Over the years, cars have become go-to places to enjoy various genres music, be it bass-driven hip-hop to treble heavy rock ‘n’ roll while we hop from one city bastion to another or simply go on a long drive down the mountainous never-land. Albeit, many commuters, in this day and age, still put up with a dismal sound quality, that ironically, they will never suffer at home! While others, a little passionate about their sound preferences, assemble complex sound systems for their cars often making common installation errors that deter their speakers from reaching their full potential. Here are some tips for budding audiophiles to get the most out of their car speakers without blowing their bank account.
Replace your car’s stock speakers!
As is the case, car speakers are the last thing running in the back of the mind of a car manufacturer when the designing and building process is taking place. Even in the ultra-modernistic, tech savvy 21st Century, various so-called- premium car audio systems still depend on relatively inexpensive speakers and amps that painfully fall short of delivering a top-notch quality sound.You can, however make a huge difference in your car system’s intrinsic sound quality by setting up some quality aftermarket speakers. The difference is noticeable, you’ll get to hear tighter mid, treblesand groovy bass assisted with more clarity.
Select low level of compressed music files
Yes, saving up space is important on your hard disks especially when you have entire discographies to exhaust. That explains why you can store more music files in your music player with a greater compression rate, and the sound quality will be just fine! But, car audio system is a different ball game, you tend to lose some high- and low-frequency information on a song after music is compressed.Moreover, on a good car audio system, anyone can tell that something’s amiss in the sound if the compression rates are higher.
Use sound dampening material
Think logically, a front and rear door panel isn’t quite the perfect place for a speaker. Why? Because the thin metal plate will vibrate along with the music. Besides, did you ever figure that your car system sounds distinguishably good at 30 mph, but somehow gets a little “corrosive” in tone when you hit 70 mph? The answer lies in road noise that masks the car speakers’ lower frequencies, thusmaking your system sound overly bright when you turn the volume up at highway speed. The trick lies in using dampening material around the speakers that can lower interior noise levels. That way, you won’t have to needlessly crank the music up to loud levels whilst driving.
Add an equalizer
Sometimes car interiors present some formidable problems in terms of sound quality. As is the case, plastic and glass surfaces have a tendency of reflecting sound whereas, seat covers, and floor carpets soak it up. Add to that, poorly-placed speakers, and you end up with tremendous frequency response peaks. Having an equalizer board placed on the dashboard can help you alleviate this problem.
Carefully set your amp gains
People have this wrong notion that gain control on their speakers will control the volume level! The truth is, turninggain all the way up can cause terribly bad things to happen. The gain control, on the contrary, balances the input signal coming into the amplifier resulting in a booming bass and shrill upper frequencies that could possibly cause ear fatigue.In this case too, an equalizerbalances these peaks, even if they are in a processor mounted in your dashboard or built into your receiver.
Rely on high-quality cables
It’s advisable that you use sturdy and efficient cables for powering up your speakers. Using undersized, cheap, power cable can starve the amp for power when you push up the volume control knob. A good and reliable power cable allows free flow of current in order to provide juice that your amp needs during peak demand.