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Car Stereo System

If you spend a lot of time in your car and enjoy listening to music, it’s worth it to invest in a quality car stereo system. Crackling speakers, fading radio reception, and weak speakers all can put a serious damper on your mood.

Fret not though, below you’ll find six tips to get the best car stereo system in your vehicle whether you’re from scratch or considering making improvements on your system.


Anyone who has spent time in a car with ratty speakers can testify to how important this equipment is for a good stereo system. In order to keep costs down, some car manufacturers install low-quality speakers that can’t deliver premium sound. Even in the more expensive cars, factory-installed speakers rarely meet the grade.

Aftermarket speakers are one of the best ways to give your car stereo system the high-quality sound you crave. This is why replacing your speakers is at the top of our list of stereo system improvements.

Add sound deadening material to door panels

Once you have your aftermarket speakers, it’s time to focus on their placement. Ideally, door panels are not the best place for a speaker because the sound will vibrate the metal and attachments in the panels. It’s best to install a sound deadening material mat in the door’s panel to optimize sound quality.

Deadening material works by providing a firm foundation for the speakers and has the added bonus of reducing road noise levels at higher speeds.

Car Amplifiers

No matter how amazing your speakers are, it’s impossible to get good sound performance without a car amplifier to add more power. Adding a separate amp to your car stereo system means you’ll be able to match the output of your speakers to the output of the outboard amplifier. This will change the power delivery of the sound system to adapt better to both softer and louder noise levels.

Signal processors/equalizers

A car interior is not the ideal place for maximum sound quality. Some surfaces are not designed to absorb sound waves, but deflect them, while others absorb and mute them. This can lead to an erratic listening experience.

You’ll need to add an equalizer, also called a signal processor, to your system to control the harsh treble caused from surfaces reflecting the sounds, and the muting of bass caused by the softer surfaces that absorb it. These levels can also change according to how many people are in the car.

Replace your factory radio with an aftermarket stereo system

When you replace a standard factory radio with a system that has a multi-band equalizer as a feature, the tonality will be improved not just when your car is in the driveway, but when it is on the highway too.

As long as you remember that any system, no matter how brilliant, can sound terrible when the settings are off, an intelligent tone curve is only possible with a system that has optimum EQ settings.

Install a quality subwoofer

Subwoofers are the only way to bring the bottom ranges of your music back into balance. They also function to keep speakers from taking the entire power output. This works to the best advantage when bass controls are set to proper levels, and the subwoofer kicks in to take the workload off the full-range speakers.

These tips will all work together in producing quality sound to ensure you’re getting the best out of your car stereo system. Don’t forget to use high-quality cables for amplifiers, add a capacitator if you like your music super-powerful, and enjoy your car rides much more.

Shirley Wenger is a professional journalist and editor who has been working in the publishing industry for more than 15 years. She is an award-winning writer and her work has been featured in various publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.

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