A new client from Ballwin, Missouri, came to JML Audio with his 2010 Mini Cooper S, looking to upgrade the car audio system in his vehicle. We scheduled an audio consultation with him so he could have our undivided attention. When we got together at our facility, we spent time on going over the car and listening as he explained his goals for the upgrades.
It became apparent early on in the conversation that he was looking for our “modern connectivity” package. This takes a great vehicle and modernizes the stereo system in the dash with features now present in current model vehicles.
After our team had reviewed the information, we presented the client with a proposal, which he liked, so we made an installation appointment to upgrade his Mini Cooper S Connectivity.
Kenwood Radio Is The Right Choice To Upgrade This Mini Cooper S Connectivity
This particular Cooper S had the upgraded Harman/Kardon audio system, but only had a basic radio in the dash. We opted to install a Kenwood Excelon touchscreen navigation system in place of the stock radio. This opened up a whole new world of options and connectivity for the client. He gained a 7” touchscreen that comes with the capability to adjust the viewing angle of the screen, making it easy for the client to operate.
Bluetooth Features Enhance Driving Safety And Convenience
He gained Bluetooth for both hands-free calling and wireless music streaming. His whole phone book is now stored in the navigation unit, so he can easily pull it up and even select which phone number to call for each person in his contact list. Pandora Internet radio is another musical source that continues to grow in popularity, and he has full control over the app from his new stereo.
Navigation Provides Voice Directed Routing
The navigation system itself comes with voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions and real-time traffic rerouting. The software in the Kenwood unit is provided by Garmin, so it is very easy to master, and the graphics make it easy to understand with just a quick glance at the screen. HD radio is also part of the feature set, so he gained all the digital sub-channels, along with clarity that rivals a CD.
iPod And SiriusXM Control Direct From Radio
We placed an iPod cable inside the glovebox, giving him complete control over his digital media from the Kenwood unit. He controls it just like he would on the iPod itself, being able to search artist, album, playlist, etc., directly from the touchscreen, and gets the album art beautifully displayed while playing.
We also added SiriusXM radio, giving him one more choice of media, so he should never run out of options while driving, even on a long journey.
Fully Integrated Radio Also Retains Steering Wheel Controls
JML Audio prides itself on making our modern connectivity packages work perfectly with factory-installed audio systems and giving our clients a finished product that looks factory-installed. As you can see in the pictures, the Kenwood unit looks as if it came directly from Mini that way, so we accomplished that goal. We interfaced the factory steering wheel audio controls to the new stereo system, so operating it is a piece of cake while driving.
As we mentioned, this Mini S came with the premium Harman/Kardon audio system. Most people will tell you that has to be removed when you change the stereo system in the dash. Since our installers are experts in working with European electrical systems, we were able to keep his Harman system intact, allowing it to work seamlessly with his new navigation system.
When the client came to pick up his vehicle, he was thrilled. He appreciated the factory look to the installation and how easy it was for him to operate it When we showed him all of the new technology, he was smiling from ear to ear. His fun little car was outfitted with the technology of a new one.
Call Today To Set Up Your Free Consultation
When you are ready to upgrade the electronics in your vehicle, whether you are looking for connectivity solutions or better-sounding audio, we invite you to call us. Let’s set up an audio consultation where you will come by with your vehicle and have an uninterrupted meeting with us. Together, we can explore the options available for your vehicle while getting to know each other better. We will work up a solution for you that best suits your needs. We would love to show you why we are Missouri’s most-awarded mobile electronics retailer.
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