A local Anchorage client came to us recently for a 2015 Kia Sedona remote start. We installed a Compustar Drone remote start system that gives them unlimited amount of range. DroneMobile is an app downloaded to their phones that provides the ability to start, lock and unlock the vehicle from the phone. This gives the client the ability to start the vehicle from many places as long as they have WiFi or cell service. They can start it when they are out to dinner, at a shopping center, at work and much more!
A client from Anchorage, Alaska, had come to Perfectionist Auto Sound and Security to have a remote starter installed in his 2008 Roush Edition Ford F-150. When he came to pick up the truck, we started talking, and he mentioned he also had a Roush Mustang. He clearly likes quick vehicles. We had just returned from a K40 Electronics training session, so we mentioned some of the cool features of the RL360i system. After explaining how everything worked, the client was on board with the F-150 radar and laser plan, but he needed the work done quickly as he was selling his house and moving down south.
K40 System Installation
James Hunt, one of our elite installation technicians, started the project by removing the front bumper. He needed as much access as possible to mount the pair of K40 Defuser LTS g5 transponders in the gap between the bumper and the front grill trim. He ensured that the transponders were perfectly level and aimed directly forward for maximum range and reliability. He also mounted the radar receiver from the RL360i kit behind the plastic bumper cover. Plastic has no effect on radar waves. But it does on LIDAR diffusing.
At the rear of the vehicle, we used a K40 Defuser g5 license plate frame system. This cast frame mounts to the factory license plate mounting points and includes a g5 laser transponder. James mounted the rear radar receiver under the bumper. The trailer hitch protects the radar receiver from damage.
James mounted the warning LEDs on either side of the center console. He hid the warning buzzer under the dash. As always, all wiring is protected with Tesa cloth tape, and all electrical connections were soldered where applicable.
K40 Ticket-Free Guarantee
Since 1985, K40 Electronics has offered a program called the Ticket-Free Guarantee. K40 will reimburse the owner the cost of the speeding ticket if they own a K40 system. If the client were to get a ticket, all he has to do is send K40 a copy of the ticket, proof of payment and the receipt for the purchase of the system. K40 also offers amazing consumer support and qualification with their K40 Consult service.
Pioneer AppRadio Upgrade
The client wanted a radio that he could use with his iPhone. We installed a Pioneer SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4 in the truck using a dash kit, mounting harness and antenna adapter from Best Kits. We ran the USB cable into the glove box so the client could connect his iPhone to use Apple CarPlay.
F-150 Radar System A Hit With the Client
The client was thrilled with our work and ability to meet his tight deadline. We managed to complete three days of work in less than two. The client was thrilled we met and exceeded his goals!
Sony, one of the industry leaders in the design and manufacture of car audio products, recently launched their XAV-AX100 Media Receiver with Bluetooth. The XAV-AX100 is Sony’s first head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Let’s see what makes this Double-DIN such a major success.
Design and Interface
The XAV-AX100 features a double-DIN front panel with a large (6.4-inch) touchscreen. Sony has chosen a premium-quality display for the XAV-AX100 that offers excellent anti-glare properties and bright backlighting. This screen selection has made the XAV-AX100 a popular selection for convertibles and vehicles with bright interiors.
A rotary volume control and mechanical track selection buttons on the left side of the screen provide users with an intuitive interface. Above those controls is a Home button to make menu access equally quick and easy. Sony includes an IR remote control with the unit to let your back-seat passengers have control over the music.
The styling of the XAV-AX100 is simple and understated. There are no flashing lights that make it stand out once installed. It looks like an OEM radio, and that is a feature that some buyers appreciate.
Sony XAV-AX100 Features
The XAV-AX100 includes an AM/FM radio receiver with RDS support. The rear-mounted USB connection works with both Android and Apple iPhone smartphones, or a memory stick for multimedia files. Supported multimedia formats include MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV and FLAC audio files, as well as MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, AVI and MKV video files. Maximum video file playback resolution is 720×576 pixels. The USB port on the rear of the chassis can supply up to 1.5 amps of current to charge phones quickly.
The XAV-AX100 includes Bluetooth communications for hands-free calling, as well as A2DP audio streaming. The Bluetooth profiles include AVRCP remote control functionality and PBAP phonebook access.
CarPlay and Android Auto
The highlight of the XAV-AX100 is, of course, its smartphone integration capabilities. Once you connect your phone, accessing information and staying in touch are as easy as saying “Hey, Siri,” “OK, Google,” or pressing a button and talking to the radio. Sending and receiving text messages, making phone calls, or choosing the music you want to enjoy is as simple as asking for it. You can even get turn-by-turn navigation thanks to Apple Maps or Google Maps. Both platforms will provide traffic flow information to help make your time behind the wheel safe and efficient.
Users can connect their iPhone for Apple CarPlay or Android phone for Android Auto without the need to make any menu or setting adjustments. Owners of the XAV-AX100 who have both iPhone and Android phones appreciate being able to switch between the two quickly and easily
The XAV-AX100 has a dedicated input for an OEM steering wheel control interface, as well as the new Axxess InfoLink interface. The InfoLink interface allows the XAV-AX100 to integrate with vehicles from Ford, GM, Chrysler, Audi, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Mazda and Toyota. InfoLink supports functions such as steering wheel audio controls, HVAC controls and display, audio signal interfacing, and much more.
The XAV-AX100 is also compatible with the new Sony XA-NV400 add-on navigation module for a seamless interface and directions regardless of cellular connection. If you are traveling across the border, this onboard navigation system can keep you on the right road without incurring roaming charges on your cellphone. The XA-NV400 runs TomTom navigation software, which is easy to learn and use.
Sony has included a backup camera video connection and a trigger wire. As soon as you select reverse, the camera image appears on the screen to make backing up safer and easier.
The XAV-AX100 has a built-in four-channel amplifier that will provide 20 watts per channel of continuous output and up to 55 watts max per channel. Three sets of RCA output jacks are on the rear of the chassis and assigned to the front, rear and subwoofer functions. The front channels have selectable frequency high-pass filters, and the subwoofer output has low-pass filters. The preamp outputs are rated to provide 2V RMS of signal. Connections for dimming, reverse and the parking brake are also par for the course for your installer.
The XAV-AX100 is the first unit in this new series of source units for Sony. We can expect that new models will appear over the next year with more features. If you are looking for an aggressively priced smartphone integration solution, it is hard to ignore the Sony XAV-AX100. With classic and elegant styling, an easy-to-view screen, and an intuitive interface, it doesn’t have much competition. Visit your local authorized Sony car audio retailer today check out the XAV-AX100 or yourself.
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If you own an Apple Watch, chances are the one reason you purchased it is for the convenience it offers. It is really great how the watch allows you to have most of your iPhone apps right on your wrist. Did you know you can now remote start your vehicle from your Apple Watch? Here at Perfectionist Auto Sound and Security, our team can make this possible in most vehicles!
A Remote Starter is Installed in Your Vehicle
The first step in making this a reality is to have a remote starter installed in your vehicle. The Compustar DroneMobile is an incredible remote start system that runs off an app on your smartphone. Once the module is installed in your vehicle, you can download the free app and have control over your vehicle from anywhere in the world. As long as you have cell phone service, the app will work. A small data plan is required to use the DroneMobile, but as mentioned, the app is free!
Share the DroneMobile App with Your Apple Watch
Once you have the DroneMobile installed in your vehicle and the app downloaded on your iPhone, you can access the app on your Apple Watch as well. It is important to make sure your iPhone and Apple Watch are both updated to the latest software version to avoid any hiccups. It doesn’t get any more convenient than having control over your vehicle from a device on your wrist. You can say goodbye to any additional remotes on your keyring since everything is done from either your phone or watch!
Controlling Your Vehicle from Your Apple Watch
Now that everything is installed, the fun begins! You can verbally tell Siri to ‘Open the Drone Mobile app’ on your Apple Watch or click on the app yourself. Once the app is opened, you’ll have the choice of telling your vehicle what to do. The main options include locking and unlocking your doors, or starting / turning off the engine. You can also check the status of your vehicle to see if your car is still running. This is great if you start your vehicle while you are getting ready in the morning. Maybe you realize you forgot to pack your lunch and it takes you a little longer to get out the door. If you want to know whether your car is still running or if it has shut off, you can check the status of it on your watch. One of the greatest benefits of using the Apple Watch to control your vehicle is the control is right there on your wrist!
Stop by Perfectionist Auto Sound and Security Today
If controlling your vehicle from your Apple Watch sounds intriguing, stop by our store in Anchorage, Alaska, to talk with one of our team members. We would love to go over your options with you. You can also contact us here for more info on the many other products and services we offer.
Here at Perfectionist Auto Sound and Security in Anchorage, we take pride in offering cutting-edge mobile electronics products to our loyal clients. The Sony XAV-AX100 in-dash stereo and multimedia system is one of the most exciting products to come down the pike in a long time.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on Tap
If you own an iPhone or an Android phone, you are holding lots of technology in your hand. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a good way for you to use that technology in your vehicle in a safe manner. But now, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto change all that for you! All you have to do is go out to your vehicle and plug your smartphone into the Sony XAV-AX100 using the appropriate cable. You instantly gain voice control over many popular functions including phone calls, texting, turn by turn GPS navigation, music, and reminders. In short, many of the popular functions you use on a daily basis can now be done safely while driving. All being controlled with a simple touch on the screen and the sound of your voice. How cool is that?
It Can Integrate with Your Existing Controls and Features
One of the specialties here at Perfectionist is our ability to integrate new technology into your vehicle without losing any of the existing ones. Do you have steering wheel mounted audio controls? They will work beautifully when we are done. Do you have an existing backup camera? We can integrate it with the Sony 6.4” color screen. And if you don’t have a backup camera, now may be the perfect time to add one.
Sony Quality and Sound Comes Standard
Sony is legendary for their quality, and the XAV-AX100 will continue that trend. You can be confident that when you buy this unit for your car, truck, or SUV, it will give you years of reliable service. The integrated processor makes the response time lightning fast. The beautiful 6.4” display is crystal clear and bright as day so you can easily use it while driving. And remember, we are a car stereo specialist, so sound quality is important to us. It includes three sets of preamp outputs, giving you lots of expandability options. The sound control options include time alignment, plus multiple equalization settings designed to restore the musical quality of your compressed audio files.
Come See The Sony XAV-AX100 for Yourself
The best way to experience the Sony XAV-AX100 is in person at Perfectionist Auto Sound and Security. You will enjoy it live and in action. You can hook up your iPhone or Android phone and see how easy it is to operate. Feel free to contact us HERE for more information on any of our products and services.