Your car is your baby. You love everything about it, from the way it lets you zip in and out of lanes to how the seat fits you just perfectly. The only thing is, you wish the sound system was a little better. But changing the radio looks like a nightmare. Maybe it’s not the traditional rectangle shape you’ve seen in other cars or at your local car stereo store, or it’s got controls for the air conditioning built in (how are you going to beat the heat when you can’t run the A/C?) Or if you’ve leased your car, you want to give it back the same way you got it, and removing the radio is not an option.
So, other than carrying a boom box in the back seat, what’s the solution to better sound? Your mobile electronics specialist has the answer. There are several possible solutions, and which one your specialist recommends will be based on your particular situation. But here are three of the most popular recommendations.
1. New or Better speakers. Speakers are the most vulnerable parts of any sound system. They are located in areas that are exposed to the sun and the elements, such as the doors or the rear deck, and they are constantly moving when you play the radio. Depending on how old your car is, all of this wear and tear may have diminished the capability of your speakers. Your specialist will first take a look at them to see if the surfaces are punctured torn, or if there is damage from water or rust. If so, he or she will recommend replacement as the first step in improving your sound. If your speakers are okay but the sound isn’t what you want it to be, your specialist can show you better quality speakers that are made to directly replace your factory speakers and work off of the radio’s power.
2. More power. If you’re looking for fuller sound at a higher volume, the factory radio’s teeny built-in amplifier won’t give you what you need. That’s when your specialist will recommend adding an external amplifier to your system. This amplifier is specially built to tie in between the radio and the speakers. The additional power it provides helps your speakers work to their maximum potential without taxing your radio and creating static when you increase the volume.
3. Pinpoint processing. Many of the more expensive vehicles may already have one or more amplifiers built in from the factory, and each amplifier may be specially “tuned” to supply a certain frequency range to the factory speakers. So if you were simply to change the speakers, the sound from these amplifiers won’t match the the new speakers. Your mobile electronics specialist may recommend a processor that brings all of the separated frequencies back together, then matches the sound to the new speakers. When you add this type of processor to the system, you must also add amplifiers, so this will be the most expensive sound-improving option of the three.
In any case, talk to your mobile electronics professionals. Tell them the types of music you listen to, and they will give you the best options to make the most of your in-car music experience.