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Topic # 204333 27-Sep-2016 18:24
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Any recommendations for a Wellington area based car alarm and stereo installer?

 

Ideally want both done, need to replace double din Jap stereo and thinking of an alarm so we can have remote central locking (currently the car does not have it).

 

 

 

If anyone wants to comment with their recommendations of alarms or stereos feel free.

 

They will be for a 2006 Caldina.


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  Reply # 1641419 27-Sep-2016 18:35
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Go and see Krish and the team at Streetsoundz

 

 

 

http://www.streetsoundz.co.nz/

 

 

 

I have brought a bit of gear from them over the years, high standard of work, and very professional.


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  Reply # 1641482 27-Sep-2016 21:23
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Hi - I had a stereo installed by My Audio - in Webb St, just off Taranaki St. Very happy with service and knowledge - they do alarms as well.  http://www.myaudionz.co.nz





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  Reply # 1641487 27-Sep-2016 21:46
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I used Abtec in Petone. Good level of service, pricing was on par with the others in town.


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  Reply # 1641502 27-Sep-2016 22:38
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tchart: I used Abtec in Petone. Good level of service, pricing was on par with the others in town

 

+1 for Abtec; we had a small issue with our stereo around a year after fitting (the car battery glitched somehow and the stereo lost it's brains and wouldn't talk to the steering controls any more); Abtec cheerfully and quickly resolved it without any further charge (which was nice, as it wasn't actually a fault with their kit due to the power issue).

 

[As an aside, I'd love to know what happened to my earlier post about Abtec - it would have been the 2nd reply, and I'm sure I posted it!]


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  Reply # 1641516 27-Sep-2016 23:23
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If you want a poorly done install with terrible "5 star" alarm, choose the above.

 

Otherwise, I highly recommend Julian @ Obsessive Vehicle Security http://www.vehiclesecurity.co.nz/ choosing one of the Cobra alarm options

 

If you're bored, read his blog as its quite entertaining.

 

 

 

Edit: I didn't read the car audio part, alarm install still valid imo


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  Reply # 1641769 28-Sep-2016 12:53
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I had a poor experience with Abtec - they installed an expensive Pioneer head unit 8 ohm output impedance feeding 32 ohm rear speakers.  So the fader has to be set to cripple the front speakers with a big loss in volume.  A pretty fundamental stuff-up on a >$1200 job.  I've heard good things about them so maybe my bad experience is just a one-off.





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  Reply # 1641821 28-Sep-2016 13:28
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32-ohm car speakers would be pretty rare wouldn't they? I thought they were mostly 4-8ohm.

 

Bose speakers, on the other hand, are 1 or 2 ohms (they don't tell you) so replaceing a Bose headunit in a car and not replacing the speakers can be damaging to your headunit. (Sorry, I know, off topic).




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  Reply # 1641837 28-Sep-2016 13:46
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Thanks for all of the suggestions.

 

Looks like I will need to go in and see Abtec(suggests both here and on FB) in Petone. Last time I used them I had to pick up from their home, so looks like they have grown a bit.

 

@nas, I have messaged Obsessive as per your recommendation, I will see what they come back with.

 

If anyone has a suggestion on a double din stereo, or single din (I assume I can get a spare tray/slot? to fill the gap), then fire away.


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  Reply # 1641901 28-Sep-2016 15:46
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Another +1 for Julian at obsessive - he really is obsessive and did a great job on our car with an alarm fitting. I'm not sure if he does a lot of stereo work but know that he is a bit of an enthusiast having built a setup for his own car to mirror his phone etc. I wouldn't be surprised if he'll do the audio install too. 


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  Reply # 1642002 28-Sep-2016 17:53
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trig42:32-ohm car speakers would be pretty rare wouldn't they? I thought they were mostly 4-8ohm.

 

Factory standard in a 350Z with Bose headunit.  Maybe because they're right in your ears.





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  Reply # 1642341 29-Sep-2016 09:01
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-1 for Abtec.

 

 

 

Have had two jobs done by then - the first was a very average hu upgrade in a Mitsi; the second putting a single din into a Jap 5-series Beemer... which was ok aside from the minor inconvenience that when I picked my car up the speedo didn't work (they c*cked up the wiring).

 

 

 

Nice guys but standard of work (in my experience) was a little lacking.


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