Connect iPad, iPod, or iPhone to your car audio system

Did you know you can connect your iPad, iPod, and even iPhone to your car audio system? There are many different options on how to go about it. For instance, with the IS77 you can connect these devices or other audio sources to your car’s stereo system and create quality audio and video playback, as well as charge the battery for most device models. For more options, call me so that we can see what works best within your budget.

Shawn Fry

Car Amps

Whether you listen to your car stereo at a conversational level or loud enough that neighboring cars pull up their windows, a car amplifier is recommended to create clean, clear, and crisp sound (regardless of volume). Amps supply the necessary power to produce the quality sound that makes a night and day difference compared to factory car stereo systems.

When researching for amps, you may have come across 2-channel, multi-channel, and mono amps. But, what’s their difference? In short, a 2-channel amp supports and powers a pair of speakers or subwoofers. A multi-channel amp is equipped to power an entire audio system and are the most versatile as they can be used for many applications. Mono amps on the other hand are usually used to power a sub-woofer.

So the type of amp you select all depends on what you want to do. But if you’re looking for the biggest bang for your bank, the one with most versatility, a multi-channel amp is the way to go. And contrary to belief, if you do your research…you can find a multi-channel amp on your amp budget. As always, if you’ve got any questions, feel free to contact me:

Shawn Fry


Creating cleaner, clearer, & optimized sound in your car

I have to say, there’s something truly therapeutic about listening to music while driving. It’s a time to reflect on your day, tune out stresses, and just let loose. Yet, if music is so powerful, then why do so many drivers continue to settle for poor sound quality? Maybe it’s due to the perceived costs, or not truly tuning into the inferior sound, or just not knowing how to correct common mistakes related to improper installation of after-market systems. Whatever may be the reason, improving the sound quality of a car audio system can actually be achieved quite inexpensively and quickly!

One of the cheapest and easiest things a driver can fix to improve their car’s sound quality are their speakers. Car manufacturers may claim to use “premium” speakers, but the truth of the matter is that they focus on other aspects of a vehicle, such as function and safety. Therefore, to save on costs, they tend to install inexpensive speakers that don’t deliver the optimum sound you deserve. Just by switching out the factory speakers, a driver can hear tighter-bass, clarity, and quickly notice a difference in the songs they listen to everyday.

Replacement speakers are one of the biggest bangs for your buck. Built with a more sophisticated and quality rated design, a new set of 2-way or 3-way speakers can quickly create the clarity and improved sound you’re missing while component speakers can help take your car audio system to the next level of your dreams. Unlike stock speakers, many include multiple drivers such as woofers for the low, tweeters for the highs, and midranges to create audible clarity. In addition, after-market speakers usually are comprised of more advanced cross-over circuits to ensure the right frequencies are going to the right drivers, further resulting in efficiency and greater sound.

Think about it, have you ever noticed that after a while the stock speakers in your car don’t sound the same as when you first bought the vehicle? This can be due to such reasons as the speakers not handling the volume levels pushed or such external factors as high temperatures and humidity. However, after-market speakers are manufactured with more durable materials, resulting with higher resistance to deterioration.

And so, whether you’re looking to improve the quality of your sound for yourself or for competition, speakers by far are the best investments you can make. And contrary to belief, speakers are relatively inexpensive to purchase. You can get a set of speakers for $50 (more or less). As always, if you’ve got any questions, feel free to contact me:

Shawn Fry

DVD Players Create Safer Drivers

Entertaining children with movies can prevent driver-distraction crashes

Irvine, CA – September 07, 2011 – Studies indicate that young children are one of the leading causes of driver-distraction crashes because they require the driver’s attention. Visually, drivers may take their eyes off the road to tend to a child’s need. Manually, they may take their hands off the wheel to pick up a dropped toy, book, bottle, pacifier, etc. Cognitively, they may lose focus when hearing a child scream or cry. In fact, kids can be more distracting than texting and driving. However, Shawn Fry, a father and owner of Systems by Synful, recommends keeping kids entertained, such as with movies, while driving in order to prevent distractions and consequent crashes.

Fry explains that a major component to safe driving is reducing and preferably eliminating distractions. Therefore, he acclaims keeping kids entertained. And unlike toys and books that can easily drop or cause fights over with siblings, movies are played in a DVD player, thus aren’t dropped, and can be set up to play different movies on different screens, catering to different preferences.

Fry further explains that DVD systems have come a long way. Their prices have dropped. Space intrusion has reduced with the creation of headrest monitors. And such features as a built-in Bluetooth to allow hands-free driving and rear-view camera inputs to reduce blind spots when backing out have been added. He recommends that those considering installing a DVD system in their vehicles should do their homework first. Research and have an open conversation with dealers and installers regarding budget and needs. Drivers should also only purchase and have players installed from an authorized dealer and installer to assure product quality and warranty.

About Shawn Fry
Shawn Fry is a father and car audio / video enthusiast from Orange County, CA. Based on a passion for creating customized audio / video systems for vehicles at affordable prices, he became an authorized dealer, installer, and founded Systems by Synful to offer budget friendly car audio & video products and installations. Ranging from CD Receivers, DVD Units, GPS Navigations, Speakers, Amplifiers, Subwoofers to Air Rides, Car Alarms, and More…Fry adds a personal touch of customization to each system and install. To learn more about Shawn Fry or Systems by Synful, please visit Systems by Synful.

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