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How to Design and Install In-Car Entertainment Systems
Item Number: CARTECH-SA163P
Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Publisher: CarTech Inc. / SA Design
Softcover: 144 Pages w/ 375 Photos
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.0 x 0.4 inches
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Enthusiasts can install a complete entertainment system, including audio and video, MP3 player (iPod), HD radio, satellite radio, and more. Video monitors for DVD and game systems can be incorporated in the dash, head rest, or anywhere else. When you consider GPS navigation and hands-free Bluetooth® cell phone systems, the options are only limited by a person's creativity and budget.
How to Design and Install In-Car Entertainment Systems presents the entire spectrum of audio/video, navigation, communication, and entertainment technology, and explains how you can create a complete custom system or an integrated stock/aftermarket system. It explains how to plan, select, integrate, and install popular systems under a specific budget for a certain level of performance. This includes design and installation considerations for amps, head units, GPS navigation, iPod integration with head units, satellite radio, digital audio broadcasting, and even computers (carputers). It features how-to installations, thorough explanations for building subwoofer boxes, fabricating kick panels, electrical upgrades such as charging systems, and a comprehensive resource guide.


Chapter 1: Acoustic and Electrical Fundamentals 
  • Five Components of Sound Quality
  • Two Aspects of Installation
  • Automotive Acoustic Physics
  • Electrical Theory
  • CEA2006 Standards
Chapter 2: System Planning and Component Selection 
  • Defining Audio System Performance 
  • High Fidelity on a Budget
  • Laying Out the System 
  • Selecting the Right Components
  • Putting It All Together—System Assembly Plan
  • Finalizing the Plan
Chapter 3: Tools and Installation Basics 
  • Essential Tools 
  • Common Tools 
  • Advanced Tools
  • Professional-Grade Tools
  • Installation Plans for Specific Models 
  • Troubleshooting
Chapter 4: Personal Media Players and Connectivity 
  • Digital File Coding and Compression 
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Enhancing Personal Media Players
  • In-Car Communications
Chapter 5: Source Units, Satellite and HD Radio
  • Crossovers 
  • Equalization
  • Head Unit Pre-Outs
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio
  • Internet Radio 
  • Factory Head Unit Interfaces
  • Head Unit Types 
  • Head Unit Installation Procedures 
  • Testing Factory Wires
Chapter 6: Equalizers, Signal Processors and Crossover Networks
  • Equalizer
  • Signal Processors
  • Crossover Networks
  • Crossover Components
Chapter 7: Mid- and High-Range Speakers 
  • Speaker Components
  • Location, Location, Location: The Haas Effect
  • Rear Fill?
Chapter 8: Subwoofers
  • Subwoofer Sizes
  • Coupling the Bass
  • Motor Structure
  • Surround 
  • Material 
  • Cone
  • Basket 
  • Mounting
  • Terminals
  • Voice Coils 
  • Spider 
  • Venting
  • Selecting the Ideal Subwoofer
  • Enclosures 
Chapter 9: Amplification
  • Input Stage
  • Power Supply 
  • Driver Stage
  • Factors to Consider
  • Wiring 
  • RCAs
  • Batteries, Alternators and Capacitors 
  • Mounting Considerations
Chapter 10: Mobile Video and Entertainment
  • Source Options
  • Screen Types
  • Power Inverters 
  • Other Video Source Options
  • Video Components
Chapter 11: Navigation 
  • System Options 
  • On-Dash AVICs 
  • Mobile Electronics Installation Planning Sheet
Source Guide