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My wife and I had just purchased a brand new Toyota Prius...a big change for us in all aspects...especially now being without her remote start here in the desert. After a lot of research and great discussions with Nik Edmonds...he convinced me to bring the car in and let them add remote start for us. I was thoroughly impressed by the attention to detail and that they went above and beyond to make sure everything worked flawlessly. The guys at the shop really know their stuff and they treat you like a client, not just a customer. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone! Thank u again for being such an amazing place to get great work done.
Remote start in the Prius
Great service and very clean shop. They did a radio installation on my moms accord and she couldn't be happier. She loves the bluetooth capability and the price of it all. No surprises at the register. Definitely will be bringing my Tahoe to then soon. Customers for life. Thank you James for helping her make the right decision and not pressuring her into a more expensive radio. Nick thank you for the speedy and great looking instal. Will be seeing ya'll soon.
Mike did an excellent job of installing the backup camera system in our Tahoe. The installation is spotless and the rear view mirror display is very clear; even at nighttime. Also, the job was completed in a very timely manner.
2004 Porsche C4S
I knew where I wanted to go with my system, but didn’t completely know how to get there. What I needed was this: a stealth install that upgraded the speakers and amplifiers, retained the oem head unit, possibly added a sub, and minimized any weight increase. After some internet research, I came across Handcrafted Car Audio in Chandler, AZ. I appreciated their stated approach to mobile audio systems - and they are an authorized dealer for Audison products. That fact, in and of itself, was reassuring because Audison is a premium brand that can afford to be very selective in who they authorize to sell and install their products. I was willing to go as far as LA for the install, because it
had to be right, but I didn’t want to, as that would have cut into my budget.
Once I spoke with Max at Handcrafted, he offered some suggestions that turned out to be right up my alley. Their Audison amp/dsp was specifically engineered to integrate with head units like mine, which have an optical output that is not compatible with the typical amp. That Audison is about the size of a desk phone and probably weighs less – BINGO!!! His speaker suggestions were equally appropriate and
I couldn’t wait to get my car in their shop.
Not all shops are built to accomplish high-end custom work. They are just Not. Max gave me a tour of their shop and fabrication facilities – which I had already seen on their website, and all of their installers
are very experienced technician/craftsmen.
As expected, the finished product appeared to me as a flawless work of art. Inside the car, there is no visible indication that any work was done – except for an artful subwoofer enclosure that is integrated into the rear shelf. It’s trimmed in leather and tilted to match the slope of the rear windshield (very artistic and custom).
When I turn on the system, I can tell you that the sound of my system has been fully upgraded. New systems typically take a couple of weeks to reach their full SQ performance, but I couldn’t wait that
long to do my write-up.
One last thing… They came in under the budget – Highly Recommended!!!
Rodger N. Rogers
I was looking for a shop to install an audison full DA system in my new truck. I wanted to make sure that whoever did the install was familiar with this type of setup. After months of calling around,visiting shops and online research I wasn't having any luck. I happened to be on audison's web site and found an audison preferred dealers list. Unfortunatley there wasn't any here in California. So i looked into the nearest shop which was HCA. Did some research and was happy with what i saw. This place had excellent reviews and was preferred by audison. I called and spoke with Jon Konawetz (the owner). Jon was very knowledgeable and professional. After talking to him and going over some install details i decided to schedule an appointment and make the eight hour drive. I'm so glad i Did. It looks awesome and sounds better! This shop was not the cheapest but quality work is not cheap. If you want the job done right the first time you should really consider this place. Highly Recommend. Thank You Jon.
Handcrafted installed a mobile eye system on our 2014 Mercedes GLK. Perfect job, looks likes it came from the factory that way, thanks again
Flawless Service, Flawless Drone
After doing some online research, I called Jon to discuss the remote starter and security system that I wanted to have installed in my brand new 2013 Nissan Titan Pro 4x. I was looking to keep this vehicle for a decade or more, and I wanted to install a top of the line system. During our phone conversation, I decided to make an appointment with Jon to discuss options because of how knowledgeable he was on the subject. Initially, I thought that I wanted to go with the Viper because of online reviews. But Jon's expertise in his profession convinced me that I should take his advice and go with the top of the line Drone. I decided to have Jon install the Drone and it has been flawless in the way that it has worked.....flawless! Jon said that it was the very best, and I trusted him. I'm very grateful that I found Jon and Handcrafted. They performed a perfect installation. Thank you Jon!
Very pleased with the service! I went in to check on a remote started but didn't think I would be able to get it done because I was leaving the state the following week, but Jon got me in the next day and it was done in just a few hours. He made sure I knew how everything worked and told me to call him if I had any problems. I would definitely recommend him for any of your car needs - stereo, alarm, remote starters, etc.
2012 IS350C F-Sport
Prior to coming to Handcrafted Car Audio, I did my due diligence and researched the company along with many others. Just purchased a new, top of the line, rare car and needed the best care and products installed (I'm kinda anal about my ride). After meeting with Jon, he took the time to explain the best set- up for me and walked me through the entire process (reassuring me that they would treat my car like I would). Due to the limited amount of space, Jon and his team constructed a custom audio system that would give me the best sound and performance. After tweeking things to my particular standards (at no extra charge), the system was complete. I was nothing short of amazed at how wonderful it sounded. This awesome car is more of a joy to drive now. I have the "hugest" smile on my face when I hear and feel the music when I'm driving with the top down. OMG, thanks for the continued enjoyment Jon & staff!!! I will always come back to Handcrafted Car Audio and recommend you to anyone!
As pretty much everyone before me has said, the unparalleled professionalism of Jon and his shop are above and beyond what can be said in a simple online review. From the moment I first walked into the shop, I knew that this was the only place I would feel completely at ease with leaving my baby (2012 Evo X) in their hands. Jon took the time to listen to my ideas, and his solutions just blew me away! I know I have a lot more work to do on the car, but I can't see going anywhere else. If you really care about how good your car can sound, go see the guys at Handcrafted. You won't be disappointed.
Excellent customer service!
Over the pastt 20 years I've been to several so called car audio and alarm shops in the valley. I have never been as pleased with the installation of my truck alarm and the customer service that I received at Handcrafted.
Additionally, none of these other shops gave me a tour or took the time to explain why they recommend the products that they sell.
Handcrafted's ownership and personnel are very professional and I am planning on getting my truck audio system from them! Hands down I had the best possible experience at Handcrafted Car Audio! Thank you Jon!!!!
I found Handcrafted after being disappointed with another store in the Mesa area.
I did some other searches online and found Handcrafted. I set up an appointment to meet with Jon.
When I met Jon, I knew that I had found the shop for which I had been looking. He really cares about getting the best sound for you and listens to your opinion on what you want.
The additions to the car are pretty extensive. Not visible because the install is almost fully stealth but a lot of behind the scenes work was needed to get my system up and running.
Two of the modifications are described here The first was relocation of the computers in the car to provide room in the kick panels for the speakers. These speakers are the only visible components in the system and even with them you really have to be looking to see them.
The second modification is actually to the Pure i-20 that was installed. Jon knew that he couldn't just leave it in the original case. So it was taken apart and mounted behind the dash with a cable going to the center console. He remote mounted the IR eye that was on the Pure and I can use the remote to control the music. The people I have shown the system to ask me how I am controlling it so I have to show them the IR eye in the dash.
There is prewiring done for the next steps of the system. As there are a couple of other additions that I will be doing.
I will be going back. The whole experience has been first class. Thank you Jon and Handcrafted.
These guys did an excellent job replacing the factory stereo in my BMW. I initially met with Jon to share my concerns and explain what I was looking for. We quickly arrived at a package that addressed my needs. Jon didn't try to push any products that I didn't need. He simply answered my questions and explained my options.
The installation was clean, and afterward they showed me how to operate the new stereo. They even changed some of the annoying factory default settings for me. Now I don't have to read the manual; I can just enjoy the music.
Their shop is clean and organized. You can tell they take pride in not just their work, but also their work place. It can be tough to find good people in any industry. Thankfully I now know who to trust for car audio.
But don't rely upon comments listed on a web site. Head over to Handcrafted Car Audio and talk with them. Check out the facility. They're the real deal.
Top Notch Professional Installation
After looking around for a few weeks I came across Handcrafted Car Audio. They installed a Sony in dash gps unit along with their top remote care starter and alarm. The Installation was well done and everything was done quickly and very professional. Jon took the time on a Sat right before Christmas knowing that I was leaving town soon and showed me how to navigate and use all the features of my new system. I relocated to Chicago and I have reached out to him to assist with a few questions I had and he continues to take the time to help out as much as he can going above and beyond to help. I have had a few systems installed from different places in different cars I have owned over the years. I would say that Handcrafted Car Audio by far did the best job I only wish they also had a location in Chicago so I can have the rest of my sound system installed by them. I have recommended them to everyone I know in AZ.
Cream of the Crop!
As a vendor of Handcrafted Car Audio, Jon has, on more than one occasion, repaired/handled an installation for us directly. He is the premier shop in his area, and always has been 100% professional and honest in all aspects. We have asked him on multiple occasions to repair another shop/installers work and every single issue was completed in a timely manner and resulted in very happy customers. Even though he wasnt responsible for the issues, he has been a great asset to our company and we are proud to have him as one of our vendors. There is no need to look any further in the area. If you want it done right the first time, give Jon a call directly. Thank you Jon for all that you do for us!!!
From all of us at Idatalink, we thank you for all your hard work and dedication!!!
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Automotive Data Solutions
I'm not a pro. I haven't kept up with car audio in so long I still call it car stereo.
So it was my wife's birthday and the head end in her 2004 Avalon ate a CD and wouldn't let go. I understand that happens. So time for a new system. And, I thought, why not beef up the sound a bit while we're at it. Not sure quite how to do that. Subwoofer? All new speakers? What?
Okay, I see these ads for Discount Charlie, etc., and I'm scared to death to walk into a place like that and get sold a crappy stereo by a sales type on commission.
My web travels found the Handcrafted site one day and I was impressed that there were no garish graphics or high-pressure sales tactics. In fact quite the opposite. It seemed almost demure by comparison to some.
So I took a chance and stopped by. I told Jon what I was trying to accomplish and, long story longer, he fitted me with exactly what I wanted.
I did not buy the most expensive stuff nor was I in the least pressured to. Jon simply presented my options and gave no hint of sales pressure. It was all up to me.
The Pioneer AVH-P4400BH is the most killer-- okay now I'll say it--car audio system I've ever heard. And the new subwoofer and amp round out the sound like I can't believe. Beefy comes close.
If you want a song and dance and crappy gear for a ton of money, I guess you belong at Discount Charlie's. I prefer understandable explanations by someone who lives what he preaches and equitable choices based on my needs and not what's overflowing in inventory and that's what I got from Jon.
I will be back. And that's about the best recommendation I could make.
THIS IS THE PLACE
Hey, if you're looking for a "TOP NOTCH" audio adviser/installer in the Phoenix Valley, stop. This is it. Handcrafted Car Audio has the best shop in town and perhaps the South West. You Vegas guys, pay attention too.
I have been in this industry.. we call it "12volts" - for most of my life. That's 30+ years, you don't need to know more detail than that. I have worked at the retail level and for most of those years at the Manufacturing level. I have NEVER been in a cleaner, more professional environment in all those years. OK, one time while touring the B&W factory in German, but still. You never expect this kind of organization, cleanliness and incredible professionalism at the local level. What you will typically find is filth, disorganization and a "yeah, we can do that" attitude leaving you with a feeling of "can they really?" as you had the keys over to a kid that look like he'd be more comfortable tossing papers from his Huffy. These guys even put away their lunch when I walked in unannounced and were ready to help me with my small personal car project. But, I digress..
Jon and Rick are industry professionals, not only is Jon a celebrated industry "Installer of the Year" but both Jon and Rick continue their education with training programs offered by the mobile electronics industry and private trainings they pay for themselves. Whether you need work on a Jeep for off road fun or a Ferrari for the Cars & Coffee in Scottsdale, Handcrafted Car Audio is the ONLY place you should consider. I'll be taking my second car to them soon.
THE MAN in phoenix
I am a custom car audio installer in San Jose, CA 🙂 www.simplicityinsound.com...and I have to say, having met Jon and seen his work, if I lived in the greater PHX area, i would rather pay him to work my own car than do it myself...and i think thats the highest compliment someone in my field can pay to a peer. Don't hesitate to go here, not just for his skills and experience, but also for the fact that he is an honest and professional individual that will treat you and your car right!
TRUE PROFESSIONALS - need I say more?
Jon has done 2 installs for me in the past. Each time, I have walked away very satisfied. His work exceeded my expectations on both occasions. I recently had a head unit installed, and the kit was designed to eliminate my stock lcd screen which displayed the A/C controlls. Instead of eliminating the lcd screen, he studied the components and figured out a way to keep the screen there. I am very pleased that he went out of his way to do the job the right way when the easy way out would have been to just follow the directions and eliminate the screen. He also spent time trading many emails back and forth with me, answering all of the questions I had. I can tell he takes much pride in his work, the products he sells, and his customer service. I'm already planning my next upgrades and I will definately be going back to Handcrafted Car Audio when I'm ready to do them.
I consider myself a very, very picky consumer, especially when it comes to my vehicle. Out of the many choices in the PHX area, I chose this shop because they carried the brand I needed (number one), but number two his youtube videos online of how professional and organized his shop was is what really sold me. Jon is a pro and knows what he is doing. After meeting him, I had full confidence that he would be able to provide me with the right solution I was looking for. The entire process went very smoothly. What I loved most is that Jon truly cared whether I was satisfied with my purchase or not. He didn't just get me in and out the door to make his money and go. He took his valuable time making sure I was comfortable with my choices and my purchase. The install went well and the experience went really well. I wholeheartedly recommend anyone to this shop. If I ever need car audio services again, I will be going here for sure! You will not be disappointed!
After having some work done by another installer. I went to see Jon at Handcrafted Car Audio. He did not try to placate me and he was very factual about what he would do. The end result is that I am completely satisfied with the work done. He went the extra mile for me when I thought I had a problem with the system (turned out to be a loose battery connection). He immediately left his business and came out to see me, found and corrected the problem. Thanks Jon. The shop is immaculate and Jon’s prices are “right on”. See him before you go to any other installer for car audio work.
Jon is the effing man! Just finished rebuilding a 65 mustang and my system was the finishing touch, Jon installed custom kick panels, sub box and amp rack in a day at an awesome price. Not to mention great service, later on I screwed up some wiring to my fan, Jon saw me in a parking lot trying to fix it, he took time to pull over and help me figure out what was wrong. This guy is awesome and Im recommending him to everyone!
Jon and his staff are simply the very best… bar none! I have a 2007 S550 Mercedes that I prize very much…as in “I’m a Jewish mother” when it comes to my wonderful automobile. I had Jon install a super set of DVD players for the rear seats and he’s going to be putting in a remote starter, (really necessary for the Arizona 116 degree days). Jon’s prices are very fair and his workmanship is the best! Signed, Dave Johnson – North Phoenix and “yes” he’s worth the one hour and fifteen minute drive.
These guys rock!! If you want it done right, go here! They take the time to understand your listening desires and customize to exceed expectations!! Well worth your time!!! John knows his stuff…has received several awards as a result!
I first became acquainted with Jon Kowanetz and Handcrafted Car Audio in July 2009. I was in the process of developing a high-end audio system in one of my vehicles and had sought out the services of a quality-oriented professional installer.From our first meeting, I realized Jon was different from most other car audio pros I had previously dealt with. He listened to my desires, asked appropriate questions, and made reasonable recommendations for my system build. The installation work he performed in my first appointment was first-rate. Since then, I have been a multiple repeat customer of Jons.Jon has great attention to detail in addressing my needs for my audio equipment to be cleanly and seamlessly integrated into my vehicles. His quality of workmanship is excellent. He takes pride in his work and it shows in the results. Details that are often overlooked in installation, such as optimizing driver locations, establishing proper imaging/soundstage, and level setting/tuning are elements that Jon always considers in the installation. I like to frequently change it up and try new things, and have taken my vehicles back to Jon numerous times for changes as small as a simple rewiring, to as involved as custom fiber glassed speaker pods. Ive never felt over-promised or oversold on the equipment or work Jon has provided and installed. Jon is the best install professional I have dealt with, period!I have more audio work to be done, and Jon will be the guy doing it. I dont trust my vehicles to anyone else.
I have been to many stereo shops over the years, this place is different from the rest.
Now if you don’t care who works on your car and do your shopping based on price alone this place is not for you.
If you care about your car and want it worked on by a true professional who has real talent and passion about what he does. Check this place out!
This guy is the best car audio installer in the valley. Did a very complex audio/video installation in my BMW 745. Now I have my ipod connected in a jack in my ashtray with video in my navigation unit. If u have audio work that needs to be done this is the guy to have it done.
Jon is the most stand up car audio guy that I’ve ever met. He is very customer oriented with a high level of integrity. He is very knowledgeable about all aspects of car audio and is willing to work with you to reach your goals. His level of craftsmanship is phenomenal and the work he did for me far exceeded my expectations.I HIGHLY recommend Handcrafted Car Audio.
Best car audio place in the valley. You will not find better brands any were else.
I am currently working 75 hours a week and don’t have time to go in to audio shops and try to find an amp that is worth buying. I was sending text to Jon on breaks or between customers and he ended up finding me amp that I didn’t think I had the money for, or anyone in the valley would carry. He was able to find a high output alternator to power my new system when I didn’t think there was one made for my car. His customer service and knowledge is outstanding.
I got sick of all the lies at all the car audio shops in the valley and am glad I found Handcrafted Car Audio.
Shortly after Thanksgiving 2011, we sent out an appreciation letter to all of our existing customers. This is what one wrote back with.
I am not in the market for anything right now but I do want to let you know how much I love, love, love the new system you installed for me this year! The bluetooth works perfectly, allowing me to keep my hands on the wheel if a call comes in. The system is just awesome! I appreciate your expertise on the install and the guidance in my purchase. This system was worth every penny. Thank you!
A very satisfied customer,
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