Boss Audio BVS13.3B 13.3″ Single DIN Car Stereo

Purchase: Boss Audio BVS13.3B Single DIN Car Stereo

To start this radio has an output of 85 Watts, has a built in FM/AM Tuner and EQ, and plays those old Matchbox 20 CD’s laying around in your car.

The LCD display is 13.3″, extremely responsive to your touch, and has a resolution of 800×480 pixels. It’s basically like having an iPad on your dashboard.

To attach the monitor, start by pressing the OPEN button on the left of the radio’s panel. The internal motor will push the monitor plate out and up.

Slide the monitor in then snap it back into the plate’s matching connections. The display will turn on immediately. The monitor is even easier to detach, just press the release button on the back and remove it from the monitor plate.

The main menu of the LCD reveals access to all of the different functions of the radio from Bluetooth, to DVD to the USB input.

Connecting your mobile device to the bluetooth is simple. Just enter the passcode 8888 and you’re all set. Bluetooth allows you to stream music from your library or apps like SPOTIFY, and it also gives you full control over your phone allowing you to make and answer calls.

The radio allows you to set Steering Wheel Control presets for convenient control while keeping your hands on the wheel.

Its ability to play DVD’s makes this radio family and passenger friendly. Insert your disc and get to watching.

Believe it or not, the BVS13.3B also accepts SD Cards and can play everything from MP3, MP4, WMA to AVI. To access it release the front panel from the housing and insert a card into the slot. Once the front is attached again you can play your media.

Onto the connections on the back. There are two inputs, for audio/video external sources and rear and subwoofer pre-amp outputs. Attached is a radio antenna jack. And finally the wiring harness input.

Included in the box are three wiring harnesses, the audio and video and rear and subwoofer output cables, and a wireless remote control.

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2015 Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX With Android Auto Overview and Review

Check out the Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX Double DIN Navigation system with Android auto and Apple CarPlay

Today we are featuring Pioneer’s Flagship model, the AVIC-8100NEX.

With top of the line bluetooth, intuitive built in navigation and seamless smart-phone 2 way connectivity this years crown jewel definitely lives up to the the pioneer legacy. Last year they were one of the first manufacturers to introduce Apple carplay. This year they continue to focus on a driver friendly interface with Google’s answer to carplay, in Android Auto.

Android Auto is an interface designed specifically with driving in mind to make it as convenient as possible to access your smartphone and minimize distractions. You will have a Google maps tab with turn by turn navigation, a music tab, to access to all of your music including streaming apps like spotify as well as a phone tab to make calls and see your call history.

Most importantly it has an overview screen that will organize all the most important information in one screen including the weather, anything scheduled on your calendar, and missed phone calls and text messages.

The AVIC-8100NEX features and extremely responsive touch screen identical to your smartphone. Its premium voice command to make everything even easier to access and less distracting while driving. It is satellite radio and steering wheel control ready so if you already have those features in your car it can retain them with the accompanying harnesses. It has incredible sound quality and can even play flac files.

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How to install an Amplifier and Subwoofer in a car

If you’re installing a subwoofer and amplifier in a factory-amplified audio system, you may have some questions. This is a common modification for vehicles, but before you begin switching wires around and dismantling the existing parts of your automobile, take a look at our how-to guide.

1. Identify Equipment & Wire Placement. You need to run the positive lead to the positive terminal of the battery. Only the driver’s and passenger sides of the footwell have access to the firewall. The driver’s side is optimal, as it generally allows to an empty grommet or the ability to piggyback from an existing cable bundle. If this side’s space is, you’ll have difficulty feeding the power wire to the battery. Use the passenger side footwell to gain access in these cases.

2. Locate a large grommet with ample space.

3. Locate a cargo bin with plenty of room for your device, which will give you easy access during installation, as well as for any future needs.

4. Disconnect the negative lead of the battery, and remove all of the paneling on the side of the vehicle that will house your device.

5. Organize all parts by location, and use bags to store the hardware so you can easily reassemble your vehicle when you’re finished.

6. Disable the subwoofer. Disconnect all factory wiring behind the car’s paneling.

7. Test for factory subwoofer speaker leads. Use the subwoofer speaker outputs from the factory amplifier. Determine which wire to use by visually confirming the wire color at the factory subwoofer and amplifier.

8. Verify wire colors using volt meter and cheater lead. Check out our video Testing for Continuity for further assistance.

9. Test for Phase prior to disconnecting the battery or use a phase detector after removing the battery.

10. Test Speaker Level Inputs.

  • Connect your leads to the signal wires you tested earlier.
  • Pull the speaker leads and remote turn-on through the factory hole in the carpeting to the factory amplifier.
  • Run the power lead through the hole drilled in the grommet under the dash.

***Tip*** Undersize the hole you drill in the grommet to ensure a tight seal between the wires and rubber grommet to prevent water from coming in.

11. Shield the power lead and ensure an original look:

  • Use split loom tubing.
  • Tie off all wiring to the factory wiring underneath the lip of the firewall to the battery.
  • The power lead must be fused in a proper location, which is ideally within six inches of the battery.

12. Mount your fuse to the factory battery mount. See our video How to Wire a Fuse.

13. Ground your connections. The ground lead is connected to the factory ground point near amplifier. To provide an ideal ground, remove paint with sandpaper.

14. Prep the storage compartment:

  • Determine the mounting location.
  • Drill holes proper holes for the cabling.
  • Install plastic bushings to clean hole and protect wiring.
  • With all cables run, reassemble the vehicle, and prepare final connections.

15. Prevent sparking:

  • Use a test light connected to positive side of battery and slowly charge amplifier’s power supply.
  • Before connecting battery, make the final subwoofer connections.
  • Prepare the subwoofer speaker wires from the amp to the subwoofer, now connecting negative lead from the battery and testing remote turn-on.

16. Use crimp connectors to make connections. Once connected, turn on the system and adjust gain and crossover settings. Use factory audio settings to fine-tune your new audio system.

To see this information put into action, check out our YouTube video How to Install an Amplifier and a Subwoofer in Your Car – Rockford Fosgate and Kicker.

How to video – Backup Camera Installation

Start to finish, fully detailed!

As part 3 of our series on how to install a backup camera we take you through the entire installation process.

Our equipment and installation locations

For our installation, we decided that the back up camera would be located in the rear tailgate and the monitor would be a replacement rearview mirror monitor. The camera we decided on was the Boyo VTK230HD back up camera as it was very small and would mount perfectly to the lip overhang by the license plate.

backup camera installed
Here we mounted the backup camera near the license plate on the overhang above the license plate

For the monitor, we opted to use the Safesight RVMZH4300 4.3 glass mount rearview mirror monitor.

rear view mirror monitor
Here we installed the glass mount rear view mirror in place of the factory mirror

Why add a back up camera?

The Toyota Sienna minivan is a relatively large vehicle that has multiple blindspots. For most drivers vans and SUV’s are the most difficult vehicles to back up, let alone see something small such as a child or toy directly below the rear bumper. This makes them very prone to hitting objects that you cannot directly see. A back up camera eliminates this risk.

items behind vehicle
It’s to easy to run things over behind your vehicle.

Why is this installation more difficult?

Opening tailgates present a unique problem; the wiring must be installed in a way that allows the tailgate to continue to function normally. If unfamiliar, the installation is difficult, we show you how to make the installation a breeze.

backup camera wiring
Here we are feeding the cabling through the factory rubber boot

This in depth video is meant to be a reference manual on how to do the entire installation. Make sure to check out our other videos on back up camera installation and the concepts behind the entire process.

Click on the chapters below to skip ahead or go back to the section that best helps you with your rear view camera installation.

Pioneer DEH-X2800UI vs. DEH-X3800UI :: Single DIN Lineup Battle

What is the difference between these radios?

For the most part, the Pioneer DEH-X2800UI and Pioneer DEH-X3800UI single din radios are very similar. There are a couple of key features that differ.

Button illumination

The DEH-X2800UI features only red button illumination while the DEH-X3800UI allows the user to select a Custom Color Illumination with over 200,000 options to match your factory dashboard illumination or to change it up and really set the mode in our vehicle. The DEH-X3800UI can be set to random color mix so that radio continuously changes color and can be combined with mixtrax for DJ inspired effects!

Pioneer single din radio line up - front
Here we have the two radios side by side. The DEH-X2800UI on the left and the DEH-X3800UI on the right.

Steering wheel control input

Unlike the DEH-X2800UI the DEH-X3800UI has an external Steering Wheel Control Input. This allows you to use the Metra ASWC Steering wheel interface so that you can retain your original steering wheel control buttons so you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel to control the radio.

Pioneer single din radio line up - rear
Here we have the two radios above and below one another. The DEH-X2800UI on the bottom and the DEH-X3800UI on the top.

RCA audio outputs

The DEH-X2800UI has 1 set of RCA Pre-Amp audio outputs while the DEH-X3800UI has 2 sets of RCA Pre-Amp audio outputs. These pre-amp outputs are 2 volt outputs on both radios however the DEH-X3800UI allows for added flexibility when adding a 4 channel or multiple amplifiers.

Pioneer single din radio line up - rear jacks
Here we have the rear jack panels highlighted. The DEH-X2800UI on the bottom and the DEH-X3800UI on the top.

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Pioneer DEH-X2800UI Single DIN Car Stereo
Pioneer DEH-X3800UI Single DIN Car Stereo
Metra ASWC Steering wheel remote control

How To Correctly Install a Car Stereo, Wiring Harness & Dash Kit

Can I do this?

Let’s face it, installing an aftermarket car stereo can appear to be a daunting task. With some basic skills nearly anyone can successfully install and aftermarket radio in their vehicle. Learning these basics of car stereo installation without a teacher can take years. We show you the tips of the trade and the basics of an aftermarket car stereo installation.

Step #1 Car Stereo Wiring

metra wiring harness installation
Here her prepare the Metra wiring harness and steering wheel remote

We take you through the steps of wiring a Clarion NX404 Double DIN navigation system. First we walk you through the steps of preparing the Metra wire harness and the connections to the Clarion Double DIN radio. Preparing the wire harness by stripping the appropriate wires and using crimp connectors to make those connections to the aftermarket radio’s harness.

The Metra wiring harness is specifically designed to plug in to your vehicle’s factory wire harness without having to cut the factory wiring. These harnesses have color coded wires to make connection much easier for the novice. All aftermarket radios have a standard wiring color that matches up with the Metra Wire harness. Be sure to check out our video on the difference in wiring harnesses here.

Step #2 Car Stereo Dash Kit

In the second step, we take you through the process of mounting the aftermarket radio to the Metra Dash kit and preparing to install the radio in the vehicle. This part of the stereo installation is often the easiest part as it is aa matter of mounting.

metra dash kit installation
Here we are installing the Metra Dash Kit

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OEM factory radio…. How boring!
car stereo installation parts
Here we have all the items we need for the installation of our new car stereo. We have a Pioneer AVH-X3500BHS, ASWC Steering wheel remote, Metra dash kit, and Metra wiring interface
metra dash kit installation
Here we are installing the Metra Dash Kit
metra wiring harness installation
Here her prepare the Metra wiring harness and steering wheel remote
car stereo installation
About to install the Aftermarket Pioneer Double DIN Car stereo
Pioneer double din installation
We install a Pioneer double din car stereo

Complete in dash radio installation

Maybe its the Navigation, maybe its the ability to play DVD’s in your vehicle while on the road or it might just be the ability to play songs directly from your smartphone wirelessly, whatever the reason might be for you to want to upgrade your stock radio, there are only a few steps that you’ll need to take to make sure your installation goes as smoothly as possible.

Step-by-Step installation instructions

Old factory radio

We installed a feature-packed Pioneer AVH-X3500BHS (Now Replaced With the AVH-X3600BHS) on a 09 Tundra. Like most aftermarket radios the X3500 is compatible with the stock steering wheel controls but we had to add an interface to make it happen. For the most part this was a fairly standard head unit installation but we also needed to add a special harness to bypass the JBL components on some Toyota vehicles.

We chose the X3500 (starting at $349.99) for Pioneers reputation for quality and reliability as well as what seems like its endless entertainment options. The X3500 has the ability to play Sirius XM satellite radio, HD radio, play DVD’s/MP3’s and has industry leading Parrot Bluetooth technology to stream music from your phone wirelessly including Pandora playlists and answer phone calls on the go.

Apart from having to add a couple of adapters, it did not take much to transform this technology outdated stock radio, which even has a cassette player(not that there is anything wrong with that) with top of the line technology.

We walk you through the process below to help you get a better feel on how easy it can be to upgrade.

Old radio completely removed

Old radio

Step 1: Removing the factory head unit can sometimes be a bit of a pain but the first step is to remove the plastic housing surrounding the unit. In this 09 Tundra the plastic housing includes pretty much the entire dash in a circular form.

Once the housing is out, the head unit itself should be held in place by a couple of screws, simply remove those screws and un-clip the wiring harness as seen in white (above) and you have the blank canvas for your new navigation.

Our wire harnesses

Completed wire harnesses

Step 2: While upgrading to a new navigation receiver our customer wanted to make sure he did not lose his ability to use the factory steering wheel navigation controls. We were able to keep the controls by using the Metra ASWC-1, a steering wheel control interface for select aftermarket radios that can be bought for around $50.00.

This 09 Tundra also needed an adapter that would make it compatible the stock JBL equipment already in the vehicle. With Metra TYT001 we are able to use the stock amplifier and stock speakers with the aftermarket navigation receiver for about $75.00. This double-din unit did not need a dash kit as it fits practically snug without additional housing.

New radio ready to push into the dash

New radio installed in the dash

Step 3: Once all of the wiring interfaces and adapters are in place, installing the new navigation receiver is about the same process as removing the stock radio to begin with. In this case, we attached the JBL adapter to the vehicles stock harness and connected the steering wheel adapter.

Once those two connections have been made, we hold the unit in place using the same screw holes we used to remove the stock unit. The picture on the left should show exactly how it should look once mounted. Once that is mounted all that is left is to place back the plastic housing that hides all of the electrical connections of the dash and the installation is complete.

Radio installation complete

Metra Wiring Harnesses Explained – 70- vs. 71- Video

Why are there two Metra wiring harnesses?

Metra provides two types of harnesses for different installations. Occasionally you may need to replace the factory harness and in other situations you want to replace the factory radio, we show you the differences between Metra wiring harnesses.

Replacement vehicle Harness – 71-

Metra produces two types of wiring harnesses, one is designed to replace the factory wire harness in the vehicle if it becomes damaged. These wiring harnesses have a part prefix of 71-****.

Metra wiring harness
We show you the differences in wiring harnesses that Metra produces

Aftermarket Radio Installation harness – 70-

The more commonly used Metra wiring harness are those that are designed so that you can connect an aftermarket car stereo to the factory wiring without cutting. These harnesses have a part prefix of 70-****.

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Rosen AV7900 DVD Headrest – Installation Video


Find DVD Headrests for your vehicle: Rosen DVD Headrests

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Rosen AV7950 DVD Headrests – Installation

We walk you through the entire installation process of adding Vehicle Specific Rosen DVD headrests to a 2010 Acura MDX SUV. The installation is a relatively easy thing to do but does require some disassembly of the vehicle and some automotive wiring know how.

Rosen AV7900 Installed
Rosen AV7900 Installed

Step 1 – Equipment Placement
You will need to find a location to mount the control bow and route the wires. The location that we determined would be the best is under the seat.

Step 2 – Remove the seat back for running wires
The plastic seatback is removed to make way for running the wires in the seat for connection to the control box. Simply pop the pops and slide the seat back down for removal.

Step 3 – Remove the original headrests and insert the AV7950
The removal of the factory headrests is simply a matter of pulling them out through the top. When inserting the replacement headrests you will need to route the wiring.

Step 4 – Routing the wire through to the seat bottom
The wiring is run on the left and right side of the seat back to seat bottom connector bracket. The are factory cables that are run and we run ours the same way.

Step 5 – Tie off cabling
The cabling must be secured to prevent cable damage when the seat is moved. All of our cables are tied to the existing factory cables.

AV7900 Installed in a Land Rover Evoque
AV7900 DVD Headrests installed in a Land Rover Evoque

Step 6 – Prepare seat back for re-installation
Make sure to have the plastic tabs in place so that they are aligned for the re-installation of the seat back.

Step 7 – Route drivers side wiring to control box
To run the drivers side cabling we attach all of the cables underneath the seat to the factory cables. Once completed we make the connection to the control box.

Step 8 – Power connection
To provide power to the system we connected our power lead to the Bluetooth module behind the rear cigarette lighter plug.

Step 9 – Passenger side cabling
To run the passenger side cabling we opted to remove the center console and route the wiring through the console. Once completed we make the connection to the control box.

Step 10 – Verify our connections with a voltmeter
Before turning on the power we verify our connections with a volt meter

Hopefully this video gives you a better idea as to how we install a set of replacement headrests in your vehicle.

AV7950 DVD Headrest installation
We walk you through the entire installation process of adding DVD headrests to your vehicle

Rosen CS-ALTI13-US Navigation for Nissan Altima – Installed

Easy Step-by-Step Installation

We recently did an installation of the new Rosen Factory navigation system in a 2012 Nissan Altima with back up camera. The installation was rather straightforward and relatively simple when following the Rosen instruction manual. The manual that was provided was excellent and the unit can be installed by any end consumer. The unit even included a factory connector to disable the Nissan Bluetooth module, the Rosen has built in Bluetooth.

Rosen Nissan Altima Navigation system
We installed a Rosen Nissan Altima Navigation system in a 2012 Alitma

OEM look just like the factory

What makes the Rosen navigation’s so great is that they look like the original Navigation system that came with the vehicle. The advantage to this is that all of the integration with Factory components is plug and play. The unit plugs directly into the factory Radio harness, and gives you steering wheel controls without programming! If you are installing a back up camera to a vehicle that does not have a factory back up camera, you will need to run all of the cabling. This maybe out of the scope of what an end consumer can do without some professional installation help. The best part about Rosen is that they match the new vehicle warranty of the vehicle; in this case a 3 year – 36,000 mile warranty.

Rosen Nissan Altima Navigation system
The entire dashboard of the Nissan Altima

Bose or No Bose : No problem!

This system is designed for vehicles with and without Bose stereo systems. We found that the audio quality from the speakers was improved slightly, but can be tailored to you years with the built in equalizer. Satellite radio can be added with an additional module for additional entertainment on long drives. The unit has the ability to control an iPod but a cable is required that is not included, this customer opted not to purchase the cable so we can’t review the functionality. If the iPod control is similar to other Rosen GPS navigation I’m sure it easy to use.

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Rosen CS-ALTI13-US Navigation System

Pioneer DEH X8700BH Single DIN Bluetooth & HD Radio

Pioneer DEH-X8700BH

This is one of Pioneer’s better SINGLE DIN in-dash radios. It features a standard AM/FM Tuner along with Bluetooth, Dual Phone Pairing, an LCD Display, HD Radio, Pandora Support, MIXTRAX and also plays those ancient things called Compact Discs.


Bluetooth is extremely easy to connect. It allows you to safely talk on the phone while driving with hands free calling, gives you access to your phonebook, and the ability to also stream music from your mobile device directly to the radio.
The X8700BH’s MIXTRAX feature creates a non-stop playlist of the music from your mobile device to turn those long drives into a party.

Color Illumination

Color illumination can be selected from the settings menu with several options. Choose the color that best matches your dashboard or mood, or simply choose “SCAN” to continuously cycle through each one.


The left side of the radio features a “PHONE CALL” button to make or answer a call, a BAND button to cycle the menus and a POWER button.
The Multi-Control Dial is easy to use and allows you to both SEEK through music tracks or radio stations and adjust the VOLUME.
To prevent theft, Pioneer has designed the X8700BH face-plate to be detachable. Simply release it from the housing and take with you wherever you go.


Lets move to all the connections in the back. First, there are two Pigtails, one for the external microphone and the other for AM/FM and HD Radio. A USB input allows you to connect an iPod to the radio to play music and charge your device. The wiring harness plugs in here to connect power, ground and speakers. There are two 3.5mm AUXILIARY inputs and finally there are 3 sets of 4 volt RCA Outputs for running external amplifiers.

In The Box

Along with the radio, the box includes a wiring harness, a USB extension cable, an external microphone that runs 13 feet, a wireless remote control and mounting hardware.

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