Mercedes Makeover

Mercedes E Class The latest Mercedes E class or W213 is fabulous in almost every respect except (you guessed it) the audio performance. The dash sports a large, colour display screen for the infotainment system; features include Smartphone connectivity, navigation, DAB radio and Wi-Fi connectivity. It would be great if the whole thing wasn’t let […]

Double Din Defender

Land Rover History The Land Rover Defender is arguably the most iconic and recognised 4×4 in the world. Designed in the 1940s the original 90 and 110 were to become legends. The last iteration of the Defender (Puma series) is no different and their popularity has never been higher despite the fact that it is […]

BMW M2 Upgrade: New Year, New Sound System

The BMW M2 series F22/23 is a fabulous coupe. However, it suffers the same audio fate as the rest of the BMW range: terrible music reproduction. Whether you have the base audio system or the ‘upgrade’ Harman Kardon ‘hi-fi’ the audio performance is bad. Generally, the sound lacks sparkle or dynamics with poorly defined stereo […]

Installing speakers – how hard can it be?

As modern cars have got more and more sophisticated you might have expected the audio performance to have kept pace. Sadly this is often far from the truth; vehicle manufacturers are still installing woefully inferior speakers. Why are they doing this? Because they are cheap. Compare the standard factory speaker on the left with a […]

Latest X Fire installation in MK2 Golf GTI

Say ‘Hello’ to our little friend. She’ll blow you away!   Anyone who knows us at Car and Home Stereo will probably know about my Mk2 Golf GTi. I’ve owned this car for nearly 18 years and in that time it has had several jaw dropping audio installations. Every version has left a lasting impression […]

New car audio products from Pioneer, JL Audio & more

Recently, newly released products in car audio have been really exciting. In fact, it never ceases to amaze me how innovative our industry is and how we manage to stay ten steps ahead of the car manufacturers. In this blog, we will look at some of our favourite products that are new this autumn/winter. Pioneer […]

Bentley and Mercedes audio upgrades

Modern vehicles often have very sophisticated information/entertainment systems built into the dashboard. In a lot of cases it would be just about impossible to change this and besides, why would you want to? They usually look great and offer large clear displays with all the features you could want. A great example is the VW […]

Audi TT Audio Upgrade

The latest Mk3 Audi TT is packed with technology and has a very sophisticated infotainment system installed as standard (it desperately needs better speakers but that’s another story). But what of the Mk2 TT? Still a great car; but the old Chorus, Concert and RNS-E navigation systems are certainly showing their age. Regardless of whether […]

Amplifiers: The heart of the car audio system.

In its basic form an amplifier has one job, to take a small signal and make it bigger. This would be so easy if music looked like the above sin wave but of course music is much more complex. Music is a complex mix of multiple frequencies with varying levels and shapes. Sin waves, square […]

Digital Signal Processing

Well summer is fast approaching (hopefully) and that means we can finally get the car windows down and open the convertible hoods. While the fresh air and wind in the hair is nice, the open plan car has a dramatic effect on the sound quality from the stereo system. Even stationary, opening a convertible roof […]