Some Tips for A Better Car Audio Video System in Your Vehicle
Taking a road trip can be more enjoyable and relaxing when you’re able to listen to good music. This is especially true when you’re going on a very long drive. Before you go and upgrade your car’s audio system though, you need to consider carefully what you really need to do to better the sound system in your car.
Ask yourself the following questions: Do you really need to buy all those additional car audio components that people recommend to better the quality of sound in your car? If so, which ones and how much can you afford to spend? Are there any cheap alternatives you can employ?
Read on for some of the tips below which can help you decide which sound system upgrade is best for your vehicle.
Choose the right music file for playing in your car stereo.,/h4>
Most car stereos now have an AUX (auxiliary) input jack which allows owners to play music from iPods or MP3 players. All you need is to buy an auxiliary cable. (Skip this tip if your car stereo or receiver doesn’t have an AUX input.) When storing MP3 or AAC music files in your player or iPod, be sure to choose the least compressed version (256 kbps or higher) to retain more of the quality of the original music. Even better than compressed music files is to have lossless formats such as WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless and Free Lossless Audio Codec or FLAC if available. These types of music files produce the best sound quality when played in your car.
Install sound deadening materials
When you play music in your car, road noise and vibrations from the door panels, trunk, car floor and rear shelf may affect your listening enjoyment. Using sound deadening materials such as the Dynamat can help reduce the noise and vibrations in your car. Thus, you can hear more musical details without the need to crank up the car stereo volume which may cause sound distortion.
Add an amplifier when the sound is distorted
If you need to turn the volume up until you don’t hear any road noise, but you notice a distortion in the sound, add an amplifier. The amplifier adds wattage to your system and this additional power makes possible the increase in volume with cleaner sound.
After installation, do not forget to set up your amp. Procedures may vary among brands but generally you can do this by first turning up the volume of the receiver up to 75% of the maximum volume. Next, turn up the amp until you hear a distortion then turn it down a little. That’s it, your amp is set.
Replace the speakers if the sound is not clear.
When listening to a song and the vocals or distinct musical instruments isn’t clear, the solution is to replace the factory speaker. Consider 2-way (gives clear highs and lows) or 3-way (gives clear highs, mids and lows) coaxial speakers which can be easily installed in place of the factory speakers. These will help make the sound in your car clearer and give awesome detail to the songs which you’ve never noticed before.
Get a subwoofer if you want to hear more bass
If the bass setting on your receiver is not enough, then upgrade it by adding a subwoofer. A good subwoofer can produce the low frequencies you’re looking for that is not available in most factory sound systems. Once you’ve heard the difference between music in a car with and without subwoofer, you may not be content without having one.
Get a new receiver to have more sound control and music options
Some old factory receivers do not allow any iPod, USB or SD card connection or perhaps Bluetooth streaming for playing different digital music files. This may be one of the best excuses for upgrading to an aftermarket receiver. Another good reason to upgrade is the handy option to customize sound settings through the receiver’s multi-band equalizer. You can tinker with the equalizer to find out which setting works best when you’re driving slowly or at highway speed.
Where is a good place to buy car audio video equipment for my car?
I have found that car audio video products is one of the best places to buy car audio video equipment. They have great customer service, good warranty program and huge variety of products. Another good place is Tigerdirect.com. Both are really good sources for car audio and video equipment.
How to locate a quality car audio video installer
Locating a good installer is important. Look for someone who has been in business for at least 10 years. Ask them for pictures of installs they have done in the past so you can see if they can handle the scope of work you want them to do. Ask them what their warranty is on all products and labor. If you are in the East Lansing Michigan area I have found East Lansing Car Repair to be very Knowledgeable with all custom car audio and video installs as well as any performance modifications and upgrades including custom exhaust work.
As you can see from the tips above, you don’t have to readily buy new car audio components such as an amp, subwoofer or speaker when all you need to do is play the appropriate music files or add noise dampening materials to your car. Use your ears first to determine if the sound you hear is good enough for you. If not, then you better consider your budget because you may need more cash to have a better car sound system.