Who Is StereoMan?

Steve Livingston is StereoMan. Steve has over thirty-five years of experience in electronics repair including more than twenty years in consumer audio and video. Among the services Steve provides are:

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    • home theater installation
    • car stereo installation
    • home theater and stereo repair
    • computer installation
    • computer repair
    • computer tutoring

Steve can also help you obtain good quality audio and video components at competitive prices. And for your convenience, StereoMan makes house calls throughout the region!

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What experience does StereoMan have?

Why does Stereoman do this work?

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Located at 33 London Rd. Asheville NC 28803

it has come to our attention that some GPS systems direct you to our across the street neighbor, RB Gas Co. We’re in the little red brick bldg in the hidden side of the curve.

Where is StereoMan?

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New Reservation Policy

Some car stereo installations require several hours of time to complete, and we set that time aside for you so you are inconvenienced as little as possible, having to make arrangements to be without your vehicle while waiting for the work to be done. That time is your time, and nobody else’s.

But what happens if you make an appointment and don’t show up? Since we set that time aside for you, that means we have nothing else to do during that time. We know you don’t want to take those hours of our time away without paying for them, so our new policy should not impact you in any way.

Starting June 1, any reservation of three or more hours of time will require a visit to our shop and a deposit of 25% of the total cost of labor. For example, if you are having a basic stereo and two pairs of door speakers installed, that’s $120 total labor, so you will pay a $30 deposit and $90 upon completion. If for some reason you can’t keep your appointment, please call in advance and we’ll see if we can make a different arrangement.

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What’s the Catch?

This morning I took a call from a fellow trying to add an AUX jack to his Golf GTI, but he couldn’t get the radio out of the dash. He had bought the right tools to get it out: four flat metal spears that are supposed to release a spring clip in each corner of the stereo that grabs a metal bracket inside the dash. I told him I’d give it a go if he could come by later in the day, so he showed up at 4:30 as planned.

I tried releasing it with my own tools first, working from the passenger seat while he observed from the driver’s seat. He said my tools seemed to be made of better quality than the ones he got from Amazon, but that didn’t matter a bit. I could feel that they were not releasing the spring clips. Could we maybe take the dash apart? He said he had seen youtubes, and it wasn’t easy. “It starts all the way back here,” he said, pointing behind us.

He asked if I had experience removing the front cover from the radio in order to get to the clips. I had, several times in the past, had to do that, but in those cases I was putting in a new stereo so didn’t have to worry about what if something got broken or defaced. But I had had a good day and was feeling extra confident, so I said I could do it with minimal damage.

He was OK with that, so I removed the two tiny screws on the bottom of the faceplate and ver-r-r-r-y slowly and patiently massaged it off of the radio, one by one releasing the plastic clips holding it to the frame of the radio. I got it off with no damage at all, and then the spring clips were exposed from the front, where I could manipulate them with a small screwdriver as well as the removal tool.

Even then it took a lot of effort, and an extra hand from the customer, to wrestle the stereo out, but it finally gave way. I could see why it took so much effort to get it out. The spring clips were bent. No way the removal tool alone would release them.

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It’s Official!!!

 

We’re Asheville’s Local

 

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Dealer!!!

 

We now offer an expanded line of Pioneer products at prices that rival the Big Box Stores! Call or come by and see what we can do for your ride!

 

Click Here for Current Pioneer Stereo Pricing!

 

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The Amazing 5700

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We installed one of these the other day. This is the car stereo that does it all: touch screen dvd player, bluetooth, Siri, Android Music support, mirror link, hd radio, satellite ready, nav ready, dual camera inputs . . . and, 13 band eq, custom colors, and Pioneer’s magical Mixtrax feature.

Pioneer lists this stereo for $480, but we don’t sell it for that price. We sell it for $475 installed. That’s right, you can get this stereo installed in your vehicle for less than what Pioneer lists as the suggested retail price for the stereo alone.

A few vehicles requiring significant additional parts or labor will incur a higher charge, and, any machining or similar modification of dash or doors will be charged at hourly labor rate. In such cases you will be advised of any extra charges in advance of the work.

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A Warm Thanks!

Gratitude to our landlord (and building manager) Kelly Houser, owner of Houser Construction, for the newly installed heat pump! He quickly and appropriately addressed our heating needs when we found that our oil furnace was kaput, and instead of f>rting around with a hopeless cause, he immediately got us a wall-mounted high-efficiency unit that will warm us through the winter, and as a bonus keep us cool in the summer. Any of you who visited us last summer know what a bonus that is!

Thanks, Kelly!

StereoMan & Son Are Asheville Home Grown!

Once again this year, StereoMan and Son will be participating in Asheville Home Grown, the “Go Local” movement that connects the people of our Asheville region with locally produced goods and services.

Each year, Asheville Home Grown produces a booklet containing dozens of coupons offering significant savings at local businesses. We encourage you to buy the booklet and use as many of the coupons as you can! Our coupon offers a 15% savings on a car stereo install or on a home theater or whole house sound consultation.

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Thanks From Another Happy Customer

I love to get snail mail when it’s personal – don’t you? Especially an unexpected thank you note. It’s better than free dessert, I think!

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Scheduling Service

updated 3/2/2015

StereoMan provides in-home service and car stereo installation by appointment throughout the Asheville area, Tuesday through Saturday. Backlog for appointments is often a week or more, and bench backlog is currently three weeks. Please call to schedule your car or in-home service. Car stereo walk-in’s are welcome but be aware that wait time can be lengthy. If you have equipment to drop off for repair, our door is open Tue-Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please be prepared to make a $25 deposit on all repair items, that is my minimum bench charge. For your convenience we accept all major credit cards.

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Noise canceling: follow-up

I posted about a strange feedback problem we encountered with our new Scosche subwoofer in a 2014 Honda Accord that turned out to be caused by a “noise canceling” system in the car, and promised a follow-up. Well, here it is. The customer came back, we disconnected the factory noise canceling system, and the customer was very happy with the work and with our Scosche product. So are we!

For $295 installed, it’s hard to beat this woofer. It’s compact, powerful enough for most people if you’re not into competition or brain damage, and musical enough to fill in the low bass that’s lacking from most car systems. I hope we can continue to offer it at this price point!