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Why A Professional Install Is Worth The Cost


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!


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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.

Top Car Speakers 2012

You know summer is quickly approaching when you hear car audio systems going up and down the street with their windows rolled down and music blaring. I can always pick out the car audio systems that were poorly setup by the muddy sound of their bass or poor speaker quality. At Columbus Car Audio we only install the best car speakers and so for that reason we put together a list of top car speakers in 2012. If you’re looking for the best car speakers in 2012 this is the place to start. You can also give us a call at Columbus Car Audio to find out what our installers recommend as the top car speakers in 2012.

Kenwood Car Speakers

It doesn’t get any louder or better than KFC-6982ie 6 x 9 5-Way car speaker system that can handle 500 Watts of pure power. The polypropylene mica cone woofer offers loud quality bass, and the balanced dome tweeter produces the most subtle, distortion-free highs. Another set of car speakers with an astounding number of built-in tweeters is the Kenwood 6982ie.

Kenwood car speakers impressed us with its frequency range and quality speaker sound, along with the four tweeters and super tweeters that we’ve mentioned. Kenwood’s 6 x 9 car speakers provide an excellent amount of power with some beautifully clear sound that would make a great addition to your car audio experience.

Kenwood 6982ie Specs:

  • Max Power: 500 Watts
  • 5-way 6″x9″ speakers
  • Fiber-textured mica-injected polypropylene woofer
  • Urethane surround
  • 2-3/4″ water-resistant midrange cone
  • 13/16″ PEI balanced dome tweeter
  • 13/16″ PEI balanced dome super tweeter
  • 1/2″ passive ceramic flat super tweeter
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • Frequency response: 28-30,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • Depth: 3-1/16″

JL Audio Car Speakers

When it comes to sound quality, JL car speakers set the bar high. JL Audio TR690-TXI 6×9 car speakers do wonders for your experience in car audio with clean and clear sound at almost any volume, giving slight distortion even when close to maxing out the car speaker system. When listening to the car speakers you will easily be able to pick out the slight details in the music, which is a clear sign of high quality car speakers.

JL Audio’s products are part of some of the best car sound setups around the world; they’re often featured significantly in car audio competitions, and are frequent winners. The JL Audio TR690-TXI car speakers sound fantastic, however lacks power that some of their competitors provide. Their power handling and sensitivity are low in comparison and does not reach lower frequencies. In the end, these car speakers provide an excellent quality in sound and clarity, however if you’re looking for pure power, you want to consider another car speaker.

Available at Columbus Car Audio & Accessories

JL Audio TR690-TXI Specs:

Woofers: Injection-molded, mica-filled, polypropylene cone body, 1.25 in. / 32 mm voice coil, flat-profile/symmetrical-roll spider, foam surround.

Mid-Ranges: 2.0 in. / 50 mm Mylar, sealed back cone driver, ferrofluid cooled and damped.

Tweeters: 0.50 in. / 12 mm textile dome tweeter, neodymium magnet, ferrofluid cooled and damped.

Crossover Networks:

  • Continuous Power Handling: 60 Watts
  • Rec. Power Range (per channel): 10 – 100 Watts
  • System Efficiency: 90.5 dB @ 1W/1m
  • System Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms
  • System Frequency Response: 53 Hz – 22 KHz ± 3 dB

Pioneer Car Speakers

Pioneer TS-A6993R car speakers bring great peak power handling and an amazing frequency response range, reaching up to 37 kHz on the top end. If you’re looking for a full-featured car speaker that will reach up into those ultrasonic frequencies to add extra depth to your music, these Pioneer 6 x 9 car speakers are a great choice.

The astonishing frequency response range makes for a very clean and impressive car audio experience, making it one of the top car speakers 2012. The sound is the fullest of any car speakers, bringing every detail out of the music that you could hope to hear.

The most notable aspect of the Pioneer TS-A6993R car speakers is its four built-in tweeters. These speakers specialize in high-frequency reproduction, focusing a lot of their power on creating sound above the 20 kHz threshold. With a range of 30 Hz to a incredible 37 kHz, these car speakers will be able to reproduce everything from low to high notes.

Pioneer TS-A6993R Specs:

6″x9″ 5-way car speakers
injection-molded polypropylene woofer reinforced with basalt, graphite, and Aramid fibers (butyl rubber surround)
1-1/8″ PET cone tweeter
1/2″ and 3/8″ PET dome supertweeters
1″ lightweight dome midrange
power range: 2-80 watts RMS (460 watts peak power)
frequency response: 30-37,000 Hz
sensitivity: 92 dB
top-mount depth: 3-3/8″

Get the best Pioneer speakers at Columbus Car Audio.

Hertz Car Audio Speakers

You could never go wrong with Hertz car audio speakers.  Hertz Audio High Energy HSK165 is one of the top car speakers in 2012 for excellent all-around sound quality and mid-range bass. If you plan on entering your car into a car audio competition, Hertz HSK165 component speakers just might be the icing on the cake to take home the prize.

Hertz Audio High Energy HSK165 Specs:

* 2-way 16.5cm component speakers
* 6.5″ woofer, 25mm (1″) Tweeter
* 125W RMS power handling (250W peak)
* Frequency Response: 50-22kHz
* Impendence: 4-ohms
* Sensitivity: 91 dB/Spl
* Outer diameter: 166mm
* Mounting hole diameter: 141mm
* Mounting depth: 67mm
* Crossover included: 3.3kHz crossover frequency

Car Audio Installation

Columbus Car Audio & Accessories is the premier choice in Ohio for people who want to create a unique and rewarding driving experience through the installation of mobile electronics and accessories. We strive to be so good, even our competitors refer customers to us. Our car audio installation team is built from veteran installers that have ten to twenty years of experience. They work day in and day out on the typical vehicles, but they have the abilities to master the most exotic of vehicles. In addition to vehicles many of our technicians have mastered custom installation in boats and motorcycles. Check out our photo gallery. We encourage you to stop by our shops and meet our ASE certified technicians. Columbus Car Audio & Accessories mission is to apply innovative aftermarket solutions to craft an exceptional driving experience that makes your vehicle better than ever!

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