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Car Stereo Installation Terms for Everyday People

The world of car stereos covers a lot of ground. Automotive audio systems include everything from a simple radio to advanced units that create thundering bass. For the mass of consumers who fall somewhere in the middle of this range, selecting a car stereo or CD player can be a real challenge. What follows are some terms a typical car stereo salesman might use.

  • Amplifier - This device takes a low voltage signal from the preamp and turns it into the stronger, high voltage signal that is pushed through the speakers.
  • Bass - The lower register of the sound spectrum are referred to a bass. In a car stereo system, the bass can be amplified to thunderous proportions with aftermarket accessories.
  • Electronic Playlist Hookup - Most modern car stereo systems include not only a CD player, but also a dedicated hookup for an electronic playlist player. Not every system works with every player, so make certain the sales staff knows exactly which player you'll be using.
  • Preamp - The device where all the sound adjustments are made before the signal is sent to the amplifier. The preamp may include an equalizer, which is why some people incorrectly refer to it as that.
  • Universal Mounting Kit - The dashboards in some older vehicles are not compatible with modern radios and stereo systems. In these cases, a universal mounting kit is used to help the new unit fit on the old style dashboards.
  • Removable Faceplate - Sadly, car audio systems are irresistible targets for thieves. That's why most modern systems are designed with a pop out front piece that can be easily removed when getting out of the car. Because the system won't work without the face plate, the stereo is well protected.
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    Sounds Unlimited
    709 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204
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    (818) 547-1300
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    3112 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
    Stop by RadioShack when you're looking for a new stereo for your car or any kind of electronic accessories including cellular phones, and more!
    (323) 906-9931
    S Os Electronics
    1500 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
    Here to serve you with the best prices on the electronics we carry. Seek us out when you want affordable car stereo and audio systems for your vehicle, no matter how large or small.
    (213) 749-2211
    Al & Ed's Auto Sound Center
    340 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502
    (818) 260-0869
    Harry's Auto Stereo
    280 E Palm Ave, Burbank, CA 91502
    (818) 776-9800
    Qualitymobilevideo Com
    6008 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91202
    (818) 242-9461
    Odemer Walter Company Inc
    432 N Sparks St, Burbank, CA 91506
    (818) 846-2819
    Burbank Sounds
    1321 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506
    (818) 559-6539
    Digital Paging Inc
    10825 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
    (818) 508-5700
    Audio Advice
    3634 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta, CA 91214
    (818) 248-4663
    International Auto Radio & Alarm Systems
    5600 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
    (818) 761-8093
    Car Fidelity
    4864 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
    (818) 763-2111
    Audio Pros The
    4728 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
    (818) 508-8000
    F One Audio and Video
    11040 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
    (818) 487-8889
    Germany Auto Radio Repair
    10544 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
    (818) 769-8919

    Car stereos have existed in one form or another since the 1930s. These early stereos, or radios, didn't have subwoofers or other high-end sound systems. They didn't offer customers the ability to control the bass or treble levels in their vehicles. And they certainly didn't have luxury touches like surround sound systems. But, these early radios did enable car owners to listen to music and other radio programs while driving, and they quickly became a popular fixture in most automobiles. In the 1950s, car radios were even more prevalent, and units were installed in many cars. In the 60s and 70s, they grew still more prevalent, and they were often available on sale, and at discounted prices. In the 90s, the first amplifier was created, and the audio quality of these devices improved tremendously. CD players were also invented in the 90s, and they enabled car owners to transport a wider selection of music in their vehicles. Today CD players and stereos are widely available, and compatible with cars of all makes and models. Electronic and digital models are often available for sale. And accessories like adapters and speakers are also often available. If they're willing to look hard enough, savvy customers can often find these radios on sale, at prices far below the typical retail value. Stereos, headphones, and other types of audio equipment can be found at local service providers. These care stereo service companies offer interested customers a variety of makes and models to choose from, and their prices are always exceptionally reasonable.
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