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A Letter to Our Customers – Price Increases due to Tariffs

New Tariffs Officially Hitting 12V Industry & products

Last month, the Trump administration announced the latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports that will add up to a 10% import tax on “industrially significant technologies” (meaning more than 100 car parts and accessories). Unfortunately for small businesses like ours, and for our customers, this means price increases on many products.

Going into effect on September 24, these new tariffs will be tacked on to products like Amplifiers, Remote Starts, back up sensors and cameras, and more. New pricing from many of our vendors was effective on October 1, 2018.  

What this means for everyone

Luckily, we knew this was coming and were able to place limited orders for certain products and models before our Vendors were forced to raise prices.  With those orders, we will still be able to offer you, our valued customers, the “before tariff” prices on many items while those supplies last. We’re doing everything we can to keep our prices as low as possible for as long as possible, especially with the holidays almost upon us.

We’re still working with our vendors and trying to absorb some of this increase ourselves, so you don’t have to see a large price hike, but we can’t yet guarantee what products will see an increase, what the increase will be, or when it will take effect. Some products will be impacted a little less, and others a little more.

Once we sell through our stock of those items we were able to order at the “before tariff” pricing, our end prices to you will, unfortunately, start to increase. We expect the price increases to reach you starting later this month and certainly by November 1st.

We’re Here For YOU

We’re dedicated to bringing you the best products and services at the best prices, and we will continue to do so for as long as we’re in business. Let this information serve as fair warning, but also an explanation as to why our prices will inevitably be increasing soon. Just like we prepared by ordering what we could from our vendors before prices rose, we suggest that you prepare too.

So, if you’ve been eyeing something in our stores, we recommend you talk to one of our Sales Associates about it sooner rather than later. And of course, we’re here to help in any way we can. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns about these tariffs.

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

It’s Our 40th Anniversary!

We’re Celebrating our 40th Anniversary with You!

We’re proud to have been a small, family-owned local business since 1978 and we couldn’t have done it without YOU! Here’s how you can help us celebrate this milestone:

  • Check out our Company History Below and Learn How We’ve Changed Over the Years!
  • Go to our Facebook Page and See Throwback Pictures!
  • Shop our 40th Anniversary Sale Specials Below!

 

About Columbus Car Audio & Accessories!

The Early Years

Columbus Car Audio & Accessories started in 1978 by two Columbus residents specializing in car stereos and citizen band radios with one location located on East Main Street. Back then, the business name was Wholesale Consumer Electronics of East Main Street but operated as CJ’s Car Stereo. The corporation as we know it today came around 1984 when the original owners merged with Northland Audio on Morse Road, and the name Columbus Car Audio & Accessories was born in 1987. In the early 90’s with citizen band radios declining in sales and popularity, cellular phones and service were brought in making the company one of the first Cellular One Agents in Columbus.

A New Beginning

In 2002, the current owners, husband and wife team Todd and Danielle Hays, acquired a portion of ownership from Danielle’s father, who was an original owner.  Todd and Danielle were not new to the business though, with it always being in Danielle’s family and Todd working at several of the stores starting back in 1986, they were ready to take on the role.

With plans of turning Columbus Car Audio & Accessories into a Central Ohio household name, they developed what CCA is today. Over the next several years, they consolidated several of the stores to streamline operations, created a company Mission and employee Values and Standards, and got the business involved with charities to help give back to the local communities.

Todd and Danielle also knew the CCA needed to change with the times, so they worked on bringing in and perfecting the installation of new and diverse product lines; such as window tinting, leather interior, and paint protection film. They also put in place a marketing/advertising plan that had never before existed, to gain the attention of local consumers. By the mid/late 2000s, CCA’s reputation and sales were on the upswing.

Today and the Future

The company now employs 40+ employees with the average employee tenure being 9 years and operates out of 2 locations; Morse Road and Reynoldsburg. Todd and Danielle credit the success of the company to its customer relationships; focusing on not just selling a product but giving the customer trust that their vehicle is in the hands of the experts. CCA also just celebrated its most successful years in company history to date.

Today, CCA sells select products on its website, has dedicated customer service staff, and is active with local charities including A Kid Again and Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.

They are also planning on expanding to a new, much larger East Columbus location later this year!

“We hope to be an innovative company that continues to supply the area with exciting
products and services for their vehicles for another 40 years. We will continue to change
with the ever-evolving technology in the industry, just as we have for the past 40 years.”

                                                                                                                                                -Todd Hays, Owner

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

2015 Peterbilt Semi Custom Interior

What do you do when you have a semi-truck that has an over the top exterior that literally stops traffic?  You come to Columbus Car Audio & Accessories to get the interior to match!  That’s exactly what Steve Taylor of Transport for Hire did.   

Steve’s original plan was for just a ‘simple install to get a little better sound’ but seeing the truck after arriving at our store, we had grander ideas to make this not your everyday build. Our own Jayson and Tyler started brainstorming ideas to and realized this truck was the perfect canvas for something truly custom. (All they needed to do was convince Steve that he wanted something more than a ‘simple install’!)

Jayson discussed with Steve how his plans would take the custom look from the outside and bring it to the inside of the semi and make it the best sounding truck he’d ever have. After some hesitation, Steve took our advice and really let us have the freedom to play and create with this install. With the budget determined and Steve on board, we started to design his one-of-a-kind custom system.

For the source unit, we used the Pioneer AVH-3300NEX, with Apple CarPlay. With this, Steve could use his iPhone for navigation and incorporate Siri directly into his dash. We also flush mounted a USB port in the console, so he’d always have a place to charge his phone while using CarPlay.

For the front speakers, we chose to go with the JL Audio M650-CCX-SG-TB marine speakers because we knew Steve would be listening to them for hours at a time, not to mention probably at high volume levels and we knew the JL Audio marine speakers would take the abuse.  The factory speaker locations were made for little 4×6” speakers, and we were unable to use them for the new larger speakers. Tyler decided to cut two pair of the M650’s into the bottom side of the overhead console.  The console was wide open so there were no real setbacks to that, it was just a little time consuming.  Tyler remade the underside of the console using two layers of MDF, he wrapped the bottom layer in black vinyl, and the top layer in red.  Both layers were routed out around the edges so that they would have a nice finished look to it that would flow with the factory overhead console.  Tyler also installed RGB lighting from Racesport inc. behind the tweeter of each of the JL Audio speakers, which are controlled with a Bluetooth module. Once Tyler made the panel and had the speakers mounted in the overhead area, we knew that it was going to be in your face loud, so we had to come up with something that would keep up for the rears.

For the rear speakers, we chose to install JL Audio M770-CCX-SG-TB for the B pillars. To do that, Tyler had to open up the factory locations to house the new 770’s. That was easier said than done just because of the depth that the new speakers have, and the spot we chose to install them. Even though the 770’s are loud we knew that they would not keep up with the two pair of 6.5’s in the front.  Especially since they are so low compared to the fronts and blocked by the seats. So, we decided to install a pair of JL Audio M880-CCX-SG-TB in the sleeper area so that if he is parked and sitting in the sleeper area he would still have an amazing sound.  Again, easier said than done; the stock rear speaker was also a 4×6” opening, and there was no depth. Tyler built new panels out of MDF and wrapped them in red vinyl.  As with the rest of the speakers, Tyler installed Racesport RGB lights behind the tweeters and he lit up the overhead storage area in the rear with RGB strips hidden inside the pockets.  The panels were tough to do because of how big the new speakers were going to be in comparison to how small the factory speakers were.  The final panel was on the larger side but flowed nicely with the rest of the truck.

Now that the speakers were installed we needed to move to the subwoofers.  We knew we wanted it loud and that slot ported would be the best way to go.  We thought there was plenty of space but once Tyler started measuring and calculating air space, he soon realized that it would not be as easy as he thought.  We chose to use a pair of JL Audio 12W6V3-D4 12” woofers.  With the airspace he had it was going to be a tight squeeze, plus we had to raise up the box to fit the 12’s, because the floor was higher in the cab than in the sleeping area which is where the box was installed.  We also incorporated the amplifiers into the face of the subwoofer enclosure.  We chose to use a pair of the JL Audio HD900/5V2 amplifiers to run everything.  We used these amps because they have the regulated intelligent power supply. With that technology we were able to get plenty of power to each subwoofer, and all the M Series speakers in the vehicle.  We wired one HD900/5 for the left side and one for the right side.  Originally, we were going to use the new JL Audio VXI amplifiers, but Jayson was afraid that they would not have enough power to really give Steve what he was looking for in the bottom end.  The amplifiers were flushed into the face and wrapped in red vinyl to match the red accent panels Tyler created throughout the semi.  He also installed RGB lights around the amplifiers to really make the interior a cohesive design. 

Since Steve spends so much time on the road we also had to give him some entertainment in the sleeper area.  Tyler mounted a 32” Samsung LCD television and installed an Xbox One so that he could play video games, watch a DVD or even Stream Netflix.  The hard part about this was making sure that the television would not come loose or fall while driving, so we installed a fixed television mount on the passenger side wall of the semi. Then Tyler had to get creative to install the Xbox one system.  He fabricated brackets out of MDF, and black carpet, and mounted it to the wall utilizing factory bolt locations.  He made the Xbox one removable in case Steve would ever like to take it out. 

Everything turned out great in the end, but there were a lot of challenges that came about through the installation process.  The biggest obstacle was running all the wiring and coming up with bigger speaker locations while still making it seem like a factory install.  It didn’t seem like it would be a big deal in the beginning but then Tyler realized that there was not much room to incorporate larger speakers, extra speakers, and hide the wiring behind panels like he does in cars.  With a lot of creativity, he was able to come up with a truly amazing installation that appears as if it came from Peterbilt and route the wires in a way that you could not tell there was anything done, and the outcome was AMAZING!!! Tyler did an amazing job with this and really took the time to incorporate the red vinyl accent panels and the RGB lighting throughout the interior, giving it subtle accents that really make it one of a kind. 

The best part of the build was getting to show our client his baby.  His mouth dropped and an ear to ear grin appeared as he played through a variety of his favorite songs. That was exactly what we were waiting to see, this was his distinct sign of approval!  He loves this truck and was excited to get back on the road and experiment with the new products.  It was such an amazing project and Columbus Car Audio & Accessories was proud to be a part of this build and are excited to start the next project for Steve and his team at Transport for Hire.  He is already in the process of finishing up a new build to drop off to us. 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Things You Need to Know About Window Tint

Drying Time

Your new window film will take about 3 to 5 days to fully dry, sometimes a lot longer depending on film brand, type, and weather conditions. Until this time your tinted windows may appear hazy or lumpy and it may seem like you have water bubbles. Do not roll your tinted windows down until fully dry!

Cleaning

Window Film may be cleaned with a soft clean cloth and alcohol based cleaner or plain water. Ammonia products should not be used! To avoid scratching the film, do not use bristle brushes, abrasive scrubbing sponges or any cleaning materials that may have been contaminated with dirt particles, as is commonly the case when washing interior and exterior windows with the same cleaning materials. Some brands of paper towels are coarse enough to put fine scratches in the film, even films with scratch resistant, protective hard coat finish. While these scratches may be too thin to be seen at the beginning, they can damage the polished look of the film over time.

Black Dotted Edges (Dot-Matrix)

Most cars have a black ceramic ‘frit’ edge on the rear window. Sometimes this ceramic edge is straight and flat, sometimes it will have a dotted edge. These black ceramic dots are quite thick on most cars and prevent the window film from sticking to the area between the dots. This results in a whitish looking strip trimming the glass. Typically this isn’t very noticeable, however some cars have a wide band of dots trimming the top of the rear window. This area is so wide that the whitish looking area created is more pronounced. Unfortunately, the effect is unavoidable.

Night time Defogger Distortion

At night you may notice that the light from headlights will reflect off of the defogger lines. This is caused by the film having to bend slightly around the raised defogger line, varies from car to car, and there is nothing that can be done about it. 

Seat Belt Chips

Caution should be used when releasing seat belts. Small chips can be made in the window film due to the seat belt hitting the glass as it is released. This is not covered by warranty.

Imperfections

Though we strive for perfection in our installations, due to the nature of the product, some degree of dust contamination and/or minor imperfections are present in every window film application. Also, pre-existing flaws or scratches and metal deposits on the glass are often much more noticeable after the windows are tinted. 

If you have any questions about getting your windows tinted, please contact us or stop by one of our stores to see tint shade samples and get more info!

 

 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Vehicle Security to Fit Your Needs

Your car probably isn’t just a car to you, it’s much more; it’s an investment and maybe even part of your family. That’s why it’s important to arm your vehicle with a security system to ensure your car stays your car. 

While thefts are down dramatically since their all-time high in 1992, thousands of vehicles continue to be stolen each year. From 2007 through 2015, motor vehicle theft dropped from 1.1 million to 686,803 vehicles. However, in the past two years, motor vehicle theft rates have bounced back – increasing 10%. Meanwhile, “smash and grab” car break-ins are still a frequent occurrence across the United States. 

While the introduction of “smart key” fobs has widely eliminated motor theft via hot-wiring, thieves are continuing to cost drivers billions of dollars a year in damage and stolen goods. In 2016 alone, $5.9 billion was lost due to motor vehicle theft and intrusion. Thus, it is absolutely essential that drivers do whatever they can do deter, detect, and prevent theft of their vehicles.

Is Factory Alarm Really Enough?

Your vehicle probably came from the factory with some small security system, but all that really means is you have keyless entry and an audible alarm. 

  • Keyless Entry – Most vehicles come standard with a remote key fob that allows drivers to conveniently lock and unlock their doors from 30 – 40 feet away. While the vehicle is locked, your vehicle will monitor your doors, so if you someone manages to open the door, the alarm will be triggered.
  • Alarm – If an intrusion is detected (door opened while locked), the vehicle’s alarm will start to sound, alerting people nearby. Most standard security systems simply use the vehicle’s horn. 

Is this really enough to deter someone from stealing from you? How often have you heard a nearby car alarm and simply ignored it? 

Get an Aftermarket Security System

Adding an aftermarket security system can be the key to feeling safer and ensuring you don’t become a victim of car theft or break in. The following features come standard in most Compustar Security Systems: 

  • Impact Detection – Compustar security systems include dual-stage shock sensors that detect two levels of impact, both of which provide unique warning chirps from the alarm siren.
  • Theft Deterrent LED – While your system is armed and the doors are locked, this LED will bling a bright blue light, signaling to car thieves that your vehicle is protected. 
  • Starter Kill – While your system is armed, Compustar will safely disable your vehicle’s starter until you disarm your system. 
  • Alarm Siren – A Compustar alarm siren is loud, really loud. This ensures anyone messing with your vehicle will have a terrible experience doing so. 
  • 2-Way Alert Compatible – Pair your security system with a compatible 2-Way LCD remote or event the SmartPhone application,  DroneMobile, and you’ll be alerted as soon as your alarm is triggered. 

Customize Your Security System

Looking for even more protection to fit your specific needs? We offer many customizable add-ons for your security system too!

*Some vehicles may require additional parts and labor. Not all enhancements are compatible with every vehicle or every security system.

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

A Subwoofer For You!

Subwoofer upgradeA Subwoofer Upgrade is For You!

Auto manufacturers have actually made great strides in improving the overall quality of factory audio systems. Despite this, most music lovers would agree that the majority of stock sound systems could benefit from more and better bass.

While not everyone wants a ‘boom car’ with a trunk full of subwoofers, adding a bit of bass is one of the most significant improvements you can make to your factory system. Adding a subwoofer can actually be quite easy too; thanks to simple upgrades that can work with most vehicles.

Amplified Subwoofers: These all-in-one subwoofer enclosures offer the convenience of built in power Stealthbox Jeep Grand Cherokeematched to the subwoofer specs. In most cases, the built in amp features speaker level inputs that are required for integration with factory systems.

Vehicle Specific Subwoofers: One drawback of a subwoofer is the inevitable loss of cargo space when using a proper enclosure. Enter vehicle specific subwoofers, which are made specifically to fit in discreet corners and spaces of designated vehicles.  Not only do you get a perfect fit suwoofer, it’s also tuned specifically to your vehicle.

JL Audio’s Stealthbox subwoofer line includes more than 100 vehicle specific
enclosures. JL Audio designs Stealthboxes after evaluating potential mounting
locations and analyzing the acoustics of the target vehicle to choose the best
Subwoofer Upgradeenclosure type (sealed or ported).

Pre-Fabricated Enclosed Subwoofers: Already pre-mounted in a box designed to accommodate the subwoofer.  These typically come in different sizes and shapes so you can choose the best fit for your vehicle and space.

Next Steps

Maybe you’re not sure which subwoofer is right for you? We can help! Come talk to us about what you’re hoping to get out of your sound system and we can work together on options to get you there.  Whether you’re looking for vehicle specific ease or a fully custom designed system, we can help build you the system of your dreams!

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Pioneer D Series Speakers

PIONEER’S NEW GENERATION OF TS-D AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENT SPEAKERS: REIMAGINED AND REDESIGNED

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced the latest iteration of its TS-D line of high performance automotive component speakers packages. The result of ongoing research and development, the TS-D speakers are designed to maintain an exceptionally open and smooth sound quality with solid bass response, bolder vocals, precise staging and clear separation of instruments while greatly improving their installation flexibility and allowing fitment in a broader range of vehicles.

“Pioneer is a company of enthusiasts; we love listening to music, playing music and creating products that reproduce music with all of the passion and emotion that the artist originally intended,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Our latest TS-D speakers continue our history of offering outstanding performance and value with an added benefit of more installation options to fit the majority of cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today.”

Twaron® Aramid Fiber Cone and Elastic Polymer Surround
The new cone and surround on the Pioneer TS-D components offer a variety of improvements ideal for optimal performance. The aramid fiber cone is constructed from Twaron woven cloth that is hardened and shaped to produce a rigid, yet low mass cone with excellent dampening characteristics. Adding an elastic polymer surround and bullet shaped phase plug, the TS-D woofers demonstrate quicker response with superior midrange extension and a very natural sound.

Small Size, Big Sound
The new 0.9 inch tweeters on the TS-D components maintain an exceptionally open and smooth sound quality with silky reproduction of higher frequencies. The design of the TS-D tweeters include a soft dome diaphragm and surround constructed out of lightweight polyester woven fibers, for increased sensitivity and improved response. In addition, the tweeter is designed with a larger rear chamber and rounded over flange, for extended frequency range and wider dispersion. To fit in the various tweeter locations found in vehicle doors and dashboards, the tweeters have a compact 1-1/2 inch outside mounting diameter and a mounting depth of only 7/8ths of an inch.

Installation Friendly Crossover
The crossover network on the TS-D components has been redesigned to reduce the chassis size significantly while maintaining the use of high quality capacitors, inductors and resistors. The compact size improves installation flexibility, allowing the crossover to fit easily and inconspicuously inside a door, under the dash or behind a panel. A selectable tweeter level switch (-3dB, 0dB, +3dB) allows the output of the tweeter and woofer to be closely matched.

Installation Flexibility
The component package offers multiple tweeter mounts and woofer/tweeter installation adapters to fit in many of the most popular and top selling vehicles on the road today. The TS-D1730C includes a pair of 6″ x 9″ and 6-3/4″ woofer/tweeter installation plates designed to mount the woofer and tweeter into factory door locations. The plates are pre-scored with vehicle specific cutouts to match the speaker locations in many Toyota®, Scion®, and Honda® vehicles. The TS-D1330C includes a pair of 6″ x 8″ woofer/tweeter installation plates designed to mount the woofer and tweeter into many Ford® and Mazda® applications. Both packages include tweeter spacers to accommodate flush or angle mounting.

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Upgrading Your Car Stereo

Car Stereo Upgrade LifestyleThe Basics; Upgrading Your Car Stereo

Car stereos direct from the factory just aren’t very good.  Think about it; car manufacturers make cars, not stereos.  Factory systems are typically designed poorly and made with cheap materials. Yes, technically, you can still listen to your music, but it probably doesn’t sound too great.

There are tons of aftermarket products that are made specifically for improving a car stereo. (Hey, we’ve made a business out of it!) Not every vehicle needs to replace all of its factory components, but there are common pieces that more than likely need upgraded.

What to Upgrade

Apple CarPLay Car Stereo UpgradeReplace Your Head Unit: It’s what allows you to play music, make phone calls, navigate and more. You can start by replacing the heart of your car’s sound system. Factory head units are very basic and aren’t powerful enough to give you crisp quality sound. Aftermarket head units are equipped with advanced features like built in navigation, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM and more!

Kenwood Scion Car Stereo UpgradeUpgrade Your Speakers: It’s your door speakers and tweeters that dictate how clear and full your car’s sound is. Factory speakers typically can’t deliver good sound quality due to poor manufacturing. Aftermarket speakers are built with the highest quality materials for better sound performance. Take some time to listen to different car audio brands’ speakers and then choose the size that fits your vehicle. 

Get a Subwoofer: These speakers are meant to cover the lower end frequencies in your music.  Subwoofers are available in different sizes depending on how you want your music Untitled-1to sound. If you want a full-bodied sound from your music, then adding a subwoofer is key.

Add an Amplifier: Without sufficient power, subwoofers and speakers are pretty worthless. Adding an external amp to your system can give you the power you need to get the most of out your speakers and subs and get a sound that your factory head unit won’t be able to produce.

Next Steps

Sure, you may have heard of all the things listed above that could improve your sound, but maybe you don’t know how to shop for them? That’s where we can definitely help. Not only do we sell the best bands in car audio, but we know what we’re talking about and how to install them.  Visit us with your vehicle and we can discuss what you want your music to sound like and come up with a plan so you can get the most out of your car stereo.

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Amplifier Frequently Asked Questions

Amplifier FAQ

How do I shop for an Amplifier?

Make sure to match the power output of the amplifier to the power handling of your speakers. If your front and rear speakers have slightly different power handling ratings, use the lower rating and find an amplifier that comes close to that.

Max Power, Peak Power or RMS Rating?

We suggest looking at the RMS power rating on amplifiers and speakers.  Some manufacturers use terms like Peak Power or Max Power but neither of these reflect the true performance as well as the RMS rating.

Can I amplify my factory speakers?

img_hcp1dAdding an amplifier to factory speakers isn’t always a good idea.  The vehicle manufacturer selected these speakers, meaning they weren’t high on the priority list, and they may have some characteristic that makes them incompatible with aftermarket amplifiers.  If you’re wanting better sound and thinking of an amplifier, it’s good to upgrade to powerful and compatible speakers as well.

Don’t factory stereos come with built in amplifiers – Why would I need one?

Yes, most factory stereos come with some built in amplifier action, but they’re not powerful enough to produce adequate sound at louder volumes without distortion. Bass especially suffers, since it takes even more power to produce lower frequencies than higher ones. To get better overall sound, adding an amplifier is key

Do I need an amplifier if I’ve upgraded my speakers?

visual1Even if you’ve upgraded your car’s sound system with the very latest head unit and speakers, it won’t make much difference to your overall sound if you’re not providing it with enough power. 

How many channels do I need?

It really depends on what you want to power or how many speakers you need to power. Amplifiers are categorized by the number of ‘channels’, or speakers, they can power. A one-channel, or mono amplifier, can power a single speaker. (Standardly used to power a subwoofer). Two-channel amplifiers can power two speakers, and you can guess how many speakers a four-channel amplifier can power. (It’s four!) There are also five-250x4channel amplifiers that can power your entire system (2 front speakers, 2 rear speakers, and a sub).

If I add an amplifier and new speakers, do I have to get a new head unit too?

Not if you don’t want to. If you’d prefer to keep the factory look to your vehicle, you can certainly just upgrade your speakers and add an amplifier to improve your sound. In fact, many amplifiers can actually integrate with factory radios.

Next Steps…

No matter what questions you might have, we’re here to help! Contact us or visit one of our stores today to speak to an expert who can help you navigate the amplifier buying process. We can answer any questions, explain any process, and even give suggestions on the best amplifier upgrade for your vehicle.

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

JL Audio Stealthbox for Polaris Slingshot

JL Audio has been bringing us the Stealthbox for our cars and trucks for a while now, but did you know they recently introduced Stealthbox for Polaris Slingshots? (We’re pretty excited about it!) Now it’s even easier to get amped up sound for your off-road adventures!

What is Stealthbox

If you’re not familiar with JL Audio’s line of Stealthbox subwoofer enclosures, you’re missing out.  This line is made up of subwoofer enclosures designed to integrate seamlessly or even hidden in specific vehicles.  JL Audio’s website boasts:

“Our engineers begin the Stealthbox design process by studying the acoustics of the target vehicle and evaluating potential Stealthbox locations. Extensive testing takes place with the goal of maximizing performance while minimizing loss of vehicle utility and comfort. “

Stealthbox for Off-Road

Now that same engineered design we have for our cars is available for Polaris Slingshot vehicles too! The Polaris Slingshot delivers huge shots of adrenaline and a driving experience like no other road machine. Sadly, the factory audio options are easily overwhelmed by the challenges of it’s open-air cockpit design. With JL Audio Stealthbox for Slingshot, owners of the UTV can finally attain high performance audio options

Products Available:

  • Speaker Pods: Purpose built for Polaris Slingshot vehicles, these custom engineered speaker pods are constructed from 100% fiberglass and mount securely to the factory tube frame with the included 
    hardware kit. Each sealed enclosure houses a pair of JL Audio premium M-Series 7.7-inch marine component systems to project clean, powerful sound whether you are cruising or letting it rip.

  • Subwoofers: Built specifically to fit Polaris Slingshot vehicles, these Stealthbox systems provide powerful amounts of deep bass, without interfering with seating space or comfort. Made from 100% fiberglass with a rugged weatherproof finish, each sealed enclosure houses a 10W3v3 subwoofer and solidly mounts into one rear storage compartment. Can purchase one or even two for maximum sub-bass performance.

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Rockford Fosgate Custom Audio for Your Polaris RZR

It’s no wonder the Polaris RZR is one of the most popular ATVs around. These rugged vehicles are built for pure off-road fun, whether you’re going down a trail or up a dune. Music makes everything more fun, so it’s great to see that Rockford Fosgate has designed custom audio gear for select RZR 900, RZR XP 1000, and RZR XP models.

With four packages to choose from, you can select the system that’s right for the way you use your ATV. Upgrade the radio you already have with the Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 receiver found in Stage 1 (and in the other three stages, too), or go all-out with the awesome array of speakers, subs, and amps in the Stage 4 package. We’ll get to the packages in a bit, but first, let me tell you about the gear Rockford Fosgate has put together.

A rugged receiver that rocks

The Rockford Fosgate Punch PMX-2 (found in all four packages) packs a lot of features into a compact, water-resistant digital media receiver. This trail-ready stereo has built-in Bluetooth® connectivity, so you can stream music from your phone and crank up your favorites.

If you prefer to plug in, there’s an aux input, plus a USB input that will charge your phone while you’re playing music. And speaking of charges, the PMX-2 also has a low-voltage warning alert built-in, so you won’t accidentally drain your battery.

In addition to AM and FM radio, you can also tune into the weather band to stay up to date on current conditions — a handy feature to have when you’re in the middle of nowhere.

Bigger, better sound on the trail

Rockford’s RM1652B Prime 6-1/2″ speakers (which you get starting with the Stage 2 package) are tough enough for off-road and marine use, but they also sound great. The poly cone is treated to withstand moisture and sunlight, as is the 1″ volcano dome tweeter in the grille. These full-range speakers give you the performance you expect in a package you won’t have to worry about when the going gets rough.

They’re really easy to install, too, thanks to the direct-fit speaker enclosures included in your RZR kit. Made from a fiber-reinforced composite blend, they bolt right in using the factory mounting holes. No drilling needed!

For top-shelf sound, there’s the Stage 4 package, which adds a pair of enclosed RM1652W-MB Prime roll bar speakers. These 6-1/2″ speakers are marine-rated and really rock. The adjustable clamp rotates for perfect positioning.

Let there be bass

A 10″ subwoofer? On an ATV? Absolutely! The Rockford Fosgate RM110D2B sub (found in Stages 3 and 4) fits into select RZRs with help from a direct-fit mounting kit that uses the factory glove box  space to create a seamless, custom-looking installation.

The sub is marine-rated and ready for anything, while the bolt-on enclosure is made from a durable composite that blends right into the interior.

Rockford Fosgate amplifiers supply the power

A system like this requires serious power, and the Stage 3 and Stage 4 packages include two compact amps that will give you all you need. The 4-channel Punch PBR300X4 will take care of your speakers, whether you go straight to Stage 4 or add tower speakers later. The Punch PBR300X1 mono amp will power your subwoofer. Your kit includes mounting plates for these marine-rated, trail-ready amps.

Four stages of Rockford Fosgate sound

With Rockford Fosgate’s handy packages, you can get exactly the amount of high-quality audio you want for your ride.

Stage 1: Already have speakers? The Stage 1 kit contains a PMX-2 digital media receiver and a custom dash kit. It mounts in place of the center pocket using the existing mounting holes. LEARN MORE & BUY NOW>

Stage 2: Step up a stage and get the digital media receiver and kit, plus a pair of powerful 6-1/2″ speakers, rugged speaker enclosures, and a wiring harness. LEARN MORE &  BUY NOW>

Stage 3: Now you’re getting serious. Stage 3 adds a 300-watt speaker amp, a 10″ sub and enclosure, and a 300- watt sub amp, plus mounting plates for the amps. LEARN MORE & BUY NOW>

Stage 4: The “everything” bagel of ATV audio. Adding a set of 6-1/2″ rear speakers makes this system awesome. Includes enclosures and a wiring harness. LEARN MORE & BUY NOW>

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    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Upgrading Your ATV/UTV

It seems like ATV’s and UTVs are just about everywhere these days.  They’re not just for farmers surveying their land, they’re now used more and more for recreation. With these vehicles being so versatile and getting more popular in recent years, owners are looking for ways to amp up the fun they can have in their new recreational vehicles. There’s not shortage of updates our there available for ATV and UTVs, ranging from simple accessories and lighting to complete custom weather-proof sound systems.

ATV audio comes in all shapes and sizes:

  • Add a marine-rated receiver and speakers for simple upgraded sound

  • Go all out and really increase the sound from your vehicle with the installation an amplifier and even subwoofers.
  • Some manufacturers have even developed custom made kits that are vehicle specific systems to fit in your vehicle with minimal hassle and change.

 

Other add-ons:

  • Sound bar speakers
  • LED lighting: Light bars, colored lighting effects, light strips

The possibilities really are endless when it comes to customizing your UTV and no matter what you’re looking for, we can work with you to make it attainable!

Check out Powersport Audio Install Gallery HERE

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

How a Dash Camera Can Protect and Help You

Sure, you’ve seen a dash cam before, but you probably only think Police Officers or professional Truck drivers need them, think again! They can be extremely useful to everyone, especially when a dreaded accident occurs.

  • Provides a full record of an incident. Some dash cameras are motion detections cameras meaning you won’t have to remember to turn it on, it’ll record automatically. Every time you drive, you’ll have a full record of your habits, route, and any incidents that might occur. Not only will you have a comprehensive record of said incident, but it could come in handy if your vehicle’s is involved in a hit and run or if you’re dealing with an uninsured driver. A dash cam provides full proof that you can hand over to the authorities if needed.
  • Defends a driver from liability. If an incident isn’t your fault, you’ll have proof. Dealing with insurance companies is never fun, and with a dash cam you’ll be able to provide proof and protect yourself from being blamed in an incident. Some dash cams even provide data of an accident, such as speed, GPS location, and more. (Very helpful in the event of an accident)
  • Records other drivers. A dash camera is also capable of recording other drivers, providing evidence of drunk drivers, bad drivers, and road rage incidents too.
  • Surveillance on young and new drivers. As a parent, having a child of driving age can be scary, a dash cam can keep track of your teen’s driving habits to help turn them into better drivers and help keep them safe (not to mention peace of mind for a parent). They can also be used as GPS system because the camera will show where a driver has been.
  • Keep memories of road trips. Dash cams record when your car is moving, so you’ll get comprehensive footage of all your memorable road trips on Route 66.
  • Capture Crimes. Ever come out of a crowded mall to find dings and scratches your car? Or ever wake up to find someone smashed your window to steal your stereo and rip up your dash? A dash cam will record all of that, so you’ll be able to provide proof to authorities or insurance companies.

There are a lot of everyday uses for a dash cam, so if you’re thinking about getting one for your vehicle, let us help.  We can walk you through all the options and brands we carry and find the best camera for your car!

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

SummitView™ Oversized Tire Carrier Camera

New! SummitView™ Oversized Tire Carrier Camera

The SummitView™ Oversized Tire Carrier Camera is for all those off-road enthusiasts who have the Smittybilt Oversize Tire Mount (part number: 2743) or similar aftermarket tire mount. Brandmotion’s innovative Jeep Wrangler Rear Vision System line gives your shop the edge in offering backup protection that’s not available anywhere else. This kit is designed for vehicles with an aftermarket display, such as an aftermarket navigation radio or other display monitors. (Or, add our 9002-6115 Jeep factory display flash programmer for easy factory display integration). The camera is a Sony Infrared camera with CCD technology for superior daytime image crispness & nighttime brightness for seeing clear and far into the dark.

Don’t have a Tire Carrier yet? Smittybilt’s Oversized Tire Carrier is the most economical way to mount an oversized tire onto your 2007-2018 JK Wrangler. It attaches to the factory tailgate using the existing holes and requires no drilling or modifications. Completely adjustable and designed to mount up to a 37″ tire or up to 195 lbs. Carrier and tailgate open and close as a single unit.

Camera Features:
• Weatherproof Camera mounted inside a bulletproof thick metal custom bracket
• Tested, rugged design with waterproof connector
• Rubber gasket around camera housing ensures a tight fit
• Infrared Technology delivers superior nighttime vision
Bracket Features:
• Bracket is designed to allow padlock to be attached
• Constructed out of durable 16 gauge steel
• Paintable to match vehicle color
• Mounts to 2743 Carrier without additional hardware
• 40° fixed angle allows for seeing what is directly behind vehicle
Additional 9002-6115 Flash Module and Harness:
• Harness with RCA Connector for quick connect to camera
• 9002-6115 factory display radio programming module allows for simple plug-and-play operation
• Secure connection-program module locks to your particular VIN
• Pulls CAN bus data to automatically show camera when in reverse

VIEW FULL INFORMATIONAL PDF

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

WeatherTech FloorLiners

With winter weather comes that dreaded slushy, salty, muddy mess that appears right after a good snow. You know what we’re talking about! You find yourself tracking that into you house, it’s all over your shoes, and your car floor mats are a disaster once the snow thaws! Now, you can at least prevent that awful mess from ruining your vehicle’s interior. Enter the solution: WeatherTech FloorLiners!

What Makes WeatherTech Special?

In the quest for the most advanced concept in floor protection, product development engineers utilize the most sophisticated tools available for data capture and reverse engineering of complex vehicle geometry such as floor surfaces, cargo areas, window openings or fenders. These digital laser measurements allow WeatherTech FloorLiners to accurately and completely line the interior carpet of your vehicle; up the front, back and even up the sides of the vehicle’s footwell.

“A patent pending High-Density Tri-Extruded (HDTE) material allows for a rigid core for strength while offering surface friction to the carpet, as well as tactile feel to the surface! Advanced surfacing creates channels that carry fluids and debris to a lower reservoir with further channeling to help minimize fluid movement while driving!  Once fluids become trapped in the reservoir, away from shoes and clothing, they are easily removed from the WeatherTech FloorLiner over the door sill.  No muss-no fuss! “

WeatherTech Floorliners are available for most makes and models and are truly custom fit to specific vehicles. Also available is the Rear FloorLiner, a one or two piece flexible liner made specifically to go “over the hump” in your backseats.

Helps Protect Resale Value

WeatherTech FloorLiners help protect resale value too.  Simply put, the cost of owning a vehicle is the difference between what you pay for it and what you sell it for.  There are many factors that influence resale value; miles, exterior condition, maintenance history and of course interior condition. The FloorLiner will help you maintain that “just-from-the-factory” clean carpet.

Order From Us

You may not see every make, model, or color listed on our website, but we’d be happy to order whatever you need! Most WeatherTech products are shipped to us in a matter of days so you’ll be able to get your vehicle’s interior protected quickly! Contact us today to find out more about WeatherTech FloorLiners and how they can help save your car this winter!

Check out the WeatherTech Website to See the Options for your Vehicle!

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Enter to win a AVH2330NEX!

Want to win a new Pioneer AVH2330NEX Receiver plus a $150 Gift Card toward installation? We thought you’d say yes! 

Fill out the form below to be enter to win!

AVH-2330NEX Features:

  • 7″ WVGA Touchscreen Display
  • Apple CarPlay Compatible
  • Android Auto Compatible
  • Built in Bluetooth for Hands-Free Calling and Audio Streaming
  • HD Radio Tuner
  • SiriusXM Ready
  • Works with Spotify and Pandora

Enter Our 40th Anniversary Giveaway!

Watch the Video Overview 

Contest rules: Receive one entry into contest/giveaway when you either sign up above, like any post referencing the contest/giveaway on our Facebook page, Share any post on your public Facebook profile referencing the contest/giveaway from our Facebook Page. Prize pack includes (1) Pioneer AVH2330NEX In Dash Receiver and a $150 Columbus Car Audio Gift Card good toward installation of the receiver. Contest/giveaway runs 12/5 – 12/21.  One randomly chosen winner will be picked on 12/22 and notified via email or Facebook.  The more posts you like or share will increase your entries into contest/giveaway, and increase your chances of winning.  You may only enter via the form above once, multiple email entries are invalid and will not result in extra entries. By entering above you’re giving us the right to email you about new products, events, and sales. We will never share or sell your personal information and use it only for our purposes.  See our privacy policy HERE

 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Pioneer AVH-3300NEX

Pioneer’s NEX or networked entertainment experience line of receivers feature an innovative and powerful new user interface which is responsive and highly customizable. The NEX models are designed especially for today’s smart phone driven lifestyle.

Check Out Below the Great Features of the Pioneer AVH-3300NEX Multimedia DVD Receiver!

  • World’s 1st 1-Din fully motorized flip out screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto!
  • 7″ WVGA Flip Out Display
  • Apple CarPlay Compatible
  • Android Auto Compatible
  • Built in Bluetooth for Hands-Free Calling and Audio Streaming
  • SiriusXM Ready
  • Works with Spotify and Pandora

Watch the Video Overview 

 

Apple CarPlay

The AVH-2330NEX features Apple CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use your iPhone® in the car. Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music, and access messages with just a word or a touch.

Learn More About Apple CarPlay HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Android Auto

The AVH-2330NEX also features Android Auto which extends the Android platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple cards that appear just when they’re needed. It’s designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead.

Learn More About Android Auto HERE

 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Pioneer Z Series Loudspeakers

Z HIGH PERFORMANCE AUTOMOTIVE LOUDSPEAKERS

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. has introduced new Z series of speakers and subwoofers; high performance automotive loudspeakers. They are engineered to reproduce music in its purest form and allow the listener to experience the music as the artist intended through an uncompromising pursuit of premium sound quality, and by taking full advantage of unique concepts and proprietary advanced technology.

Z Speakers – No Compromises

The Z is based on highly advanced technology developed by Pioneer, employing carefully selected materials and parts, benefiting from decades of automotive loudspeaker design theory and testing ability. Following Pioneer’s OPEN & SMOOTH™ sound concept, the Z series of automotive loudspeakers features smooth off-axial frequency response, superior directivity and extended frequency range engineered specifically to produce dynamic, accurate sound quality for the car. The result is a purity of sound that achieves unprecedented audio artistry.

  • Designed for Hi-Res Audio
    Hi-Res Audio recordings contain significantly more data compared to a standard CD recording and require a loudspeaker that is capable of smoothly reproducing frequencies of 40kHz or higher. The Z speakers are designed to deliver sound that is clearer, sharper and more complex – reproducing music that is closer to the original performance.
  • 29mm Aluminum Alloy Balanced Dome Tweeter
    The Z tweeter’s aluminum alloy diaphragm allows the tweeter to remain pistonic and linear at ultrasonic frequencies. The unique diaphragm shape, developed using HSDOM (Harmonized Synthetic Diaphragm Optimum Method) computer analysis, accurately controls differential vibration produced by the diaphragm and improves high frequency dispersion. Pioneer’s Vertex Drive System improves the mechanical coupling of the voice coil and the tweeter diaphragm, reducing distortion and coloration caused by low damping and increasing power handling.
  • Dual Layer Cone Construction
    Twaron® is a synthetic aramid fiber that is very strong, heat resistant and rigid when woven into a cloth material. Strength and rigidity are important to keep cone shape at higher powers and maintain responsiveness. The result is fast response and clear bass, with low coloration and distortion.
  • Compact Swivel Tweeter with Tri-Position Mounting Kit
    More than any other speaker, the positioning and mounting location of the tweeter is crucial to the stereo system and the overall listening experience. To ensure installation flexibility, the Z component system tweeters are extremely compact and feature a unique swivel mount that allows precise aiming of high frequencies.

Z Subwoofers – The Pursuit of Perfect Bass


The Z subwoofer uses much of the same highly advanced technology as the Z full range loudspeakers to create seamlessly integrated musical perfection – fast, detailed and extended bass with tremendous impact and clarity. Combining high fidelity and high output in a compact, shallow design, the Z subwoofer offers both unparalleled performance and near limitless installation flexibility. As a result, the placement of the Z subwoofer can be optimized for sound quality and bass reinforcement, unlike conventional subwoofers that must be installed where they physically fit. Balance, speed, power and bass extension unite to create the ultimate low-frequency experience.

 

  • Hi-Res Audio Ready
    Even in the sub-bass region, Hi-Res Audio recordings require a subwoofer that is capable of extremely high dynamic range and low distortion that integrates smoothly with the mid- and high-frequency speakers. The Z subwoofers are designed to take full advantage of Hi-Res Audio recordings, with wide dynamics, extended frequency response and extraordinarily accurate and detailed bass.

  • Twaron Subwoofer Cone Construction
    Subwoofer cones created with Twaron are rigid and low mass with excellent damping characteristics. Strength and rigidity are important to maintain cone shape during challenging bass notes, while damping is critical to improving the responsiveness and signal accuracy. The low mass of an aramid fiber cone improves both sensitivity and the speed of the Z subwoofer, increasing output and power handling.
  • Shallow Basket with Oversized Cone and Magnet
    Subwoofers require an extremely strong basket that holds the cone, suspension and motor structure together in perfect alignment even during high excursions at low frequencies. Traditional subwoofers require large enclosures that can be challenging to install seamlessly. The Z subwoofer features a shallow basket for installation flexibility, a low Q design for high performance in small enclosures, an oversized cone (15% larger when compared to a conventional 10″ subwoofer) and a motor structure with a powerful 67.7 oz. magnet that combine to produce fast, detailed and extended bass with tremendous impact and clarity.

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Pioneer AVIC-8201NEX

 

Pioneer’s NEX or networked entertainment experience line of receivers feature an innovative and powerful new user interface which is responsive and highly customizable. The NEX models are designed especially for today’s smart phone driven lifestyle.

Check Out Below the Great Features of the Pioneer AVIC-8201NEX Flagship In-Dash Navigation Receiver!

 

  • 7″ WVGA Capacitive Touchscreen Display

  • Included Bonus Back Up Camera!
  • Apple CarPlay Compatible
  • Android Auto Compatible
  • Built in Bluetooth for Hands-Free Calling and Audio Streaming
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Ready
  • Works with Pandora
  • Learn More on the Pioneer Website

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use your iPhone® in the car. Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music, and access messages with just a word or a touch.

Learn More About Apple CarPlay HERE

Android Auto

Android Auto extends the Android platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple cards that appear just when they’re needed. It’s designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead.

Learn More About Android Auto HERE

 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Drive for Coats

Drive for Coats – Donate & Save on a Remote Start!

 

November 3 – December 31 2017, we will be having an in-store coat drive to provide local families with a new or gently used coat for the upcoming winter months. 

In return for participating, when you donate a new or gently used coat, you’ll receive a discount good toward a remote start! With every donation, receive

  • $20 OFF any Remote Starter!
  • CLICK HERE to find out more about our Remote Start selection!

Studies have shown that children, in particular, who have a new coat during the winter, have better attendance, fewer illnesses, and an improved sense of pride and confidence. Help us help our community by giving back and donating your new or gently used winter coats!

All coat donations will be given to Joseph’s Coat to support their efforts in helping families in the community. While discounts are limited to one per remote start purchase, we encourage you to bring any coats that are sitting unused in your closet.

*Discount valid on regular priced remote starts only with the donation of a new or gently used coat, and only on the day of donation. Not valid with other discounts or promotions. Limit one discount per remote starter purchase. Promotion valid until 12/31/17.

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Pioneer AVH-2330NEX

Pioneer’s NEX or networked entertainment experience line of receivers feature an innovative and powerful new user interface which is responsive and highly customizable. The NEX models are designed especially for today’s smart phone driven lifestyle.

Check Out Below the Great Features of the Pioneer AVH-2330NEX Multimedia DVD Receiver!

  • 7″ WVGA Touchscreen Display
  • Apple CarPlay Compatible
  • Android Auto Compatible
  • Built in Bluetooth for Hands-Free Calling and Audio Streaming
  • HD Radio Tuner
  • SiriusXM Ready
  • Works with Spotify and Pandora

Watch the Video Overview 

Apple CarPlay

The AVH-2330NEX features Apple CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use your iPhone® in the car. Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music, and access messages with just a word or a touch.

Learn More About Apple CarPlay HERE

 

Android Auto

The AVH-2330NEX also features Android Auto which extends the Android platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving and automatically brings you useful information and organizes it into simple cards that appear just when they’re needed. It’s designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road ahead.

Learn More About Android Auto HERE

 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Pioneer NEX

Pioneer NEX – The Leader in Smartphone Connectivity for YOUR Vehicle.

Think you have to drive a brand new car to have that new car technology? Think again! Simply upgrade your factory radio to a Pioneer NEX head unit and access your phone, apps, music, and even navigation right from the dashboard of the vehicle you already own. 

  • Don’t Break Up with Your Car; Upgrade it!
  • Hands-Free Calling
  • Turn by Turn Navigation
  • Access your Phone’s Music from your Dash

Apple CarPlay – Plug in your iPhone to make calls, let Siri read you text messages, get directions, listen to your iTunes library, and use compatible apps.

Android Auto – Stream your music with Google Play, Pandora, & Spotify, get voice guided navigation with Google Maps, and extend the Android Platform into your car in a way that’s built for distraction free driving. 

Many Pioneer NEX models feature built in Bluetooth, HD Radio, are Pandora & SiriusXM Ready, and some even include built in GPS Navigation. 

Request More Information today to find which Pioneer NEX model fits your vehicle! Our experts are happy to to help you find the right technology to fit your needs!

NEX Models We Proudly Carry:

 

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    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Hertz H8 DSP wins EISA AWARD 2017-2018

Hertz H8 DSP wins EISA AWARD 2017-2018

The EISA Awards jury’s reason in giving this prize is as follows:

“The DSP to beat all rivals, the H8 will automatically re-equalize any OEM system to transform the in-car audio experience from the mundane to the fabulous, creating the most highly-spec’d and flexible entertainment system, with single high-level inputs, that money can buy. The H8 DSP includes a logic-switched User Control Set that allows for a highly personalized entertainment setup – it can even be automated using the seat belt sensors if desired. The processor accepts hi-res audio files up to 96kHz/24-bit via its optical digital input and is also perfectly suited for integration with OEM systems fitted with high-level inputs.”

Hertz H8 DSP car audio processor is capable of interfacing with any analog and/or digital source, transforming ordinary “audio” into a high-performance integrated systemThe simple and intuitive computer software ensures a wide array of adjustments to improve the acoustic response of a complex environment like the car compartment. It provides 7 signal inputs with a variety of connection options: four high-level inputs, also accepting low-level pre-amplified signals; a stereo auxiliary input and an optical digital input accepting signals at a sample rate up to 96/24 bit. The optical digital input (selectable through the DRC HE remote control and from the “Optical / AUX select” terminal) nullifies interference and signal deterioration also by-passing the analog signals A/D conversion stages.  Thanks to the configuration Wizard provided by the software during the set-up, the H8 DSP can automatically sum up multiple filtered channels (for instance, woofer plus tweeter), “flatten” the OEM source equalized response curve and reconstruct a center, rear and/or subwoofer channel with a simple stereo input. By reading the test track on the CD provided, the H8 DSP recreates a full-bandwidth signal, with a flat frequency response and released after processing for an outstanding sound quality.

H8 DSP – The times are arrived

The times has arrived, now #TheSoundExperience enters to the digital world! Find out all the amazing fetaures of H8 DSP on #Hertzaudio web site.

Posted by Hertz AudioVideo on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Original article HERE.

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

QFM Bike Night Giveaway

We’ve Partnered with QFM 96 (The Iconic Rock Station) to be on-site at Bike Night at Eldorado Scioto Downs every Thursday this summer! During the season, we’ll be giving away 2 Rockford Fosgate Motorcycle Sound Systems plus installation. Last night, (7/20) was our first system giveaway, plus one of our Motorcycle Techs was on-site doing a partial LIVE sound system install! Congratulations to the lucky winner, who went home with his own motorcycle sound system!

 

 

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    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Webasto Black Forest Throwback

Introducing Webasto’s Black Forest Throwback!

Product Features:

  • One piece fabric folding roof
  • One hand operation for open air freedom
  • Rivetless design features unique fabric folding, fabric retention, and linkage technology
  • Off road trail tested for more than three years on both the Rubicon and Moab trails
  • Reusable storage box for Freedom Panels
  • Impeccable fit and finish with molded header design
  • Flush mounted rear attachment using the Freedom Panel’s original attachment point

Contact us to find out more and get one for your Jeep!

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

DroneMobile and Alexa

DroneMobile – The First Aftermarket Company to Work with Alexa!

Until now the aftermarket has stood on the sidelines as the Alexa became one of the hottest consumer electronics products.   Companies from SiriusXM to Ford are making their products compatible with the Alexa voice assistant and now DroneMobile becomes the first aftermarket product to also work with Alexa.

The Alexa voice assistant is found in Amazon’s WiFi speakers, the Echo and Dot.  Through your voice commands, they allow you to play music, make to do lists, set alarms, stream podcasts, get news and traffic and more. Some smartphones and even some infotainment systems now also work with Alexa.   Google, Apple, Sony and others are offering or about to release similar voice assisted speakers.

Starting now, users of DroneMobile, the remote start-from-a-smartphone device, can ask Alexa  to lock or unlock your car doors, unlock the trunk, check the status of the vehicle battery voltage and see the location of the car.

DroneMobile parent Firstech  said it already has the ability to allow you to ask Alexa to remote start the car by voice, but the company is waiting to unlock that feature due to security concerns.

There is always the caution with remote start, even from a keyfob, that a child could use it.  To help prevent that, after a user asks Alexa to lock or unlock the car doors, Alexa will ask for a pin number, under DroneMobile’s system.

“We held off to get comfortable with the security aspect,” said Firstech’s Justin Lee.  “It’s totally a safety precaution at this point. We can add remote start in an app upgrade.”  The idea is to take the summer to deploy the product and view results and then revisit unlocking remote start before the fall, when remote start season begins.

DroneMobile noted that as of January of this year, Amazon had sold over 10 million units of Alexa.  “We feel there’s an overlap of early adopters of Alexa and people who add DroneMobile to the vehicle.”

DroneMobile will also support Google Home devices by mid-Q3 2017.

Firstech is offering a free Amazon Dot to the first 100 dealers that order a certain quantity of DR-3400 or RSD-3400 DroneMobile kits.

To see the full DroneMobile Alexa capabilities click here.

The DroneMobile Skill for Alexa is available for download in the Alexa app and on Amazon.com. DroneMobile systems are sold and professionally installed at over 2,000 authorized retailers across North America. Those who are interested in learning more about DroneMobile can visit www.dronemobile.com.

Original article can be found HERE.

Already got DroneMobile, call or email us today and we can help you set up your Alexa capabilities! Or if you’re interested in getting DroneMobile – we can help with that too!

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

A Remote Start for the Summer

Control the Seasons with a Remote Start for Your Car!

Summer is here and with it comes the heat, sunshine, and warm days.  While that sounds nice, you might not enjoy it so much when getting into your car means getting into a sweltering hot box! 

We’ve all been there, it’s summer and you’ve spent your entire day at work with your car parked out in the open just baking in the sun.  Fast forward to the end of your work day, you walk to your car only to be hit in the face with a wave of hot air and trapped heat as soon as you open your door. 

We think that’s reason enough to use a remote starter in the summer!

  • Cool down your car – Have you ever turned on your car, blasted your air conditioning only to get a huge gust of hot air blown in your face? We all know it takes time for a A/C system to cool down and start blowing that glorious chilly air on us. With a remote starter, you can start your engine 5 to 10 minutes before you get in to give you’re A/C the chance to cool down it needs before you get in!
  • Decreases air pressure – One reason why the temperature inside of a car on a hot day feels so much hotter is because of the increased air pressure inside the vehicle. In just 10 minutes, the temperature of a parked vehicle can rise 20 degrees (whoa!) and will feel significantly hotter than the air outside of the car. Remote starting your engine will allow the air to start circulating before you open that door.
  • Black Leather Seats – Enough said? In direct sunlight, leather seats will quickly turn from a luxury into a burn risk. Remote start your vehicle, the air inside the vehicle cools down, essentially cooling down the leather seats you’ll have to sit on too.

*Please note, a remote start does not make it safe to leave children, pets, or anything for that matter inside of a parked vehicle on a hot day.

We think it’s important you’re comfortable in your vehicle year-round and a remote starter only helps with that! Ask us today which remote starter is right for your car and we can help you on your way to controlling the weather (inside your vehicle at least)!

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

QFM Ultimate Guys Garage Giveaway 2017

This past weekend, we were a proud Sponsor and participant of the 2017 QFM 96 WLVQ Ultimate Guys Garage Giveaway!

We provided a remote start and window tint to the lucky winner! 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Momento HD Dash Cam System

Momento HD Dash Cam System – You never know what can happen on the road.

Accidents and near-misses can happen so fast, that you won’t have time to hit RECORD. Thankfully, there’s Momento. Momento records everything that happens at the front and rear of your vehicle, all in crystal clear high-definition.
Full HD (1080p) dash camera system including front camera w/ LCD, rear camera, GPS antenna, and 32GB micro-SD memory card.

  • Keep and extra eye on your ride. Momento dash cam systems all include front and rear cameras to provide up to 270º of surveillance coverage.
  • While you’re driving. When you’re on the road, Momento uses looping technology to constantly record activity and overwrite older footage. If you cam detects impact, it will store footage from the incident in a separate folder so it won’t be deleted.
  • While you’re parked. Momento has your back even when your vehicle is parked. They have built-in motion and impact sensors to start recording before and after something happens around your vehicle. 

Full Feature List

  • Full HD Resolution: (1920×1080) high-definition front camera.
  • 3.5″ Touch Screen provides interactive interface and high clarity.
  • Sony Exmor R Sensor: Provides clean and clear video quality in low-light scenarios.
  • Format-Free Technology: Automatically overwrites files when storage capacity is exceeded.
  • PIP Multi-Screen: Multi-screen feature allows you to view front/rear cameras simultaneously.
  • Provides voice guidance, as well as alert sounds/messages.
  • Continuous, incident-continuous, incident-parking, parking, and manual recording modes.
  • Battery Save Mode: Measures the voltage of your battery real-time and halts Momento to prevent excess battery-drain.
  • Location + Speed Limit Sensor: Provides information about vehicle’s location and speed. (GPS antenna required).
  • Front-Vehicle Move Alert: Alerts the driver when the front vehicle starts to move from a complete stop.
  • PC Viewer for Windows is used to watch recorded videos. Use VLC for Mac computers.
  • Compatible with all vehicles.

 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

3M Automotive Window Film Crystalline Series

We Now Carry 3M Crystalline Window Tint Film!

The Crystalline Series features a proprietary, multi-layer optical film nano-technology that combines over 200 layers in a film that is thinner than a Post-it Note. This unique technology is the reason a a clear film can reject more heat than darker films. 

Stay Cool: The Crystalline Series allows the lightest tint to reject more heat than many of the darkest films available. Rejection of up to 60% of the total solar energy and up to 97% of the heat-producing infrared rays gives you the ultimate in comfort.

Superior UV Protection: Blocking up to 99% of ultraviolet (UV) light, this film provides a total Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 1000. This helps provide vehicle occupants with significant protection from harmful UV rays.

Reduce Glare: The Crystalline Series reduces up to 55% of the glare from blinding sun, oncoming driver headlights in the rain, at night, etc., allowing you to see better and concentrate more on driving.

See Clearly and Safely: This film is designed to enhance your view by allowing visible light into your vehicle while keeping heat out, so you can see clearly through your windows, and maintain your vehicle’s original appearance.

Stay Connected: Non-metallized window film that won’t interfere with mobile devices, GPS signal, or satellite radio reception. 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Spring Road Trip Travel Essentials

Spring is right around the corner, or so we’ve been told! Are you planning any Spring Break travel or summer vacations? Let us help you get road trip ready! We have everything you need to truly make your trip not just about the destination but about the fun in getting there too.

Mobile Video Entertainment: By adding a Drop Down Video Monitor or Headrest Monitors to your vehicle, you’ll be providing hours of entertainment to any backseat passengers. Kids and adults alike can watch movies, play video games, and some systems even let you stream from HDMI.

Apple CarPlay or Android Auto: We’re practically glued to our smartphones these days, but being so while driving could be dangerous.  Never miss out on calls, notifications, and easily integrate your phone in your dash by adding a compatible receiver to your vehicle. With Apple CarPlay or Android Auto use voice commands to play music, take calls, listen to and respond to texts, and request GPS navigation turn by turn directions.

Power Lift Gate: Have a lot of luggage, or a lot to strategically pack for your next roadtrip? Enjoy the convenience of hands-free, easy access to your luggage and other essentials with a Power Lift Gate. Open and close the hatch to your vehicle with the push of a button or by using your remote! No more slamming or pulling heavy hatch rear doors by yourself.

WeatherTech Floor Mats: If you’re taking a roadtrip, you’ll probably be making quite a few stops, getting in and out of the car a lot, and dragging in plenty of dirt and debris.  Protect your vehicle’s interior from those sandy beaches, muddy hikes, and slushy snowy ski trips with made specifically to fit your vehicle WeatherTech floor mats.

Blind Spot Monitoring: Safety while driving should always be your number one priority, but accidents do happen.  Installing a blind spot monitoring system can hopefully prevent a lot of those accidents.  You’ll get an audible, and sometimes visual, warning when another vehicle enters your blind spot, so you can stay safe all the hours you’ll be driving.

Let us help you equip your vehicle so you can get the most out of your roadtrips! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and we’ll get you on your way with the best products possible for you.

 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Window Tint in the Winter

Thinking about getting your windows tinted?

Window tint helps block the Sun’s harmful UV rays, reduces glare, helps the driver with visibility and aids in the protection of the car’s interior. Plus, it can strengthen the windows in case of a break or shatter, can reduce the risk of theft, and adds a sense of style to any car.

Understanding the Process

The window tinting process starts with us cleaning your windows inside and out. Then, the film is cut to the exact size of the car’s window. Our trained installers will place the film on the window and then work to remove any bubbles, wrinkles, or other imperfections, all while making sure it’s a perfect fit. After this, the film needs time to set and cure. For best results, we recommend avoiding rolling your windows up and down for a few days after install just to be safe.

Window Tint in the Winter

With the mention of window tint protecting against the Sun, you might be thinking window tint is only useful in the summer, but you’d be wrong in this case. While UV exposure is the greatest in the summer, it isn’t nonexistent in the winter. UV rays reach Earth every day of the year, and Snow can reflect 85 – 90% of those rays too. So, it’s important to keep yourself and your car protected from those rays all year round.

Now you might be wondering how weather and time of year can affect the window tint install…

The spring brings rain, summer has high humidity, and the winter has ice and freezing temps, but if your install is done inside, away from the elements, it will turn out just fine! We bring your vehicle into our climate controlled garage, let it warm up to room temperature, and then install the film.  This guarantees that no matter what time of year it is, or what the weather is like, you’ll be getting a professional window tint installation.

Contact us today for more information and to schedule your installation!

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Morse Road Store 360 Tour

See inside our Morse Road Location! Includes Retail Sales Floor and Install Garage. 

 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

AudioControl’s LC2i

lc2i_topThe LC2i, is a compact, two-channel processor with active input circuitry, which allows it to accept speaker-level signals of up to 400 watts per channel from factory-installed source units or amplifiers.  It converts them to high-quality pre-amp signals that can then be directed to after-market processors and/or amplifiers. Users can enjoy maximum sound quality while maintaining the use of factory volume and steering wheel controls.

lc2iWho is the LC2i for?

Anyone who does not want to give up their factory dash controls but wants great sound. Car makers these days are incorporating all sorts of convenience features into the factory head units that consumers do not want to give up. In addition, they are making the head unit a more integral part of the dash, even integrating heater/AC, and other control functions, into the sound systems. The LC2i allows that customer to improve the sound system without disturbing any of the factory features and functions.

Key Features

  • Two Channels of Active Speaker Level inputs (Up to 400 Watts RMS/Ch)
  • AccuBASS™ equalization to correct bass roll-off in factory systems
  • Threshold and Boost controls for AccuBASS™ optimization
  • Selectable GTO™ Auto sensing turn-on circuit (no remote wire needed)
  • 9.5 volt preamp output w/level matching controls

lc2i_inputsKey Benefits

  • Great sound from factory install audio systems
  • No sacrificing of factory features like Nav, On-Star, Bluetooth, etc.
  • AccuBASS™ gives rock solid bass at all volume levels despite factory limitations
  • High voltage preamp helps every amplifier to perform to its maximum
  • Compact chassis for quick unobtrusive installation

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

How to Shop for a Remote Starter

So you’ve decided you’re done with getting into a cold car and done with scraping your windshield in the winter – you’ve made the right decision! Getting a remote car starter installed can save you from battling the cold weather every time you go to get in your car. (P.S. You can use one in the summer to crank the A/C too!) But maybe you’re not sure where to start shopping for one? We can help! Here’s a few tips and things to think about while you’re shopping for a remote start.

Where to Buy?

The most important thing about getting a remote start installed is finding a place that can do it. This is definitely not a DIY install so you’ll want someone professional and guaranteeexperienced. You’ll want to put your car in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing when it comes to installing this equipment. Not to brag, but we’ve been installing in the 12V industry for over 38 years and our experienced install technicians are fully trained and equipped to handle your vehicle properly. Plus, we offer a lifetime workmanship guarantee on all of our installations.

Consider Your Car

While many different remote start brands and models are available not all are compatible with every vehicle.  Your vehicle may require additional parts (like a bypass unit) or additional labor to make a remote start work properly. Features like factory security systems, push button starts, and standard transmissions are all factors in considering which remote start will work with your vehicle. We’re always happy to discuss any additional components that may or may not be needed to make a remote start work for your vehicle.

remote-starter-rangeRemote Start Range

Ask yourself where you’ll be starting your car from? It matters because different remote starts have different ranges. Will you be starting your car from inside your house right next to your driveway? Or maybe from your office while your car is parked in the back of the big office lot? You’ll want to make sure you purchase one that will work when you need it to. (Read more about Remote Start Range on our Blog Here.)

Consider Price

It’s true what they say, you get what you pay for. And what you should be paying for is high quality technology and knowledgeable installation. So it may not be best to go with the cheapest price you find. Maybe you’re shopping around online, that’s smart to research, but you might not be seeing an accurate price. Some retailers online don’t include the price of installation, or the price of any additional parts your specific vehicle may need. And some low cost models might not have the range you’ll need. When it comes to your car, don’t cut corners, invest in what you’re installing in it. We’ll be happy to walk you through our pricing structure and we’ll always be upfront about if your vehicle needs additional parts and additional costs. (We’ll be honest, most newer vehicles do require some extra attention, so don’t always assume the price you see online is 100% accurate.)

10670092_10152602803597982_7193951088121508003_nWhen to Shop

You’ve gotten this far, decided to get a remote start and maybe you’ve even picked out a model. The next step is to install it, but when? Simply put, do it now. Install it now before this winter hits, before you’ve scraped your first window for the year, and before the first snow flake falls. Be prepared, it’s that simple! It’ll benefit you to do it now not only because you’ll beat the weather, but you’ll also beat the rush of people who realize they need a remote start too when the weather turns. Once the frost starts coming every morning our install garage fills up quickly with remote start installations every day, so schedule your vehicle now.  

 

Columbus Car Audio

    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.