Category Archives: Columbus Car Audio & Accessories

Shedding Light on Window Tint

Shedding Light on Window Tint 

Why You Should Consider Getting Your Windows Done

If you think window tint is just for TV mobsters and teenagers, think again.  The mysterious and sleek look of window tint might turn quite a few heads, but what you might not know is that there are also many practical benefits to tinting your windows:

  • Heat/Light/Fade Protection
  • Glare Reduction
  • Increased Anti-Theft Protection
  • Improved Safety, Privacy, and Scratch Resistance

Save Your Car’s Skin…and Yours Too
Window tint protects from UVA and UVB rays that can cause damage to your skin as well as the interior of your car.  A recent study found that more than 50% of all skin cancer cases in the U.S. appear on the left side of the body.  In other words, the side of your body exposed to the sun while you drive is getting fried!  Quality tinting materials have the ability to eliminate up to 99% of harmful rays before they can start causing damage.

Improved Anti-Theft and Collision Safety
Window tint isn’t just your skin and upholstery’s best friend, it’s your security system’s as well. If a thief can’t see what’s inside your car then they’re a lot less likely to go after it.  Plus, some window film can make your windows strong enough to make it difficult for even a baseball bat to break!
In fact, the right window film tint can also help prevent window splinter/shatter if you’re in an accident which can help protect both you and your passengers.  This same quality also provides your windows with a scratch resistance coating that will keep your car looking smooth and increase the lifespan of your windows by protecting them for everyday use.

And Remember, Go to a Pro
Adding window tint to your car is one of the most affordable ways to protect the interior of your car.  The fact that it also makes your car look nicer is just a perk!  Don’t take any chances on shoddy installation though – it’s important to go to a window tint professional (like us!) to make sure you get the most precise results and the latest info about state and local window tint laws.

For more information on window tint and installation, call or visit us today!

www.ColumbusCarAudio.com

2975A Morse Road, Columbus OH 43231   614-475-6695
2879 Taylor Road Ext, Reynoldsburg OH 43068   614-863-1067

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Why A Professional Install Is Worth The Cost

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Horror stories, we’ve heard them over and over…The ‘backyard install’ that started a car fire so bad that the wiring of the entire car melted away, leaving the car unusable and worthless?  Yeah, we know that guy.  Maybe you do too.  After all, you probably know someone who’s had a friend, cousin, brother, boyfriend, or a friend’s cousin’s boyfriend to do something on their car.  And we can tell you those installs are rarely pretty or safe.

You’re just trying to save money. We know this.  But when it comes to your car (your baby, your high dollar investment) it doesn’t make a lot of sense to risk thousands just to keep a few bucks in your wallet.  Trust the professionals.  Why, you ask?

1.  We Know What We’re Doing

Professional installers are trained to know the ins and outs of a car electrical system – this is why they are called professionals.  They know what is safe (and not safe) when it comes to installing head units, amplifiers, capacitors, monitors, subwoofers, alarms, and more.  And no, if you happen to be an electrician, you’re still not qualified to install car stereo components.

2.  We Have the Right Tools

The professional installer also has the correct tools available so nothing is broken during the install.  We’re talking to you, Mr. Door Panels Flapping in the Wind and to you, Miss Scratched Dash.  Butter knives are not intended to remove stock radios!  Do you really want to have to explain to your friends why your cool new touchscreen nav receiver is surrounded by white scratches on that nice leather dashboard?  Hmmm…Definite deduction in your cool factor score.

3.  We Provide Service even AFTER the Install

Professionals will always be there to help if you need some technical service with a feature of your new equipment.  Unlike your friend’s friend named Flint, who you’ll never be able to get a hold of again!  When you have a question about your equipment or, yikes, if something goes wrong with your equipment, you’ll want a professional who will be able to find out a.) what went wrong and b.) how to fix it.

4.  We Guarantee Our Work

We offer a Lifetime Workmanship Guarantee on every install. So if your radio shuts off or your subwoofers stop booming, we’ll take a look at it for you.  Most manufacturers won’t honor a 1-year warranty on their products unless you provide a receipt for installation work done by an authorized dealer. And if they happen to provide any warranty without that professional installation, you’re looking at a whopping 90 days on your equipment.

So please, do us all a favor and save yourself from future headaches and expense.
Be smart and always get your gear installed by our professionals.

For more information about this topic and what our install technicians can do for you, please visit our website or call us today!

www.ColumbusCarAudio.com

2975A Morse Road, Columbus OH 43231   614-475-6695
2879 Taylor Road Ext, Reynoldsburg OH 43068   614-863-1067

Spring Tune Up; Upgrade Your Motorcycle!

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Spring Tune Up; Upgrade Your Motorcycle! 

If you own a motorcycle and enjoy the open road, then you’ve probably realized that enjoying your favorite music on your bike isn’t always easy.  Why not consider installing a suitable motorcycle audio system?  These days, it’s easy to get great sound on your motorcycle with many versatile products made for bikes.

Motorcycle Upgrade Options

  • Amplifiers – Some factory radios sound okay, but when it comes to competing with wind, road noise, and traffic they just don’t have the power to keep up.  Adding an amplifier can give your motorcycle’s sound system the boost that it needs.  The amplifier can usually fit inside the front fairing or in the saddle bag.  Some amplifiers have specially designed EQ circuits to enhance the bass and sound quality of the smaller speakers that are found on motorcycles.  They are also made to be efficient so they will not be a heavy load to your bike’s electrical system.
  • Speakers – The speakers that come standard on bikes are pretty much the bare minimum, and again can’t usually keep up with wind and road noise.  When choosing your new speakers, take into account if they can handle the power your new amplifier will be providing and if they can hold up in the weather conditions you normally ride in.
  • Receivers –The radio in your bike is where the signal starts and upgrading it can allow you to get the best performance from your amplifiers and speakers.  When replacing the radio, always consider if it will work with your motorcycle’s handlebar controls for volume, track, mode, and seek.
  • Extras! – Upgrading your motorcycle doesn’t have to stop with the standard audio gear.  Many new technologies can be integrated as well, such as GPS navigation, iPods/MP3 players, smartphones, and satellite radio.

Installation

There are many products out there that fit and were made for motorcycles, let our knowledgeable staff help you in choosing the right ones for your bike.  Getting your motorcycle audio system installed at Columbus Car Audio & Accessories will give you the peace of mind that comes from our more than 35 years of mobile audio experience, along with our lifetime workmanship guarantee.

Give us a call or visit us online to have your motorcycle upgraded today!

www.ColumbusCarAudio.com

2975A Morse Road, Columbus OH 43231   614-475-6695
2879 Taylor Road Ext, Reynoldsburg OH 43068   614-863-1067

Window Tint is the Perfect Accessory for Your Vehicle

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Window Tint is the Perfect Accessory for Your Vehicle

What is Window Tinting?

Window tinting is a process where a thin sheet of film is applied to a vehicle’s window to reduce radiation and heat from the sun.  In addition, it can add a sense of security and privacy.  Window tint film typically comes in a variety of tints such as flat, metallic, and mirrored.

Why Should I Tint My Windows?

Actually, there are many benefits to having your car windows tinted:

  • Window tint film protects you from the sun – it blocks up to 60% of the sun’s heat and blocks 98% of damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. It not only protects your vehicle’s interior, but also your skin from sun damage.
  • 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.
  • It can prevent shattering glass – if you ever get into a collision, the film can help keep the window from separating and shattering.
  • 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.
  • Safer Driving – tint reduces the glare from the sun, snow, and headlights.

How Dark Can I Tint My Windows?

Some states have put legal restrictions on the type of tint you can have, how dark it can be, as well as which windows you can actually have tinted.  The darkness of the tint is measured by what is called visible light transmission (VLT%), defined as the percentage of visible light that makes it through the tint (the smaller the number the darker the film).  Our professional staff is always up to date on window tinting rules and regulations and would never steer you wrong.

In the State of Ohio:

  • The windshield must not be darker than 70% VLT
  • The front side windows must not be darker than 50% VLT
  • The back side windows and rear window can have any VLT applied

Installation

Some think that a car audio company can’t have the expertise and knowledge to ensure a quality tint install, but we’re dedicated to providing top notch service and products.  In the last few years, we’ve opened a 4,000 square ft. facility solely dedicated to the clean environment needed for Window Tint and Paint Protection Film installs.

Give us a call or visit us online to get your windows tinted today!

www.ColumbusCarAudio.com

2975A Morse Road, Columbus OH 43231   614-475-6695
2879 Taylor Road Ext, Reynoldsburg OH 43068   614-863-1067

Bring the Party To Your Boat with Marine Audio Gear!

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There’s a wide variety of durable, high-quality marine audio options; including an array of receivers, speakers, subs, and amps specifically designed for use on the water.

Marine Audio Gear Is Made Specifically for Boats
Unlike the speakers, subs, and amps that make up car audio components; marine equipment has to be able to stand up to the elements. The water, salt, and sun that make cruising around the waves so much fun can also wreak havoc on your electrical components. Your audio gear won’t last very long if it isn’t designed to withstand this sort of abuse.

There are several types of weather protection typically found in marine audio gear:

  • Water Resistant – Can handle splashes and light rain, but still not built to handle submersion.
  • UV Resistant – Designed to withstand the sun.  Found on receiver faceplates, speaker cones, and grilles.
  • Waterproof – Able to be fully submerged.  The depths and amount of time underwater may vary by manufacturer.
  • Anti-Corrosion – Specifically designed to resist rust and the corrosive effects of salt water.

Marine Audio Components

  • Receivers — You’ll want to buy a radio with a coated circuit board, a water-resistant faceplate, line-level outputs for sending signals to an external amplifier, and possibly satellite radio controls. A weatherproof faceplate cover and a watertight remote control are great accessories to add on.
  • Speakers — Look for plastic cones (such as polypropylene) and rubber surrounds for maximum weather protection, corrosion-resistant mounting hardware, and enough power to hear your tunes over wind, water, and engine noise.
  • Amplifiers — You’ll want coated circuit boards, plated non-corrosive connectors, and plenty of power.
  • Subwoofers — Look for plastic cones and rubber surrounds for maximum weather protection.
  • Satellite Radio — Satellite radio is becoming an increasingly popular marine audio component, because satellite radio reception extends up to 200 miles off shore. Even better, plug-and-play satellite radio tuners can be transferred from car to boat to home. Look for a marine kit for your plug-and-play tuner, including a marine-rated satellite radio antenna.

Installation
Unlike most vehicles, there isn’t one ideal place to install audio equipment in a boat. Given the various power and space limitations, each installation presents a unique set of challenges.  Getting your marine audio system installed at Columbus Car Audio & Accessories will give you the peace of mind that comes from our more than 35 years of mobile audio experience, along with our lifetime workmanship guarantee.

Give us a call or visit us online to get your boat’s audio system installed today!

www.ColumbusCarAudio.com

2975A Morse Road, Columbus OH 43231   614-475-6695
2879 Taylor Road Ext, Reynoldsburg OH 43068   614-863-1067

Columbus OH Window Tinting Company

Solar Gard, a manufacturer of architectural and automotive window films and a member of the International Window Film Association (IWFA), announced the availability of Solar Gard Ultragard UV, a new window film designed to meet the specific needs of the trucking industry.

Solar Gard Ultragard UV window tint meets the FMCSA requirements, providing the trucking industry with the best possible solution to protect drivers. Suggested by the Skin Cancer Foundation, Solar Gard Ultragard UV blocks 99 percent of harmful UV-A and UV-B rays that cause sun damage and skin cancer.

For more information on how Ultragard UV window film can protect you and your fleet drivers, please contact us at 614.475.6695, visit one of our locations, or contact us online!

Commercial Vehicle Window Tinting

Protect your business and commercial vehicle investments. Columbus Car Audio window tint can help you keep the heat and damaging UV rays out of your vehicles with our quality window film. You can rest assured in knowing that the window films sold and installed by us are designed specifically to meet the requirements of Ohio window tinting laws.

We work with: Window tint protection for:
  • Car Dealerships
  • Construction Companies
  • Fire & Rescue Departments
  • Law Enforcement Departments
  • Limousine Companies
  • Transportation Companies
  • Vehicles for Hire
  • New Cars
  • Graders & Road Equipment
  • Fire Trucks & Ambulances
  • Police Vehicles
  • Limos
  • Buses, Taxis & Business Fleets
  • Rental Vehicles

Limited lifetime warranty for as long as you own the vehicle

Rockford Fosgate Sound Labs

It’s always better the first time! At least that’s how we remember it…first car, first significant other and the first encounter with a REAL car audio system. Fact or fiction you could debate for days but the reality of it is you’ll never forget the day you experience, for the first time, twelve 15” subwoofers in a bone crushing pressure chamber. And you’ll never forget that day the black and red pirate ship, technically known as the Sound Lab, delivered it.

Beginning life on a blank sheet of paper, in Tempe’ Arizona, the Sound Lab was developed with no preconceived notions of what a demo vehicle should be. Just expectations on what it should accomplish. Should the focus be one-off wheels? Ice cream paint? Adjustable suspension? Or should it be to deliver a world-class car audio experience the Rockford Fosgate way? RF chose the latter and began conceiving a plan that would not only provide the adrenaline rush of a theme park but also turn any vehicle into a platform for RF gear to be auditioned.

The mission of turning concept to reality was handed over to Mark Lowe, industry icon and demo vehicle OG. Mark and and his team set forth designing and fabricating a first of its kind dual-functioning demo vehicle. Transforming the Mercedes-Benz 3500 Sprinter van into two unique demonstration platforms, The PRESSURE CHAMBER and THE LAB, giving consumers the ability to customize their event.

Driven by an Apple® interface the PRESSURE CHAMBER features (12) PUNCH P3 series 15” subwoofers (P3D2-15) that are driven by (3) POWER 2500 Watt Class-bd Constant Power amplifiers (T2500-1bdcp) that produce over 7,500 watts of power. The sound stage features (4) pairs of Rockford Fosgate’s POWER T1 series 6.5” 2-way component speakers (T1652-S). In conjunction with an LED light show and choreographed media the Pressure Chamber is designed for an all-out full throttle demonstration, and is not for the faint of heart delivering an experience like never before.

There have been demo vehicles built to showcase manufactured products before, however they never gave the consumer the option to know what it would sound like in their own vehicle. This became one of the most important features of the Sound Lab; to have a complete mobile Lab on board. The Lab allows the technician to install a complete Rockford Fosgate sound system into a car in a matter of minutes, giving a live demonstration of a POWER, PUNCH or PRIME system. Pre-loaded sub enclosures with 10” or 12” subwoofers, and component full range speakers for the front built into satellite pods connected to a bank of amplifiers let you select between 800 to 2100 watts in a matter of minutes. The Lab gives customers a first hand experience with RF in their own vehicle.

On tour, Rockford Fosgate’s Sound Lab is out and about 24/7 supporting dealers and their events. For more information log on to Rockfordfosgate.com to find out where the Sound Lab is today.