Upgrading the sound system is one of the essential things people do when they start customizing their car. Even though it seems unnecessary in some cars, it can make a huge difference when upgraded properly. Factory sound systems are usually the last thing manufacturers think about and they usually suck. When you buy a second hand car, there’s a chance you will need to change the speakers immediately, especially if they are still factory speakers. There are thousand speakers to choose from, but it really depends on how much you want to spend. Upgrading the head unit is something you should think about as well.
The first step
The first step to upgrading your cars sound system isn’t to go out and buy some branded speakers for as much money as you intended. The first step is to plan on what you want, and what needs upgrading the most. If your speakers are blown, you sure won’t go out to buy a new head unit, right?
Just sit in the car and play some music. Listen carefully and try to determine what part needs upgrading first. Maybe the front left speaker doesn’t work at all, maybe there isn’t enough bass, the quality of reproduction can be lousy or your factory head unit can’t read mp3 format. Just sit there, listen, turn up the volume to hear the thing you would like to change and go from there.
Upgrading the speakers
You can go two ways when upgrading the speakers. If you are new to all of this, you need to know that you can buy coaxial or component speakers. The difference between them is that the coaxial speakers are full range speakers while the component speakers are divided by range – bass, mid-range and tweeters. If you don’t want too much work when upgrading, your budget isn’t huge and you don’t plan on competing with them, the coaxial speakers are a better choice for you. On the other hand, if you plan on seriously upgrading the complete sound system, go with the component speakers. You will have more flexibility, more power, but you should look into a new head unit and amplifier as well so you would get the best results.
Upgrading the Head Unit and amplifier
If you are ok with your OEM head unit, installing an amplifier can do the trick when it comes to upgrading sound quality in your car. Many enthusiasts actually like how their factory head unit looks and sounds, so if you are one of them, installing an amplifier can really improve sound quality in your car. Upgrading your sound system with a new aftermarket head unit and amplifier, especially if you already upgraded your speakers, will make a difference you won’t believe. You will ask yourself why you didn’t upgrade your sound system sooner.