A client from Abbotsford recently contacted Certified Autosound and Security to inquire about upgrading his Land Rover LR3 audio system with Apple CarPlay. He talked to several shops, but none were able to provide a solution to add CarPlay. Our sales team had a look at the SUV, then showed him how we could integrate the Pioneer AVH-1330NEX and a new amplifier into his dashboard to give him the features and performance he wanted. After experimenting with the Pioneer radio on our display, he approved our plan and scheduled an appointment.
Pioneer Multimedia Receiver Integration
The LR3 is a luxurious and comfortable vehicle. The client wanted to add Apple CarPlay instead of purchasing a new vehicle. The Apple CarPlay smartphone integration system in the Pioneer AVH-1330NEX provides the ability to listen to incoming text messages and dictate a response, make a phone call or listen to music by talking to the radio. Turn-by-turn navigation directions with real-time traffic flow information is also part of the CarPlay system using Apple Maps. The client can also choose from all the music stored on his phone by requesting it. Or he can listen to a streaming audio service like Apple Music or Spotify just by simply talking to the radio.
After removing the large factory AM/FM CD receiver from the dash, we used a Connects2 fascia kit to mount the new Pioneer radio in its place. An Axxess steering wheel control interface allows the audio controls on the steering wheel to work with the new radio for a very ‘integrated’ feel to the system.
We located a USB port for the new radio at the bottom of the center console to make it easy for the client to plug in his iPhone. The coffee cup holder in the center console serves as a perfect resting place for his phone while charging.
Backup Camera Upgrade
A few days before the scheduled appointment, the client called to ask about adding a backup camera to the vehicle. This would help make parking and maneuvering easier and safer. We told him we could add a Rydeen camera to the vehicle and integrate it to the new Pioneer receiver.
We mounted a Rydeen Duo stud-mount camera just to the right of the license plate light. The camera includes an angled bracket that provides a clear field of vision for everything behind the vehicle. After connecting the reverse light wiring and running the signal cable up to the radio, we tested the camera to make sure the image appears as soon as the transmission is put into reverse.
Audison Factory Amplifier Replacement
After talking with the client about how he used his vehicle, we chose an Audison prima 8.9bit eight-channel amplifier to repower the factory speakers. The 8.9bit includes a built-in digital signal processor that allowed our team to set crossovers, signal delay and time alignment for each channel of the amplifier.
After mounting the amplifier to a bracket under the seat of the Land Rover, we set to work tuning the system. The goal was to provide balanced output from each speaker in the system so the listening experience would be natural and realistic.
Land Rover LR3 Audio and Safety System
After a day and a half of work, our team finished the upgrade. The client returned to Certified so we could show him how to use the new Pioneer source unit. We paired his phone to the radio and demonstrated how several different CarPlay features worked. Once our training was complete, the client sat back for a listen to the new sound system. He noted that not only was he happy to have CarPlay, but the system sounds much better than the factory stereo.
If you are in the Abbotsford, Chilliwack or Maple Ridge area and are looking for a way to upgrade the features and performance of your Land Rover LR3 Audio system, drop by one of our three Certified Autosound and Security locations and speak with a member of our sales team. We’d be happy to design an upgrade that gives you the features and performance you want. For more information, give our store nearest to you a call. Alternatively, you can send us an e-mail using the contact page on our website.