Absolute is known to make high quality overhead monitors and the DFL-1200IRB is no exception. It sports a nice clear and bright 12" flip-down overhead monitor that also includes a built-in DVD player which is great for those that don't want the hassle of purchasing a separate in-dash DVD player. The DVD player is compatible with DVD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, JPEG, WMA, DVDCD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, MPEG1/2/4, DivX, and MP3 file formats and looks amazing with the 800 x 600 screen resolution and 16:9 Widesreen display. Also available Grey and Tan colors.

 

 

General Features:
  • 12" TFT-LCD Overhead Flip-down Monitor with DVD Player
  • Built-in IR Transmitter ( for IR headphones )
  • Resolution: 800x600 R.G.B.
  • Blacklight: CCFL
  • Brightness: 350cd/m2
  • Finish: ( black satin )
  • Compatible with DVD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+/-RW,JPEG,WMA,DVCD,DVDR,DVDRW,MPEG1/2/4 DivX and MP3
  • 16:9 Widescreen display ( super crisp picture quality )
  • 320 degree swivel design
  • Overhead console with twin dome lights with Super Bright LED
  • Built-in wireless FM Transmitter ( new technology ) (87.7-89.4Mhz)
  • On screen menu system
  • Colors Also Availible in ( Cream/Tan and Gray ) finish
  • A/V Input and output
  • USB 2.0 input and SD Card slot
  • Multi system: NTSC/PAL auto switching
  • Full function wireless remote
  • Voltage: 10-14.4v Dc
  • Power consumption : <12W
  • Weight:14 lbs
  • Dimensions: 290x326x72 mm



The ICBM-9513D from Performance Teknique is a car video overhead swivel monitor with a 9" screen display with a built-in DVD and speakers. The screen display features a high resolution and high difinition picture and a 16:9 ratio wide screen with on screen display menu. Playback features include DVD, VCD, SVCD, CD, AVI, WAV, and JPEG file formats as well as expandable USB Port and SD Card Slot.

 

 

General Features:

  • AV1/V2 Aux Input
  • Audio/Video Output
  • High Resolution/High Definition Picture
  • 16:9 Ratio Wide Screen
  • On Screen Display Menu
  • IR Transmitter
  • USB Port/SD Card Slot
  • Brightness, Contrast, Color and Tint
  • Control
  • FM Transmitter
  • DVD/VCD/SVCD/CD/CDR/RW Player
  • AVI/WAV/JPEG Files Reader
  • Built-In Speakers
  • Real Clock Time
  • Dual Dome Lamps
  • Full Functions Remote Control
  • NTSC/PAL System Compatible



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laury posted on June 23, 2010 13:09
Mike Stires from Maxxsonics has posted a video for the MB Quart Reference series car amplifiers.
 
 
If you've been wanting to update your system but you've been running into space issues, these amplifiers will get the job done. MB Quart's Reference Series amplifiers output super clean power and feature a compact design.
 

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Boss Audio has been one of the major players in car audio and video in the past and still is. Indtroducing the HIR9.2B, one of their Headrest products that is of great quality. Featuring a screen resolution of 1152 x 234 on a 9.2" TFT Active Matrix LCD Display, includes a wireless remote control, Audio/Video Outputs, all in a leather upholstery finish that comes in Black and Tan colors.

General Features:

  • 9.2-inch TFT active matrix LCD with 1152 x 234 pixel resolution
  • Wide-angle, off-axis visibility
  • Leather upholstery finish
  • IR transmitter for adding wireless headphones
  • Wireless remote included
  • Brilliant LCD Display
  • Optimal Viewing
  • NTSC/PAL Compatible
  • A/V Inputs
  • Integrates Seamlessly



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The PMD-122CM 12.1" car audio and video ceiling monitor with a built-in DVD player from Power Acoustik is great for the upcoming summer and long trips. Features a 1280 x 800 resolution digital TFT-LCD display monitor with a DVD player capable of DVD/R/RW, VCD, SVCD, MP3, and MP4 playback as well as a USB connection and 4GB SD Card Reader for more media and storage expansion.

General Features:

  • Low Reflection, High Resolution Digital TFT-LCD Monitor
  • Video Playback from DVDR/RW, CDR/RW of VCD, SVCD, MP3, MP4
  • 4GB SD Reader and USB Connection for Mp3, Mp4, JPG Playback
  • Built-in 8-Channel FM Transmitter
  • Single Channel Wireless IR Transmitter
  • On-Board LED Dome Lights
  • Swivel Screen for Angled Viewing
  • 2 Additional A/V Inputs for Auxiliary Source
  • A/V Output for Multiple Components
  • NTSC / PAL Auto Selection
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 1280 x 800 Screen Resolution
  • Dimensions: 12.25"w x 11.5"d x 1.5"h
  • Comes in Gray and Beige Colors
 

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laury posted on September 8, 2009 12:28

Do you want to upgrade your factory system without losing all your awesome factory installed features?

Maxxsonics has the solution for you!

Want more details?
Check out the product videos by Maxxsonics' very own Mike Stiers.

Just follow the links and scroll down to the section labeled "Product Video". Mike has put together a series of videos providing in-depth information about their capabilities and applications.

 

MX-1 - OEM Integration Premium High-to-Low Level Converter

  • Converts and filters high-level factory speaker wires into ultra-clean unbalanced (RCA) low-level signals to an aftermarket amplifier
  • High Level Inputs: Accepts all types of high-level input signals including floating ground type, low and high voltage speaker wires
  • Audio Signal Sense: Speaker audio signal detection automatically turns on the controller and the amplifier (MX-1 has both remote wire and signal sense capabilities)
  • Parametric Bass EQ: Provides a wide array of subwoofer output signal shaping controls to enhance bass response and sound quality including Bass Boost, adjustable Bandwidth (wide and narrow), Low Pass and Subsonic Filter
  • Clipping Indicators: Visual clipping indicators provide indication of damaging clipped signals to help protect the subwoofer and amplifier. Includes pre-clip, soft-clip as well full-clip indicators
  • Balanced Line Driver: Ultra-clean DIN variable high-voltage output drives mono amplifiers with BLD input
  • Remote Output: Built-in amplifier circuit activates any aftermarket +12 volt amplifier upon radio activation
  • Bass Remote: Included bass remote featuring built-in clipping indicators allows direct bass control from in-dash or under-dash
  • Input and Output Level Control: The system provides high level input and output level (gain) control for both full range and subwoofer signals

 

MX-2 OEM Integration Deluxe High-to-Low Level Converter

  • Converts and filters high-level factory speaker wires into ultra-clean unbalanced (RCA) low-level signals to an aftermarket amplifier
  • High Level Inputs: Accepts all types of high-level input signals including floating ground type, low and high voltage speaker wires
  • Audio Signal Sense: Speaker audio signal detection automatically turns on the Controller and the amplifier (MX-2 has both remote wire and signal sense capabilities)
  • Remote Output: Built-in amplifier circuit activates any aftermarket +12 volt amplifier upon radio activation
  • Input and Output Level Control: The system provides high level input and output level (gain) control for both full range and subwoofer signals

 

MX-3 OEM Integration Bass Controller

  • Parametric Bass EQ: Provides a wide array of subwoofer output signal shaping controls to enhance bass response and sound quality including Bass Boost, adjustable Bandwidth (wide and narrow), Low Pass and Subsonic Filter
  • Accepts a wide range of incoming music signal levels while accommodating all types of head units and signal processors and controlling the output level to the amp to maximize a signal strength up to 9 volts
  • Clipping Indicators: Visual clipping indicators provide indication of damaging clipped signals to help protect the subwoofer and amplifier. Includes pre-clip, soft-clip as well full-clip indicators
  • Shapes the music signal to achieve deep bass notes as low as 15 Hz
  • Bass Remote: Included bass remote featuring built-in clipping indicators allows direct bass control from in-dash or under-dash

 

MX-4 OEM Integration Add-A-Sub High-to-Low Level Converter

  • Converts and filters high-level factory speaker wires into ultra-clean unbalanced (RCA) low-level signals to an aftermarket amplifier
  • High Level Inputs: Accepts all types of high-level input signals including floating ground type, low and high voltage speaker wires
  • OEM high-level input voltages are adjustable from 4 volts to 40 volts
  • Unbalanced line outputs are adjustable to the aftermarket amplifier from 4 volts to 9 volts

 


Mike Stiers at Maxxsonics continues his ultra-informative Car Stereo 101 series. This time he focuses on alternators, how to identify a system that requires an upgrade and the effects of using an underpowered alternator.

 

 

The alternator powers the vehicle, all components and recharges the battery. A standard factory alternator ranges from 40 amps to 120 amps depending on vehicle. When the alternator is under high demand or the demand exceeds the alternators capability, your voltage will begin to fall and rely on the reserve of the battery. Lets use a 65 amp alternator for example in determining what aftermarket audio equipment the alternator can sufficiently power. In perfect condition, your 65 amp factory alternator is charging at 14.4 volts and is capable of supplying 936 watts. (65A x 14.4V = 936 watts) Your vehicle requires 30%-50% of this to run and operate standard vehicle components. If we use the middle, 40%, you are left with approximately 561 watts for your aftermarket audio equipment. (936W x (100% - 40%) = 561W) This 561watts is based on a 100% efficient amplifier which we know is not realistic. Lets assume you choose an 80% efficient amplifier, which is very efficient. If this amplifier uses 561watts and is 80% efficient, it will produce 448.8 watts for your speakers or subwoofers. (561W x (.8) = 448.8 watts) Going beyond this point and you begin to tap into the reserve of the battery. The result is a decrease in amplifier efficiency and an increase in heat due to decreases in voltage and increases in amperage. This is very hard on the alternator and amplifiers in the system. By now Im sure you see why an upgraded alternator is vital when upgrading your audio system.

DETERMINING POTENTIAL OF CURRENT ALTERNATOR:
Step 1:
Alternator Amperage Rating x 14.4V = Potential Wattage
A x 14.4V = W

Step 2:
Potential Wattage x (Maximum Potential Percentage Used to Run Vehicle) = Watts Available for Aftermarket Audio System
Answer from Step 1 x (100% - 40%) = Watts for Aftermarket Amplifier(s)

Step 3:

Answer from Step 2 (100% Efficient Amp) x (Actual Efficiency of Amplifier) = Watts that can be produced in current application 


Mike Stiers over at Maxxsonics has put together another great video for the Car Audio community. Everyone who is thinking of upgrading their stock car audio system to an aftermarket audio system should definitely take a look.

In this video Mike will show you how to prep your car's wiring to handle the upgrade and how to replace your standard car battery with one more suited to the application. In this case, Mike uses the Kinetik KHC1800

 

 

A few words from Mike:

 So you've decided to upgrade your car stereo system? A great deal of research and planning should go into this purchase since there is a lot to consider. Do you desire a nice upgrade of your factory speakers, are you looking for a Sound Quality overall of speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers, or are you designing a vision-blurring SPL machine? It is important to make a list of exactly what you are looking to replace or add to your audio system so that you can prepare your electrical system for the investment to come. 


Many people do not realize that their vehicles factory electrical system was not designed for aftermarket audio equipment. In fact, most factory electrical systems can only handle an audio system of 600 to 1200 watts. The lower end of the scale being the smaller vehicles and most foreign rides, and the upper end being large trucks and sport utility vehicles. As you increase demand, you need to look at upgrading your battery, alternator and most importantly your Big 3. 

THE BIG 3

The Big 3 consists of upgrading three wires under the hood of your vehicle. You can completely replace the three wires detailed below, or simply add additional wires to existing factory wires, the choice is yours. The existing factory wires are generally 8 gauge or smaller and are not designed for the high current demands of an aftermarket audio system. It is recommended that you use a nice insulated 0 gauge wire so that you only have to do this series of upgraded once. 

The first of the Big 3 is the positive charging wire from your alternator to your battery positive. This wire must be fused within 12 of the positive battery terminal connection. The fuse value should be equivalent to the maximum amperage your wire can handle, which is based on the size and distance of the wire. If you have an upgraded, high output, alternator you will remove your factory alternator charge wire altogether and use the replacement described above.

The second upgrade for the Big 3 is the engine ground to chassis or in some cases, engine ground to battery negative. This is extremely important because this ground is also what ties the alternator ground, through the engine block, to the vehicle chassis. For this step, you want to add your 0 gauge ground to the existing ground. Just clean the area thoroughly and secure the two grounds using the same bolts and locations if possible. 

The final upgrade for the Big 3 is the ground wire from battery negative to chassis. If you do not have access to the frame of the vehicle, dont settle for a piece of sheet metal under the hood, but rather locate the strut tower, remove a nut from the thread, sand all paint and debris, connect the 0 gauge ground using a ring terminal on the thread and tighten the nut down. This strut thread has direct access to the vehicle frame and will provide far less resistance than using sheet metal and relying on spot welds. Leave the factory ground in place and clean any dirt, rust or debris from this connection using sandpaper or a stiff wire brush. Through these three steps, you have successfully made huge progress in improving the electrical systems performance, decreased resistance, and enhanced the ability to supply power to your aftermarket audio system. 


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