A Beginners Guide to Car Audio

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I’ve made a series of articles explaining what some of the best products for each category from stereos to subs are; however, not everyone is that experienced in this industry. There is a large amount of people who really don’t even know where to start. This is a basic overview of car audio and the different categories that exist.

Stereos

One of the most popular ways to start upgrading your car’s factory audio system is with the stereo. In the industry you’ll often hear these referred to as head units, receivers, or radios. The most obvious difference you will see between different head units is the fitment. There are two main sizes, double din and single din. The fitment in your car will determine what size stereos you can install. A majority of car made within the last 15 years have a double din fitment. Once you determine that it’s important you consider what features are most important to you. Some of these features may be display size, touchscreen, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Bluetooth and overall power output. The power output will differ, and this will determine how much power is going to your speakers. Amplifiers do this on a much larger scale, but I will go into more detail on that in a second. Refer to this article about the best stereos or if you are on a budget check out these great options.

Speakers

Speakers are typically the next car audio upgrade for most people. Factory speakers can be rather cheap in some vehicles, so they can be easily blown. Replacing your factory speakers with some aftermarket coaxial speakers can make a noticeable difference in sound quality. There are also various sizes you need to consider, and your car’s fitment will also determine what size will fit your vehicle unless you make further modifications. The sizes we sell range from 3.5” to 8”. There are two types of speakers, coaxial and component speakers. Coaxial have all the drivers in one speaker and Component are all separate. Component are more complicated to wire, but typically have a superior sound quality. They also usually will require an amp to help power them.

Amplifiers

Amplifiers do exactly what they sound like. They amplify the amount of power that your speakers can use to produce more sound. You can only rely on your head unit to a certain point. They produce a limited amount of power and you need an amplifier to produce the correct amount of power you need. When considering an amp, you need to make to get the correct number of channels. A Monoblock amp can only be used to power a subwoofer while a 2 or 4-channel amp, like the VAD10004 above, is typically used for powering speakers. A 5-channel can power 4 speakers and a subwoofer all at once. Also, make sure to pay attention to the class of the amp, class-D for example, are extremely efficient and high-powered.

When installing an amp, it is important to consider the strength of your alternator so that you won’t experience power issues like dimming headlights or even dead batteries.

Subwoofers

Subwoofers or subs supply you with that extra boost on the low end. They help bring out the bass in your music that regular speakers are unable to do. As stated before, you have to be sure to have an amp that will be able to produce the correct amount of power to drive the subwoofer. One important thing to consider when purchasing subs is the size. Our sizes range from to. You also need to think about whether you want a subwoofer that you install in a box or subwoofer enclosure. With an enclosure, you typically get the amp included, but they are more unpowered compared to your typical subwoofer.

 

There are a lot of other factors to consider, but this is just a brief overview of everything. Another thing you might want to think about is a wiring kit that will help tie everything together. For more in-depth information about car audio, make sure to visit our blog to learn more.

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