CAR AUDIO

If you don’t already know, my career involves car audio and electronics.  Anything from the sales of high-end car audio/video to the creation/installation of completely fabricated fiberglass installs…… and anything in between.  I have been doing it on a professional level since 1993.  Even working 6-7 days a week, I still love waking up to go to work.  Each day brings new and different vehicles, new equipment and new challenges.  Those are the things that keep my job interesting.  I then spend at least a couple hours each night tending to my online vendor forum sales and answering an inbox full of customer emails.  Seeing and hearing my customers excited, keeps me excited.

Comments
  1. John Tamkee says:

    I am interested in the Viper 5002 and 3303. Could you send me pricing and availability on both.

    Thanks

  2. car audio says:

    Great article …Thanks for your great information.I will be waiting for your next post.

  3. andi says:

    Hi, I like your site and think you cover some very interesting topics, I’ll be sure to add you to my favourites. Cheers

  4. Justin P says:

    Hey Mr. B,
    I was wondering what tips you could give anyone that has little car experience and wants to get involved in a business like yours. Like not owning a business but getting a job at a place that does car audio/customization. Any tips would be helpful. BTW, I have always loved your car and your ever changing ideas.

    -JP

    • broadfield says:

      What is your background? Do you like to work on cars at all? You really need to start with your own vehicle. Basically teach yourself on it. Start off with a basic radio, speaker, amp install…. maybe build a MDF sub box. Then start changing stuff up. Maybe a simple amp board and carpet it. A couple months later maybe some sort of amp rack. Like what I did in the Ferrari….. simple amplifiers under plexi or simply flush the amps in. In a few months change it up again….. maybe a different amp rack that incorporates other materials or if you flushed the amps the first time, then do them under plexi the next time. Then start toying with fiberglass. You can start off small or large…. it doesn’t really matter. Maybe do a fiberglass box like I did in the Ferrari.

      I started in 1989 with my 1978 Monte Carlo. I was constantly changing the trunk in that thing. Different panels, amp racks etc. In 1991 I fabricated my first set of fiberglass kick panels. I hadn’t even seen it done yet, but thought it would be a good place to put speakers…. so I taught myself to do it.

      How successful you are will come down to the type of person you are. Just like football, not all people are meant to be in the NFL…. not all people are going to be great installers. You really have to have the knack for creativity, problem solving, being really good with your hands etc. and most of all be willing to teach yourself and try new things. Because you can’t teach someone to be good with their hands or how to be creative….. you just need to have it.

      On top of all of this, the job is SOOOOO much more than audio. A lot of wiring of alarms, remote starters, overhead video systems, installing power locks, power windows, backup sensors, heated seats, remote mount radar detectors, lighting, keyless entries, cruise controls… so on and so forth.

  5. Lewis says:

    Hey Broadfield I wanted to know what is the best flip down over head monitor dvd system? I’m looking to add some entertainment in my truck along with a alarm system you quoted me on Zilvia.

    Thanks, Lewisfk

  6. Josh says:

    I know you are into car audio.
    Any way you could give me some honest feedback on my new site? I am just trying to make it better for Car Audio Fans

    Thanks in advance

    • Broadfield says:

      “Into” car audio is an understatement… it’s a good portion of my life. I have been doing it professionally for the last 20 years, 6 days/week with over 25,000 vehicle installs under my belt. I just don’t post much about it in my blog for that very reason… it’s my job and when I leave work I don’t want to take the time to post about it. I do love talking about it outside of my blog/website/forums though. I’ll check out your site… what are trying to accomplish with it?

  7. vineeth says:

    i need help..please guide me to install a gud subwoofer with amplifier..my car is already occupied with sony headunit model num-cdx-gt484us and rear speakers of Polk Audio model num DB690 with power 100w rms and 300w max..please suggest me a gud option.

  8. Ruben Gonzales says:

    I recently bought a kenwood kdc-108 head unit and it came with two 6.5 in speakers. I ran the aftermarket speakers with two of the stock speakers. So the deck powers 4 speakers all together and i am struggling with distortion of bass a quality when the volume reaches about 28 max volume is 35. The sound is fine at first but slowly gets worse and worse. What can i do to solve the distortion problem. I am fed up with it and really cant afford a new stereo. Please help me out!! Thank you
    P.S. in the near future i will be replacing the two stock speakers with two 6.5 in pioneers

  9. Evanox says:

    Great article. I work in philly, and feel he same way about this stuff as you do. It isn’t just a job its a passion.

  10. Zack Fairfax says:

    I was wondering if you knew any place at all that would sell a replacement voice coil for a Boston Accoustic SPG555 sub. It would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks

  11. Patrick Siebert ElectronicsDepot Alt says:

    Great Blog, I will keep an eye on it!

  12. leslie says:

    Hey man, not sure if this is the place to ask but im after an amplifier for my car.

    At the moment im running the front speakers out of the head and (was) running the rear speakers and sub from an audioline 4 chanel amp haha yes laugh away im guessing my problems is because i went cheap!

    My amp just cut out no blown fuses or anything, i opened the amp and found all the solder melted into one amazing mix of a $180 waste of time amp.

    My question is what amp can you recomend? Im thinking of scrapping my rear speakers and just running the fronts and an amp for the sub, 😨

    What do i need? Cheers

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