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3 Reasons DIY installs might cost you more in the end!

Posted by Chris Hine on January 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Today is the day! You’ve been saving for weeks and it’s time to go buy that sweet new touchscreen head unit. It has all the latest technology like built-in XM radio, Bluetooth, and more features than you could ever need. Congrats! Great sound starts with a great source unit. Now, will you have it professionally installed or will you attempt to install it by yourself?

The DIY approach can be tempting for those of us looking to save a little cash. It seems reasonable that doing something yourself will be cheaper than hiring professionals to handle everything. But when you look at all the costs involved in a successful install, you’ll see that this simply might not be the case when it comes to car audio.

Here are three reasons why DIY car audio installation might cost you more.


Vehicle complexity

Today’s cars and trucks are more complex than ever before. Manufacturers are making their OEM equipment more difficult and sometimes impossible to replace with every new model they release. First, it was little things, such as Honda running the dome light circuit through the radio, GM having the door dinger through a door speaker, or Mercedes incorporating the alarm trigger on the back of the radio.Those were easy to bypass and minor annoyances at worst, but these days we have to worry about computer data, various vehicle sensors, cameras, navigation, WiFi, microphones, noise cancellation tech, active volume control and who knows what else running through our stereos. And, if you make a mistake, your lights may go haywire, your car might not start, or even worse—smoke could rise from your dashboard. That’s going to be a costly repair. A professional installer has resources and equipment available to either work around or integrate these features into the new system.It’s not just new cars, though. All cars have wiring that carries DC voltage.


Tools

Many Fords and most European radios require special tools to remove them without damaging the dash. Some cars require you to disassemble half the dashboard around the radio before you can access it. Some even have security screws to prevent removal. Do you have the specialty tools and panel poppers to take apart a dash without damaging it? How about a right-angle driver for otherwise impossible to remove screws? Got a phase tester for speakers? Oscilloscope for signal clipping? Pink noise generator? Real time analyzer?Having the right tools can make a HUGE difference in the time required to do the job, and it prevents the breaking of the clips and tabs that hold your dash together so your car stays in one piece for as long as you own it.


Insurance

Your vehicle insurance probably does not cover damage caused by improperly installed equipment. A professional installer and the company they work for are covered by insurance policies for just these sorts of situations. One crossed wire and that $160 you saved by installing it yourself could cost you thousands to replace a vehicle computer. Again, the pros have resources available that assist them in integrating your new product into the complex environment of the vehicle’s electrical system so that these situations never happen.


So…is it really worth the risk of broken dash bezels, annoying squeaks and rattles, and the possibility of fried electrical equipment or fire damage in your car just to save the $120 - $180 installation fee?

By choosing professional installation, you aren’t just paying for the installer’s time; you are also getting their experience from working on countless other vehicles, their knowledge of your new product, their specialty tools, their resources and the insurance coverage that protects your vehicle in their shop. The easy and inexpensive way for installing your car audio is just to let the professionals do their job.

And to think, this only covers head units! Can you even imagine what you would be getting into by trying to run heavy gauge amplifier power cable from the battery to the trunk or installing an alarm system to protect every door and opening on the car?

 

Don’t risk it! Have it professionally installed by The Noize Boyz today!

Rockford Fosgate P300-10 powered sub

Posted by Chris Hine on October 24, 2016 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Your all-in-one solution

 

Are you looking to add some bass to your ride without all the headaches of matching up a sub with a compatible amp and enclosure? Rockford Fosgate has created the P300-10 powered sub, a perfect match of enclosure, sub, and amp that allows you to avoid all the complex mathematics. You'll love the powerful impact this enclosure adds to your favorite tracks, and you'll rest easy knowing that you're getting tried-and-true Rockford Fosgate performance.


 



Rugged and powerful

The P300-10 comes equipped with a 10" woofer paired up to a built-in 300-watt amplifier. The sealed enclosure provides optimum sound quality, and the rugged industrial vinyl coating protects it wherever you choose to install it. You can use the low-pass crossover, phase switch, and bass boost to adjust the sub to work best in your vehicle. High- and low-level inputs allow you to connect it to any system, while the included remote knob lets you adjust bass intensity from the driver's seat.

Starting at $379.99

265 Edward St

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Things to Avoid when buying a remote starter

Posted by Chris Hine on October 21, 2016 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)


A remote car starter can be one of the best additions that you can make to your vehicle. It can also be a very confusing purchase. Our intent with this post is to help you avoid some of the most common mistakes that people make when buying remote car starters.





Not Buying a Remote Car Starter With Enough Range


I use the word “range” even though I hate to. Manufacturers have no choice but to put “500-foot range” or “3,000-foot range” on their packaging. It is important to keep in mind that these are absolutely perfect numbers – in environments with no RF interference, no walls, no windows and no buildings to go around… In other words, the middle of the desert! Range is unimportant for most people. Not many of our customers need to start their vehicles from more than 1,000 feet away. But almost everyone wants to start a vehicle from inside a building. That is where transmitter power becomes important.  We feel this gives our customers a better indication of what they are getting. Don’t shortchange yourself with transmitter range (power). You are going to use your starter in more places than your home or workplace. You will want to use it from the mall, sporting events, parking garages, hospitals, restaurants, etc. If in doubt, pay a little more to get a more powerful unit. You want your car to be running when you get to it!


Not Having Your Remote Car Starter Professionally Installed


Professional installation is the key to a quality remote car starter experience. Do not trust your vehicle to the lowest bidder! Remote starters involve complicated installs in today’s vehicles, so it is important that the installation be done properly. One mistake can create thousands of dollars in damage not covered under your vehicle’s warranty. I don’t say that to scare you off. A trained professional can do the job correctly, avoiding costly mistakes and helping you maximize the enjoyability of your new remote car starter. Speaking of your vehicle’s warranty, a properly installed remote car starter will not void your vehicle’s warranty, regardless of what your dealer says! Do not trust the install to your family or your local mechanic. You wouldn’t bring your vehicle to the local mobile electronics installer for an engine overhaul or transmission repair. Go to a specialist! Above all, do not trust your cousin, your friend or your cousin’s friend to do the install! Unless someone is a seasoned installer with real-world training and experience, they are not qualified to work on today’s vehicles. Obviously, there may be some exceptions to these comments, but the exceptions are few and far between. Use your head!


Buying a Poor-quality Remote Car Starter


You can buy a remote car starter at the local auto parts store for $79.99. It comes with an instructional DVD that claims that you can install it yourself. Don’t believe it. You probably can’t! These remote starters are usually of lower quality than the units that you would buy at a specialty retailer like Mobile Edge. In most cases, a quality manufacturer of remote car starters will require professional installation and frown upon over-the-counter sales. They know that the odds of failure decrease exponentially when a professional does the work. The problem is that most people do not know a high-quality brand from a low-quality brand when it comes to remote car starters. A good rule of thumb is to search out the best shop in your market. It is a fair assumption that they will sell and install what they perceive as a high-quality brand. If you trust the shop, you can trust their choice in the products that they carry. Think about it this way: If that is a good shop, they probably sell and install tons of remote starters. Do you think they would choose an inferior product, knowing that it would create all kinds of headaches for them? Probably not.


Not Getting a Remote Car Starter With the Proper Feature Set


Remote car starters offer a lot of convenience options. Be sure to ask the right questions when buying your starter. Some models are simply what they sound like: a remote car starter, and nothing more. They start and stop the vehicle from a distance. That’s it, and that might be good enough for you. Others have multiple functions, ranging from keyless entry and trunk release to heated seats and rear window defrost. A common mistake when considering options includes assuming that certain things might “just work” with the starter. For example, the rear window defroster will not just come on if you left it on. It is on a latched output that resets when the power is shut off – that is, every time you turn off the vehicle. This feature has to be specifically added to almost all installs. Another common mistake is not adding keyless entry on newer vehicles. On most newer vehicles, the factory keyless entry does not function when the vehicle is running. This means that, when your vehicle is remote started and you walk up to it, the factory keyless will not unlock the doors. You would have to use the key in the door (old school) or shut the car down with the remote starter, unlock it with the factory remote and then restart it with the key. Neither is a great choice. The solution is to choose a remote starter that incorporates keyless entry. A remote starter equipped with keyless entry will allow you to unlock the vehicle without having to shut down the car. A quality shop can talk you through these options and make recommendations based on your needs. If you find a shop you trust, the rest is easy.


Buying a Remote Starter at One Place and Getting It Installed at Another


NEVER…. repeat, NEVER, buy a remote starter at one shop and have it installed somewhere else. That is the biggest mistake you can make. You always want to have your starter installed at the very same place where you bought it. Do not make the mistake of buying the eBay/Wal-Mart/Auto Parts Store deal. Most quality shops will not install a remote starter that was purchased elsewhere. You will be left with the second- and third-tier shops that might agree to do this. If the place you are considering buying a remote starter does not offer installation, do not buy it from them. I wrote a post awhile back that goes into great detail about why you should always have your remote car starter installed at the same place where you buy it. Take the time to read that post if you are tempted by the “deal of the day” online. Conclusion A remote starter is an awesome addition to any vehicle. Use the tips in this post and the vast amount of information on our site about remote car starters, and you are sure to make smart decisions. It’s not that difficult a decision when you are armed with the right information.


Come into The Noize Boyz and we'll good care of you

265 Edward st

Aurora, ON

L4G 3M7

905 751 0626



Rockford Punch Subwoofer review

Posted by Chris Hine on October 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Rock Fosgate Sub-woofer Review





If you're looking for a car subwoofer that sounds punchy, then the Rockford Fosgate Punch subwoofers will get your attention, for obvious reasons. With a name like "Punch," there's no hiding the purpose behind these subwoofers – the deep Kevlar reinforced paper cone is designed to punch the air, creating thunderous bass notes to fill out your music.


One of the best features of the Rockford Fosgate Punch 12-inch subwoofers is the 400-watt continuous power handling with a peak of 800 watts. Since the purpose of a subwoofer is to move large amounts of air to create low frequencies, they require a lot more power to operate than your car speakers. The ability to handle more power means you can push these subwoofers a lot harder than most without experiencing damage.


If you want to get the most punch for the name, you want to install these subwoofers in a ported enclosure with a volume of 1.79 cubic feet. You get a cleaner low-end sound with a sealed enclosure, but the ported enclosure maximizes the purpose of the Punch subwoofer by allowing more movement of air.


The Rockford Fosgate Punch series of car subwoofers are great if you want a thunderous, punchy low-end to your car audio. This makes it ideal for listening to hip-hop and heavy metal. The continuous and peak power handling provides you plenty of room to push the speakers with a power amp, which you'll need because of the inefficient 86dB sensitivity rating.


Come into Noize Boyz and see what we have for you!


265 Edward St

Aurora, ON

L4G 3M7

905 751 0626


Adding Motorcycle Speakers

Posted by Chris Hine on October 19, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Thinking of adding some speakers to your motorcycle?

Here are some things to consider before you make your purchase.



 

Type of Speakers. You need to first decide whether you want motorcycle helmet speakers, Bluetooth motorcycle speakers, or motorcycle handlebar speakers. This is a personal choice and completely up to you but keep in mind that handlebar speakers are the most popular choice for bikers.

 

Wattage. Wattage is important because the higher the wattage, the more volume you get. If you simply drive around town on your bike, then lower wattage will be just fine. However, if you use your motorcycle on highways where it is noisier, then you will need a higher wattage to enjoy your music.

 

Additional Features. It’s ok to simply buy speakers that will give you great audio, but since you are taking the time to make your choice, look into the additional features that you can get as well. Do you want thumb controls for convenient access while driving? This is a great feature to help you avoid any distractions while driving. Bluetooth will help you avoid the cluttered wiring when installing your speakers. Do you want your new speakers to come equipped with a docking station for your phone, iPod, or your MP3 player so you can enjoy your personal music or simply charge your devices while on the go?

 

Input Source. You can either buy speakers that have a head unit for their input source, or choose ones that use a portable device such as an iPod or an MP3 player for input. In most cases, speakers and their head unit input source are sold together.

 

Waterproof or Water Resistant. Finally, if you choose water resistant speakers, they will be able to stand up against some light rain. But if you drive through wet weather conditions or leave your bike exposed outdoors, then you should go for waterproof.

 

 Come into The Noize Boyz today and we'll be more than happy to help in anyway and install your new speakers, no problem!

265 Edward St

Aurora, ON

L4G 3M7

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905 751 0626


Beuler Heads up Display

Posted by Chris Hine on October 18, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Beuler Heads Up Display



 

What is a HUD?

To put it simply, a HUD is a digital transparent image that is projected onto the windshield of a car, displaying the same information you would get from the dashboard. This can include everything from your current speed to the revs on your engine, and even various temperature gauges.

The idea behind it is that by displaying this vital data in the same place a driver should be keeping their eyes on, HUDs can reduce the amount of time that people’s attention is spent looking around the car for their phones or checking the radio. More time with their eyes on the road means lesser accidents, and safer drivers all around.

Heads up displays are a smart, safe, and possibly soon-to-be vital technology that could have the potential to revolutionize the way we drive in the future.



 

 

Some benefits of an HUD system

 

1. Shows you all kind of information that you usually had to look on different dials and can group them all in one place for better functionality. Those HUDs you can see on the market these days, have Bluetooth, GPS and everything that a drive would need to get in time and on the right track to the destination.

2. Data is projected so that they won't distract the driver's attention like cellphones or dashboard controls do.

3. Eyes refocus much faster when you switch from the road to the projected display that usually floats 15 feet in front of you

4. Prices are not outrageous as one may think. For a few hundreds you can buy a head-up display that might offer you a safer car.

5. Nowadays HUD's are not really big but they cannot be easily implemented in one's car with all the controls you need therefore more development is needed.

Come into The Noize Boyz today and check out what we have on display!

 

265 Edward St

Aurora, ON

L4G 3M7

noizeboyz.com

905 751 0626

Pioneer AVH-x2700 Review

Posted by Chris Hine on February 1, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

 



Built-in Bluetooth® adds a new dimension to your drive

 

Adding a Bluetooth receiver to your car's audio system is like taking the first step into a larger world. Pioneer's AVH-X2700BS DVD receiver adds the convenience and safety of Bluetooth to your car — plus the advantages of a touchscreen receiver. You'll enjoy hands-free calling with your compatible phone, plus the ability to wirelessly stream and control music from compatible phones and other Bluetooth devices.

 

This Pioneer supports two paired phones at once, so other drivers in your family can enjoy the advantages too. Plus, with your compatible iPhone® you can take advantage of Siri Eyes Free functionality, using your voice to to place calls, select music, hear notifications, add reminders — even compose and listen to text messages.

Pioneer AVH-X2700BT

 

The AVH-X2700BS offers a slick touchscreen interface.


 

Touch Slide technology adds a new dimension to fingertip control. Want a new EQ curve? Just draw it on the screen with your finger and you've got it. And you can browse video files through thumbnail images — just touch them to check out a sneak preview.

 

You can also change the receiver's appearance to match your dash by choosing from five display colors and 112 key panel illumination options. And when you're ready to get the party rolling, MIXTRAX creates a DJ-like experience with content from your iPod®, iPhone, USB device, or Android phone, adding special effects between songs and variable-color lighting that pulses with the beat of your music


Android™ and MirrorLink™

 

The MirrorLink system provides extensive in-dash control over an ever-growing list of Android smartphones, including popular Samsung Galaxy and Nokia Symbian models. With MirrorLink, you'll enjoy touchscreen control from your Pioneer over music, phone contacts, and select apps — just connect your compatible phone via USB and enjoy a seamless experience.


Rock with your mobile device's music

 

When you connect your iPod to the rear USB input cable, you'll be able to use the receiver's controls to access your playlists. Handy tools like Alphabet Search and Link Search make it easy to find the song you want fast. And with most Android phones, you'll be able to browse and play back the music that's stored on your device, no extra app required.

 

If you're a fan of streaming Internet radio, connect your iPhone or pair up your Android to this receiver, then take charge of your Pandora® account from the touchscreen, complete with thumbs-up and thumbs-down controls. And don't forget, you can also enjoy all your CDs and DVDs, recordable discs full of MP3, AAC, or WMA music, or USB storage devices loaded with files.


Powerful sound and crisp video

 

The receiver's powerful built-in amplifier delivers the volume you're looking for, while the 13-band equalizer offers plenty of ways to tweak the sound to your liking. And Pioneer's Advanced Sound Retriever perks up the flat sound of compressed music by restoring high-frequency information. For those looking to build a system, three pairs of preamp outputs make it easier to connect external amps, and this receiver offers an auto-equalization feature to tune your system (microphone required, not included).

 

The receiver's 6.2" LCD screen plays DVDs and other video content in bright, clear detail when you're parked. You can keep your passengers entertained by sending video from the receiver to a rear-seat screen — that sure helps to minimize back seat strife. You'll be able to view video content from your iPod or IPhone with the addition of optional cables. And you can play it safe when you throw it into reverse by plugging in a rear-view camera.


Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?

 

In most cars, you'll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You'll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

 

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

 

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.


 

Video receivers: They're not just for movies

 

Video receivers add a new level of entertainment to your vehicle. You can watch a movie on the screen when you're parked on a Saturday night, or play a DVD or downloaded video through your rear seat video setup on the road. Touchscreen receivers allow you to breeze through menus with the tip of your finger. Most video receivers feature a USB input for iPod audio, and the ability to add an adapter that allows video to display on the screen.


Touchscreen Display

 

LCD Touchscreen: The AVH-X2700BS features a 6.2" TFT Active Matrix, 16:9 widescreen touchscreen display. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480 (RGB), for a total of 1,152,000 pixels. The touchscreen display allows you to control this unit and a connected component such as a paired Bluetooth device, an iPod/iPhone, Android smartphone, or USB mass storage class device. Menus appear on screen for making function choices, audio adjustments, and setting up the system.

 

Favorites: You can register the desired menu items on the AVH-X2700BS's "Favorites" menu screen. Registering your favorite menu items allows you to quickly jump to the registered menu item by a simple touch on the favorites menu. Up to 12 menu items can be registered as a "Favorite".

OSD + Backgrounds: The color of the on-screen display can be set to red, amber, green, blue or white. The background display can be selected from 9 different preset displays for the AV Operation screen and 5 different preset displays for the Home Menu screen. In addition, you can change the background display to other images imported from an external USB device.

Widescreen Modes: You can choose from the following widescreen modes when playing back video - Full (4:3 picture is enlarged in the horizontal direction only; enabling you to enjoy a 4:3 picture without any omissions), Zoom (4:3 picture is enlarged in the same proportion both vertically and horizontally; ideal for a 16:9 screen), Normal (4:3 picture is displayed as it is).


Picture Adjustments: You can store numerous video settings for the head unit's video source and rear-view camera; including brightness (adjusts the black intensity), contrast (adjusts contrast) color (adjusts color saturation), temperature (adjust the color temperature), and Dimmer (adjusts brightness).

 


 

Front-Panel Control w/ Custom Illumination: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons along the left edge of the screen. The color of the button illumination can be set to red, amber, green, blue, white, or scan (constantly cycling through the color spectrum). You can also create a custom color to match your vehicle's interior lighting (112 colors to choose from).


 

MIXTRAX Illumination: MIXTRAX features a club-style illumination that enhances the mood with a dynamic dance club-like lighting effect. As MIXTRAX begins, lights start pulsing to the beat of the music, adding an extra level of entertainment. You can choose among twelve patterns of lighting variations from sound pressure level or low-pass synchronization modes. The lighting effects work like a spectrum analyzer, reaching peak colors based on the intensity of the music.


 

Dimmer: To prevent the touchscreen display and button illumination from being too bright at night, the display is automatically dimmed when the car's headlights are turned on. The automatic dimmer function only works when the orange/white illumination wire in the wiring harness is connected to the vehicle's headlight circuit.


 

Parking Brake Interlock: This unit has a parking brake interlock system that prohibits viewing of video programming and operating certain controls when the vehicle is in motion. In order to watch video on the in-dash monitor, the vehicle must be stopped with the parking brake engaged. The head unit's light green wire must be connected to your vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. The head unit's touchscreen will display "Attention! Viewing of front seat video source while driving is strictly prohibited", if you try to watch a video when your vehicle is in motion.

 

2-DIN Chassis: The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double-DIN"), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets. There is also an optional double-DIN sleeve available for this unit that will allow you to Euro-mount or custom mount the Pioneer head unit in your vehicle. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.

Built-in Bluetooth

 

Bluetooth Technology: The AVH-X2700BS is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 3.0 (powered by Parrot), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

 

Hands-Free Communication: HFP 1.6 (Hands Free Profile), HSP (Head Set Profile), OPP 1.1 (Object Push Profile), PBAB 1.0 (Phone Book Access Profile).

Audio Streaming: A2DP 1.3 (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

 

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS.

 

SPP (Secure Simple Pairing): With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the AVH-X2700BS without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings. When a registered Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the receiver, the auto connection function automatically pairs the two units. Up to 3 Bluetooth-compatible devices can be registered to this head unit; only one device can be used at a time.

 

Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The AVH-X2700BS supports wireless hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Thanks to the latest Hands-Free Profile (HFP 1.6) with wideband speech capability, the AVH-X2700BS provides more natural sound quality and details during wireless calls.The head unit will display the caller's information and an audible ring tone will be heard through your vehicle's speaker during an incoming call. You can manually answer an incoming call or have the unit automatically answer the call. The AVH-X2700BS allows you to carry on a phone conversation from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone using the head unit's external microphone and your car audio speakers. During a conversation you can adjust the volume, as well as switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode. Using the AVH-X2700BS, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

 

Entering a Phone Number: You can make a call by entering the phone number using the head unit's touchscreen keypad (0-9, *, #, +, C).

Speed (Preset) Dialing: You can easily store up to six phone numbers as presets for speed dialing.

Phone Book: The phone book (up to 1,000 contacts) in your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone will be transferred automatically when the phone is paired to this unit. After finding the number you want to call in the phone book from the head unit, you can select the entry and make the call. If a lot of numbers are registered in the phone book, you can search for a phone number by the contact person's name alphabetically (A-Z).

Call Log: The 80 most recent calls dialed, received, and missed are stored in memory. You can browse them and call numbers from these lists.

Voice Control: If your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone is equipped with the voice control feature, you can use voice commands to make calls.

 

 

Wireless Audio Streaming (w/ Advanced Music Navigation): The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The head unit can stream music stored on your Bluetooth enabled device or music apps you have downloaded on your device. In addition to basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip, Random/Repeat), the AVH-X2700BS lets you browse your stored music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, etc.. (AVRCP 1.4 phones only). The head unit will also display your music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. (app must also support). When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call.

 

Siri Eyes-Free Functionality: When paired and connected with an iPhone (iOS 6.1+) with Sir via Bluetooth, the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS has the ability to access Siri through its touchscreen and external microphone for "Siri Eyes-Free" functionality. When activated, Siri voice prompts play through the vehicle's speakers and the user's commands and questions are received and transmitted to the receiver using the external microphone. Siri Eyes-Free provides access to many iPhone Siri functions such as music selection, making phone calls, and audible navigation (map will be displayed on iPhone); as well as listening to text messages, calendar information, and reminders. The head unit's touschreen monitor will only indicate hands-free calling and song/artist information (all other functions of Siri are only audible through the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS; visual data will still need to be viewed from your iPhone device). The head unit's audio is muted while Siri provides audible voice prompts.

 



 

Disc & USB (Android Compliant) Playback

 

Compatible Discs: The AVH-X2700BS supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD-Audio, and CD-R/RW discs with music, video, and photo files.

 

USB Port (Android Compliant): The unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port and 58" USB extension cable allows you to connect a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) compliant device; such as your Android smartphone or USB thumbdrive. The USB port enables playback & control of music, video, and photo files stored on your portable USB MSC device and music only on your USB MTP device through the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the CD receiver's USB port (1A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

 

MSC Playback: The PioneeAVH-X2700BS's USB port enables playback & control of music, video, and photo files stored on your portable USB MSC device, like your older Android smartphone or USB thumbdrive device (up to 32GB) through the head unit.

MTP Playback: The AVH-X2700BS's USB port also enables playback & control of stored music files on your portable USB MTP device, like your newer Android smartphone (w/ OS 4.0+ [Ice Cream Sandwich/Jelly Bean/KitKat]) through the Pioneer head unit.

 

 

 

 


Advanced Playback & Search Functions (for USB): Advance playback functions include; Music Browsing which lets you browse your USB memory device's music library by Artist, Album, Song, or Genre from the head unit in alphabetical order; and Link Play which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Play lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre.

 

Parental Lock: This unit features an 8-level Parental Lock system protected by a user-selected 4-digit password to prevent certain DVD's from being played back on the AVH-X2700BS.

 

Installation Angle: Optimum disc playback performance is obtained when the unit is installed at an angle of less than 30-degrees.

AppRadio One & MirrorLink Control

 

AppRadio One (via Firmware Update): The Pioneer DVD receiver features AppRadio One for Apple iPhones (iOS 7.0+) with Lightning connector and select Android (OS 4.2.2+) smartphones. AppRadio One gives you the ability to view and control compatible iPhone and Android smartphone apps from the receiver's touchscreen using a one-cable connection. You'll need to download Pioneer's AppRadio app and the AppRadioLive apponto your compatible iPhone or Android smartphone. Once you have downloaded the apps, your compatible iPhone or Android smartphone simply connects to the Pioneer DVD receiver's USB input using the cable that came with your mobile device; you can also use Pioneer's CD-IU52 Lightning cable for iPhone or Pioneer's CD-MU200 cable (sold separately) for Android. Now that the AppRadio and AppRadioLive apps are downloaded, and your compatible Apple iPhone or Android smartphone is connected the DVD receiver, you have access to maps, media, news information, and your events calendar through the receiver's intuitive touchscreen interface.

 

Maps: AppRadio One, along with AppRadioLive use the native maps from your smartphone overlaid with INRIX live traffic data to provide live traffic and incident information to give you an estimated time of arrival at your chosen destination. Once you select your destination, you'll be guided along your route via an on-screen map and audible voice prompts. You can even use Yelp to find points of interest along the way, including restaurant ratings and reviews.

Media: AppRadio One and AppRadioLive let you play your stored music library directly from your smartphone through the Pioneer DVD receiver. And, you can access over 25 millions songs from your Rdio account. Or, you can access over 25,000+ radio shows and podcasts from your Stitcher account.

Events: In addition, AppRadio One and AppRadioLive keep you up-to-date on the latest news stories, RSS feeds and weather information with Feedly and Open Weather Map. With text-to-speech technology, the Pioneer receiver will even read you the latest news stories from the internet

Calendar: The AppRadio One and AppRadio Live applications also keep your life organized and makes it easier to stay in touch and have fun. With multiple viewing options within its sleek, simple user interface, you can access your smartphone and Facebook calendars in one place, RSVP to Facebook events and use EventSeeker to find nearby concerts and events based on your personal interests and location

 

Notes: Click here for the latest iPhone & Android compatibility, plus more information about AppRadio One from Pioneer. Below is a list of the most popular compatible devices:

 

iPhone Compatibility: 5/5C/5S (iOS 7.0 to 8.1.2), 6/6+ ((iOS 7.0 to 8.1.2)

Android Compatibility: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (OS 4.3), Samsung Galaxy S4/Core 2 Duos (OS 4.4.2), Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (OS 4.2.2), Samsung Galaxy S5 (OS 4.4.3), LG Nexus 5 (OS 4.4.4), Sony Xperia Z2/ZL2 (OS 4.4.2), Sony Xperia Z (OS 4.2.2), HTC One M8 (OS 4.4.4), Motorola Moto G (OS 4.4.4).

 

MirrorLink 1.1: The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS supports MirrorLink, an in-vehicle connectivity solution created by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC). MirrorLink is integrated into the AVH-X2700BS and offers a vehicle-specific interface and connectivity with MirrorLink certified devices from smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony, Nokia, and HTC (click here for a full list of compatible MirrorLink mobile phones). MirrorLink gives you a custom interface so you can access your music, map services, and your phone to make hands-free calls on-the-go. The Pioneer CD-MU200 MirrorLink Cable (130CDMU200, sold separately) is required to connect your MirrorLink-compatible smartphone (like the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Note 4/Edge, Sony Xperia Z, or HTC One M8). This cable plugs into the AVH-X2700BS's USB port. MirrorLink lets you quickly access specific apps for music playback, car navigation and maps, as well as hands-free telephone communication directly from the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS's touchscreen. Click here for compatible apps.

iPod/iPhone Integration

 

iPod Connectivity w/ DAC Bypass: The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS supports direct connection of your 30-pin or Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone through its rear-panel USB port and 3.5mm jack. The AVH-X2700BS offers audio/video playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select Apple iPod/iPhone models. The AVH-X2700BS allows your iPod/iPhone's music library to be loaded instantly to the head unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 24-bit D/A converter (bypassing iPod/iPhone DAC), allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 91dB.

 

Lightning Dock Connector: If you have a newer iPhone with the Lightning-connector, simply use Pioneer's Lightning-to-USB cable (130CDIU52, sold separately) or the Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone to the AVH-X2700BS for music playback only.

30-Pin Dock Connector: If you have an older iPod or iPhone with a 30-pin dock connector, use the Pioneer CD-IU201V iPod Video cable (130IU201V, sold separately) for playback of music and movies files stored on your device, as well as music apps. Simply use Pioneer's dock connector-to-USB cable (130CDIU51, sold separately) or the dock connector-to-USB cable that comes with your Apple device if you desire stored music and music app playback only.

 

Note: The head unit's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit will not charge the Apple iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

 

iPod/iPhone Control + Song/Artist Info: The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS lets you control your iPod/iPhone from the head unit's touchscreen, your iPod/iPhone's touchscreen/clickwheel, or a downloaded app. The head unit also supports song/artist information and album art.

 

Head Unit: Head Unit mode is supported by 30-pin and Lightning connector iPod/iPhones when used with one of the appropriate cables mentioned above. From the head unit's touchscreen, you can search your iPod/iPhone's audio content by iTunes Radio, Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook; and your video content by Video Playlist, Movie, Music Video, Video Podcast, or TV Show. Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically (A-Z). In addition, the head unit offers Link Search, which allows you to play songs related to the currently playing song. Link Search lets the head unit create an album list of the currently playing artist, a song list of the currently playing album, or an album list of the currently playing genre. You can also select Random & Repeat functions for a certain song or specific folder. In addition, the head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music information including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song/Album title, Artist name, and Album art. Older iPod/iPhone device's will be locked during connection, but Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked so you can also control the iPod/iPhone from its touchscreen or clickwheel.

App Mode: If you have an older iPod/iPhone (5.1.1 or earlier) with a 30-pin connector which is locked during Head Unit control mode, you can switch to App mode that allows you to navigate your Apple device from its own clickwheel or touchscreen when using Pioneer's proprietary iPod cable (130IU201V, sold separately). App mode lets you select from stored music or music apps and stored movies or movie apps on your compatible Apple device through its own clickwheel or touchscreen. You'll only get limited control from the head unit's touchscreen, like like Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. There is no music information displayed on the head unit's touchscreen when in App Mode; instead all music information will be displayed on your iPod/iPhone's LCD screen.

 

Note: Video functions can only be accessed when the vehicle's parking brake is fully engaged.

 

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 1/24/2016):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Specific Apps Display Type Bluetooth Charge

Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone App Mode AppRadio One Pandora Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio Siri


 

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

 

AM/FM+Pandora+SiriusXM Radio

 

Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID AM/FM tuner features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono. Digital processing reduces distortion, and improves Signal-to-Noise Ratio and stereo separation. Advanced analog technology improves signal processing sensitivity.

 

RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

BSM (Best Stations Memory): BSM lets you automatically store the six strongest stations under preset buttons 1-6 of the currently tuned band. The tuner has 3 FM banks and 1 AM bank. You can store 6 presets for each bank giving you a total of 18 FM presets and 6 AM presets.

Local Tuning: Local seek tuning lets you tune in only those radio stations with sufficiently strong signals for good reception. There are 4 level of sensitivity for FM and two levels for AM. The higher settings allow reception of only the strongest stations, while lower settings let you receive progressively weaker stations.

 

Pandora App: The free Pandora App (either from iTunes Apps or Google Play) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS using your USB-connected Apple iPhone (iOS 5.0+) or Bluetooth paired Android smartphone. Your Apple iPhone must be connected to the AVH-X2700BS via the appropriate Pioneer iPod connector cable (CD-IU51 / CD-IU52 / CD-IU201V) or the connector-cable that came with your iPhone. Your Android smartphone must support A2DP/AVRCP/SPP Bluetooth profiles and be paired with the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will also need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS will provide control over the Pandora music service & display Artist, Album, & Song information; as well as Album art.

 

Station List w/ Shuffle: You can select Pandora stations from your Station List by date or alphabetically (A-Z). You can also listen to songs played randomly from various stations within your Station List.

New Stations: New stations can be created based on the current songs or artists playing.

Skip Songs: You can skip song tracks within a station. You cannot skip back to a previous song. Pandora limits the number of skips allowed.

Thumbs Up/Down: You can give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down to help Pandora personalize stations to suit your preferences.

Bookmarking: The song/artist currently being played can be bookmarked & stored in your Pandora account.

 

Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your smartphone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada & only available in the United States.

 

SiriusXM Ready: The Pioneer DVD receiver is SiriusXM 3.0 Ready, so you can listen to commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment, comedy, news, traffic, weather, and more. Simply connect the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner (220SXV200 or 220SXV300, both sold separately) to the dedicated SiriusXM port on the rear of the head unit and enjoy satellite radio without additional translators or cables. With the SiriusXM Connect tuner you'll have access to more than 175 channels of exclusive programming directly from SiriusXM; check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packages here. Additional features include:

 

Channel & Category Lists: The Channel List displays a list of all available channels. The Category List displays all available categories and stations within those categories.

Song/Artist Information: Displayed Information such as Channel Name, Artist Name, & Song Title can be viewed on the head unit's LCD touchscreen.

Instant Replay & Category Scan: The SiriusXM Instant Replay function lets you pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content from the station that you are currently listening to. During Category Scan, the live broadcast for each channel in the current category plays for six seconds at a time.

Presets + TuneStart & TuneScan: You can store up to 18 SiriusXM Satellite Radio Station Presets with special tuning features like TuneStart and TuneScan. TuneStart automatically start songs from the beginning when you tune to one of your preset music channels stored on the current band of presets. TuneScan lets you scan through short previews of songs you may have missed on music channels stored on the current band of presets.

Traffic, Weather, & Sports (SXV300 tuner only): You can tune in and listen quickly to information pertaining to weather and traffic from a particular city you have specified. You can also be alerted when your favorite sports teams are playing so you can tune to the appropriate station quickly.

iTunes Tagging: The iTunes Tagging feature lets you Tag songs you hear on SiriusXM and stores the info on your iPod/iPhone (connected to your head unit via USB). The next time you connect your iPod/iPhone to iTunes, you will be able to preview your selections and then purchase and download them directly from iTunes.

Parental Control: The SiriusXM Parental Control feature allows you to control access to channels that you consider inappropriate for younger listeners. When enabled, The Parental Control feature requires you to enter a 4-digit passcode to tune to the locked channels.

 

Note: A separate SiriusXM Satellite Radio subscription is required (operates on the XM Network). However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

 

Audio Section

 

24-Bit/96kHz DAC: For superb quality audio playback from DVDs, CDs, and flash media, the Pioneer AVH-X2700BS is equipped with a 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter.

 

MOSFET50 Internal Amplifier: The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power specifications for the AVH-X2700BS are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers.

 

Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)

 

Note: The rear speaker outputs can be set to provide full range output with full fading capability, or they can be set to provide non-fading subwoofer (low-pass) output. When the rear speaker outputs are set to subwoofer mode, the rear preamp outputs also switch from full range to subwoofer outputs. When set for subwoofer operation, you can connect the rear speaker leads directly to two small 4-ohm passive subwoofers or a dual voice coil sub with 4-ohm voice coils. If you prefer to use a single 2-ohm subwoofer, you can connect the woofer to one set of speaker leads, leaving the other set of rear leads disconnected. The maximum output provided when a 2-ohm load is connected to one set of leads is 70 watts.

 

4V/6CH Preamp Outputs + Sub Control: The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS features three pair of 4.0-volt preamp outputs (Front/Rear/Subwoofer). The unit's front and rear preamp output can be faded (front/rear), while the subwoofer preamp output is non-fading. The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS lets you adjust the subwoofer preamp output's phase (normal/reverse) and volume (+10 to -24).

 

Crossovers: The AVH-X2700BS employs high-pass and low-pass crossovers to tailor the head unit to your connected speaker setup.

 

Standard: Allows you to set the high-pass and low-pass crossover network for a standard Front, Rear, and Subwoofer speaker setup using either speaker-level or low-level outputs.

HPF: The head unit's -6 to -24dB/octave high pass filter only allows frequencies higher than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200Hz) to your front and rear speakers through the unit's speaker-level or line-level outputs.

LPF: The subwoofer preamp output features an -6 to -24dB/octave low pass filter so only frequencies lower than those in the selected range (50, 63, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200Hz) are output to your connected subwoofer.

Network: Allows you to set the high-pass and low-pass crossover network for a complex 3-way speaker system with Highs, Mids, and Sub using low-level outputs only.

 

 

Auto EQ (Optional): The auto-equalizer automatically measures your car's interior acoustic characteristics, and then creates an auto-equalizer curve base on that information. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone (130CDMC20, sold separately) is required to use this function. The Pioneer CD-MC20 Auto-EQ microphone plugs into your compatible Pioneer A/V receiver's rear-panel AUX 3.5mm input. The Auto-EQ microphone should be placed in the center of your vehicle's driver seat headrest facing forward for EQ measurement.

 

Audio Settings: The head unit provides further sound adjustments for your car audio system.

 

Listening Position & Time Alignment: For a better sound-stage you can select your optimal listening position. You can choose from All, Front Left, Front Right, or Front. You can also select to manually fine tune the sound stage, using Digital Time Alignment (DTA) by selecting the distance (0-200") for each individual speaker in the vehicle compared to your listening position.

Advanced Sound Retriever: The Advanced Sound Retriever automatically enhances compressed audio and restores the original richness of the recording. When the Advanced Sound Retriever is on, the high frequency range is compensated to match the frequency response curve to the original sound. There are two available levels of the Advanced Sound Retriever effect.

Bass Boost: You can easily boost the subwoofer bass level by using the Bass Boost function. The Bass Boost feature allows you increase the subwoofer level from 0 to +6.

Loudness: The Loudness function compensates for deficiencies in the low- and high-frequency ranges at low volume. You can set the Loudness to High, Mid, Low, or Off.

Speaker Level: You can adjust each speaker and sub channel independently from +10 to -24 to best even out the sound in your vehicle.

Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source (AM, Pandora, iPod, Apps) to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the unit's FM volume level, which remains unchanged. Each source can be independently adjusted from -4 dB to +4 dB.

Auto Level: This function automatically corrects the audio level difference between the music files and/or the sources.

 

MIXTRAX: Drawing from Pioneer's rich DJ heritage and passion for music, MIXTRAX delivers a unique DJ infused listening experience to listeners in the car. MIXTRAX is an innovative Pioneer technology that creates a non-stop mix of your music library complete with a range of DJ-inspired effects. MIXTRAX takes your typical music listening experience and creates a non-stop mix of your music with 9 random DJ effects and transitions, by removing the breaks and pauses normally introduced between tracks and replacing them with various beats. MIXTRAX is compatible with USB-connected iPhone, iPod, USB MSC device, and select Android devices. There is also a Short Playback option which limits the amount of time each track plays; select from 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, or 3 minutes.

 

 


AV Connections

 

Dual AV Inputs: The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS has dual AV inputs to connect two external audio/video sources. The head unit has a rear-panel 3.5mm minijack AV input for connecting a portable audio/video device. There is also a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA AV input for connecting a video component such as a mobile TV tuner or game console. The rear-panel 3.5mm minijack input also serves as the A/V input for your USB-connected iPod/iPhone (using the proprietary Pioneer cable).

Video Output: The AVH-X2700BS features a rear-panel composite video output that allows you to connect an external display to the unit. You can play back the same video source which is being played on the head unit. You can select the unit to output a 16:9, Letter-Box or Pan-Scan aspect ratio to match your external display's screen size.

 

Rear-View Camera: The AVH-X2700BS is equipped with a composite video rear-view camera input for the addition of an optional backup camera. The unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image. When the vehicle's transmission is put in reverse, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera. Pioneer recommends using a camera with a mirror image (reversed) output. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

Navigation Ready: The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS allows you to connect the Pioneer AVIC-U260 add-on navigation unit (130AVIC260, sold separately) through its RGB Input. This versatile hideaway unit allows you to switch to navigation mode with the touch of a button. Get to your destination by inputting an address or search through the POI library while enjoying whatever source is currently playing.

OEM/Remote Control

OEM Integration: The Pioneer DVD receiver is now compatible with the iDatalink Maestro RR interface module. When the Pioneer receiver is installed into a compatible GM, Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, or VW vehicle using the iDatalink Maestro RR (794ADSMRR, sold separately) you'll get to keep select factory features that are normally lost when replacing the factory stereo with an aftermarket head unit. Retained factory features include the Ford/Lincoln/Mercury Sync system, GM's OnStar system, as well as Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep's U-Connect system. Other factory retained features include steering wheel controls, Aux inputs/USB ports, Bluetooth, voice command, satellite radio, and secondary display support. Plus, you get touchscreen control over many of these key factory audio features through the Pioneer DVD receiver.

 

Wireless Remote Control: The Pioneer AVH-X2700BS includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the multimedia head unit and your connected devices.

Steering Wheel Remote Compatibility: The head unit features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit that lets you keep your vehicle's factory radio steering wheel remote controls when used with an optional steering wheel audio control adapter.




 

New Noize Boyz TV Segment!

Posted by Chris Hine on January 27, 2016 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Last Year we were featured on RogersTV and introduced everyone to our company and the products and services we offer. Not only was it a major success but we had a lot of fun doing the show and the response was amazing!

So we thought, "Hey, lets do it again!"

On Thursday, January 21st we were back on the show at LIVE for a segment on their hour and a half long special featuring whats new in the world of car audio and video entertainment!

Click Below and check us out from Jan 21st 2016's Daytime York Region Segment.

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Blind Spot Sensor Review

Posted by Chris Hine on January 27, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (1)

If youre looking for a car accessory with a focus on safety, youve probably heard about the blind spot monitors. While these monitors can work differently from manufacturer to manufacturer, they usually offer the same purpose to help you find out if theres and unseen vehicle in your blind spots.



Given that these monitors are almost always optional, you might be wondering if theyre worth the extra money, so we've explained our thoughts to help yoiu decide whether you should splurge on this new technology.



How do they work?

Although nearly every manufacturer is different, blind spot monitors generally work the same way. As you drive along, they monitor the lanes to your left and right, especially the spots over your shoulder that you might have trouble seeing.

When a car enters your blind spot, most monitors alert the driver to its presence. Usually, this is done with a light on the outside door mirror. For example, a car in the passenger-side blind spot activates the light on the passenger side mirror. In most cases, the blind spot monitors dont need to do any further work, since theyve already alerted you to the cars presence. However, if you turn on your signal while a car is in your blind spot, the monitors usually send a more urgent signal to let you know it isnt the right time to make a lane change. In some cases this is done with a flashing red light; other times, its a chime you can easily hear.




A few cars even take the blind spot monitor idea one step further by using actual cameras that show you whats going on in your blind spot.


Worth it?


So now that you know how these monitors work, youre probably wondering: are they worth it? After all, theyre optional on many modern cars but rarely standard, and that means youll need to decide whether you should spend the money to add them to your next vehicle.


Our Short answer: It Depends.

One thing you'll need to consider when it comes to blind spot monitors is the size of your vehicle. For instance, you'll probably want monitors on a full-size SUV or minivan, if only because it can be hard to keep tabs on every inch of the vehicle's exterior while you're driving down the highway. The feature is also nice if you often transport children, since your attention can easily be diverted away from the road.

You'll also need to consider your potential car's visibility. For instance, if you're considering a car with excellent visibility and huge windows, you may not need the monitors, since you can easily see out to all sides. If you're thinking about a car with larger blind spots, you might want to spring for the monitors.


Before you add blind spot monitors, you should also consider the type of driving that you do. They're most helpful on multi-lane roads or highways with frequent high-speed driving. If you're usually confined to 1-lane roads or low-speed traffic jams, blind spot monitors are unlikely to do you any good.


Our Take

To us, blind spot monitors make a lot of sense if you're in a big vehicle, if your car has larger-than-usual blind spots, if you can be easily distracted by kids, or if you spend a lot of time driving at high speeds on the highway.


The Noize Boyz

265 Edward St

Aurora, ON

L4G 3M7

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Cerwin Vega Wins Award!

Posted by Chris Hine on January 23, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Cerwin-Vega Mobile, the legendary brand in the mobile audio industry was presented with the 2015 SEMA Global Media Award for their latest product, the VPAS10 (VEGA Powered Active 10” subwoofer).


This award is voted on by an esteemed panel of worldwide journalists who serve as judges that review nearly 2,000 new products that were featured at this year’s SEMA Show. The VPAS10 was selected by this panel as a new product that should be recognized and attain commercial success in the automotive aftermarket industry.




The VPAS10 (Vega Powered Active Subwoofer) is an active 10” subwoofer that is amplified for extreme output. Encased in a solid cast aluminum body frame for superior heat dissipation, the VPAS10 is compact enough for installation in the tightest of spaces without sacrificing performance. The slim yet sturdy VPAS10 comes measuring in at approximately 13.6” x 9.6” x 2.6” (L x W x H). Power comes from a PWM MOSFET power supply with an integrated thermal protection circuit. The VPAS10 is rated at 200W RMS @ 2Ω, 400W MAX. Features include auto power turn on, bass boost, adjustable input sensitivity, phase switch, and RCA and High-Level Inputs. Mounting hardware and a VEGA remote bass control knob is also included.


Cerwin-Vega Mobile Wins 2015 SEMA Global Media Award


With over 60 years of creative design and thoughtful engineering, Cerwin-Vega Mobile is very honored to have received this prestigious award and would like to recognize the entire Vega Nation and team members for their relentless pursuit of developing the best car audio products in the industry! We at The Noize Boyz are proud to work with Cerwin Vega and pump out top quality sound for all of our customers! Come into the shop today and see what a difference Cerwin Vega offer's you!


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