Cool Car Audio Upgrades for Hot Summer Days

Summer is here and it’s time to roll down the windows and crank up the music. Whether you like cruising around all night, early morning beach trips, or trekking across the state on a road trip, you’re going to spend a lot of time in the car this season. The audio system you have was fine in January, with the windows up, but now you want the world to hear your new favorite song. So, you roll down the windows, open the sun roof, or drop the convertible top and realize it’s time for an upgrade. You’re not alone!

These customers had similar experiences prior to bringing their vehicles into one of our P.C. Richard & Son Mobile Installation Centers. Here’s what we did to get them ready for summer.

Car2007 Corvette Convertible Lacks Volume, Definition & Connectivity

This customer came into our Eatontown, NJ Mobile Installation Center looking to upgrade his 2007 Chevy Corvette. This is a high-end vehicle that came with a premium stereo for its time. The factory audio system is centered around a touch-screen navigation radio. The customer was experiencing problems with control functions and outdated maps, plus updates were no longer offered for the unit. Also, the radio was not smartphone compatible, nor was there an auxiliary input for music stored on other devices, like an mp3 player. Another major issue was that when the convertible top was down, the music was barely audible due to excessive road noise and the loud exhaust.

The sales team and mobile installer suggested the Pioneer Avic5200NEX. This 6.2” touch screen would replace his factory unit, add current navigation maps, Bluetooth capability, and put out more volume than the factory radio ever could.Car2

The result was amazing. Once the unit was installed, the customer realized he got more than he hoped for. The Avic5200NEX’s internal 50×4 mosfet amplifier sounded more robust and the added power let his music soar way above the outside noise. Navigation was pinpoint accurate, and Bluetooth capabilities unlocked hands-free calling and music streaming from his phone and favorite apps. He could also use Siri functions and Apple CarPlay apps. Also, the Avic’s mini headphone jack and USB input were flush-mounted into the center console for a custom look. These inputs allow music to be played from external devices via a 1/8” mini cable, and also provide USB charging with direct smartphone.

Car32015 Mitsubishi Outlander in Need of More Power & Punch

This customer came into our Bay Plaza Mobile Installation Center looking to improve his 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander. This vehicle comes with a good factory radio that offers Bluetooth connectivity, but it still didn’t fulfill the customer’s audio needs. He didn’t want to change the radio but wanted big sound he could feel.Car4

The main issue is that the current system severely lacked full-bodied sound and powerful volume. Our Sales Team and Mobile Installers were up to the task and helped the customer put together an audio system that would integrate perfectly while supplying the power and sound that was lacking.

Car5The customer chose Alpine Type S SPR60C component speakers to anchor the sound in the front doors, Kicker DSC654 for rear-fill speakers, Kicker DXA 500.1 amplifier to power dual 10” subwoofers, DXA 250.4 amplifier to power the interior speakers, and most importantly, a Kicker Front Row. This unit makes it possible to integrate seamlessly with the factory radio and lets you make detailed equalizer and sound filtering adjustments.

The result from this upgrade was impressive. Crystal clear audio is projected far at high volumes. The deep bass punch from the subwoofers adds warmth and impact. At low volumes, intricate musical details are still easily heard with dedicated mid-bass drivers and tweeters. At high volumes, the added power injects concert-sound excitement, and the 500 watts pushing the subwoofers provide the desired boom, so he can feel the music while out cruising.

Car62000 Honda Civic Begging for Better Connectivity & Modern Features

Sometimes the smallest upgrade can make the biggest impact. This young customer visited our NE Philly Mobile Installation Center looking to update the sound and functionality of a 2000 Honda Civic.

The problem was obvious: There was an outdated factory cassette tape player. Our mobile installer knew that most teenagers want full smartphone integration plus an assortment of other music options, so he installed the feature-packed Pioneer DEHX6800BT.

Once installed, the customer was excited about the modern features and the ability to play CDs. The front USB input allows for control of Car7iPods and thumb drives loaded with music. The Bluetooth connects to her smartphone for safe hands-free calling, and Siri Eyes Free lets her voice-dial without taking her eyes off the road. Plus, she can now stream any of her favorite music apps for immense variety. This radio will keep everyone entertained with Mixtrax, which pulses the radio display to the beat of the music and adds a DJ-mix effect that blends songs together for continuous playback. The DEHX6800BT packs a powerful 50×4 watt amplifier that’s much more capable than a basic factory radio, and a 5-band Equalizer makes her music sound better than ever.

These customers, like so many others, are thrilled with the results of their upgrades! If you find your vehicles audio system lacking this summer, check out some of the gear mentioned above, or stop into one of our P.C. Richard & Son Mobile Installation Centers and let us drop some of the hottest car audio equipment and accessories into your ride today.

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