Some people can take the car stereos or leave them. They don’t really care about the quality of the set up. But for other people (and this must include you, otherwise, why would you be reading this article?), even the slightest distortion in quality can send your ears screaming – like fingernails on a chalkboard.
Well, if you fall into that latter category, do not worry. Today, we are going to walk you through the steps you need to take to create the best possible in car stereos for your budget.
Tip 1: You Build the Best Systems over Time
Many people assume that they should be paying out a lump sum for a single stereo, but actually, the best car stereos are built over time. It means spending £100 this month, £300 the next, £50 the next, etc., until you have a complete system. This is definitely the best approach because it allows you to buy the best of each different component. E.g., you will end up with a much better system if you pay £300 this month for the head unit and £100 next month for the speakers, rather than spending £300 this month for the complete set up.
Yes, it takes time and it can feel irritating, but it’s more than worth it. The very best systems take time and they cost around £2K all in. But remember, a good stereo can add value to your car as long as you find a good buyer who understands the quality of your set up. More than that, though, you get much more enjoyment out of a car stereo that has taken time to build.
Tip 2: Start Buying the Things That Will Make the Biggest Impact
Certain points of the system are going to improve it more than other parts. For example, changing your speakers will make an immediate difference to the quality, making it sound much better. However, buying sound dampening material will only improve the system marginally.
Therefore, if you start by replacing the bigger items first, you will start to get enjoyment from the very start and it will build and build as time goes on.
Here is a good itinerary of how to make your changes:
- Start by changing the speakers (add the subwoofer last)
- Change the heat unit for a better one
- Install an amplifier to make sure the power handling is good
- Add auxiliary things, such as sound dampening and quadlock connectors.
Tip 3: Don’t Skimp on the Amplifier
Your amplifier is the part of your audio set up that drives the power. To avoid distortion or sounds getting louder and quieter for no reason, you need to use an amplifier. You will find that they will help improve the quality of everything else in the system. With UK car audio, you can often buy the subwoofer and amp as part of a package, which is great because it allows you to build the system that little bit faster.
This article may be quite simple in its approach, but you’ll find that it is the best way to build quality into your in-car entertainment system.