TEMPE, AZ | PHOENIX, AZ
CAR AUDIO, VIDEO & STEREO
Modern Car Audio & Video Solutions For Your Ride
Tired of the low-quality sound coming out of those cheap factory speakers in your car, truck, or SUV? Apex Customs has you covered with our full-service car audio solutions. Whether you're looking for a quick speaker upgrade or a full car stereo overhaul, our expert MECP certified technicians are here to design, build, and install any car audio project you have in mind.
At our Phoenix-based custom car stereo installation shop, we can swap out your factory stereo, perform a factory MP3 or smartphone integration, install an amplifier to boost your volume, add some subwoofers for some killer bass, or do a full custom car audio build.
Car Stereo Services
Factory Stereo Upgrades
MP3 and Smart Phone Integration
Car Video and Entertainment Systems
Car Navigation Systems
Custom Car Audio Fabrication
The Apex Customs Difference
Unlike traditional car stereo shops, we specialize in building the system you want, not the system we want to sell you. At Apex Customs we are professional car customization experts and enthusiasts, not car stereo sales associates. Our aim is to build the system that fits your requirements and budget using the components you prefer.
We've all had the experience of dropping into the local big box electronics store or local car stereo corner store and been surrounded by sales reps who will say anything to make the sale despite their lack of understanding and knowledge about car stereo audio and video technology. While we do have relationships with car audio equipment suppliers, we will never push you to purchase components and features you don't need or brands we don't have 100% faith in. Our MECP certified staff understand the technology and will provide genuine information to your questions and concerns about your project.
Offering car stereo and audio installation services for Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Gilbert, Chandler and surrounding areas in Arizona. To learn more about our approach to automotive customization, check out our about us page.
CAR STEREO, AUDIO & VIDEO SERVICES
Apex Customs Phoenix offers a wide variety of professional automotive car stereo and video customization services. From simple factory stereo smartphone integrations to complete custom subwoofer and amplifier builds, we've got you covered.
Aftermarket Car Stereo
The car stereo, or head unit as it’s often referred to, is the central component of any car audio and video system. The head unit is the brains of the operation providing a wide range of complex functions and features to suit your audio and video requirements. The car stereo’s of today are nothing like their predecessors. Packed with an endless array of features such as smartphone integration, Bluetooth, navigation, video, vehicle system monitoring and more, modern car stereo head units are more akin to a fully functional computer system than a simple radio.
The trend of auto manufacturers over the past several years has been to integrate critical vehicle monitoring and driver interaction features into the stock stereo head unit that comes with your vehicle. Features like tire pressure monitoring, engine monitoring, oil change reminders, lighting and alarm settings have increasingly been built right into the stereo head unit of your car. As a result, the days of just swapping out your stock stereo with a new Pioneer or Alpine stereo have come to an end. In order to improve your car stereo’s performance or add missing features like iPhone integration or improved navigation capabilities, today’s modern cars require sophisticated integration systems installed and configured by highly trained professionals.
Thankfully the aftermarket stereo industry is still thriving. All of the traditional aftermarket stereo manufacturers and a host of new car audio tech companies have developed a wide range of stereo integration kits and computerized controllers to meet the demand of the stereo enthusiast. At Apex Customs, our Mobile Electronics Certified Professionals are the best in the business trained to design a system that will meet the needs of your car stereo project.
Why should I invest in a new car stereo?
Today’s sophisticated head units will provide you better sound with more playback options and advanced features than the stereo that came with your car from the manufacturer.
Enhanced Sound Quality
Car manufacturers design car stereos with budgets and commonality in mind. The car’s they are designing are marketed to a wide range of consumers, most of whom are perfectly fine with paying less for an OK stereo system. Factory car stereos get designed and built with the bare minimum components which will provide their average consumer with a good enough sound and video experience.
Aftermarket stereos provide superior built-in power and enhanced circuit design. An aftermarket car stereo isn't just louder than the typical factory stereo; it also produces cleaner, richer, more detailed sound. For car audio enthusiast looking to spend a little more money on enhanced tone controls in the preamp section and more juice to power their speakers for that clean, crisp sound they’re looking for, the aftermarket stereo head unit is just the ticket.
New Sources and Added Functions
One of most common reasons people look at replacing or upgrading their factory car stereo is to expand functionality. An aftermarket stereo system can provide additional advanced features that were included by the vehicle manufacturer. Some of these features include:
iPod® and iPhone® support
Support for Android™ phones
Support for Pandora® Internet radio and other app-related sources
Advanced car monitoring and OBD-II capabilities
Beyond the basic features listed above, there is a huge selection of vehicle apps available in the Apple and Android app marketplaces. In fact, there is a variety of aftermarket head units available today that run on the Android operating system allowing you to easily install and uninstall apps right on your car stereo.
Aftermarket Car Speakers
Replacing your car speakers is one of the quickest ways to improve the sound quality in your car. In an effort to keep vehicles affordable for consumers, auto manufacturers use single driver, paper cone speakers with small magnets that simply don’t perform for even the most relaxed audiophile. Before you decide on your new speakers, there are a few things to consider when shopping for car speakers.
Choose Speakers to Match Your System
The two most important specifications to understand when choosing your new car speakers are:
Sensitivity is a measure of how much sound a speaker produces from the power that is applied to it. If you using a low-powered car stereo (15 watts RMS per channel or less), similar to most factory speakers installed by the car manufacturer, a speaker with high sensitivity (over 90dB) is the best match. However, if you have a high-powered stereo with 16 watts RMS or more, like most aftermarket car stereos or amplifiers, then a lower sensitivity rating is a better match for your setup. When properly powered, low sensitivity speakers will provide exceptional sound quality.
A power-handling rating indicates how much power (measured in watts) a car speaker is able to handle. With low-powered stereos, speakers don’t need the ability to handle a lot of power. However, if you are adding after-market amplifiers or a higher powered aftermarket head unit, speaker power-handling will become an important consideration. When adding more power to your car audio system, you need to match your speakers with the output of your new amplifiers and head unit.
When evaluating power-handling, the key specification is maximum RMS power handling, not peak power handling. While peak power handling is a measure of what a speaker can handle for brief periods of time during high music notes, RMS power is a measure of how much power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. If you need any help calculating the power handling you need, check out our car audio calculators page.
Car speakers come in two main flavors: full-range speakers and component speakers. Here is a brief explanation of the differences in these speaker types:
A Full-range speaker combines different sizes of drivers into one speaker to cover a full range of sound. The full-range speaker contains a woofer to handle the low sounds and a tweeter mounted just above the woofer to produce the high sounds. Some full-range speakers will include midrange drivers and additional tweeters to provide a wide range of sounds delivered to the most capable driver. The audio signals in full-range speakers are controlled by various capacitors and resistors to send specific sound frequencies to properly sized drivers.
Full range speakers are a good choice when you are looking for the least hassle for replacing factory speakers. Full-range speakers come in a variety of sizes and specifications and are generally a direct replacement which reduces labor to install them. Generally, you can just swap the factory speaker out with the new speakers and call it a day. As with any audio gear, full-range speakers come in a variety of materials, build quality, and power handling ability.
Component speakers are the choice of true audiophiles. They provide superior speaker design and the best quality of sound. Typically component speakers separate the tweeters from the woofers and include an external circuit board crossover system to provide the best frequency filtering available. This provides superior sound quality by ensuring the best driver for the sound is utilized.
Another benefit of component speakers is they allow you to mount tweeters separately from the woofers so you can design a system that has ideal acoustical positioning and imaging. When you position speakers properly in your vehicle, your music will have a realistic sound that replicates music as the artist intended. The sound will have greater depth and will provide a “live” sound as if you were attending a live concert. Additionally, the component speakers are generally built from higher quality materials than their full-range counterparts allowing them to deliver exceptional dynamics and detailed sound.
The materials used in a speakers design are the key components to determining a speaker's durability and sound quality. There are a few things to be aware of when it comes to determining build quality of a vehicle speaker.
The best material for the woofer of a component speaker or full-range speaker should consist of material that is lightweight, yet stiff in order to produce the low notes of your music. Most car audio manufacturers build their woofer cones from synthetic fibers such as polypropylene which perform well across a range of frequencies. If a speaker is made out of polypropylene mixed in with additional materials like mica, the result is a stiffer woofer which produces a more accurate bass response. Woven fibers, or synthetic materials coated with metals such as titanium or aluminum, are lightweight, strong, and provide excellent response. All of the above materials stand up well to moisture, cold, and heat.
The materials used to manufacturer tweeters has a significant effect on the sound they produce. Generally, when a tweeter is made of soft materials like silk, textile, or poly blends, it will produce a mellow, refined sound. If you prefer high frequencies that are snappy and crisp, then a better material for your tweeter are hard materials like metal, graphite, or ceramics.
The materials that surround the woofer of a car speaker perform a critical role. These materials allow the woofer of a speaker to emit bold bass and move freely. The material must be able to withstand extreme humidity and temperature. If the surround material is made of rubber, the speaker will perform at its peak potential and last the longest. If cloth or foam is used as a speakers surround, the speaker will still perform well but may not hold up very long.
Additional Speaker Features
There are a few other features when it comes to car speakers that are important to consider.
Swiveling and Pivoting Tweeters
If you are replacing factory speakers that are positioned low on your vehicle's door, pivoting tweeters or full-range speakers can make a big difference with your sound. By their nature, tweeters produce directional high-frequencies. This feature allows pivoting tweeters to be positioned to point toward directly at the listener for an improved soundstage.
Component speaker systems generally employ a passive external crossover system which will achieve a clean separation between the frequencies sent to the tweeter and woofer. By splitting the frequencies, the tweeters and woofers will not waste electrical energy attempting to reproduce frequencies they are not intended to reproduce. As a result, your car audio sound system will produce a more efficient, and cleaner sound reproduction.
Some speakers feature detachable tweeters which allow the speaker to be used either as a component system or a full-range speaker. This is a helpful solution if you ever want to use the speakers for a different application or in a different car or truck.