5 Vital Things to Know Before Upgrading Your Car’s Sound System
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If you can remember back to the first time you drove your car, what did you do? Besides testing out the brakes and sitting back for a few moments, you probably turned on the radio.
Unless you’re a super audiophile, you probably didn’t have any complaints about your stock issued speakers and why would you?
You wanted music and they were playing music, simple as that.
While the sound quality isn’t terrible, it can certainly become so much better. That’s why people often decide to upgrade their car’s sound system. Not only is it something that can be done in your own driveway, but you will instantly notice how much better your music sounds.
If you’re thinking about making the upgrade, we have a few things you should know before making the big change.
You Can Choose Which Parts to Upgrade
Look around your car. From the most basic sedan to the flashy SUVs, every car has more or less the same amount of speakers.
When looking to upgrade your speaker system, you have plenty of options. You might want to go through everything and put new speakers all around your car. You might just want to install a subwoofer in order to provide extra bass.
You may just want to buy 2-way speakers for a bit of an extra audio bump. Just know that you don’t have to go all or nothing and you can choose parts for an upgrade.
Size Will Influence Your Decisions
The type of car you have is going to directly influence what you can and cannot buy. An SUV with plenty of trunk space is going to be able to fit a traditional subwoofer which will bring out the biggest and baddest bass possible.
Those with compact cars may have to opt for a shallow mount subwoofer or an underseat subwoofer. Sometimes, even those don’t fit properly.
The same goes for your mid-range speakers and tweeters. Some tweeters are too big for the dash and can inhibit you from rolling your window down or getting air from your vents on a summer day.
Make sure to have the size of your car in mind when you’re shopping for speakers.
More Money=Better Quality
“You get what you pay for” is a common quote that can be attributed to just about everything but sometimes there are great deals out there waiting for you. You can spend a little less but get the same result.
In the vast majority of cases, this isn’t true for car speakers. The ones with the deepest bass, greatest frequency range and most durable components are going to be more expensive.
Now, that’s not to say you can’t find an excellent product at a cheaper price, but you may not get that top-of-the-line quality that you crave. Just make sure you have a budget ready before you go shopping.
A Head Unit Brings it All Together
A head unit is like the cherry on top of your car’s sound system. Your stock stereo is bound to only have basic tuning controls, meaning you might not be able to get the audio you want.
With a head unit, most have advanced audio tuning options meaning you can tweak and adjust the audio to your perfect level. Plus, it gives you a boost in sound quality.
Not only can you adjust the audio settings from your head unit, but it’s also a fantastic upgrade to your vehicle as a whole. Today, head units can do just about anything you want from them. You can connect your phone, play DVDs, store videos and pictures, charge your devices, and some even come fitted with GPS navigation. It’s a quick way to take your car well into the 21st century.
DIY is a Possibility…Usually
There’s just something about building things with your own hands. It’s a combination of enjoyment (and stress sometimes) and utter satisfaction when you can look back on something and say “I did it”.
Depending on what you’re purchasing, many brands have “beginner” units that offer great sound quality and easy installation. They come with detailed instructions and you can find tons of videos online about them.
There are some, however, that are downright pains to figure out and you’d be better off taking it to a professional. Before you make the purchase, check online to see what others are saying about installation and if you think you can do it yourself.