A person’s car is their chariot. Like many things about a person, a car often reflects more of our personality than we realize. Some people even take this to extremes and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars customizing their cars. Fitting it with spinning rims, under-lights, and hydraulic suspension systems.
The Fast and the Furious movies are a great example of how diverse and colorful the world of car modifications actually is. But for someone just starting out, it can be a daunting prospect to kit out your car. Especially considering the hefty price tag associated with it.
But you don’t need to break the bank to make your car your own. And you don’t need all the spinning rims and neon lights either. You can go for a more practical and personal approach. So today we are going to be looking at how to kit out your car’s music set-up. We are thinking of music lovers and audiophiles with this, so it’ll be looking at the best of the best ideas.
Installing the Right Head Unit
The heart and soul of any car’s sound system is the Head Unit. Or in layman’s terms, the CD player. Not every head unit these days comes with a CD player either anymore. But most do. This is where everything connects to. Be that via Bluetooth or by traditional cables. So you want to make sure you have picked a good one.
When it comes to picking a good head unit you will need to look at its power. The greater its power output, the higher-quality sound it will produce. And you’ll be able to use better speakers in your car too. A weak power head unit will only work with weak power speakers. So make sure you have selected a powerful unit.
You’ll also want to make sure it has all the features you want. Chances are you will want Bluetooth connectivity so you can sync up to your phone. Plus you will most likely want Bass Assist and treble boost as well.
Make Sure you Get the Right Speakers
Speaking of speakers, you will want to ensure you have the perfect set to go with your head unit. A fancy head unit is all well and good, but with poor speakers, you will have essentially wasted all your money. The first thing to look at is the power of the speaker. Like the head unit, lower power means worse sound quality.
You also need to make sure it can actually fit into your car. I’ve seen hundreds of people hurry to buy a fancy speaker only to return it a week later because it didn’t fit at all. So make sure to measure up before you buy.
You’ll need quite a few speakers as well. Some in the front of your car and some in the back. The ones up front will produce the clearest sound, so these will want to be the best ones. But you can afford to go a little lower on the price range for the rear speakers.
Finding the Right Subwoofer
This one is for the true audiophiles and bass-heads amongst us. A subwoofer is a specialized speaker designed to boost lower frequency pitches. Most notably is its ability to boost the bass. You will still need main speakers, but having a few subwoofers is a great way to enhance your car’s sound system.
Subwoofers, due to being specialized, aren’t as cheap as regular speakers. But they are well worth the investment. You need to make sure you are buying a shallow mount subwoofer, as these are the ones designed for cars. For reference, these shallow mount subwoofer sound system reviews will give you a good idea of what to look out for.
Again, as with a speaker, you need to be aware of the power output/input for a subwoofer and how it compares to your head unit. A weaker unit will have weaker audio quality. But if you pick one with higher power needs than your head unit, chances are it won’t function at all.