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?
Once you have bought a car or simply restored a vintage or classic four-wheeler, it becomes vital to have it waxed and do the same at regular intervals. Waxing is necessary to keep your car in a lustrous and sparkling condition; aesthetically. Some years back this wouldn’t be a topic to discuss because it was a simple affair with limited options to go for, but it is not the same any longer. To buy the best auto wax, you need to do some research now otherwise a wrong choice of car wax might ruin the paint.
What Is This Wax Made Out Of?
Before going any further on the topic, it would be better to understand what is this wax made out of that we are discussing. The natural wax is made out of the Copernicia prunifera palm leaves, which only grows in the states of Ceará, Bahia, Piaui, Rio Grande do Norte and Maranhão in the northeastern area of Brazil. This ‘Queen of Wax’ in a pure form comes in hard flakes of yellow-brown color. It is procured by collecting the same from the leaves and then drying them. After which the collected substance is beaten in order to lose the wax off them, finally refining and then bleaching it to prepare the wax as we see it. Thus, it is aptly named Palm wax or Brazil wax, but mostly known as Carnauba wax in the car wax selling stores. It would be interesting to know that it is labeled in various grades that differentiate its purity levels. This is indeed made out of natural ingredients, but its shine doesn’t last longer that its Synthetic counterpart. Furthermore, because of its texture; it is strenuous to apply.
The Synthetic waxes are mostly made out of chemicals and they give better shine and more longevity in comparison to the Carnauba wax. These are economic too.
Though, it is a strange practice by most of the automobile enthusiasts, where they use the natural wax for lasting protection and the chemical wax for fabulous shine; one coat of former and next of latter. Smart indeed!
However, you have to comprehend that there is more to this product than just being something that would put a protective coat over your car’s paint. Hence, there are few elements that must be taken into serious consideration before buying and applying it.
Vital Elements To Consider While Selecting The Wax
Purpose: Many think that wax only renders a lustrous shine, but it protects the car’s paint from sun, pollen, debris, bugs, road grime, bird-dropping, tree or leaf sap and rain-water stains. But then there are varieties that are only meant to deliver the sine and not do the remaining. The former is costly, while the latter is a bit cheaper because of its lack of overall utility.
Frequency Of Wax Application: On an average, any wax application should last close to 6 weeks. Hence, it would be a good habit to wax your car every one and a half months. Some owners tend to wait for the need of a repeated wax application, which shouldn’t be the case. Delaying the repeat application can cause the paint to fade quickly in the long run; when it could have been so avoided. Hence, you must choose the one that would last more so you don’t have to repeat the process in a jiffy. It saves not just money, but effort and time.
Type Of Wax:
The car wax types can be segregated into two types.
- Cleaner Wax: As the name would suggest, it simultaneously cleans first and then waxes the vehicle’s surface. This is better than the multi-step where cleaning is to be done first, then waxing follows next. These wax compounds contain render three benefits, which are cleaning, shining and delivering protective layer. This type is best for immediate fixes, where you don’t have much time, but waxing the car is necessary for a pleasant (presentable) ride with ‘someone.’ However, it can’t be denied that following each step of waxing in a careful manner is always the right way to go. Though, do remember that this kind of wax is not meant for the car surface that has a rust or paint oxidation issue. It won’t help!
- Finishing Wax: As the name suggests, this is meant to render the fabulous shine on a car that’s just out of the showroom or where its paint job is new. It doesn’t contain strong chemicals like the cleaner wax, while the applying it is not much laborious.
Various Forms Of Wax
There are mainly 4 forms of wax that are chosen as per individual preference of the applicant.
- Paste: This is considered best because of durability and ease of use, while its protection value is better than liquid and spray wax. Though, it does take a good effort to apply, but it’s worth the hardship.
- Liquid: It is convenient to apply, glossy and durable after application. But it does need swift movement as it has to be done within seconds otherwise it becomes difficult to put it evenly.
- Spray: It is considered the least favorite among the four-wheeler owner. It doesn’t have good effect when the weather conditions changes rapidly. But it is good for beginners, who wish to learn how to apply car wax quickly.
- Rubbing Compound: It is applied primarily to restore minor damaging and scratches on the car. They have abrasives, coarse or fine to fix the issue. Though, do remember that this is not meant for major issues.
Now considering all the above, do make a choice for your car.
Reference: How To Wax Your Car
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