Car Video Systems: The Must Have for Mobile Entertainment

Car Video Systems: The Must Have for Mobile Entertainment

If you have a long road trip coming up or your kids simply can’t go five minutes in the car without fighting, there’s no better solution than having a car video system installed. At JC Power Audio in San Diego, our knowledgeable installation experts can help you choose the best system for your needs. 
 

Which Car Stereo Brands Have the Best Sound Quality?

Which Car Stereo Brands Have the Best Sound Quality?

If you’re in the market to upgrade your stock stereo system, why not treat your ears to an amazing sound experience with one of the best car stereos out there? Professional installation experts can help you choose the best system for your car and music preferences, but to start, here’s a quick roundup of some car stereo brands with the best sound quality:

Car Maintenance Tips For Winter

Car Maintenance Tips For Winter

Don’t laugh: We know this is San Diego, and we know the definition of “seasons” is rather loose around here, but that doesn’t mean you should slack on seasonal car maintenance. In many areas of the county, early morning temperatures can dip close to freezing (and below freezing up in the mountains), and we never know what we’ll get in terms of rain. So wipe that smirk off your face and check out these winter maintenance tips, customized for San Diego cars.

5 Must-Have Car Audio Features

5 Must-Have Car Audio Features

Let’s face it: unless you’re buying a new car with all the bells and whistles, the stereo in your new ride is probably lackluster at best. Sure, you can upgrade with speakers, amplifiers, and subwoofers to transform your listening experience and give your favorite music the system it deserves, but don’t forget about the in-dash receiver. Stereo head units these days go way beyond tuning into the radio and controlling volume. So if you’re looking to upgrade your car audio system with a new in-dash receiver, check out these must-have features

7 Ways to Become a Better Driver

 7 Ways to Become a Better Driver

 You’d think the right to operate a 2-ton machine of steel and glass would require more than a few Driver’s Ed classes, a test, and proof of insurance. But it doesn’t, which might explain why there are so many of those drivers on the road. You know, the ones who are oblivious, reckless, or a dangerous combination of both. The problem is, daily driving practice alone doesn’t result in good driving skills, and sometimes a little self-improvement can go a long way. So don’t be one of those drivers. Try these 7 ways to become a better driver, and a better citizen of the road

How to Choose the Best Car Audio Speakers

How to Choose the Best Car Audio Speakers

There’s a lot you can do to improve the sound quality in your car without replacing the entire audio system. By installing a set of aftermarket speakers, you’ll notice a huge difference in musical clarity and tighter bass for an overall better listening experience.

Tips for Getting the Best Sound Quality in Your Vehicle

We’ve all been there: rocking out in the car to a favorite song only to look over and spot another driver seat-dancing to their own tunes. It’s a moment of joyous musical solidarity—until you roll down your window and realize the other car’s stereo is louder, clearer, and more rock-out-worthy than your own.

If you’re looking to upgrade your sound system, you might not need an entire overhaul. Even simple improvements can yield noticeable results, so we’ve put together some tips for getting the best sound quality in your vehicle.

Replace the factory speakers

Just because your car was advertised as having “premium” sound doesn’t mean your audio system is living up to its full potential. Unless you’re driving a vehicle in the near-six-digit range, your speakers are decent at best. Installing a set of aftermarket speakers, which offer legitimately premium sound in a variety of price ranges, will make a huge difference with increased clarity and tighter bass. You might even notice details of that favorite song you’ve never noticed before!

Install an amplifier

When you hear “clean power,” you probably think of solar panels and wind farms. But in stereo lingo, it means power channeled through an amplifier that results in superior sound quality—as long as you set your amp gains properly. Many new amplifier owners confuse gain control with volume, so without getting to technical, let’s just say don’t crank up the gain control or your ears might not forgive you.

Add an equalizer

Let’s face it—your car is no opera hall. Glass and plastic surfaces reflect sound like it’s going out of style while carpet and seat covers soak it up, resulting in muddled bass, shrill treble and an overall poor music experience. Equalizers and sound processors provide much more control to adjust frequency response. Some even come with microphones for more precise adjustments.

Hook up a subwoofer

Even if you’re not interested in setting off car alarms (although we admit it’s pretty fun), a quality subwoofer will do wonders for your car audio. Not only do subwoofers allow that bottom octave to shine, but they also take a load off your speakers—you’ll be able to leave the bass control at “0” while it feels like “+5”. And if you’re looking for the full sub experience, install a capacitor to take a power load off your amplifier so your bass is booming at peak performance.

Switch to high-quality cables

You might not think twice about the cables and wires hooking up your sound system components, but standard patch cables can starve your amp when you want to crank up the volume. High-quality cables improve signal flow to your amp, giving you ultra-focused, detailed sound without the background noise from your car’s electrical system.

Quick and easy fixes

Even with a top-notch stereo system, the sound quality can sometimes fail to meet high expectations. There are some quick fixes you can try, like reducing vibration and ambient road noise with sound-deadening material installed in your door panels. Another tip is to start at the source: your music. If you’re using an MP3 player for music in your car, select a lower level of compression for your music files when downloading so you don’t lose high and low frequencies. You can also bypass your stereo’s digital-to-analog converter for even greater MP3 performance.

Your favorite songs will thank you

Want to honor your favorite songs with the best-quality audio? At JC Power Audio Shop in San Diego, we’ve got an incredible selection of top-notch systems and accessories to help you get killer sound quality in your vehicle. We’ll guide you through all your stereo options to find what’s best for your car—and your ears. So give us a call today!

 

5 Reasons to Get Your Car Windows Tinted

If you asked most people their opinion on tinted windows and why car owners choose to tint, the answer will often be “because it looks cool.” We’re not going to disagree, but there are several practical benefits to tinted car windows in additional to visual appeal. Here are our top 5 reasons to tint your car windows—some might even surprise you!

Diminish interior heat

Live in San Diego long enough and you’ll figure out the little secret not mentioned in all the tourist brochures—our summers last way beyond the standard three months! If you don’t want your car turning into an oven every day, tint the windows. Window tinting can provide up to a 78% reduction in heat transfer. That’s a pretty big deal when the temperature inside a parked car can soar up to 120 degrees—on a 78-degree day!

As a bonus, a less-scorching temperature inside your car means your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. Not only does this extend the life of your A/C system, it means better gas mileage as well. And who doesn’t love to save at the pump? 

Block harmful UV rays

Quality window film can block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, which damage pretty much everything they touch. Seats, carpets, dash, wood trim—all susceptible to fading in the sun, unless protected by tint.

UV rays can also damage something far more precious: your skin. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause sunburn at best, skin cancer at worst, and while you’re probably vigilant about applying sunscreen before hitting the beach, do you ever wear it to drive your car? We’re guessing not.

Reduce hazardous glare

Glare from sunlight bouncing off your car mirrors and other objects outside can create dangerous blind spots, but window film applied to a vehicle’s side and rear windows can significantly reduce the effect. And aside from the risk of accidents, constant exposure to bright sunlight can damage your eyesight as well. This is even more important for babies and children—window shades and screens designed to protect kids don’t cover the entire window. But tinting does.

Boost security and privacy

One of the many overlooked benefits to tinting your car windows is the added privacy—both when you’re driving and while the car is parked. Obviously you should take care to not leave valuables in view, but sometimes you forget—or it’s something so large that hiding it isn’t an option. Tinted windows will give you the peace of mind knowing that your belongings are not in plain sight for a potential thief on the street to spot.

Protect windows from shattering

Sometimes thieves will break into a sweet-looking ride without any noticeable valuables—they just know there must be something good inside. But tinted windows block access, even with a rock to the glass, thanks to one of the most unexpected benefits of window tinting (which also makes the most sense): tinting is adhesive, like a large sticker, so when the glass breaks shards are held in place.

This also comes in handy in the event of an accident, even one that isn’t severe enough to cause injuries—shards of broken glass falling all over you and your passengers is not a pretty picture. 

Beat the heat and call us!

At JC Power Audio Shop, our installation experts have been decking out cars, trucks, and minivans in San Diego for years. With us, you get seamless results, no bubbles, and no strange discoloration. And yeah, your vehicle will look cooler, too. 

So before it gets “car oven hot,” call us at (619) 582-4855 or fill out our contact form for a free quote on window tint for your car!

Enjoy All the Advantages of Video in Your Car

Why Video Screens are Great for Your Car

The car is your family’s personal moving bubble, it should have as many comforts as it can, especially on long trips. No more playing “I spy,” or singing about how many bottles are on the wall, install a flat screen in your backseat and allow yourself to concentrate on the road. Pop-in a movie, give the kids bluetooth headphones and they will look forward to being in the car.

A front touchscreen on the dashboard is also a great add-on in any car. Don’t get distracted by looking down at your phone for directions, a quick glance at the GPS touchscreen is all you need to make sure you are on the right track. Switch between radio stations with ease and delve deeper into all the audio features JC provides. Be in control of the air conditioner, the volume on the headphones, and of the road.

Video Screens Prevent Distractions

The dash screen, coupled with a rear-view camera, will relieve you from the neck strains of turning around when backing up. You can also watch a movie if your car is parked and the emergency brake is on. The screen won’t show distracting videos if your car is in motion.

A decade ago, having a screen in your car was considered a major luxury. Nowadays many car manufacturers have at least one screen in their newest models. With driverless cars in the near future, several screens will be a part of every car in the modern age. The prices drop each year as technology gets better. Do yourself and your family a favor, be a part of the 21st century, and get video technology in your car.

There is no excuse for not driving in total comfort, let JC Power Audio Shop bring you the latest and best technology for your car in San Diego.

The Importance of Car Security and Alarms

Every 44 seconds a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States.

This statistic may seem surprising, given that many cars come pre-fitted with factory-installed alarms. But these security systems don’t always offer the sophisticated level of protection you need to keep your vehicle and belongings secure. By having a professional alarm installed, you put your best efforts forward to protect your property. 

At JC Power Audio, our installation experts have been helping San Diego car owners keep their vehicles safe for years. From basic systems that offer peace of mind to complex systems that use cutting edge technology, we can do it all.

Why have a car security system installed?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car thefts increase during the summer months, particularly in July and August. When you consider how the temperature in San Diego skyrockets this time of year, it’s easy to see why. Many drivers leave their windows cracked while their car is parked, and the effort to ventilate the vehicle makes it a prime target for theft. If you forget to roll up your windows when you leave the car, an alarm will act as an extra layer of protection.

Summer is also a popular time to go on vacation. If you leave your car parked in your driveway for a week or more without moving it, thieves will take notice. Don’t have a trip planned? You don’t need to leave San Diego to become a victim of car theft. Long days spent parked at a public beach are prime opportunities for car thieves to zero in on your vehicle if it isn’t equipped with an alarm. 

Is installing a car security system worth the money?

The cost of a break-in can far exceed the cost of a quality security system. If someone breaks into your car, you’re not just going to pay for the stolen property. You’re also paying for damaged parts (broken windows, soiled carpets, etc) and possibly much more.  If your personal information is stolen from your car, you’re at risk of identity theft, which can take months or years to recover from. 

According to an ABC News report, an ex-car thief reveals that kill switches and alarms are among the main deterrents to auto theft. Therefore, just having an alarm could be enough to give a would-be car thief reason to leave you alone. But a quality security system can do much more than deter theft. It can also: 

  • Activate your headlamps upon disarming, giving you a clear well-lit path to your car.
  • Turn on the interior light upon disarming, revealing any hidden assailants in or near your car.
  • Provide you with a panic feature to warn off anyone lurking nearby or attempting to cause you harm.
  • Offer remote start, keyless entry, remote trunk release, and other convenient features that make your life easier. 

Installing a quality security system in your car can save you money as well as saving you the hassle and frustration of dealing with a break-in or theft. The good news is that car alarms come at every price point and are affordable for any budget. Not to mention, the long-term protection you receive far outweighs the upfront costs. 

If you want your car to be as safe as possible, allow the experts at JC Power Audio to be the ones who provide you peace of mind. From high-tech systems that use GPS-enabled tracking software to basic alarms that can be turned on and off by keychain remote, our technicians have experience with all makes and models, giving us the unique ability to perform installations the right way every single time.

To learn more about the car alarms JC Power Audio can install in your vehicle, give us a call at (619) 582-4855. Or, if you’re in the area, stop by our location in San Diego. Our friendly staff is here to answer your questions every day of the week.