So now that I’ve been working for awhile, I’ve saved almost enough to buy my dream car. I’m getting pretty close to my goal and decided I wanted to start looking into how I can trick it out. So far I’ve been looking at the basics such as rims, some kind of suspension upgrade, probably airbags, some tint, and most definitely an upgraded sound system. Most likely, upgrading to a better sound system for the car will be my first priority. After all, I think I will get the most use out of a better stereo system than I will anything else. So for that I decided to start checking out some of the local car audio shops on the island. After calling around I decided on one shop specifically to get my sound system from. The place is called Car Stereo Express and they have a reputation for being the best car audio shop on Oahu. These guys have an amazing store. It’s easily the biggest car stereo store in Hawaii. When I got there I was immediately greeted by the owner. His name is Steve. He was very helpful and knowledgable in car audio and after explaining to him what I was looking for, and the car that I was getting he was able to put togother a great system. I told him I was looking to buy a Lexus GS soon and he told me he had experience with those cars so he knew what had to be done to get a great sound out of it. This made me feel at ease because I really didn’t want just anyone working on my car.
These guys carry such a large seletion of products that it can be overwhelming and hard to choose something. Steve recommended his Rockford line up and even let me test out some of it on their sound board. All of it sounded so good. I decided I want it to be loud so I told him I would probably go with the T2 subwoofer and do some Rockford amps as well as the Rockford power series speakers for the doors. After letting me sample the sound board Steve went over a basic process of how they would do all the installation. He told me the downside of having a newer car like that, is that I would not be able to change the main stereo in the Lexus. That car has a factory screen that ties into the A/C system and other electronics and at this time it just can’t be removed. However, he did tell me that they can easily add the system that I want to the car and it shouldn’t be a problem. He even showed me some pics of the jobs they have done on cars like the one I am getting and I have to say I was very impressed. I heard that the guys at Car Stereo Express were good, but I didn’t realize that they also had such great customer service. The GS has also has a factory amplifier in it but they will have to bypass it to install the new amps that I am getting. The best part of it though was that he said that they can easily get the whole thing done in less than one day. I feel like I made a good choice with these guys and I will definitly be back to do the system as soon as I get my car. I can’t wait! Hopefully I get my car very soon. If your in the market for a new sound system for your ride, I highly recomend you check them out. I’ll leave their info with a map in the post so you can easily get in touch and find these guys. Good luck and if you see a Lexus driving around pounding their sounds, there is a good chance that it was me!
Car Stereo Express
98-072 Kamehameha Hwy. Aiea, HI 96701