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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Starting with Sound Advice
Part II: Shopping for a Great System
Part III: Selecting the Best Components
Part IV: Tying It All Together
Part V: Protecting Your System and Yourself
Part VI: The Parts of Ten
Icons Used in This Book
Chapter 1
Taking the Car Audio Plunge
The best time ever for car audio fans
Your roadmap to awesome car tunes
You’ve come to the right place
Deciding What Kind of Mobile Music Listener You Are
Knowing Your Car, Your Needs, and Your Budget
Your car
Your needs
Your budget
Choosing between Mild and Wild
Upgrade your factory-installed system
Keep your factory radio
Understanding OEM upgrade options
Chapter 2
What Bose Hath Wrought
Aftermarket and Stock: Playing Both Sides of the Fence
Staying with Stock
Stock Systems: Getting Better All the Time
Understanding What Constitutes Good Sound
Discovering Aspects of Sound Quality
Clarity
Clarity
Dynamic range
Frequency response
Tonal balance
More Advanced Sound Quality Concepts
Timbre
Timbre
Tonal accuracy
Staging and imaging
Finding a Reference
High quality sound systems
Test and sound quality CDs
Personal favorites
Car Audio Specialty Stores
Where the experts are
What they can offer
What it will cost you
Big Box Options
Good prices, but . .
Installation issues
Buying Online
Why you can’t get everything you want
Pimp my browser
Understanding Warranties and Returns
Shopping for Used Equipment
Understanding Modern Car Systems
Warranty issues
“Lease” is the word
Exploring the Advantages of Going Pro
MECP certification
Questions to ask
Installing It Yourself
Know your car and your limitations
Manufacturers’ warranties
Where to Get Help
The ‘Net effect on DIY
Magazines
Choosing CD or DVD
How the iPod Changed Everything
Music files go mobile
Space versus sound
Doing Windows
The disc-less drive
Aftermarket iPod adaptors
Auxiliary inputs
Car dealer kits
Sync and the future
USB in the Dash
Another way in for the iPod
Thumb drives
In the Cards: SD and MMC
Hard Disc Drives: Burn, Baby, Burn
Music of the Spheres: Satellite Radio
What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?: HD Radio
What HD Radio is
Where you can get it
How you can get it
Linking in with Bluetooth
Bluetooth head units
Bluetooth A2DP
Drivin’ Movies
In-Dash DVD Players
Double-DIN head units
Fold-out screens
Players only
DVD-Audio
DVD Head Unit Features
Dual-zone capability
Video output
Auxiliary audio/video inputs
DVD Beyond the Dash
Headrest monitors/DVD players
Overhead video consoles
Raw monitors
Portable options
Videogaming on the Go
Comparing Basic Head Unit Features
High power
Preamp outputs
High-voltage output
Auxiliary input
iPod integration
USB port
MP3/WMA capability
Satellite radio control
Remote control
Skip protection or memory buffer
Dual zone
Auxiliary audio/video input
Station presets
Seek and scan tuning
Local/distant tuning
Mute and Attenuation
Loudness control
Detachable faceplate
Subwoofer crossover and/or subwoofer-level control
Bass, treble, balance, and fader
Equalizer
CD-Text
Repeat and random or shuffle play
CD-changer controls
Multicolor and multifunction displays
Clock
Seeking Out Cutting-Edge Features
Bluetooth
HD Radio
SD Card slot
Inspecting the Specs
Installing Your Head Unit
Removing the stock radio
Wiring the new head unit
Kits and fits
Powering Up with an Amplifier
Knowing How Much Power Is Enough
Sensitivity training
Vehicle noise
The diminishing returns of increased power
Power per channel
Making Sense of Specs
Bridging to mono
High-current amps
More amp specs
Class warfare
Choosing the Right Type of Amplifier
Stereo amplifiers
Multichannel amplifiers
Subwoofer amplifiers
Considering the Different Features of an Amp
Crossovers
Bass boost or equalization
Remote subwoofer control
Gain control
High-level inputs
Gold-plated RCA input connectors
Balanced inputs
LED status indicator
Getting Input on Inputs and Outputs
Keeping Cool with Protection Circuitry
Thermal protection
Cooling fans
Short-circuit protection
Impedance protection
Connection shroud
Low-voltage protection
Keeping It Pretty: Cosmetic Considerations
Gathering the Facts Before You Amp Up
Getting Comfortable with Your Car’s Charging System
Deciding Where to Plant Your Power
Getting wired
Allowing for inputs and outputs
Structuring Wire Runs
Making a Fuss over Fuses
Getting in-line
Respecting the fuse ratings
Staying Grounded
The Anatomy of a Speaker
Discovering How Speakers Speak
The highs and lows
Components and coaxials
Crossover artists
Speaker Specs
Power handling
Sensitivity
Listening Carefully
Common Speaker Locations and Sizes
Speaker locations
Speaker sizes
Getting to the factory speaker
Disconnecting the factory speaker
Wiring up the new speaker
Connecting the new speaker
Accentuating the positive, and the negative
Running wires
Securely crossing over
Choosing a Subwoofer
Prefab bass
Going with a raw sub
Discovering the Different Types of Enclosures
Infinite baffle
Sealed enclosures
Vented enclosures
Exotic vented enclosures
Checking Out Subwoofer Specs
Physical specs
Impedance
Wiring Your Subwoofers
Series wiring
Parallel wiring
Dual voice coil subwoofers
Why all this wiring?
Building Yourself a Sub Box
Gathering your tools and materials
Building the box
Mounting the subwoofer
Securing your sub
All Things Being Equal: Equalizers
Divide and equalize
Types of equalization
Types of equalizers
Signal processors
OEM integration processors
Crossovers: Signal Traffic Cops
Get active
Passive resistance
Points, slopes, and orders
Crossover types
Installing Equalizers
In-dash EQs
Remote-mount EQs
Installing Crossovers
Electronic crossovers
Passive crossovers
Deciding Between Plain Jane Wire and Audio Jewelry
Breaking Down the Different Types of Cables
Power Cords
Finding a good gauge
Other factors
Playing it safe
Staying grounded
Finding a good ground
Power accessories
On the Preamp Level: Signal Cable
Signal cable
Other signal transfer options
Carrying a Tune: Speaker Cable
More Power to You: Capacitors, Batteries, and Alternators
Capacitors
Auxiliary batteries
High-output alternators
Installation Tips for Accessories
DIY installation tools
Tuning In: Getting the Best Sound Out of Your System
Understanding what constitutes good sound
Points of reference
Setting Gains
Level matching starts with the head
From the head to the amp
Setting gains and crossover points by ear
Using a Real-Time Analyzer
Keeping an Ear Out for Tuning Issues
Bass in the back
Out of phase speaker wiring
Distortion
Troubleshooting Your System
Grounding problems
Alternator whine
Switch pop
Securing Your Ride with an Alarm
The parts of a security system
Head unit security
Using Common Sense
Insuring Your System
Be prepared
Before and after a theft
Playing It Smart
Knowing When the Music Is Too Loud
Being Aware of Driver Distraction
Making Up Your Mind
Doing Your Homework
Using Your Ears
Using Your Head
Finding a Friend
Trusting Your Instincts
Keeping It Simple
Planning Ahead
Cranking It Up
Turning It Down
Can You Give Me References?
Can I See Systems You’ve Done?
How Are Your Installers Trained?
What’s Your Service Policy?
What’s Your Installation Rate?
Are You an Authorized Dealer?
Do You Guarantee Your Work?
Do You Carry Insurance?
Do You Install Equipment You Don’t Sell?
Do You Help with DIY Installations?
Keeping It Clean
Keeping It Cool
Turning It Off
Tightening It Up
Paying Attention
Securing Your Sub
Checking Your Antenna
Maintaining Power
Keeping Your Change
Glossary
Index
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Car Audio For Dummies

Car Audio For Dummies

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Thinking about a knockout audio system for your car? Not sure what you need, want, or can afford? Car Audio For Dummies is a great place to find some answers!

But wait — what if speakers that vibrate your floorboards don’t turn you on? What if you’re thinking more about hands-free phone access and a DVD player to entertain the kids? Surprise! Car Audio For Dummies can give you a hand there, too. Whether you want to feel as if your favorite band is performing right on top of your dashboard or you want to keep the soccer team entertained on the way to the tournament, this friendly guide can help.

From planning your system and buying components to getting them installed and protecting your investment, you’ll find plenty of wise advice. Get the scoop on:

Figuring out what kind of equipment you need to do what you want Identifying good sound quality when you hear it Adding components to a factory system Choosing a video player, hands-free phone system, amplifiers, speakers, and more Finding a reliable installer (today’s automotive electronics systems are so complex that you probably won’t want to go it alone) Understanding warranties and returns Protecting and insuring your system

Car Audio For Dummies is sort of like that knowledgeable friend you want to take along when you tackle a project like this. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?

Thinking about a knockout audio system for your car? Not sure what you need, want, or can afford? Car Audio For Dummies is a great place to find some answers!

But wait — what if speakers that vibrate your floorboards don’t turn you on? What if you’re thinking more about hands-free phone access and a DVD player to entertain the kids? Surprise! Car Audio For Dummies can give you a hand there, too. Whether you want to feel as if your favorite band is performing right on top of your dashboard or you want to keep the soccer team entertained on the way to the tournament, this friendly guide can help.

From planning your system and buying components to getting them installed and protecting your investment, you’ll find plenty of wise advice. Get the scoop on:

Figuring out what kind of equipment you need to do what you want Identifying good sound quality when you hear it Adding components to a factory system Choosing a video player, hands-free phone system, amplifiers, speakers, and more Finding a reliable installer (today’s automotive electronics systems are so complex that you probably won’t want to go it alone) Understanding warranties and returns Protecting and insuring your system

Car Audio For Dummies is sort of like that knowledgeable friend you want to take along when you tackle a project like this. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?

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