While many new vehicles come equipped with some of the features that we have come to expect in our vehicles to make our commute more fun, safe and convenient, sometimes there is just nothing quite like the look, feel and smooth operation of an aftermarket radio! Whether your vehicle came with these features and you simply want something that works a little better or your vehicle came with a more basic radio and you need all the bells and whistles, Handcrafted in Chandler, Az is your one stop shop for choosing and having installed the perfect radio for your needs!
Benefits of Replacing Your Factory Radio
Apple Car Play and Android Auto
Lets just be real, our smartphones are central to our daily lives, giving us convenient access to our favorite music, most cherished photos, important events and directions to get to them. However, all of this connectivity mixed with our busy lives, can create for a dangerous situation behind the wheel! But, when you upgrade your radio to include Apple Car Play and Android Auto, you get all of the convenience with none of the danger as you use Siri or Googles smart assistant to navigate your most important apps like Music, Maps, Phone, Messages and more in a familiar user interface. Some radios even allow this connectivity wirelessly!
Large Screen Options
Amongst all of the features a vehicle can have, the infotainment system is ranked as one of the most deal breaking features when choosing a vehicle. We want intuitive, sleek, feature rich and all of it packed into a large screen! While some manufacturers limit your choices to screens as small as 3.3″, industry leaders like Alpine Electronics offer up to a 10″ of screen real estate for selecting your favorite playlist, turning on or off your light bars and finding which is the right road, or trail, to take!
One of the most common complaints that we hear about the factory infotainment system provided in modern vehicles is that it doesn’t provide all of the functionality they wish that it would and, as technology continues to evolve so quickly, this will only become more of an issue! Luckily, aftermarket infotainment manufacturers can respond to technology and market changes much faster than the OEM manufacturer can. This allows them to bring to market systems that allow seamless connectivity of your phone, multiple safety camera connections, integration with radar and laser defense systems, control over your vehicles HVAC and safety systems as well as control over external devices such as light bars and winches all at your fingertips!
Improved Sound Performance
Last, but certainly not least, is the sound! Who doesn’t love listening to their favorite song, drumming on the steering wheel and singing along on their way home from work!? But its just not as much fun if you can’t customize the sound to your liking right? While the factory radio typically offers no more than Bass, Mid and Treble adjustments, aftermarket radios offer up to 11 bands of adjustment to get the sound just right! In addition to that, you get Time Alignment to make it sound like the singer is somehow singing to you from the center of the windshield, correction for poor quality MP3s and subwoofer level control for when you really want to get down… and when you really need to turn it down!
“But, what about my factory amplifier and backup camera?”
While the OEM manufacturer left some of your most desired features out, there are usually some features that you either want or need to retain. But, don’t worry the installation team at Handcrafted are experts at determining which products are needed to retain the functionality of important features such as steering wheel mounted audio controls, back up cameras, amplifiers and more when upgrading to a new and improved radio! Even if there are no readily available parts for integrating a new radio into your vehicle, don’t worry, because we are the guys who can do what others say can’t be done!
If you would like to learn more about what options may be available to suit your lifestyle and enhance your vehicle, then drop by Handcrafted, a member of our team would be honored to design a solution for you. Pressed for time? Give us a call or send us an e-mail using our online contact form for more information.