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By: Fred R.
Ballard Custom Audio
I found this small shop searching the Internet and I could not find any negative comments so send an email to set up an appointment to add serius radio to my truck. Communication was great, they were waiting for me on my appointment date, took them a couple of hours to finish the job and the installation looks great. I would absolutely use this shop again
By: bruels
Ballard Custom Audio
Where do I begin? Well, first by clicking the little 5-star button. Bill and Ballard Custom Audio are the best additions to the neighborhood in years. I called them on a whim -- my wife and I just purchased a small shuttle bus that we're converting into a kämping-wagen/party bus and I was daunted by the idea of installing a great audio system in there. Bill and Elysha were immediately excited by the project. Bill worked closely with me to match my budget and my big dreams for the bus. He carefully explained his product choices, and the exact way he was going to setup the system. He scheduled me quickly, just a few days out. And once I rolled the beast into the garage, he was done fast. He discovered some other issues with the bus like my bad rear battery, explained how and why it was negatively affecting the system, then invited me in to help fix it. When it was all done, the work was pristine -- I've installed a few car audio systems for myself and friends, and unquestionably this was the cleanest, most solid work I've ever seen. AND IT SOUNDS FREAKING AMAZING! Seriously, I just want to hang out and listen to it all day. The equipment choices were just right -- the audio in there is crisp, full, perfectly balanced, and LOUD!Bill's just a genuine human being, an excellent businessman, and an utterly knowledgable, professional car audio guy. Run, do not walk, away from Car Toys and the other big box stores -- Ballard Custom Audio is the only place you need to consider. Thanks to Bill and his lovely wife Elysha for my excellent new rig!
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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