It happens that we are not satisfied with quality of factory fitted car audio system in our vehicles. Some music lovers decide to buy top quality car speakers and original car audio system recommended by car manufacturer. However, such a solution has a major drawback: it is often very expensive.
Does this mean that we had no other option but to use factory fitted radio? Not necessarily! There are special car audio adapters which allow us to connect other devices in our vehicles.
The choice of appropriate adapter is not difficult. What is more, some better online shops help us automatically match appropriate adapter to the type and brand of device being connected, type of connector, and model of vehicle. There is no need to define technical parameters of an adapter.
We bought new car audio and we want to install it in our car. Everything we need at this stage is an appropriate adapter that allows us to connect non-factory radio.
We should start from checking the type of the radio being connected because we need to find appropriate connection with ISO connectors or wiring harness.
When we want to install new radio, we have to disconnect factory fitted device, use an adapter, and then connect non-factory device. The process can be compared to putting puzzle pieces together.
Well, we have new car audio installation but we should also think about an amplifier. It not only improves signal strength, but also gives us more control over adjusting sound parameters. What is more, advanced amplifiers are equipped with graphic equalizer functionality that tends to be essential for more demanding users.
We can make our new radio set work with car audio amplifier in several ways.
By using specialISO connectors we can:
Amplifiers are usually installed in a hidden place at some distance from a driver. They can be turned off with the use of a Remote cable - amplifiers are usually hidden in a boot, and there is discreet button close to a user.
When we install new car audio system in our cars, we can use existing speakers. Connecting them to factory fitted installation is not difficult if we buy special adapters which:
The only problem remaining now is how to control our new installation. The best solution is to use buttons on the steering wheel - it ensures comfort and safety.
It is possible if we choose anadapter with complete wiring, taking into account the type of our radio set and model of our car. Such an adapter will allow us to:
New cars are very often equipped with Start/Stop functionality. When a car stops at traffic lights, a driver shifts to idle and releases the clutch. As a result, the engine is stopped automatically. In order to start the engine again, clutch pedal has to be pressed (in case of cars with automatic transmission – brake pedal has to be released). But you must be wondering, how to find appropriate pins in the connector in order to maintain power supply for a radio unit when the engine stops. Listening to music or radio which turns off while waiting in a traffic jam is ridiculous.
Specialadapter with Quadlock connector is a solution to the above-mentioned problem - our non-factory radio will work while the engine is turned off.
Such an adapter should be plugged into a connector after disconnecting factory fitted radio set. Electrical connections are then prepared to provide continued presence of voltage.
Adapters suitable for cars equipped with Start/Stop functionality are also offered together with ISO connector for older car models. It is possible to choose from adapters with DIN connectors and with cables.
In modern cars it may be difficult to connect additional navigation systems, hands-free systems, and iPhones and other smartphones, iPads, etc.
Appropriately selected adapters allow for:
We can also encounter some problems while connecting additional devices in older cars. Car audio installations in such cars are not always equipped with universal slots (USB, audio jack, cinch, etc.) intended for use with external devices.
There is one important thing connected with car warranty that has to be mentioned. It is good to know that when we use adapters, we do not interfere in any way with the electrical installation of the car because we do not cut any cables. So we do not have to worry about losing warranty.
By using car audio adapters, we can enjoy sound of really high quality that is even enhanced with our existing amplifier – we do not have to buy new speakers. What is more, thanks to some special adapters, we can install non-factory navigation systems or hands-free systems that are very often much better than factory fitted ones.