via the receiver.

DIY installation project features wanted:

Car stereo head unit with:
BT audio
BT phone calls, hands free
USB plugins & media scanner
Auxiliary jack
HD Audio support
NO satellite radio
FLAC/other lossless support
No navigation or video playback.
CD playback not important

Installation for:

2008 Toyota Corolla LE
has JBL Premium 6 Speaker Sound and 6-disc In-Dash CD Changer

Considerations:

Inexpensive - Grad student budget (I make less than 5 figures a year)
Preserve clean front dashboard look.
Easy capacity to restore to factory/stock radio for resale.
No soldering, cutting, splicing, etc. I want to plug and play.
Pre-outs - easy ability to add a small DIY sub in the future if desired.

Thank you for any/all help.

As funny as it may sound, it may help you to actually call Crutchfield and see if they have something that matches your needs. As far as plug and play - they give you a harness with purchase.
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Quote from longdong View Post :
Nothing? This thread was linked to from a recent head unit SD for help and suggestions on other options and how-to DIY.

I could certainly use some help from the pros regarding my post above!
Quote from sup3rson1c View Post :
As funny as it may sound, it may help you to actually call Crutchfield and see if they have something that matches your needs. As far as plug and play - they give you a harness with purchase.
Longdong has the premium JBL system. He will need something like the http://www.pac-audio.com/productD...ductId=281 to integrate a new headunit. It will most likely not be given to him for free by Crutchfield (it's a premium integration module).
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Quote from BayArea View Post :
Longdong has the premium JBL system. He will need something like the http://www.pac-audio.com/productD...ductId=281 to integrate a new headunit. It will most likely not be given to him for free by Crutchfield (it's a premium integration module).
Good to know. Maybe not for free, but possibly you can get it from them. Either way, they actually ARE a good resource for finding something specific for your vehicle instead of waiting for months on a forum for a reply.
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#1302
Help needed: I have a 2004 Santa Fe with Monsoon sound system. The FM reception is bad but the interesting part is that most of the times when the car is in cruising, the reception is ok, but when it slows down to a crawl or stops at a red light with the engine running, the radio just stats giving out white noise. any guess what could be the reason ...
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Quote from d0d0 View Post :
Help needed: I have a 2004 Santa Fe with Monsoon sound system. The FM reception is bad but the interesting part is that most of the times when the car is in cruising, the reception is ok, but when it slows down to a crawl or stops at a red light with the engine running, the radio just stats giving out white noise. any guess what could be the reason ...
What do you mean white noise? Do you hear the 'white noise' in other sources as well (e.x. CD/iPod/etc)?
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What do you mean white noise? Do you hear the 'white noise' in other sources as well (e.x. CD/iPod/etc)?
Hi, Thanks, By white noise I mean the hissing and cracking sound that you get if your signal is very weak. Well, I have hardly used the CD, but when I was using iPod with a cassette adapter , there was no noise.
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Quote from d0d0 View Post :
Hi, Thanks, By white noise I mean the hissing and cracking sound that you get if your signal is very weak. Well, I have hardly used the CD, but when I was using iPod with a cassette adapter , there was no noise.
Stock stereo?
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