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The Pioneer TS-SWX251 - Big Bass in a Small Package

by Contributor Installator ‎10-10-2013 11:48 AM - edited ‎10-10-2013 11:49 AM

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The age-old conundrum of space versus bass has been a struggle for vendors and consumers alike for decades.  The problem lies in the physics of it: Big, deep bass requires big drivers (or several small ones) mounted in similarly big enclosures.  Squeezing a conventional ten-inch woofer into a single-cab truck can present somewhat of a challenge, unless you’re willing to strap it into the passenger seat.  Luckily, manufacturers have been paying more attention to this issue and have been finding innovative ways to slim down the conventional subwoofer, making it less intrusive to cargo space.  The Pioneer TS-SWX251 is one such example of a great-sounding compact sub that doesn’t break the bank.

 

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Since the introduction of their bypass modules for remote starters in 2005, the engineers at iDatalink have continued to impress us installers with their innovation in products, software and trusty tech support during those (few) times when we run into speed bumps during an install.  Their OEM integration products for remote starters and security systems are the best I’ve used in my career as an installer.  Taking another step in the ever-changing world of OEM integration, iDatalink have released the Maestro, which is designed to bridge the gap between aftermarket head units and factory-integrated systems, such as Ford Sync.  Compatible head units will also benefit from a few added bonus features from the Maestro that make it a truly unique product.

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Whether you’re driving something brand new or loving a car you’ve owned for a while, there’s one piece of tech that probably use an overhaul: your car deck. Despite countless advances in technology, many car decks are stuck in a groove they found over a decade ago, with garish displays and questionable styling. That’s where the Parrot Asteroid Smart comes in, using clean lines and powerful Android software to step the game up, delivering an incredible in-car experience that’s may be just the upgrade your car needs.

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CES 2013: Pioneer AppRadio will finally work with iPhone 5

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 05:18 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:52 AM by Retired Administrator

Pioneer AppRadio 2 setup.jpgIf you have Pioneer’s AppRadio 2 head unit installed in your car — and you own an iPhone 5 or latest iPod Touch — then you may have been suffering from a lack of functionality because of the move from the 30-pin connector to the new Lightning one Apple developed. Pioneer is finally coming out with a fix for this and you can expect to see it in a matter of weeks.

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Review: SiriusXM Lynx

by Blogger ‎12-05-2012 09:01 PM - edited ‎12-05-2012 09:05 PM

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It might not be a stretch to say that satellite radio has just gone through a little bit of a makeover because of how listening to the content has changed. It used to be something you’d keep in the car or near a window at home. Some Internet functionality came in with certain speaker systems and the mobile apps a couple of years ago, but the Lynx from SiriusXM takes those things and brings them to a standalone device.

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Review: Sirius XM Edge Satellite Radio

by Blogger on ‎09-17-2012 07:08 PM

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Satellite radio can be one of the most functional things you have installed in your car. It works almost wherever you go and offers up a pretty good selection of music and talk radio, depending on your preference. The Edge is a satellite radio unit that can work through a simple do-it-yourself setup, or as an integrated part of your car’s stereo system by ConnectPro technicians.

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When to Call a ConnectPro Expert

by Blogger ‎09-11-2012 10:02 PM - edited ‎09-12-2012 05:13 AM

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Breathe deeply. Don’t panic. Everything is going to be okay. That hole you’ve just knocked through your drywall? It’s entirely repairable. That crooked speaker mounted on your wall? You can take that down, grab a level, and reinstall it... and all those low-quality cables, they can always be replaced. Of course, you could’ve saved yourself this trouble if you had contacted Future Shop’s ConnectPro service. Let’s take a look at the most common problems which consumers encounter after purchasing a new home theatre system, and explore how ConnectPro can help save you from any further complications.

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Audio power ratings can be some of the most ambiguous and confusing specifications to understand.  After all, there’s maximum power, nominal power, RMS power, continuous power, peak power, program power, and the list goes on.  Manufacturers have a habit of stamping big numbers on their product packaging because after all, big numbers sell products, right?  But bigger isn’t necessarily better, and hopefully, after we sift through some of the terminology and technical jargon, you will understand why.

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Having a Mac Attack? Think ConnectPro!

by Emerging Expert The_Texorcist Emerging Expert on ‎06-28-2012 02:35 PM - last edited on ‎07-20-2012 02:33 PM by Administrator

macbook.jpgAhh…  that time of year is fast approaching. The time when the season turns, the air gets crisp… and parents gleefully send their young back to the halls of learning. Of course, we all want to give our kids the tools they need to get ahead in their education, and in this day and age the computer is more important than ever. From researching facts to polishing class presentations, these devices have become integral to how we learn, from grade school through to graduate work. And HOW we work has become more of a focus than ever before.

 

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Proper placement of subwoofers is an important detail that often gets overlooked, or misunderstood.  The reality is locating a suitable location for subwoofers is crucial, and can make or break the overall performance of a sound system.  This often spurs the classic debate between husbands and wives of functionality over cosmetics, and let’s face it guys, more often than not it’s a losing battle (“I don’t understand why it has to go there.  Why can’t it go by the planter over there, or in a different room altogether?  It’s so big and ugly”).  And thus, the Man Cave was born.  But whether you and your significant other are sharing the living room, or if you have a basement nook all to yourself (with a well-insulated ceiling, I hope), with a little experimentation you can probably find a solution that benefits everyone.

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The Power of One - idatalink Vehicle OEM Integration Modules

by Contributor Installator on ‎12-21-2011 10:17 PM - last edited on ‎04-27-2012 01:33 PM by Administrator

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Since first introducing us installers to their magic little black box in 2005, the geniuses at idatalink have revolutionized the way in which we integrate aftermarket security and remote starters with vehicles.  Prior to this revolution, multiple interface solutions were needed to cover different brands of vehicles, however the Montreal-based company has made it possible to cover the majority of auto manufacturers with just two modules.

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Intruder Alert! Protect Yourself From The Newest Trojan... The Telephone

by Emerging Expert The_Texorcist Emerging Expert on ‎08-04-2011 11:50 AM - last edited on ‎04-27-2012 10:21 AM by Retired Moderator

Security Breach!

There's a serious and growing issue I'd like to address today. While I'm normally light-hearted and tend to kid around a lot, this concern is near and dear to me, and it's no joke.

 

Recently, there have been growing reports of strange telephone calls claiming to be from Microsoft Tech Support, telling people that they have been monitoring the computer in question and have detected serious problems, including viruses and other errors. I have had customers report these calls to me, and have cautioned them strongly to simply hang up on ANYONE asking them to sit at their computer. And then, just the other night, I had the dubious pleasure of receiving such a call myself! Please, allow me to share...

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Show your parents you care - tech style

by Retired Blogger on ‎12-14-2010 12:45 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2012 08:48 AM by Retired Moderator

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It’s highly likely that many of you, like me, are responsible for technical support of your families’ computer systems and internet connection.


 Earlier today I found a great little microsite (by Google) that’ll help you support your parents with their online issues.

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Travelling with tech is a wee harder now

by Blogger on ‎12-30-2009 09:39 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2012 08:52 AM by Retired Moderator

One of the big news items of the past week has been the attempted terrorist bombing of a Detroit-bound plane and the subsequent security restrictions on air travel. Right now, we're in a transition from a period where many travelers brought only carry-on baggage to now when, for the time being, we can't carry anything on. Yes, I know that these rules are only for U.S.-bound passengers for the moment, but I have a sneaking suspicion that even in Canada we're going to see some new rules come into effect shortly. So, if you need technology for work, play, vacation, etc. what's the best thing to do to travel with tech?

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