BMW Harman Kardon blog

Harman Kardon shortage: BMW

BMW is a renowned vehicle manufacturer. I’ve owned quite a few in the past and my eldest drives a 330ci E46. I still take every opportunity to drive it and love its connection to the road. That car came with the upgraded Harman Kardon audio pack and while it sounded OK, we have swapped that […]

Porsche 997 audio upgrade with Audison and more

The iconic Porsche 911 has been around since the 1960s. Since then, it’s remained faithful to the original design ethos and is still instantly recognisable. It’s a great car that’s at home both crossing Europe on the Grande Tour or popping down the road on the daily commute (remember those?). The 997 variant appeared in […]

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 […]

Boxster Magic

At Car and Home Stereo we have worked on just about every type of car over the years but ones we see a lot are the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. These fabulous cars are a joy to drive but the sound system is sadly lacking especially if the standard head unit is the CDR24. The […]

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 […]