If you’re a total newbie to the world of car audio, there’s only one key fact you need to know.
This is not some Byzantine formula that is used to calculate speaker power levels or optimal speaker placement. It has nothing to do with squeezing all the bits out of a car audio capacitor or adding an extra battery.
This is not even advice on where to get the cheapest prices for audio equipment.
Beginner’s Guide to Car Audio
The most important thing to remember is that your car stereo, probably doesn’t sound as good as you think And this is not a judgmental statement. The thing is, the sound system is one of those places that manufacturers almost always ignore in the name of higher profit margins, and most people don’t even realize they’re missing out.
If stereo sounds okay to enough people, then that’s all manufacturers are usually looking for. Even factory-installed «top-notch sound systems» usually don’t work.
So how do you know if your factory sound needs a little loving care? Here is a test that almost anyone can do:
- Get in your car, close the doors and roll the windows.
- Put on your favorite CD and turn up the volume. Don’t be afraid to go higher than usual, but we don’t say «burst your eardrums» high.
- Listen to music.
You listen to several different things and you don’t have to be an experienced audiophile to understand them.
If you find yourself turning on the treble due to a lack of clarity, that’s what an update might fix.
On the other hand, if you find yourself boosting the bass just to make the bass sound hollow or hollow, that too can be fixed.
If the music sounds distorted at very high volumes, that’s another thing you can take care of with a little fiddling.
So where did you start? As a beginner, there are many different ways to go to a factory sound system upgrade, so there are a few questions that can help you get on the right path:
- How important is your budget? Do you have a lot of money to spend on upgrades?
- Want to improve your sound while keeping your factory stereo?
- Would you rather ditch your factory stereo and start fresh?
- How important is bass?
- Do you like listening to loud music?
You might be surprised how simply thinking about these five questions will lead you to create a great car audio system.