Frequently Asked Questions
 
Q: Can I add Bluetooth to my vehicle so that I can comply with the new cell phone use law?
A: Yes, for most vehicles. In some cases, it can even be added to your factory audio system. Please check in-store for details.
 
Q: Can I stream music from my iPod or iPhone?
A: Yes, for most vehicles. Some vehicles may require a new radio or CD player while others can use the existing factory sound or infotainment system. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff looks forward to working with you to determine what the best fir is for your needs.
 
Q: Can I add satellite radio to my existing system?
A: It depends on if you have the factory stereo that came with your vehicle or if you have a car stereo that was purchased aftermarket. We would need to see the specific vehicle into which you want the satellite radio installed.
 
Q: Can a remote start system to my manual transmission vehicle?
A: Unfortunately, no. It is possible to do it, but it is not legal to do so for liability reasons.
 
Q: Will you install equipment that I bought on the Internet?
A: You are much better off buying the equipment that best suits your needs from Performance Audio. The reality is that most equipment sold online is not coming from an authorized reseller. People buying online are taking a chance on whether the equipment is refurbished, countefeit, stolen, or a knock off. When you make your equipment investment with us, you can be assured that you are investing in genuine, high quality equipment, that our training and experience tells us is the best system application for your needs.
 
Q: How much power does it take to get good bass from my sub?
A: When matching up an amplifier to a subwoofer, it's important to look at continuous power. Many subwoofers and amplifiers are rated at both continuous and peak power; however, continuous power is the best indicator of what your gear can really handle. Try to match the continuous (or RMS) power rating of the sub to an amplifier with a similar continuous (or RMS) power rating. Err on the side of too much power. It is actually better (for the amp and the sub) to have too much amp and run it below its maximum output than to try and push a sub with an amp that is a little underpowered. Using an underpowered amp causes it to clip, which causes distortion that can damage your sub and amp.
 
Q: How much power does a factory stereo produce?
A: It varies from model to model and trim level to trim level. They are normally much less powerful than their aftermarket cousins, however. Recently, more and more car manufacturers are coming out with upgraded stereo options that make high-wattage claims. What is important to remember is that the ratings displayed are usually a bit... optimistic. The 100 watts that the window sticker brags about probably translates into something like 4 channels of power at 25 watts peak power per channel. This means that the factory system is actually supplying about 10 watts per channel of continuous power (a more usable measurement). That's not bad, but most aftermarket decks provide around 22 watts of continuous power per channel: that's more than twice as much clean power getting to your speakers - delivering improved sound and increased volume. Even if the power difference doesn't matter all that much to you, aftermarket stereos offer a wide variety of advantages also. These include compatibility with aftermarket upgrades like CD changers, amplifiers and high-tech toys like MP3 changers, or mobile video systems and nice features like detachable face security and enhanced displays.
 
Q: I'm looking at speakers, and their efficiency ratings are only a little different. Does this rating even matter?
A: Efficiency is one of the most important specs to look at when you buy a speaker or subwoofer. You want to get the sound that you can, right? Then you want an efficient speaker. For every 3dB of difference, the amount of wattage that you need to play at the same volume doubles. For example, if all other things are equal, a subwoofer with an 89dB efficiency rating needs 200 watts of power to play at the same volume that a subwoofer with an efficiency rating of 91dB with only 100 watts going to it. By choosing an efficient sub, you squeeze every bit of bass possible from your amplifier.
 
Q: What if I want to listen to my iPod® or other MP3 player with a new CD receiver?
A: You're in luck. Many new CD receivers have built in iPod controls, tied to a USB input on the front or rear of the receiver - plug in your iPod and you're ready to go. These USB inputs will also let you plug in thumb drives or other USB storage devices loaded with music files. A further number of receivers will accept an iPod adapter that adds that capability to the receiver.

A majority of receivers also offer auxiliary inputs. You can plug almost any audio device into these receivers with a simple patch cord. Remember, with an "aux in" connection, you won't have control of your iPod or other player from the receiver, but it's a simple, easy way to enjoy your player's music library when you're on the road.
 
Q: Can my factory speakers handle a high-powered CD receiver?

A: Your factory speakers should have no problem at all handling the output from one of our high-powered in-dash CD receivers, but there are limits to their performance. Speaker performance is critical to listening enjoyment, so we recommend adding quality, aftermarket speakers as soon as you can, so that you can really take full advantage of the big, rich sound your new receiver has to offer.
 
Q: How much power do I need to get optimum performance from my car's sound system?
A: Since every car stereo is different, there's no magic "wattage formula." As long as you stay within the recommended power range of your speakers, increasing power will always add richness and depth to your music. Compare a spinet piano to a concert grand. The small piano is good enough to play music clearly, but move up to a grand and you'll gain better tone, greater harmonic detail, and more volume. The larger instrument is simply more powerful.

Here are a couple things to consider, though:

* How efficient are your speakers? Your speakers themselves have a direct influence on the overall "power" of your system. If you're planning on powering your speakers with your in-dash receiver, efficient speakers (sensitivity of 90 dB or higher) will give you more bang for the buck. Installing high-performance component speakers? An outboard amp will generate maximum performance.

* Are you adding a subwoofer? Subs need substantial amounts of power to reproduce the lowest tones, so it's essential to use an outboard amplifier with them. You should count on using more power for bass than you use to power all your full-range speakers. If your receiver puts out 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (80 watts total), send at least 80 watts to your sub. Using a 50 watt x 4 amp to drive your components? Dedicate at least 200 watts for bass.

* How good is your wiring? Your system's chain of components is only as strong as its weakest link, so don't cheat your amps and speakers with substandard power cable and speaker wire.

* Before you buy, consider your car. If you drive a quiet car with the windows up, you'll need much less power than someone who offroads in a Wrangler. Speaker location, extraneous road/car noise, noise damping material, and personal taste are factors that may affect how much power you'll need in your ride.

Does adding a remote starter void my vehicles factory warranty? NO!

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act was signed into law On January 4, 1975, Protecting consumers.

You want to upgrade your vehicle with aftermarket equipment, but you're worried about putting the vehicle's warranty at risk. It's no wonder, how many times have you heard some one at a dealership say that installing aftermarket equipment automatically voids the warranty? This common misconception has been repeated often enough to be widely believed -though it is completely false.

Fact: Dealers don't like warranty work, because it pays less than normal repair work. By promoting the myth that aftermarket equipment automatically voids warranties, some dealers avoid such low-paying work. Instead, they attempt to charge customers the prime service rate for work which is rightfully done under warranty.

Most vehicle owners are not aware they are protected by federal law: the Magnuson-Moss Warranty - Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act of 1975. Under the MMW Act, aftermarket equipment which improves performance does not void a vehicle manufacturer's original warranty, unless the warranty clearly and conspicuously states that aftermarket equipment voids the warranty (ours does not). Most states have warranty statutes, as well. Which provide further protections for vehicle owners.

In other words, that means a dealer can't wiggle out of his legal warranty obligation merely because you install aftermarket equipment. To find out if any aftermarket equipment automatically voids your vehicle's warranty, check the owner's manual. It will be under the sections titled "What is not covered". Your vehicle manufacturer is simply saying he does not cover the aftermarket products themselves. He is not saying that the products would void the vehicle warranty.

Suppose your modified vehicle needs repairs while still under warranty. Without analyzing the true cause of the problem, the dealer attempts to deny warranty coverage. He made his decision simply based on the fact that you've installed aftermarket equipment - a convenient way to dodge low-paying warranty work.

Fact: A dealer must prove - not just say - that aftermarket equipment caused the need for repairs before he can deny warranty coverage on that basis.

Point out to the dealer the provision of the MMW Act. Require that he explain to you how the aftermarket equipment caused the problem. If he can't - or his explanation sounds questionable - it is your legal right to demand he comply with the warranty.

If you are being unfairly denied warranty coverage, there is recourse. The Federal Trade Commission, which administers the MMWAct, monitors compliance with warranty issues. Direct complaints to the FCT at (202) 326-3128.
 
Q: Do you install equipment not purchased at your store?
A: Yes, we can give you a more accurate quote if you bring the equipment and the vehicle to the store.
 
Q: Do you have a warranty on your installations?
A: Absolutely. We have a 100% lifetime warranty on all of our installations. (No Tampering!)