Kitting out your car with a new car stereo system is one of the most popular ways to improve any driving experience, and much like other technical projects it’s easy to become bogged down in the technicalities and capabilities of different pieces of kit. Yet it’s important to undertake a car stereo project from a structured and logical approach; understanding what you want and what you need to get towards a much superior in car audio experience. Here we’ll take a look at how best to approach such a project and provide a few helpful hints and tips along the way too.
Understand What You Want From Your Car Stereo
It’s all well and good replying to this topic simply with ‘a better car stereo system’ but what works for one person may well not be appropriate for another. Are we looking for the car speakers to be optimised for bass or definition? Will the car speakers be used more often for music or radio? Will the speakers be attached to a car dvd player?
Perhaps the best way to start this is to look at your current set-up and figure out what’s not satisfactory about it. Most often the stereo system simply doesn’t convey the music in the way that the music is supposed to feel, usually this is referred to as ‘tininess’ or ‘squeaky’ playback. There’s nothing worse than for example playing an upbeat song on the motorway just to hear a crackly and contorted rendition that is a surefire way of dampening anyone’s spirits on a road trip!
How To Detect Priority Needs When Replacing Your Car Stereo
A common technique used by car stereo engineers is to try testing the stereo system at various stages of operation: at rest, at cruising speed and at motorway speed. To perform such a test set all of the equaliser features to level and rate the feedback out of ten. Then up the volume and toy with the settings, again scoring out of ten for speakers, bass, clarity, fade, crackle and consistency. Most likely the higher the speed and the higher the settings/volume, the worse the quality.
Usually it will become quite apparent that the existing set-up is failing when it reaches a certain level of performance – this is especially the case in most in-car speakers that come as standard.
This should have helped narrow down what we’re looking for, and the features which score lowest need to be replaced first if we’re doing a gradual component by competent refresh.