Car audio systems have come a long way since they were initially introduced. These days almost all car infotainment systems can directly connect to our smartphones in such a way that functions like address books, dialing and receiving calls, music library etc can all be accessed through the “head unit” or touchscreen display, improving the usability of the audio system while driving.
Aftermarket car audio systems are available in two types –
1-DIN (Single-DIN) Music systems
2-DIN (Double-DIN) music systems.
The single major difference between these two types of music systems is their size. Also larger size means more features like a touchscreen, video display output etc.
Cartisan team recently installed a 2-DIN music system in a Skoda Yeti. The exact model installed was an AX100 from Sony. This system comes equipped with latest features including compatibility with Android Auto / Apple Carplay, 10 band equalizer etc.
The additional parts most commonly required for installing a music system are as follows (these are not part of the music system when you buy one online):
Frame – Aftermarket systems are generally not of the exact same size as the factory fitted one. Therefore a spacer or frame is required to ensure the aftermarket system fits in properly.
Coupler/Steering Interface Control – The coupler connects the system to the car’s power output. For cars that have audio system control buttons on the steering wheel, a steering interface control unit will be used in place of a coupler which will allow the music system to be controlled using the steering wheel buttons
Antenna Pin – is used to connect the device to the car’s antenna which facilitates radio connectivity
Following were the steps involved:
Step 1 : Removing the existing music system along from the dash
Step 2 : Connecting the aftermarket male coupler to the female coupler. This connection is responsible for providing power to the head unit.
Step 3 : Connecting the antenna pin to the head unit. This connection is responsible for providing radio connectivity to the head unit.
Step 4 : This particular SONY model comes with a USB connection. The USB cable is connected to the back of the system and the wire is passed through the internal cavity of the dashboard to the glove box where usb connection will be accessible.
Step 5 : Reverse parking camera connection is also given to the stereo system. The system comes with audio video input/output plugs on its back which can be connected to the reverse camera. The reverse camera wiring runs all the way from the headunit to the rear of the car to the camera which is fitted in the bumper. The hole in the bumper is made to fit the camera perfectly with the help of a drill.
Step 6 : The frame is mounted on the system and it is placed back into the dashboard.
The whole procedure took around an hour and can be done at your doorstep. All you need to do is tell Cartisan your system of choice. Cartisan will arrange all the parts that are required to carry out the installation and will deliver the service to you at your doorstep.