Kicker Dual CompR Subwoofer Ported Enclosure

Why pre-loaded subwoofer enclosures?

Pre­loaded subwoofers make the life of a car audio junkie so much easier. We want big bass. And we’re American so we want it as easily as possible. Pre­loaded enclosures are ready to go, toss one in your trunk, the back seat, wherever. You don’t gotta spend two weeks waiting for your buddy to make you box in his free time or over paying an installer. Kicker updated their Dual CompR Subwoofer loaded enclosures this year and they are seriously impressive.

Kicker 43VCWR122
Kicker 43VCWR122 Single 12 inch subwoofer system

Kicker CompR Loaded Subwoofer Enclosure Product Highlights

  • Available in Single or Dual 10″ and 12″ enclosures
  • Ported Enclosure Box for extended output
  • Designed with drastically rounded corners and internal bracing for strength
  • KICKER MDF box covered with dense gray carpeting and embroidered logo
  • Constructed with durable MDF
  • Dual 2 Ohm voice-coils
  • Injection molded Polypropolene cone woofer
  • Santoprene rubber surround for excellent control of woofer cone

Kickers 2nd from the best subwoofer enclosures!

You can get a Dual CompR enclosure with 10″ subwoofers or 12″ subwoofers, or a single enclosure with one 12″ subwoofer. They’re extremely durable, take up a good amount of space and weigh about the same as a fat baby and a dead dog. (Measurement graphic) These beefy boxes are built for extreme bass with internal bracing, thick MDF construction and custom embroidery.

Kicker 43DCWR122
Kicker 43DCWR122 Dual 12 inch subwoofer system

Kicker Subwoofers – Best in BASS

But a box is only as good as the subwoofers inside. CompR Subwoofers get their boast worthy power handling from their stacked magnet structure. Kicker’s signature double stitching bonds their improved Solokon, which adds rigidity and accurate response, to the ribbed Santrpoene surround, which provides flexibility to eliminate distortion.

These car subwoofers have a final impedance of 2ohm. The dual 10″ has a max power of 1,600 watts, the dual 12″ has a max power of 2,000 watts and the single 12″ has a max power of 1,000 watts.

To provide improved thermal management Kicker designed the structure of the CompR with their UniPlate back plate and Ultra ridged cast aluminum basket.

Links to products featured in this video:

Kicker 43DCWR102 Dual 10″ Car Subwoofer System
http://www.qualitymobilevideo.com/43dcwr102.html

Kicker 43DCWR122 Dual 12″ Car Subwoofer System
http://www.qualitymobilevideo.com/43dcwr122.html

Kicker 43VCWR122 Single 12″ Car Subwoofer System
http://www.qualitymobilevideo.com/43vcwr122.html

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How to – Full Car Audio System Installation – Speakers, Subwoofer and Amplifier

Complete Car Audio System Installation – $300 in equipment.
Audio Samples of Factory System vs Kenwood System

Installation Vehicle:
2016 Toyota Corolla

Chapters of the Installation:

Finding out what size speakers you need: 0:51
Benefit of Speakers, Amps and Subs: 1:12
First Steps of Install: 2:04
Run Power Wire Through Firewall: 3:15
Removing Rear Seats: 5:10
Removing Rear Deck: 6:30
Making Custom Rear Speaker Adapter Plates: 7:15
Creating Wiring Harness for Rear Speakers: 9:15
Mounting Rear Speakers/Dynmatting: 10:50
Making Rear Speaker Connections: 12:45
Mounting the Amplifier: 13:30
Amplifier and Subwoofer Connections: 15:50
Wiring the Fuse: 17:01
Removing Front Doors and Speakers: 18:01
Making Custom Front Speaker Adapter Plates: 19:30
Assessing Tweeters: 20:35
Dynamatting Front Doors: 21:35
Mouting Speakers and Adapter Plates: 24:15
Creating Custom Wiring Harness for Tweeters: 26:38
Audio Samples of Factory System vs Kenwood System: 28:45

How to set amplifier gains – What is clipping? – Smoke!!

What is amplifier clipping?

Clipping at its root is distortion. It occurs when an amplifier is overdriven and attempts to deliver an output voltage or current beyond its capability. Like the guy at the gym trying to squat 10 plates. It is important in car audio to avoid because we want to have all of our components in the signal path optimized to prevent the onset of distortion. Clipping has disastrous consequences for our speakers.

clipping audio signal
Here is what a clipping and non clipping audio signal look like on an oscilloscope

Why is this important?

Amplifier clipping comes into play into two places in our audio system, our speaker level amplifier and our pre-amp level amplifier. This is hugely important when we set the gains of our amplifier. We want to match the maximum output of the pre-amp level to the maximum speaker output of the amplifier. This ensures the best audio quality from both the radio and the amplifier.

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Clipping is important to understand because it has a direct impact on how we set our gains

What does clipping look like?

Audio signal are a series of waves, these waves have perfectly formed tops and bottoms. Clipping causes the wave to no longer have a perfectly formed top or bottom. To show you what this looks like we will use a 30 Hertz test tone recorded at 0db and connect an oscilloscope to the speaker output of our radio. To see clipping we need to increase the volume to exceed the output capabilities of the amplifier by raising the volume.

distortion blows speakers
Distortion does nothing other than destroy car audio equipment

Here we have a nice clean top with a descending arc, and now you will the top of the wave get cut and that is amplifier clipping or better known as distortion. The byproduct of distortion is heat and that has lovely effects on our speaker voicecoils.

testing audio signals
Perfectly formed sine wave uniform top and descending arc, the way an audio signal should look like

Are some radios better than others?

We’ll take it a step further, depending on the quality of the radio or amplifier you may have clipping at different frequencies, a 1 kHz test tone may play fine, but a 30 Hz test tone will clip at the same volume level. Add in the fact that some radios have EQ’s and that creates additional issues.

pioneer avh-4200nex double din radio
Here we tested the AVH-4200NEX both the speaker outputs and the line level rca outputs

To demonstrate this we’ll show a couple of examples utilizing the AVH-4200NEX double DIN radio. Make sure to check out our review here.

Review on the Pioneer AVH-4200NEX Double DIN Radio

We’ll start with setting the EQ to powerful and take some measurements.

AVH-4200NEX Equalizer setting
Here we set the EQ to powerful before we begin out testing of the internal amplifier

We begin our test with the internal pre-amplifier and test using a 30 Hz, 60 Hz, and a 100 Hz test tone to see if our radio can maintain the same volume setting on all three test tones. We have gone ahead and hooked up our oscilloscope to the front RCA output leads and begin playing our 30 Hz test tone.

Frequency

No clipping

Slight Clipping

Excessive

30 Hz

38

39

40

60 Hz

36

37

38

100 Hz

34

35

37

Based on that test you can see that the internal pre-amplifier is pretty clean until the last 10% of the volume range. Mind you we took this test with only a single RCA connected with a very short lead.

Now we’ll show you the how changing the EQ curve has a direct effect on pre-amplifier clipping. We set the EQ to flat and begin all of our measurements.

AVH-4200NEX Flat Equalizer setting
Here we set the EQ to flat before we begin out testing of the internal amplifier

 

Frequency

No Clipping

Slight Clipping

Excessive

30 Hz

38

39

40

60 Hz

38

39

40

100 Hz

38

39

40

What does clipping sound like?

Here in our examples you can actually hear when the amplifier clips, it make an almost rattling or slapping sound.

How do I use this to set gain?

To set gain we set the radio to volume 38, this is the maximum clean output of the radio. Volume 38 will also be the volume level that we would never exceed when playing music. Next we connect the RCA’s to the amplifier and turn the amp gain all the way down. We connect the oscilloscope to the speaker outputs of the amp and increase the gain until our wave begins to clip.  Our gain is perfectly set!

setting the amplifier gain
Here we set the gain without clipping the output signal.

In this video we used an inexpensive $89 oscilloscope the DSO Nano, if you are into car audio and electronics this is a must have. Click in the description below for more info and where to get one.

That’s it on what is clipping and how to set your gains. Be sure to check out all the latest car audio and car video gear at http://www.qualitymobilevideo.com If you enjoyed this video click that like button and leave any comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to out youtube channel. We have included a series of 0db test tones so that you can test and set your equipment.

Best Overhead DVD

Best overhead DVD player for under $200


Tview TDVFD91DVFD


Tview T91DVFD Overhead DVD player

For the family looking for entertainment without having to break the bank, the best value in the under $200 category is the T91DVFD.

The T91DVFD has a good DVD loader, especially for its price range that sets it apart from its competition. It tends to be on the reliable side as it is not prone to skipping or freezing of any kind.

If your looking to use wireless headphones with this unit, you can. If your looking to play the audio over the cars radio wirelessly this monitor can handle that as well.

Best of all what a lot of units in its class do not have is built in speakers but this unit is more than capable of providing its own sound with two sets of speakers.

The T91DVFD can also play movies through a thumb drive or SD card, so you don’t have to worry about lugging around a whole catalog of DVD’s.

For its reliable DVD loader, Built in Speakers and low price of $139.99, the T91DVFD is the best value of the under $200 flip downs.

The T91DVFD comes in black, grey and tan and can be purchased Tview T91DVFD 9 inch overhead DVD player

Best overhead DVD player for under $250


Audiovox AVXMTG9

Audiovox AVXMTG9 Overhead DVD player

Moving towards a slightly more competitive category, flip down monitors just under $250 can come in all shapes and sizes but most people a 9 inch flip down should be plenty.

The AVXMTG9U is definitely the cream of the crop in several different areas in this category. What really sets this monitor apart from the rest is build quality. An Audiovox unit even feels sturdier in your hands than other flip downs.

As far as reliability goes this unit is an absolute champion. It is widely considered as one of our products least likely to be returned for defective reasons and built to last for years of use.

he 9U has every feature you need in a flip down such as a SD card reader and USB port, as well as built in dome lights.

The AVXMTG9U is available in black, tan and grey and can be purchased Audiovox AVXMTG9 9 inch overhead DVD player

Best overhead DVD player for under $300


Audiovox AVXMTG10UHD

AVXMTG10U Flip Down MonitorFlip down monitors worth noting in this price range tend to stay between the 10-12 inch range and can come with extras such as free headphones included. Still the best monitor for the money is the Audiovox AVXMTG10U 10 inch flip down monitor.

Although this particular monitor does not come with any extras it does not need them to provide the best value in this class. A reliable DVD loader that plays smoothly every time as well as a sturdy build more than make up for lack of freebies.

A great thing about the 10U is that it comes in with all three colors in the box. Sure the black will already be installed but one can easily replace the color to grey or even beige by replacing two quick trim pieces.

With infrared for headphone use, fm modulator to listen over the cars speakers and a crisp quality picture to round out the unit, you can’t really go wrong with this monitor as it has no real weakness except maybe for the fact that it does not have external speakers.

For more info on the AVXMTG10U click Audiovox AVXMTG10UHD 10 inch overhead DVD player

Active Headrests – What are they and how to install DVD’s

What are Active Headrests?

Active headrests are normally found on newer vehicles as a part of the cars safety equipment. These headrests are referred to as active because in an event of an accident the headrests actively move forward to cradle the head and prevent whiplash. A quick look into your vehicles interior can help identify whether your car is equipped with an active headrest restrain system. Vehicles with active headrests commonly have what looks like a rectangular shaped plastic enclosure on the back of an otherwise cloth or leather headrest (See picture below).

dvd headrest monitors
You can have DVD players in vehicles that are equipped with Active headrests

Can I still have DVD in the headrest with active headrests?

Removing the active headrests from a vehicle would not only cause the airbag light on the dash to turn on but may also void the vehicles warranty. Aftermarket headrest DVD manufacturers usually get around this problem by designing DVD headrests specifically made for vehicles with active headrests that simply attach to your existing posts, without the need of removing the headrest. Universal active DVD headrest monitors will only come with a plastic enclosure in a black, gray, or tan color. However companies such as Vizualogic and Rosen specialize in designing headrest buns that are enclosed with the exact material, color and stitching as the one found in your current interior.

How to install active DVD Headrests

active headrest installation
The completed installation of the Rosen AV7700 Active Headrest DVD System

We recently installed some active headrest monitors on a BMW X5 made by Rosen, one of the companies dedicated to matching your cars interior and delivering high end monitors.

This particular installation called for a bit of a custom job as the customer was looking for built in speakers when these Rosen units don’t carry any. What we did was attach a computer speaker to these monitors and attach a seperate volume control.

factory active headrests
Here are the headrests prior to installing the Rosen AV7700 DVD Headrsts

Here is a quick view of the X5′ s active headrest monitors before installing Rosen’s active headrest monitors.

seat back removed for installation
The seat back is removed prior to installing the DVD active headrests.

The back of the seat must be removed in order to run and hide all of the wiring needed to complete the installation.

rosen av7700 dvd headrest attached to the seat
Here we have attached the Rosen AV7700 DVD Headrest and run the wiring through the seats

Removing the back of the seat and running the wires that will ultimately run to a control box that will house all of the systems connections is often the hardest part of installing these headrest monitors Rosen AV7500 Installation Manual.

cable installation of dvd headrests
Here we have tied off all the cabling for the new headrests

Once all of the wires have been ran to the bottom of the seat where the control box is located you are ready to close the back of the seat.

dvd headrest control box
We have installed the central control box underneath the drivers seat. Both DVD headrests connect to this control box

All the connections on a Rosen headrest system ultimately must connect to a control box which the installer will place on the bottom of the driver or passengers seat. This control box controls the power source and houses the headrest monitors RCA connections.

active dvd headrest with speakers
This customer wanted to have speakers attached to each headrest so that headphone would not be required. Here you can see our custom work

On vehicles with active headrests you cannot remove the headrest without voiding the vehicles warranty or causing the check airbag light to turn on so active headrest monitor simply attach to the back of the headrest as seen above.

installation is complete
The completed passenger side headrest.

All connections are ran through the back of the seat so no wires show when the installation is complete.

headrest dvd installation is complete
The completed vehicle with both Active DVD Headrests with added speaker systems

A panoramic view of the interior of the vehicle when the installation is has been finalized.

Car Stereo Installation 101- Video tutorial

Get the supplies you need for your car stereo installation

Car Stereo Installation

Learn the basics of an aftermarket car stereo installation. We take you through the steps of wiring a Clarion NX404 Double DIN navigation system to a Metra wire harness. First we walk you through the steps of preparing the Metra wire harness and the connections to the Clarion radio harness. In the second step, we take you through the process of mounting the radio to the Metra Dash kit and preparing to install the radio in the vehicle.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to ask us below.

Sun Visor Monitor Buying Guide

Installed sun visor monitor

What size sun visor monitor is right for me?

Are you thinking about adding some LCD screens to your car but want to retain the factory look? Do you want to add a back-up camera but don’t have room for an in-dash screen? Are you looking for an easy way to add more screens to keep your passengers entertained? If any of these questions apply to you, then you’ve come to the right place.

The easiest way to add screens to your vehicle is by adding a sunvisor monitor. Our monitors are a universal fit and are made to look great in virtually any vehicle. We have sun visor monitors from 7 to 12 inches to make any video look perfect, and our monitors come with RCA inputs that make it simple to hook up a backup camera, a game console or any video source with a standard video output.

Tview sun visor monitors

You may have considered adding sunvisor monitors in the past, but you were concerned that the screen in the visor would be too hard to see. Honestly, that would be the case if you purchased a little monitor like some other people offer, but our monitors come in 7 inch 9 inch and 10.2-inch sizes to make your movies look perfect from anywhere in the vehicle. If you want to go all out, we have a 12.2-inch monster widescreen sunvisor monitor that will make you feel like you’re at the movie theater.

Would you like to add video capabilities to your vehicle but don’t want to install an in-dash DVD player? Well, we have you covered with our 7-inch sunvisor monitors with integrated DVD player. These all-in-one units are available with a single DVD player or one on each side. These units are by far the easiest way to add video to your vehicle without installing a bunch of extra equipment, so they’re perfect for a leased vehicle.

12 inch sunvisor monitor

Why sun visor monitors?

One of the best thing about our sun visor monitors is that when you flip them up, they look just like regular visors. This definitely keeps unsavory characters from trying to get in your vehicle and take the monitors that you spent your hard-earned money on. We even have a fully motorized version that easily mounts to your existing sun visor and automatically retracts out of view when not in use.

If you want to fully customize your ride, we have some monitors that you can install directly to your existing sun visors. These style monitors also work great in headrests. If you’re a do-it-yourself type of person, these sunvisor monitors are an easy install. These are some of the best quality sun visor monitors around. Companies like Pyle and Tview have been making the very best sun visor monitors for years. The high quality LCD screens have beautiful color reproduction and they are practically glare-proof. If you’re trying to upgrade your car, truck or SUV with a new sunvisor monitor, we have the selection and quality that you deserve.

Single Din vs Double Din – What’s the difference?

single din and double din size difference
What is the difference in radio size? We show you the size differences in single vs. double din.

What is DIN?

DIN stands for Duetch Industri Normen, this was a technical standardized opening that all of the vehicle manufacturers adopted. DIN is a colloquial term for an opening size of 180mm x 100mm. This is easily converted to inches by dividing by 25.4, the result is inches.

What is the difference is radio sizes?

What is double and single DIN?

It’s common to hear these question when you are replacing the radio in your vehicle. Luckily the vehicle manufacturers have made this easy. We explain all of the common radio sizes and nomenclature.

Single DIN

Single DIN is one unit of the standardized size, this means that the radio opening is 2″ in height and 7″ in width with varying depth.

Double DIN

Double DIN is two units of the standardized size, this means that the radio opening is 4″ in height and 7″ in width with varying depth. Many radio manufacturers build double DIN radios but you can also stack two single DIN chassis together to create a double DIN.

Din and half

DIN and a half is 1.5 units of the standardized size, this means that the radio opening is 3″ in height and 7″ in width with varying depth.

Half DIN

Half DIN is .5 units of the standardized size, this means that the radio opening is 1″ in height and 7″ in width with varying depth.

Smaller than DIN

Smaller than DIN usually adopts the height but is narrower in width than 7 inches. This measurement is commonly used with DVD players

Based on your make and model of your vehicle it can either support a double din unit, a single din unit or both.

Ultimate Holiday Gift – Pocket Jump Starter & Phone Charger

We have all been there at one point or another, when we forget to turn off the headlights in our vehicle and don’t return back for hours.

Sure jumper cables are nice but that requires someone nice enough to help or if your like most people about a 30 min wait until a friend or relative can come to the rescue.

You can also buy a conventional jump starter which is a lot more convenient but you may not have the room in your vehicle for it.

Then there is the PowerAll PBJS1200R that is about the size of a smartphone but not only has the power to jump start even the largest vehicles up to ten times in one charge but can also make sure you don’t miss a call or text as it can charge most cell-phones as well.

The 200R is so small that hiding away in your glove box or tucking it away under a seat is but a simple task and convenient enough so that when you do need it, it’s always within arms length.

An added bonus to this little giant is its ability to be used as a standard flashlight with up to 120 hours of use. Still its 12 amp High capacity Lithium Ion battery with 400 cranking amp discharge capability is what remains the most impressive feature and should be able to start virtually any car on the road.

As far as your phone is concerned, the 200R comes with all the adapters shown below, including the most popular phones such as Apple iPhone and Samsung phones.

The PBJS1200R is currently $99.99 and available here–>

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