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By: Steve A.
Auto Radio
Tom installed a satellite radio car kit in my car. Very nice guy who knows a lot about such installations. I showed up without calling first and he installed it within an hour. Very clean and organized business. Plenty of parking. I would recommend Auto Radio.
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By: Jack A.
Auto Radio
I just had Tom install a new stereo, and he did it way cheaper than anywhere else in town, and went completely above and beyond in every way! He got me in for an appointment super quick, got the job done in only an hour, and was very thorough. And then what really blew me away, was that he also replaced the missing pull handle on my driver's door, without me even asking him to do it. That handle had been missing ever since I bought the car 2 years ago, and in that time I've taken it to several other good mechanics who I know and trust well. None of them have ever even offered to fix the handle, but Tom came up with a creative solution and did in just a few minutes! On top of all that, when I picked up the car he offered to drill a screw into a piece of the trim that was hanging loose and about ready to fall off. And then when I offered to pay for all of the extra services, he wouldn't even charge me anything more! If you go anywhere else for car audio work, you're wasting your money.
By: Ima P.
Auto Radio
Tom is the best! Fast, accurate, no BS! He will talk to you honestly, and find you the best configuration at the best price! Don't waste your time and money going anywhere else!!!!!!!! I shopped around my install at 5 different places before calling Auto Radio, and I am SOO glad I did! Tom has literally saved me hundreds of dollars and I couldn't be happier! (and he is open on saturday's unlike some of the other higher priced shops)
Tips & Advices
A capacitor is a two-terminal electrical component that is able to store energy, thus they are often found in power supplies. They can be especially important in a stereo system because they can exhibit frequency dependent behavior. What this means is they can be tailored to be used as noise filters to reduce the appearance of a frequency, or they can be used to enhance it. This is particularly effective in differentiating and isolating the ranges in a subwoofer and a tweeter, and in filtering out the potential noise or feedback from the power source.
Most aftermarket speakers are compatible with your factory stereo system. There can be exceptions, for instance, if you have speakers that need extra amplification to drive them to maximum performance, such as large subwoofers, your factory deck may not have the power to drive them adequately. They will play, but not to their potential. Basic speakers should be able to plug right into most standard decks. Factory stereo systems have evolved dramatically over the years and can even meet or exceed aftermarket products.
To install a basic car stereo you will need a minimum of tools. First you may need a puller to remove the existing deck (if there is one). Usually it’s just a thin bar that hooks onto the unit to pull it out. Once the unit space is established, you will need crimpers and wire cutters to strip, connect, and crimp the wiring units (to the speakers and to your power source). It’s a good idea to use connectors for the wiring contacts. It is a simple and basic process. In some cases, you might need some additional basic tools like screwdrivers if you are mounting anything or customizing the dash.
With a basic knowledge and minimum of tools, it is not theoretically difficult to install a car stereo. It is even easier is you are replacing the old deck because the wiring for the speakers and the power source are already in place. Most existing units can be pulled easily from the dash and replaced quickly. This of course depends on the sophistication of the system and the skill of the installer. If no modifications are necessary, it is not an overly difficult or complicated process. There are many sources of information and instructional videos available on the internet to guide you.
A subwoofer is a speaker that is designed to produce sounds on the low end of the audio scale. Subwoofers are usually paired with tweeters, speakers that produce sounds on the higher end of the audio scale, to create a balanced sound.

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