Marine Audio

I’ve been doing marine installs along side car audio since Driven By Sound was established in 2003. However, I’ve rarely taken the time to take pictures of the marine work – for no particular reason. Well, I recently finished another job and figured it was a good time to add some pictures to the site and make a few updates – like adding a specific Marine section under the “Products” menu. I’ll continue to add pictures of work there in the future.

For now, here are the first couple of pictures, of a 2001 Nautique installation that was recently completed:

Structured Wiring

I wanted to share some structured wiring installation pictures. Have you heard the term structured wiring before? I usually refer to it in the context of any low-voltage wiring in a home that may be comprised of cable, phone, networking, security, automation, surround sound, etc; it often resides in an in-wall structured wiring panel (aka SMC). Wire management is a key component and/or technique when dealing with structured wiring and I try to combine both form and function with every installation…

Here’s a panel wired for cable, phone, and networking (including surveillance cameras):

Here’s an installation of a cross-platform security/automation system:

Another cross-platform security/automation system:

… an auxiliary security panel:

Nice and clean installations are a result of good wire management, but ultimately the cover panels are designed to hide it all:

I often work side-by-side (no pun intended) with other installers; the DirecTV installer wired the phone and cable, while I wired for networking and surveillance cameras:

I’m glad I was finally able to share these images. As always, if you have any questions feel free to use to Contact Us form.

Thank You!

I know this is late, but I wanted to take a moment to thank all the patrons who helped make 2014 an amazing year for Driven By Sound. There were many hours worked and installs completed, but each and every one of you satisfied clients makes it worthwhile! Thanks again for making 2014 the best year in Driven By Sound history! I’m looking forward to an even better 2015.

– drvnbysound

Truck Accessories!!!

Truck accessory sales reactivated! This includes, but not limited to the following: wheels, tires, lift kits, grille guards, lighting, winches, etc.

If you you are interested in receiving a quote, feel free to use the Contact page. Please be sure to include the year, make, and model of your vehicle, as well as the items of interest.

Factory speakers…

I am asked about upgrading OEM sound systems all the time. Unfortunately, I’ve always taken the long road and explained things to individual customers in a manner which that particular person would follow and understand. But, it’s time that I try and address it in writing to share with the masses…

Factory sound systems usually don’t sound good for a number of reasons. Audio enthusiasts will certainly point out that the car makers choose terrible locations to place speakers – locations that just aren’t in acoustic friendly locations. Yes, a common location is at the bottom of the door facing your leg – certainly not optimum. Unfortunately, without spending a fairly substantial amount of money and having custom work done this isn’t going to change. So, at the most basic level, what you can do is change the components that make up your sound system – the radio (a.k.a head unit) and/or the speakers.

If you don’t know already, let me tell you that most OEM speakers are CHEAPLY made from very inexpensive materials – most commonly paper and foam. Yes, even the “Premium” systems. I did a couple of installs today where I removed and replaced speakers that were around 10 years old. Here is a picture of one of the speakers (realize that ALL of them looked like this or worse):

You can see that the once-foam surround has completely dry rotted and deteriorated. The paper cone held up a bit better, but is still in rough condition… and this was one of the better looking speakers. Obviously these speakers were in rough condition, so the ones I put in made a drastic difference resulting in very happy customers. Even if your speakers aren’t this old and in similar condition, aftermarket speakers will still make a pretty substantial difference.

Other than the materials, most all OEM speakers are simple woofers or dual-cone speakers. These speakers don’t have tweeters which handle the high frequency range (e.g. cymbals, female vocalists, etc.) and this miss a fair amount of the audible range. Whereas aftermarket speakers, even at the entry level, are made with polypropylene (i.e. plastic) cones, butyl (i.e. rubber) surrounds, and have tweeters attached – these speakers are known as coaxials. Due to their material differences, they usually last quite a bit longer and sound substantially better than their OEM counterparts. If you are interested in upgrading or just have general questions feel free to ask away!

Video Surveillance

Have you ever wanted to see outside your home without having to go outside? What about video evidence of someone breaking into your home or your car? Maybe you live in a fairly low-crime area and just want to see who is outside your door (e.g. salesmen) without having to answer it. There could be many different reasons that you might want a video surveillance system installed. Here is a picture of a security camera that I recently installed:

In addition to the camera, a DVR was also installed which allows for up to 8 cameras to be connected and recorded 24 hours a day. The DVR also provides remote access via web browswer (e.g. Internet Explorer or Firefox) as well as via application on a smart device. So, whether you are at work or on vacation you can always see what’s going on at your home:

Keyless Entry Installation

Following up the previous blog post, I wanted to post a couple of pictures of a recent keyless entry installation.

This particular vehicle did not have power locks, so door actuators has to be installed. Below is a picture of the actuator installed on the passenger side door:

Door Lock Acutator

Once the actuators were installed, I moved on to the keyless entry system. Here is a picture of the keyless entry installed:

Keyless Entry

Being a keyless entry system, visibility of the system is not as important as it is with an alarm system. Typically, alarm systems are installed in a location which is not easily visible or located. You may also notice that the wiring closely matches most all of the factory wiring. Again, this is not as important with keyless entry systems, but this is paramount with alarm systems so a thief cannot easily locate the alarm wiring and disable the alarm system. However, for consistency and quality reasons, this process is done with all alarms, keyless entry, and remote start systems.

Automotive Security

I’ve been pretty busy lately and have spent any free time I’ve had to some of my own projects rather than providing updates here. Nonetheless, one of the major things that I’ve realized that I’ve left off of the website is automotive security systems. I’ve been installing security systems since I started the business. Unfortunately, security isn’t glamorous and the systems aren’t meant to be seen which makes it difficult to capture pictures presenting an installed system. Having said that, I’ve realized that I do need to add an additional page to the products section which also includes security systems. Realize that this isn’t specifically limited to security systems in the sense of theft, but it also includes keyless entry and/or remote start systems as well. Continue reading

Security – Garage Door

When people think of security systems they generally think of protecting entry doors and windows. However, many people don’t think about the garage door. Have you ever accidentally left your garage door open overnight? I know I’ve done it a few times. Today, I installed a contact that detects if a garage door is opened or closed.

If you followed the Home Automation – Introduction post, you may have read that I have an Elk security panel. A few weeks ago I connected the garage door opener to the Elk panel. Doing so allowed me to use the system to control the garage door opener – I could operate the garage door opener, but had no way of knowing if the door was actually opened or closed. Now, with the garage door contact installed, I can now write a rule which checks to see if the door is open each night and can have set it automatically close.