If you’ve already decided that you refuse to spend one more summer cruising around town with a subpar car stereo system, congratulations—your music-loving ears are one step closer to the audio experience they deserve.
But now that you’ve committed to upgrading your stereo, you need to know where to begin. With all the choices in brands, components, features, and cost, settling on the right car stereo system for your budget and needs may seem overwhelming. So before you plunge into the world of car audio, check out these 6 tips for getting the best car stereo system:
Upgrade the head unit of your car stereo system
You might be used to all the controls of your factory-installed head unit (also called a receiver), but most stock head units have limited power abilities and don’t include pre-amp outputs, which means you won’t be able to include a new amplifier or powerful new speakers in your upgraded stereo system. Also, if your listening habits include a fair amount of digital music, a new head unit is a great opportunity to take advantage of the latest in digital audio conversion technology.
Replace the speakers in your car speaker system
Even if your car came stock with a “premium” sound system, we have some bad news: most factory speakers are made of flimsy materials that deteriorate over time. That’s why it’s essential to replace them with sturdy new aftermarket speakers, which provide an incredible improvement in sound quality alone, whether you go with simple coaxial replacements or upgrade to component speakers and add a subwoofer.
Add an amplifier for the best car stereo system
A new head unit and a set of speakers require a boost in power, and amplifiers not only provide that boost in abundance, but they allow you to crank the volume without sacrificing clarity. You’ll be able to blast your favorite songs loud, proud, and free of distortion. It’s also a good idea to choose high-quality cables to go with a new amplifier, to ensure the amp isn’t squeezed for power during peak demand.
Bring in a subwoofer to get your car audio system bumping
You don’t have to be a huge fan of bass to appreciate the improvement in sound a subwoofer can provide. Not only does a sub take a huge load off your speakers, but it also brings your favorite music back into balance, filling in the low notes that full-range speakers can’t reach. The result is a richer, full-spectrum listening experience that enhances any kind of music, from hip-hop to country to 80s power ballads.
Consider a signal processor or equalizer for a smooth sounding stereo system
Unless you invest in sound-dampening materials for your car (which is an excellent bonus tip), the glass and plastic surfaces of your car’s interior will reflect sound while absorbent materials like the carpet and seat covers soak it up. The result is muddy low frequencies and shrill upper frequencies. A signal processor can iron out the response peaks before it causes “ear fatigue,” while an equalizer zeroes in on problems areas with the treble, midrange, and bass controls on your head unit.
Choose professional car stereo installation in San Diego, California
Of all the decisions you make when planning your new car stereo system, the most important is allowing professional car audio experts to handle the installation process. There’s no substitute for knowledge and experience, which is why professional installation is the only way to ensure all the components are working together correctly for the best sound possible. And considering all the choices out there, car audio experts can also help you select the best equipment for your budget and needs.
At Car Stereo City, we offer the best brands in car audio at affordable prices and free installation on any car stereo purchase. If you’re ready to take your car audio listening experience to the next level, come and see us at our convenient San Diego location today.