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Advantages of Bluetooth Technology in a Vehicle, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the standard benefits of Bluetooth for car stereos and related systems. Bluetooth is known as a convenience item, but is also ideal for areas like car safety and several other practical themes.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re happy to offer a wide variety of car audio installation options, including Bluetooth technology for those who don’t already have it installed in their vehicle. Beyond the most well-known benefits of Bluetooth systems we went over in part one, what are some of the other top reasons to consider this installation for both music and other car audio needs? Here are some other common benefits.

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Sound Quality and Music

Especially compared to some of the older alternatives for playing music in a car, the quality level of Bluetooth will be a major upgrade. Some of these older methods include auxiliary connections or even radio-partnered pieces that plug into the car’s lighter function – not only are these often difficult to connect and deal with, the sound quality they offer just doesn’t compare.

Bluetooth, on the other hand, offers clear, high-quality sound. It’s designed with noise resistance and other qualities that mark modern audio, ensuring that everything from music to podcasts, radio and more is perfectly toned and pitched.

Devices, Apps and Data

For starters, Bluetooth is compatible with a huge variety of devices and apps. There’s virtually no modern smartphone that comes without Bluetooth, and the same goes for various apps that might be used to control car audio.

In addition, if your Bluetooth phone has data tethering capabilities, these can be transferred to the devices connected to it. This allows for greater connectivity even while you’re on the go, including occasions where you may even need to utilize your laptop while parked.

Health Benefits

Finally, one area that isn’t talked about as often here but is very real: Potential health benefits from Bluetooth usage. While there isn’t necessarily precise research directly linking phone usage with future health risks, there’s no question that radiation and other emissions from the phone have had negative effects to human health in the past – and it simply stands to reason that carrying out your phone calls using Bluetooth, whether in the car or using wireless headphones, will limit these risks because your phone is not as close to your head.

Again, more research is needed to confirm this. But combined with the safety improvement of a hands-free talking capability, there’s no question Bluetooth plays a real role in driver well-being.

For more on Bluetooth and why it’s so beneficial for your car stereo system and other vehicle areas, or to learn about any of our automotive accessories, window tint or other services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Advantages of Bluetooth Technology in a Vehicle, Part 1

There are several modern technological advances that have created major improvements for car audio, and one of the best examples here is Bluetooth. A common wireless technology that’s used across numerous smartphones and other common devices, Bluetooth connection allows for seamless connectivity between your vehicle’s audio system and the devices that hold your music or other audio.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re happy to offer numerous car audio services or additions, including Bluetooth technology for older vehicle models that don’t come with this pre-installed. From the simple convenience of Bluetooth to several other practical benefits it carries, why is this an installation you should seriously consider for your car sound system? This two-part blog series will go over all the basics of Bluetooth plus the positive impacts of installing it in your vehicle.

advantages Bluetooth technology vehicle

Bluetooth Basics and Capabilities

As we noted above, Bluetooth is a form of wireless technology that allows for the connection of two devices. It’s commonly used in situations where an audio source device, such as a smartphone, needs to be connected to a speaker input source that has more power than the smaller device.

Bluetooth has several significant benefits, from the basic convenience and added speaker power it allows to the hands-free nature it offers. We’ll hit on these in our subsequent sections.

Safety Improvement

For many, the top benefit of Bluetooth within a vehicle is the safety improvement it brings. As numerous areas of research and statistics have shown over recent years, taking phone calls or texting while driving is incredibly dangerous, and has unfortunately led to a wide range of injuries and even deaths on the road.

Bluetooth, however, eliminates this danger. A Bluetooth system can be infused into your car to allow you to not only pick up phone calls hands-free, but make your own calls and even send or receive text messages using voice notification. This allows you to focus 100% of your vision and both your hands on the road at all times.

Convenience Factors

These same features also provide fantastic convenience, both for those who are actively driving and even those who aren’t. Hands-free leaves you available to perform other tasks if you’re sitting stopped in your car, a major factor for those who often work “from their cars,” so to speak.

On top of this, modern Bluetooth has even more capabilities. It often includes the ability to connect with two phones at once, for instance, or to interface with your car’s visual screen and audio to announce who is calling or texting you.

For more on the benefits of a Bluetooth installation in your vehicle, or to learn about any of our car audio installations or related services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Boat Speaker Sound Quality Matters

In our last blog post, we went over some of the important technical differences between boat and car speakers. Knowing these differences helps boat owners understand what types of audio systems are appropriate for their boats. Today, we’re going to talk about the sound quality you should expect from your boat speakers.

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Boat Stereos Have Specific Audio Requirements

Nobody who plans to be out on the water all day fishing, waterskiing or just relaxing wants to put on their favorite music only to find out they can barely hear it. When you buy the right boat speakers for your vessel, this won’t happen.

Car stereo systems only need to be powerful enough for you to hear the music inside the car. It’s usually pretty easy to hear your car stereo, even on the highway with the windows down. In fact, if your car speakers are too powerful, it can be difficult to contain the music inside the car.

But boat speakers are different. Marine speakers must be able to rise above ambient noise concerns such as waves lapping against the boat, high winds and the roar of the boat’s engine.

To contend with all this background noise and produce music that boaters and their passengers can hear, boat speakers project the sound differently. At the same time, they’re designed to allow listeners to be able to hear the music clearly without needing to turn the volume up to 10.

Boat Speakers Transmit Sound Differently

Along with overcoming background noise, marine speakers must meet other challenges as well.

For instance, if you and your family and friends enjoy waterskiing, wakeboarding or tubing, you know it can be hard to hear the music behind the boat. Laketown Speed and Sound sells boat speakers that are specially designed to entertain those participating in water sports by projecting sound in a wider arc.

When you shop at Laketown Speed and Sound, you’re investing in speakers that will maximize the fun for every member of your party, whether on the boat or behind it.

Marine Speakers Are Built Differently

Most car speaker manufacturers use paper cones to create their soundwaves. These would not work in a boat, since boat speakers can get wet. In fact, even dampness can negatively impact the sound in car speakers. Marine speakers instead have to be made with special, waterproof plastic cones in order to get the (safe) volume that you need out on the lake.

Knowledgeable boat owners from all over Utah trust Laketown Speed and Sound to install the right speakers for their boats. Just look at our testimonials! Come talk to the experienced techs at Laketown to make sure you will get the best sound quality on your boating trips.

Can You Put Car Speakers in a Boat? (Spoiler Alert: No.)

While many of us consider ourselves proficient in or knowledgeable about car stereo installation, boat stereo installation is an entirely different beast. There is much to consider regarding boat stereos that even car stereo enthusiasts wouldn’t always remember to think about. That’s why boat owners in Draper and throughout the Wasatch Front turn to Laketown Speed and Sound for boat stereo sales and installations.

If you’re tempted to try to repurpose old car speakers as boat speakers, try to resist – they weren’t meant for the job and will not hold up to the elements. Boat speakers must survive much harsher conditions than car speakers. These include:

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1. Humidity

Boat speakers need to withstand a humid atmosphere. Speakers not especially designed for this environment may warp, causing the sound to become distorted. Car speakers enjoy a temperature-controlled environment.

2. Dampness

Wiring for boat audio installation must be covered in a waterproof material to ensure nothing goes haywire if it gets wet. Car wires aren’t exposed to water (hopefully), so a waterproof sealant is not necessary.

3. Salty Air

When you’re boating in Utah, salt can be a concern, since the Great Salt Lake is such a huge draw. Salty air can promote corrosion of speaker components, but boat speakers are built to stand up to a salty environment. In fact, they are often made of stainless steel as a precaution against rust. With car speakers, you don’t have to worry about corrosion, so they are made of different materials.

4. Heat

Boat speakers also need to be able to tolerate long exposures to heat and direct sunlight, as well as sudden changes in temperature. Ultraviolet rays from the sun beating down on your speakers can make parts of the speaker softer, and weaken the adhesives holding the plastic and rubber components together. Most cars get some shade, especially if the windows are tinted.

Get Your Boat Speakers at Laketown

Laketown Speed and Sound understands what marine speakers need to be able last for many years. We install boat speakers with marine-grade plastic which can not only endure direct sunlight all day, but also withstand cold, salty spray – all without suffering any damage.

Boat owners in and around Draper turn to Laketown Speed and Sound for our expertise – we want you to enjoy your favorite music on your boat for years to come, whether you’re fishing, participating in water sports or just enjoying a fun afternoon on the Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake or another one of the beautiful bodies of water we have here in the Intermountain West.

Count on Laketown Speed and Sound for high-quality marine audio installation.

Car Window Tint and Burglary Deterrence, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on how window tint serves as a excellent addition to vehicle security against burglaries and similar car crimes. By making vehicles tougher to see into, plus a few other specific factors added by window tint, vehicle owners achieve significant burglary deterrence compared to cars without such tint.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re happy to offer window tinting, automotive security and several related themes to all our clients. Even if burglary prevention isn’t your top focus when installing a new window tint, we’ll inform you on the benefits it brings in this area and how you can further supplement your vehicle’s security while parked. In today’s part two of our blog, we’ll go over a few other benefits of both window tinting and alarm systems for burglary deterrence.

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Glass Injury Reduction

Most burglars are at least somewhat selective and will target empty vehicles – meaning those that do not have tint, allowing them to see inside and gauge what valuables are there, plus whether anyone is inside. There are always a few duller pencils among the bunch, however, and some less intelligent burglars may even try to break into your car while you’re in it.

In such an unfortunate circumstance, one of the most dangerous aspects is broken glass injuring you. But with tinted windows, you have a ceramic coating on the inside of windows that will reinforce the window, supporting it and making the glass harder to break. Even if the glass does break, it won’t shatter into as many pieces and won’t spread as far.

Alarm System Value

In addition to window tinting, we’re also proud to offer automotive security services that include the latest in car alarm systems. Specifically, we offer systems that are designed to protect against several potential forms of burglary, including the “smash and grab” we went over in part one – some alarm systems don’t necessarily cover all windows or certain parts of the car, but ours do.

Sensors

In fact, modern alarm systems generally contain a variety of different sensors for protection. Ensure you ask about any of these if you’re unsure whether they’re part of an alarm system you’re looking to install:

  • Glass break sensors: Detecting the sound of shattering glass, and also generally detecting tampering or impact to the glass that doesn’t break it.
  • Pressure sensors: Detecting changes to air pressure within the vehicle, such as if a window is broken or doors are forced open without being unlocked.
  • Shock sensors: Noting impact on any part of the car’s body, including the intensity of the impact.
  • Motion sensors: Allowing for motion detection inside the vehicle, alerting owners immediately to burglaries or similar crimes while the vehicle is locked.

For more on how window tint helps protect your vehicle from burglary risks, or to learn about any of our car stereo installation or other automotive services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Car Window Tint and Burglary Deterrence, Part 1

While many understandably view window tinting as an aesthetic or cosmetic upgrade only, the reality is this is just one of several prominent features of a professional vehicle window tint. While window tint does indeed add a sleek, modern aesthetic to many vehicles, it also brings added benefits like UV ray protection, crash safety and, most importantly for many vehicle owners, enhanced vehicle security.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re proud to offer window tinting services for any vehicle owner, including for those primarily looking to deter burglary and other vehicle-involved crimes. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over everything you need to know about window tint and other methods in this area, from how typical vehicle crimes take place to why window tint helps prevent them, plus some other tips we offer clients in this realm.

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The “Smash and Grab”

While vehicle theft itself is certainly a significant issue, and one window tint helps prevent in similar ways, we’ll focus today on vehicle burglaries, which are more common. In many cases, these can be classified using the “smash and grab” designation that burglars tend to favor.

This approach, as the name suggests, is a very rapid one where a thief quickly assesses valuables inside the vehicle, then uses some kind of tool to smash the car window and steal whatever they can. Smash and grab jobs often take place in areas where parked vehicles don’t have much additional security, such as on poorly-lit streets or in empty parking garages. In many situations, police will see a number of smash and grab incidents all in a short period of time in the same area, generally from a single thief hitting multiple vehicles.

Window Tint as a Deterrent

Window tint, however, serves as an excellent deterrent to such car burglars. The primary reason why: It stops them from being able to view what’s inside the vehicle.

Car burglars aren’t just breaking into every car they see. This is a risky thing they’re doing – as such, they tend to prioritize the cars that appear to have the highest-value items inside. But if they can’t see those items due to your tint, they’re far more likely to move on to another car that’s more of a sure thing.

Protecting Personal Information

On top of simply making your car a less likely target for burglars, window tint also prevents another type of theft: Identity theft. Many of us will unknowingly leave papers, pictures, IDs or other personal information in our cars when we park, and the wrong set of eyes on this information could lead to significant identity theft issues. Even if it doesn’t, such personal information often makes it easier for a criminal to track you. Once again, however, window tint prevents any of this from happening by making such items or documents impossible to see from outside.

For more on the benefits of window tint for burglary and other vehicle crime prevention, or to learn about any of our window tint, car stereos or other automotive services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Understanding Car Window Tint Color and Shade, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on the difference between window tint color and shade percentage. The former refers to the actual hue of the tint, while the latter speaks to how dark it will be and how much UV light will be allowed in.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we offer a huge range of window tinting services for any clients interested, whether you’re looking for a stylish tint to improve your aesthetics or a major tint for security or UV prevention needs. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll hone in a bit more on window tint shade percentage – the common templates often selected by clients, plus some important factors to keep in mind as you’re making your choice here.

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Common Shade Percentage Templates

As we noted in part one, window tint shade percentage speaks to the amount of visible light that can pass through the film – with a lower percentage signaling less light allowed in, and a darker tint. Some common tint shade templates include:

  • 50 percent: This is roughly the national average for allowable tint percentage, which we’ll get into below – most states will allow tint at this level or below. It’s also ideal for blocking both heat and UV radiation.
  • 35 percent: One of the most popular tint styles, 35% tint blocks UV rays very well and is also stylish.
  • 20 percent: In many new vehicles, 20% tint is the factory standard for certain windows, usually passenger windows.
  • 5 percent: Finally, the most significant tint, also sometimes called “limo tint,” is 5% tint, which is virtually impossible to see through in any way.

Local Limits

One of the key factors to keep in mind when choosing your tint level is what’s legal in your state or local area. Every state has its own regulations, and these vary for specific window locations on a vehicle. Here are the basics on these regulations in Utah:

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line or top four inches
  • Front side windows: Must allow at least 43% of light in
  • Back side windows: Any tint allowed
  • Rear window: Any tint allowed

Goals and Purpose of Tint

Once you have an idea of your desired tint’s legality, consider your basic goals and purposes for the tint. If you’re just looking to limit UV rays and keep the vehicle cool, for instance, 50% tint is often just fine. If you’re looking for improved privacy or security, or if you have specific passenger needs, you might consider darker shades.

For more on window tint shade and color, or to learn about any of our window tinting, car audio or other automotive accessories, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Understanding Car Window Tint Color and Shade, Part 1

For those who are looking into tinting their car windows, there will be a few major aesthetic decisions to think about moving forward. Two of the most important, which are related but not the same – though often confused – are window tint color and window tint shade.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re happy to offer high-quality window tinting services in addition to our car sound and other performance solutions. We offer a variety of window tint colors and shade percentage options to meet your every need, plus staff who will break down these basics for you and help you understand how they work. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over everything you need to know about tint shade and color, plus how to make the optimal selection for each based on your needs.

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Tint Basics

Firstly, it’s important to understand what tint really is to grasp the choices you’ll be making on color and shade. It’s vital to realize, for instance, that you aren’t actually changing the color of the glass or the window – rather, you’re placing a film on the window that will impact aesthetics.

Why is this important? For starters, anyone leasing a car or worried about a warranty concern will not have to stress, as tint is not actually altering the vehicle’s stock makeup. For another, if there’s any chance you might be changing your tint at some point in the future, this can be easily done without impacting the window itself – you can even remove tint at any time, and the window will go back to looking good as new.

Tint Percentage Vs. Tint Color

So what is being referred to when you hear about tint shade (also called tint percentage) compared to tint color? The former refers to how light or dark the film is – the “percentage” tag speaks to the percent of UV rays that are blocked by the tint in question. The lower the percentage, the darker the tint will be, meaning a 35% tint allows just 35% of the available UV rays in.

Tint color, on the other hand, is the actual color hue itself. A given window tint color selected may look very different with a 5% tint compared to a 50% tint, for instance.

Colors Available

Now that you have a basic understanding of how these two aesthetic areas work, we generally recommend selecting color first and then deciding on shade second. Some of the colors typically available for vehicle window tint shade include black, grey, bronze, gold and charcoal, though other specialty colors may be available.

For more on vehicle tint color and shade considerations, or to learn about any of our window tint, car audio or other automotive performance accessories, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Identifying and Managing Car Audio Problems, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic issues that may take place in your car audio system and how to remedy them. Whether due to a stock system that’s wearing down or an aftermarket upgrade from another company that wasn’t done too well, there are a few such issues that may arise.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re here to help. We provide a wide variety of car audio system services, from high-quality parts that won’t have issues to experienced pros who will offer expertise on how to use and tune your system properly for optimal lifespan. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll dig specifically into speaker issues that may arise, plus the steps you should take to get to the bottom of them and remedy the concerns.

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Testing Audio Input Channels

If you’re not getting sound from your speakers, the first thing you should think about before proceeding to more in-depth potential fixes is your audio inputs. Most vehicles, especially modern ones, will have several different audio inputs, including the radio, CD player, AUX, plus several potential Bluetooth or other media channels as well.

You’d be surprised how many of our clients think they have a stereo issue, only to realize they were set to the wrong audio input channel. Test each channel first – if you don’t get sound from a single one, you know there’s a bigger problem at hand.

Check Head Unit

In other cases, the problem could be due to settings on the head unit that have been altered for some reason. We’re talking about things like the balance levels, fade or pan settings and even the default volume, which can be changed on most head units. Before moving to issues of wiring or others that might involve taking apart components, make sure your settings haven’t been changed at some point.

Wiring Issues

If neither of the above issues is the culprit and you still have no sound, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with a disconnected or broken wire, or an issue with the amplifier connection due to similar concerns. If you feel you’re capable of doing so safely, one simple way of testing this is running a temporary speaker wire from the head unit directly to the speaker – if it still doesn’t work, this will tell you it’s not a wiring problem, but rather something with the speaker itself.

If you’re unsure you can perform this task safely and properly, call our team for basic tests of your speakers and other potential issues.

For more on common car audio problems and how to remedy them, or to learn about our car audio installations, window tinting or other automotive upgrades, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.

Identifying and Managing Car Audio Problems, Part 1

No one wants to deal with problems or malfunctions in any area of their vehicle, and car audio components are no exception. Not only can issues with the car stereo and various audio fixtures be frustrating and annoying, they can also be hazardous and detract from vehicle value in many cases.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, we’re here to help. We offer a huge range of upgraded car audio installation services, ranging from car stereos and subwoofers to advanced head units and pristine sound quality themes. What are some of the common issues with car audio that our sound professionals will help you solve, either for a stock audio system or a previous upgrade that wasn’t installed well? This two-part blog will dig into everything you need to know here, including how to remedy such concerns if you’re comfortable (you can always call our pros if you aren’t).

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Overheating Risks

We mentioned hazards above, and we wanted to start with one issue that fits in this category and should be prevented against. Usually due to speaker systems that have not been wired properly, such as cases where wires are combined when they should be running in their own separate areas, overheating poses fire and related risks.

This is especially true if there are flammable liquids nearby, which is often the case in vehicles. If you ever see any smoke or other signs of overheating in your stereo, stop driving immediately and, if you’re comfortable doing so, check your wiring to ensure each wire runs separately. If you prefer to bring this to our pros, we’re happy to take a look.

Blown Radio Fuse

Other audio issues in the vehicle will trace back to the radio itself, and the most common such concern is when a fuse has blown in the main fuse panel box or behind the radio (for aftermarket installations). Luckily, fuses are pretty cheap compared to most other audio components, and they can be easily replaced, either by a handy vehicle owner or by our automotive professionals.

Head Unit Problems

Another possible issue with the radio that might show up in a few different ways is a problem with the head unit. Head units that are struggling to show a display while the vehicle is having sound issues will generally signal a problem with power, which might require an upgrade. On the flip side, if your display is only turning off during bumps or certain driving conditions, this means a connector is loose on the back of the unit and needs to be tightened. Finally, it’s possible your head unit is simply malfunctioning or the radio itself has worn down and requires replacement.

For more on possible car audio issues and how to deal with them, or to learn about any of our car stereos, window tinting or other automotive services, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.