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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:




Columbus Car Audio

    *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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Columbus Car Audio

    *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 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

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.

See Inside Our Stores – 360 Tours

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

See inside our Reynoldsburg 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.

Leather vs. Cloth Vehicle Interior

Pretty much everyone has an opinion on which is better; leather or cloth seats.  If you’re still deciding or thinking about upgrading your interior with Katzkin Leather installed by us, then let’s discuss a few pros and cons. 

col-13-1-traverse-zoom-d-ts1383113389Leather Interior Pros:

  • Simply put, it’s luxurious, whether it’s your own opinion or just its reputation.
  • And the smell…admit it, there’s nothing like it.
  • Most top notch leathers are comfortable, soft, and supple.
  • Easy to clean accidental liquid spills or wipe up crumbs from too (those with children might understand all too well!)
  • Adds to a vehicle’s resale value

Leather Interior Cons:

  • Leather is significantly more expensive than cloth.
  • Too hot or too cold seats. (But hey, that’s what seat heat and cooling systems are for, right?)
  • While yes, it’s easy to clean, it also has to be maintained. If you don’t pay enough attention to your leather, over time it can harden, crack, and show wear.

Cloth Interior Pros:

  • vacuum-being-used-on-car-seatCloth is more affordable than leather. (Yes, we said leather is comfortable too – a pro for both!) No sticking to the seat, or sliding around like with leather.
  • The temperature of the seat won’t fluctuate with the weather. Cloth seats don’t swing from one temperature extreme to the other.
  • Low maintenance. Regular vehicle vacuuming can basically do the trick for regular up keep.

Cloth Interior Cons:

  • They stain more easily and can be difficult to clean. Depending on the circumstance, cloth seats could need to be steam cleaned.
  • The ‘new car’ smell doesn’t last. Cloth absorbs odor and can give your vehicle certain unpleasant scents if not careful.
  • Doesn’t really affect resale value compared to leather

11822960_866564963398824_3404796051513168088_oWe can’t tell you which one to choose for your vehicle, it truly is a personal preference and depends heavily on your lifestyle and purpose of the vehicle.  What we can guarantee is if you choose to install new Leather interior by Katzkin you’ll know you’re getting the best quality and the best install around. Contact us today to talk options for your vehicle, including custom colors, materials, and event accent stitching. We’ll be happy to help you build your dream leather interior.

Columbus Car Audio

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

Pioneer Safe & Sound Tour 2016


Driving safe is not only smart, it’s cool. With another school year starting and students back in class, we’ve partnered with Pioneer and New Albany High School to promote safe driving among teens at last week’s Varsity football game against Gahanna-Lincoln! With technological advancements in car entertainment,

such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Pioneer’s exclusive AppRadio Mode, and Bluetooth for hands free calling and audio streaming, drivers will be less distracted with text messages and calls, and more focused on the road. 

We set up a ‘tailgate’ area in front New Albany High School where attendees could check out our demo vehicles, including a jeep equipped with a Playstation, snap a pic in the photo booth (provided by, play street hockey or football toss, and take a chance at a prize by spinning our prize wheel! 



Columbus Car Audio

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

Rockford Fosgate 2016 Road to Sturgis Promotion


Rockford Fosgate wants to help you prepare for your ride to the 76th Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™. They’ve teamed up with Bell Helmets, Bell-Ray Lubricants, Bagger Nation, and The Good Ride for three great prize packs in the 2016 Road To Sturgis Promotion! Between now and Aug. 19, 2016 you can enter to win a motorcycle system for your Harley-Davidson®.

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CLICK HERE for more info and ENTER TO WIN!

Looking to upgrade your ride? Now you can save while adding those new speakers or amp! This month (8/2016) only save 10% on Rockford Fosgate Motorcycle Audio Equipment at our Stores!


Columbus Car Audio

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

Football, Bourbon, & Brew

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Prepare for the biggest tailgate this fall with 97.1 The Fan and Columbus Car Audio‘s FOOTBALL, BOURBON & BREW presented by Local Waste Services on Saturday, September 17th at Express Live! The day will feature craft beer and bourbon tastings, autograph sessions, live broadcasts of 97.1 The Fan’s Pre-Game and Tailgate Shows, food trucks, Scoonie Penn’s “Cornhole 4 Cancer” tournament and so much more.  Benefiting the 2nd & 7 Foundation.

Day Of Timeline 

11am: Doors Open
11:30am: Food Trucks OPEN!
12pm: Scoonie Penn’s Cornhole 4 Cancer Tournament Begins
1pm: Craft Beer & Bourbon Tasting, and Autograph Signings Begin
2pm: 97.1 The Fan Pre-Game Show LIVE
4pm: 97.1 The Fan Tailgate Show LIVE
6:30pm: Trivia Game LIVE on Stage
7:30pm: Kickoff of the BIG GAME! 


Proceeds from this event will benefit the 2nd & 7 Foundation.  The 2nd & 7 Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio.  Three former Ohio State university football players, Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, started the foundation in 1999.  Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student athletes, they decided to continue making a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in Central Ohio.

Columbus Car Audio

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

5th Annual Tent Sale

Tent Sale Web Headerno dealsOur 5th Annual Tent Sale held on 7/15/16 and 7/16/16 was one of our biggest and busiest days of the year, and we hope you were able to stop by!

Not only did we have special prices and discounts on all products, but on Saturday 7/16 at our Morse Road store Pioneer, Rockford Fosgate, Kenwood, and Hertz were all on site with awesome Demo Vehicles and Roosters stopped by to bring everyone Lunch!


Columbus Car Audio

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

Radar Detector FAQ

Investing in a radar detector can give you freedom while you drive; no more stressing about unwanted and unnecessary tickets.

These devices can detect the frequencies being emitted from radar guns and signal you while driving when there is radar technology in the area.  If used appropriately, they can be useful tools that can send reminders that people need to slow down, as well as encourage safer driving.

Types of Detectors:

  1. Corded Detectors: Windshield mounted via suction cups and are plugged into a 12V outlet
  2. Cordless Detectors: Can easily be moved from one vehicle to another and have a cleaner look than corded models, and run off of batteries
  3. Remote(Hidden) Mount Detectors: Permanently and typically custom installed into your vehicle, virtually undetectable and invisible

FAQ About Radar Detectors:

  1. Are they illegal?  No, not illegal.  They are legal for non-commercial vehicles in 49 states.
  2. What’s the major differences between portable and remote detectors?  Portable units mount on your windshield and are powered by a 12V outlet. Remote units feature a front and/or rear mounted receiver for exceptional performance, along with audio and visual warnings. 
  3. Are radar jammers the same thing?  A radar jammer blocks the signals from a radar gun so that the police officer can’t get a reading on you.  A radar detector just signals you when radar is in use in your vicinity.  Jamming radar is a federal offense and prohibited nationwide.   
  4. Don’t radar detectors just encourage speeding?  They’re not meant to promote unsafe driving. These devices are best used by safe drivers who find themselves going a little too fast sometimes. They’re to help detect law enforcement technology and remind you to pay attention to speed limits.
  5. If the weather is bad, will a detector actually work? Yes, this equipment isn’t affected by bad weather. Radar frequencies can travel through rain and snow.
  6. Does having a radar detector mean I’ll never get a ticket again? No, don’t stop being a cautious driver just because you have a detector. Technology advances every day and radar is not the only way police can catch a speeder. The only sure way to avoid getting a speeding ticket is to not speed.

A radar detector is definitely not a DIY installed product. Please save yourself from headaches and vehicle damage by having your detector installed by us.  We can help you choose the best one for your needs and answer any more questions about radar and laser protection you might have. 


Columbus Car Audio

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

How to Choose a Radar Detector

alaska-highway-panorama_966x242The freedom to relax, drive with confidence, and not worry as much about an unwanted ticket – that’s what an investment in a radar detector can give you. But, what should you look for when you’ve decided to purchase one?

How Radar Detectors Work

speeding.ticket.6-640x424Police radar guns “see” a vehicle by transmitting a microwave pulse. Then they make use of the Doppler Effect: the frequency of the transmitted pulse is compared to the frequency of the reflection, and speed is calculated by using the difference between them. The idea behind radardetectors is they look for radar “beams” and find them before than can return a strong enough reflection to “illuminate” you. Radar detectors are essentially microwave radio receivers that make noise or flash lights when they sense an incoming signal on specific frequencies.

Types of Detectors:

  1. Corded Detectors: Windshield mounted via suction cups and are plugged into a 12V outlet
  2. Cordless Detectors: Can easily be moved from one vehicle to another and have a cleaner look than corded models, and run off of batteries
  3. Remote(Hidden) Mount Detectors: Permanently and typically custom installed into your vehicle, virtually undetectable and invisible

Important Features to Look for:

  • City Modes: This will reduce the range or sensitivity so that you get fewer false alerts.
  • Directional Awareness: Know exactly where the police are at all times. Dual radar receivers provide increased range to keep you protected.
  • 360 Laser Detection: A detector with one laser sensor can detect in front of you, but not behind you or off to the sides. 360-degree laser detection systems use two sensors to look for pulses all around you. A system with 360 functionality tend to be more reliable, but sometimes costlier too.
  • mm360heroVisual and/or Auditory Alerts: A voice or LED light alerts you that your radar detector has picked something up. With these alerts you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to look at the display.
  • GPS: Some GPS radar detectors can be programmed to “remember” areas that you drive past and alert you when they are approaching. If you drive past an area with a suddenly steep drop in the speed limit, the detector can warn you ahead of time so you can adjust your driving accordingly. Or you can program it to remind you of areas where there are red-light or speed cameras or frequent speed traps
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Integrate your radar detector with your smartphone using an Android or iOS App. These apps work to give you alerts provided by other app users, or highlight law enforcement areas others have encountered. There are also radar detectors that transmit alerts directly to your smartphone.
  • K-Band Sensitivity: If it’s been aimed at you, your speed has been measured by the time the detector alerts you. If it is being used to target vehicles ahead of you, a detector with a sensitive K-Band reception will alert you. High K-band sensitivity allows manufacturers to promote a detector as giving Instant-On Protection.

Whatever features you find most important to the way you drive, we can help you choose the best radar detector system for you.  Stop by one of our stores today and we can walk through all the options and installation for your vehicle. 

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

QFM 96.3 Bike Night at Scioto Downs

Hopefully you’ve caught us at Scioto Downs for the weekly QFM 96.3 Bike Night every Thursday from 7-9pm Hosted by Kristie Kemper on the Budweiser Party Patio! We typically set up and show off some of the bikes we’ve added sound systems or custom lighting to, give out koozies, and register everyone to win one of two $2000 Rockford Fosgate Motorcycle Audio Sound System Upgrades with Installation! This past week on June 30, 2016 we gave away the first of those Audio systems! Take a look at some of the fun we have, and maybe we’ll see you at the next Bike Night!

Bike Nights run from May 12 – September 15 at El Dorado Scioto Downs!

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

Don’t Leave These Things in a Hot Vehicle

 Summer-Car-CareIt’s the first day of summer and that means the sun and heat has officially arrived! That also means taking care of the interior of your vehicle. When your car is parked all day while you’re at work, or even just while you’re in the grocery store; you know it’s going to be hot when you get back in it. If the temperature outside is in the 90s, your vehicle’s interior can reach well beyond 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  You may not have thought of this before, but there are certain things that shouldn’t be left in a hot vehicle.

  • Wax Items: Seems like a no-brainer right? Just don’t leave a candle to melt, right? Wrong.  Items that shouldn’t be left behind include lipstick, chap sticks, sunscreens, lotions, and crayons too. Imagine any of those melting into your upholstery or the carpet, and it’s not a pretty sight.
  • Aerosol Cans: These things have warning labels for a reason.  When the temperature of a can of say WD-40 or hairspray gets to a certain level, the gasses inside can combust and create an explosion. That’s right, an explosion, inside your vehicle, not to mention the dangerous fumes they can give of too.
  • Can Soda: These definitely don’t do well in high temperatures. The carbonation within an unopened can acts as a gas and expands as the temperature heats up; causing an explosion that will leave your interior a sugary mess.
  • Gum and Candy: Maybe you’ve thought of this one, because you know how candies melt just in your pocket or in your hand. Now imagine that sticky, gooey, or chocolatey mess in your car seats.  Do a check of under OCFIAT4-1all the seats to make sure a stray treat hasn’t hidden itself away just to make a big mess later.
  • Dairy Products: Probably an item that you don’t always have in your car anyway, but what if you lose a carton of milk or a yogurt out of your grocery bag one day? Give it a bit in the heat and you’ll know because of the foul odor that will be spread throughout your vehicle. Make sure you have all your items when getting groceries out of your vehicle, and make sure a little one hasn’t dropped or left behind their drink or snack.

Hopefully you’ve never had to clean up a mess made by any of the above, but if you have, you’re probably not alone.  As the summer sun and heat increases its intensity keep an eye out for any of these items in your vehicle and prevent a headache later on.

**Note: We’ve written this blog post highlighting the everyday things that can cause a mess in a warm vehicle.  We’ve also written this while keeping in mind that it is a basic fact that Children and Animals should NEVER be left in a vehicle unattended.

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

MESA Money Summer Discount

Get 18 months Deferred Interest!


Now’s the time to make that upgrade that you’ve been putting off – when you use our official financing option, you’ll get 18 months deferred interest! Been thinking about getting your windows tinted? A new radio with navigation? or maybe a remote start to keep your car cool in the summer heat? Get it all with 18 months deferred interest! 

Valid on purchases made with MESA Money (our official financing option) between 6/1/16 and 6/30/16 only. Don’t miss this opportunity to get everything on your car’s wishlist!

Click HERE to apply or text ‘AUDIO’ to 97788 and follow prompts to apply

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

Pioneer Connect Smart Mail in Rebate

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Receive a $150 Pioneer Visa® Prepaid Card for the purchase of an AVIC-8200NEX, or a $100 Visa Prepaid Card for the purchase of an AVIC-7200NEX/AVIC-5200NEX/AVH-4200NEX/SPH-DA120 (AppRadio 4), or a $75 Visa Prepaid Card for the purchase of an AVIC-6200NEX from May 6, 2016 through July 31, 2016!


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

2016 QFM96 Ultimate Garage Giveaway

Ultimate-Garage-1240x800-with-Logo-620x400Were you at last weekend’s QFM96 Ultimate Garage Giveaway Party? We were! We gave away a remote start and window tint installation to the lucky winner!

Congratulations to Joe Studley of Upper Arlington for winning the 2016 Qfm96 Ultimate Garage! 

View more details on the QFM96 Website.

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

Sirius XM Kenwood Promo

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Purchase an eligible Kenwood radio & SiriusXM SXV300V1 between now and 7/17/16 and receive a $100 SiriusXM Rewards Visa Prepaid Card!

Contact us for more info on getting this deal for yourself!

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

Why Window Tint is For You!

Window Tint PercentsWindow Tint is the Perfect Accessory for Your Vehicle!

Window tint is a process where a thin sheet of film is applied to a vehicle’s window. Below are some benefits of Window Tinting:

  1. Window tinting protects you from the sun – it blocks up to 60% of the sun’s heat and blocks 98% of damaging 2016 Civic Window Tint Gloss Black Vinyl Roofultraviolet (UV) rays. It not only protects your vehicle’s interior, but also your skin from sun damage.
  2. More privacy – window tint film keeps people on the outside from being able to look into the vehicle’s interior; lessening the chance that a thief will see something they like and break in.
  3. It can prevent shattering glass – if you ever get into a collision, the film can help keep the window from separating and shattering.
  4. You’ll be fighting global warming – when your windows are tinted, you will have a cooler car, allowing you to use less energy to cool the vehicle on hot summer days.
  5. Safer Driving – tint reduces the glare from the sun, snow, and headlights.

We also offer Lifetime Limited Warranties against peeling, cracking, and fading.  Contact us today to get more information on window tint for your vehicle!


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

Reasons To Ride a Motorcycle

Motorcycle-RideWhat’s Riding a Motorcycle All About?

Do you ride? If you answered yes, then you probably understand – riding a motorcycle can be more of a lifestyle than an activity.  If you answered no, you’ve probably still been passed by one on the highway and wondered (or dreamed of) what it’s all about.

Here are a few reasons people ride:

  • Fuel Savings – The fact that bikes can get more than double the fuel economy and have a lower environmental impact of cars is no secret, they’re serious money savers when it comes to gasoline. Some bikes can get 50-70 mpg, and it’s no wonder people ride them for their daily commutes.
  • Easy Parking and Commuting – It’s a given that motorcycles are smaller than cars, making it easier to maneuver and park in tight spaces. Some states even allow bikes to ride between lanes, so getting stuck in traffic can be eliminated.  With a motorcycle you can cut down on your commute time and often even be treated to designated bike only parking spaces.
  • Motorcycle RiderFellowship – Riding definitely comes with a sense of belonging. From being part of an actual motorcycle club/organization down to simply a ‘wave’ at a passing rider, it all adds up to a community bond.
  • Individuality – Yes, riding a motorcycle is one of those things that comes with a huge sense of community, but also lets you be uniquely and unapologetically yourself. Typically expressed through personal style or the customization you’ve done (or plan to do) to your bike.
  • For the Thrill of it! – Nothing feels quite like riding a motorcycle and being at one with a two wheeled machine. The risks involved sometimes even heighten the enjoyment. The sense of freedom and adventure feels more complete on two wheels and remember, it’s about the ride not just the destination.

Columbus Car Audio MotorcycleSo…what’s your reason for riding?


Whether you’ve identified with one (or all!) of the reasons above, or you’ve got your own motives for riding, we can help you customize your bike.  From custom fairing and sound systems, to security systems and lighting effects, we can help you achieve whatever you’re looking for.  Talk to one of our experts today to start your journey.

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

Choose Us for Your Boat Audio

Is it Columbus Car Audio or Columbus Boat Audio?

Columbus Car Audio Marine Boat AudioYes, we’re best known for our car audio and electronic installations, but we have plenty of products and experience with boat audio too! We stock a wide variety of marine grade equipment from Wet Sounds, JL Audio, and Rockford Fosgate.  Equipment includes CD receivers, speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, and more. When you choose to upgrade your boat’s audio system with us, you get the peace of mind that comes from our more than 30 years of installation experience (yes, including boats) so we’ve come to know what works and what doesn’t.

WetSounds Marine Audio ComboWhy You Should Choose Us?

  1. We’ve been installing sound systems and accessories on boats almost as long as we’ve been around!
  2. We offer the best products and trusted brands! (Including Wet Sounds, JL Audio, Rockford Fosgate)
  3. We’ll custom install your system, depending on what you’re looking to get out of your sound and where you want it on your boat.
  4. Our product knowledge sets us apart! We know what works, either from trial by error (ha!) or from our years of experience in the audio industry.
  5. We get that marine audio is different than car audio. Our experts understand they are different environments, different acoustics, and plan and tune these systems accordingly.

Marine AudioGet It Installed!

We invite you to stop by one of our locations today to ask us any questions you might have about adding a new sound system to your boat.  We can help you choose the best products for your needs and get you ready to part on the water!

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

Rockford Fosgate RZR Specific

product_image_header-2014_motorsports_action_sub_980x357Polaris RZR is one of the most popular ATVs around, and Rockford Fosgate knows it – that’s why they’ve introduced the new RZR specific Audio Systems!

RF1Everything is better when you add in great music (and great sound) but this great music isn’t always easy to get on the go.  Sure, our cars, our everyday drivers, might have good sound systems, but you’re not always in your car, are you? No! Now you can take your favorite music and great sound with you wherever you go – even off roading.

Rockford Fosgate offers you four packages to choose from, so you can select the right audio system for the way you use your ATV. Upgrade the radio with Stage 1, go completely all out with speakers, subwoofers and amps in Stage 4, or find something in between.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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The complete pacakge! Adding a set of 6-1/2″ rear speakers makes this system awesome. Includes enclosures and a wiring harness.

Will if fit your Polaris RZR?

We can help you find the one right for yours! Contact us today to find out which would fit yours and the options you have for upgrading your ATV today. 

Columbus Car Audio

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

Pioneer ARC App


NEW! Introducing the Pioneer ARC App!

Pioneer ARC AppPioneer’s new ARC (Advanced Remote Control) app will enable users to control and play various music sources and apps in their smart phone. The app’s large icons and touch and swipe interface makes it easy to switch music source and songs. It will also enable users to manage their contacts / calls and control selected 3rd party apps like navigation to get turn-by-turn guidance through the car speakers. The addition of this ARC to Pioneer systems is a great step ahead towards integrating user friendly smart phones with the in car entertainment systems.

The app can be connected to the unit using the usual USB cable that ships with every smart phone, the other end of which can be connected with the Unit’s USB port. No extra cables are required to be bought to use the app features. The app can be downloaded through the Apple iTunes store or Google Play.

Pioneer ARC App is compatible with these models: DEH-X2800UI, DEH-X3800UI, DEH-X3800S, MVH-X380BT, DEH-X4800BT, DEH-X5800HD, DEH-X6800BT


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

Mobile Entertainment for your Car

Perhaps you don’t think you need mobile video in your vehicle, but long roadtrips go more smoothly with a backseat entertainment system for the kids! There are a few options when it comes to adding mobile video, it can be a straightforward upgrade or even a customized install.ADV49_1

Drop Down Video Monitors – probably the easiest way to add entertainment to your vehicle.  A monitor with a built in DVD player is installed in the ceiling of the vehicle.  These come in a few select colors and typically between 8 and 10” screens.

AVXMTGHR1D_1Replacement Headrest Monitors – Just like it sounds, replace your current headrests with ones that have built in monitors and DVD players.  With headrests, you have the options of having one shared DVD player or two separate ones, in case your backseat passengers can’t agree on what to watch.  These come in a few select colors and typically 7 or 8” screens, with HDMI input available as well.

Advent HR7008BLACK3-4.Custom Factory Interior Match Headrest Monitors – Go with this option if you want to keep the exact factory look, color, and feel of your vehicle’s interior while adding video. Like the above, these are replacement headrests, but are exact factory color matched for your vehicle. These have 7 or 8” screens, option of one or two DVD players, with HDMI input available as well.

Advent HeadphonesHeadphones – The easiest way for your backseat passengers to listen to their movie or show.  They’ll be able to beat the road noise, or other passenger chatter by being fully immersed in their video’s sound. (Plus – it’s one less distraction for the Driver! You can still listen to your music, or carry on your own conversation while the kids stay happy.)

Some may argue that just adding an iPad or tablet holder in a vehicle is an easier andless invasive way to get mobile video, but we don’t recommend that. An installed system is always there, available, and ready to use, while an iPad or tablet would need charged, or even connected to WiFi, Audiovox2009Travers_10D023Cwhich isn’t always available. An installed system is also made to be part of and left in a vehicle, where there can be dangers associated with leaving a table sitting in a car during extreme weather.  Keep in mind too, that one tablet might not be able to entertain more than one child.

Let us help you choose which mobile video is right for you.  We can discuss all the options available for your vehicle and can start making your roadtrips even better for all on board!

Columbus Car Audio

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

5 Spring Break Road Trip Ideas

road-wallpapersThe chilly weather is on its way out, the days are getting longer, and everyone is looking to overcome their cabin fever.  That’s right, it’s Spring Break time! We’ve compiled a few road trip destination ideas (in no particular order) to help you choose which road to travel.

New Orleans, Louisiana: A one-of-a-kind city everyone should experience. One of the oldest cities in the U.S., New Orleans boasts eye catching architecture, delicious Cajun cuisine, and is known as the birthplace of jazz.

Chicago, Illinois: A city with something for everyone! Take in a great view from the Sears Tower, check out thecoast of Lake Michigan, or visit their two renowned zoos.  Or take in some Blues music in the home of the Blues.

GPS email imageBoston, Massachusetts: This city offers tons of historical sights, and world class museums.  For the adult travelers, Boston is also known for their abundance of Irish pubs.

Las Vega, Nevada: Definitely known for the gambling, but even if you don’t gamble there’s plenty to see and do. This city offers a variety of live entertainment, but concerts, magic shows, to Cirque Du Soleil.  There’s also nearby Red Rock Canyon for hike lovers, and the Hoover Dam isn’t a far drive at all.

Washington, DC: Plenty of unique sight-seeing options here, The White House, Lincoln Memorial, The Capitol, and Smithsonian Museums. Plus, this Audiovox2009Travers_10D023Ctime of year (March into April) check out the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Wherever you’re looking to go, let us help get you there.  From mobile video installation to keep the little ones entertained, to in dash GPS navigation so you’ll never get lost, let us make your next roadtrip an extraordinary one, no matter the destination. 

Columbus Car Audio

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

Winter Road Salt and Paint Protection Film

24534079_bg1The snow has finally arrived in Central Ohio and with it the perils of driving in ice and slush, plus the aftermath of having your vehicle covered in road salt. 

Salting roads helps people travel more safely in the ice and snow. The salt lowers water’s freezing point preventing ice buildup on roadways, and helps to melt any ice already formed in below freezing temperatures.

While road salt is necessary for safe transportation in snow and ice, it is also extremely corrosive and over time can cause damage to your vehicle.  Think about when you drive on a treated roadway kicking up the salt and salt water.  Or when you drive behind or pass a salt truck, and see the salt flying out and bouncing down the road at you.  The drawback of winter road salt is that it can cause extensive damage to areas of your vehicle including the doors, fenders, hood, and undercarriage.

Our cars are typically one of the biggest investments we make in our lives and protecting them from the ravages of the road, like salt, is important.  Of course, vehicle accidents happen, but damage from road salt is one that can be prevented.

PPF-Install-6You might be wondering how you can prevent this damage? Well, you can obsessively go to car washes all winter long, but why do that when you can take pro-active action in protecting your investment by installing Paint Protection Film.

Paint Protection Film (PPF) or clear bra, is a thin layer of clear urethane that can be applied to areas of your vehicle that are at high risk for abrasions. (Like the door panels, fenders, mirrors – all those areas most likely to be affected by road salt).

PPF Facts:

  • It’s practically invisible, and won’t change the appearance of your vehicle
  • It’s durable, designed to withstand different temperatures and environments
  • It’s customized to fit your vehicle
  • It does not require any special maintenance
  • It protect your vehicle from scrapes, scuffs, insect stains, small rock damage, and of course, from winter road salt

Check out this video on how we install PPF and contact us today to start protecting your vehicle from unnecessary damage.


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

We Now Carry the 360 Fly!

360fly is a new camera that provides an innovative way to capture the world around you, and we’re proud to announce we now carry it!

tumblr_inline_nsbap9lrV01svjtl2_500Slightly larger than a golf ball, 360fly is a single-lens camera that captures scenes in a 360-degree video format that’s fully interactive. It packs high quality, 360-degree video into a lightweight, waterproof (down to 120 feet) and rugged design. With 360fly, you can capture your world, share to your favorite social media networks and immerse yourself in video that’s almost as good as being there. The camera is optimized for mobile devices, so it pairs with an iOS and Android app that allows the user to view, edit and share content immediately.


There is also a virtual reality component to 360 fly. When the mobile app is switched to ‘VR Mode’ and attached to a Google Cardboard viewing device, the user can view 360-degree content as virtual reality. 

“360 fly is nothing less than a game-changer for how consumers capture and share video content as well as democratizing virtual reality,” said Peter Adderton, 360 fly CEO. 

Columbus Car Audio

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