The best car system is not always going to be the one with the most bass, the loudest capability, or even the one with the premium equipment. It’s all about what you and what you want and need.
If you’re reading this article chances are you haven’t built a car system yet and so you probably have the default sound system – which sucks! Fortunately, we’ll go over the basics on what to look for in this article – right after you evaluate your current system in more detail.
Which Is Your Current Audio System?
Is there anything in particular you don’t like about your car system? If you have the basic system, then you probably don’t have great speakers, subwoofers, or even high quality, competition grade amplifiers. For now, listen to quality of the sound (or lack thereof) and see how responsive the system is to your volume control and other knobs that will impact the sound.
What You Want In Car Audio System?
Now that you know what you have, you need to think about what you want. Do you want to be able to stream music, listen to satellite, or experience HD radio? WHat about controlling devices such as iPods CDs, or even DVDs?
Another important aspect is knowing how loud and how much bass you want. While there’s never such thing as too much (since you can control the levels at all times) they do come at a cost – they’re more expensive!
Even if you do want high volume speakers you want to think about what is important. Do you care just about volume? Maybe, but probably not. Speakers aren’t great to listen to if the quality gets distorted when they get louder. A good system will maintain quality while scaling up volume. The same thing goes with bass!
Building Out Your System
Car speakers are what produce the sound. Unfortunately, the default speakers that come with cars are low quality. The only upside is that they typically last long, but that makes sense considering how little stress they go under.
Full range speakers area package of a sub, a midrange and tweeter and are easy to just plop into your car. They are good and easy to set up out of the box, and the quality is pretty decent while also having decent quality.
Amplifiers are great complements to speakers. Remember how before we said there is no point in having a loud system if the quality gets ruined? Well, it’s the amplifier’s job to fix that issue. If you want to maintain quality sound at high levels of volume just get a solid amplifier.
They help preserve the quality of the sound, but they also boost the signal as well. There are 2 types that work together – pre amplifier and a main amp. The preamplifier will take the signal and boost it so that the primary amplifier can process and boost it enough to play it over speakers nice, loud, and crisp.
They all serve their place, but if you don’t want to do too much research you can’t go wrong with a competition subwoofer since they are flexible and high quality. However, there is no one subwoofer fits all. Take the time to research how much space you have, and to make sure that the subwoofer you get is compatible with your vehicle.
Not only do subwoofers help maintain quality, but they also help you fill out the bass a bit by boosting rich, deep sounds. Keep in mind you want enough surrounding air around your amplifier, or it won’t perform as expected. Fitting it tightly into a small space will render it almost useless!
Without the proper space they won’t be able to complement your sound system or to be able to produce the bass you want since it needs the surrounding, free air to consistently produce.
Setting all this up together isn’t easy, but isn’t the hardest thing in the world. While most products come with instructions you may consider saving yourself the hassle by hiring a mechanic.
Now, it’s very easy to get some instructions and tutorials by going online. Youtube has a lot of great videos for instructional purposes in this regard.
Hopefully, this guide helped you figure out how to get the perfect sound system for your car. Although this advice was mostly general, it can still be helpful in setting it up. Understand what you have, break down your needs, and buy accordingly, but don’t go overboard!
Also Read: How Does A Car Stereo System Work?