Installing car audio into modern vehicles has come a long way from the days of garage tinkering in the formative years of the industry. Our cars are filled with a plethora of wires, connections, sensors and computers – even the slightest mishap during the install process could compromise various on-board electronic systems, or even worse, render your automobile totally inoperable. Understanding every detail of the installation is essential for delivering a quality entertainment experience, and also for ensuring that everything in your car continues to function the way it should.
Connections at the battery: Based on the power requirements of your amplifiers and related components, having the proper wire gauge is essential. Maximum voltage must flow to the equipment, and also to the various other systems in your car that rely on power.
Running wire into your vehicle: Once connected at the battery, power must be fed into the interior of the vehicle, where it will then connect to all of the components that make up your system. Some firewalls may have available pass-through points, while with others, a new hole may have to be made. Great care must be exercised in this step, as there are generally many other wires in the area. Rubber grommets often protect the wire as it passes through the firewall, and the wire must be routed so not to interfere with other cables or any moving parts inside.
Proper grounding: Grounding your equipment is necessary for proper function and to eliminate the possibility of unwanted electrical noise. The location of the ground is carefully chosen to ensure that gas lines, electrical conduits or other infrastructure is not damaged in the process.
Equipment locations: Depending on the gear that is being installed, considerations have to be made for the ease of connectivity, removal should that become necessary and efficient wire management to and from said components. Optimal speaker and subwoofer locations are a science all in their own right, and would warrant a dedicated discussion.
Proper Interconnect cables: Having the best wires for the job is critical, as they will directly impact signal integrity and fidelity. Wire gauge, shielding and connection quality all play a role in how good your completed system will sound. Our experience with installations of every sort imaginable will ensure that your get the maximum performance out of your system for as long as you own it!
These are just a few of the considerations that go into every installation we do at the Communications Center.
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