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Car speakers can be a complicated thing if you don’t know what you look for as there are many factors that play into finding the right one for you. First off you want to make sure that you’re getting a good deal money wise. Doing the research on this is very important, it can be tempting to snag the first one you think will work but get a good list going of what is compatible and make a decision.

Even though audio systems are one of the least vital pieces of equipment in an automobile, travelers can’t imagine being in the car without music. One size doesn’t fit all; a perfect car stereo for one may not be true for the other. Individuals while seeking a car stereo should acknowledge their preference and budget. In this article, we will guide you on how to find the best speakers for your car.

Types of car speakers:

Car speakers come in many different styles and are made by thousands of different companies. The come with detachable faces, tape players, CD players, Mp3 players, and so many buttons and whistles that it is amazing that they cannot was the dishes by themselves. Selecting the one that will best suit your needs takes a bit of homework on your part.

Coaxial Speakers

The most common type of car speakers, these are typically factory installed by the manufacturer. Usually, there are two pairs of speakers, one pair in the front, one in the back, though some manufacturers offer up to 8 speakers. Factory installed coaxial car speakers typically lack an amplifier and sub-woofer. The sound quality reproduction is mediocre, but gets the job done quite adequately. Audiophiles will of course want to buy something better than what comes pre-installed in the cars. Hence, the more tweeters you have, the clearer the audio reproduction.

Caveat: many car manufacturers are nowadays offering 6 and 8 car speaker systems. Unless otherwise mentioned, these are typically just your four regular mid-range cone woofers. The tweeters aren’t mounted on top of the woofers. Instead, they make up the last two “speakers”, hence giving you the 6 or 8 speaker configuration. This is a trick employed by car manufacturers to increase the perceived value of their product without delivering any difference in the performance.

Component Car Speaker System

This is the higher end, custom installed speaker system. In this system, the tweeters and woofers are separate. Additionally, it includes a set of crossover filter networks. These filters essentially improve the sound quality by distributing the audio signal to the relevant components. If the signal is of a high frequency, then it would be diverted to the tweeter. If it is below 10,000 Hz, it would be directed to the woofer. The result is far greater fidelity and clarity in audio reproduction.

Additionally, many component car speaker systems also have a sub-woofer for handling low level frequencies (i.e. more bass or ‘punch’). Some systems also have an amplifier that further increases the audio output quality and ‘punch’.

There are more speaker and audio companies than there are stereo companies, and thousands of different choices in this genre as well. You can invest in a two thousand dollar set from sharper image, but chances are that it is just a vanity purchase. You can spend much less money on a set of speakers and get the same quality of sound.  You’ll definitely wanted to get yourself educated online, here’s a great article regarding powerful speakers recommended by car audio logic.

One should also do a little homework in researching consumer reports on the brand you want to buy. One could use the vast library called the internet, or a regular library, or even go to your local grocery store and pick a copy up from the magazine rack. These articles are usually easy to read and written to the lowest level so that everyone can understand them clearly.

When checking out your options in stereos, you may choose to install a good subwoofer as well. These are a little harder to install, but create a deep and booming bass sound that will have your windows rattling and maybe the nerves of the driver in the car next to you. It is always fun to see other people’s reactions to this.

A speaker’s design material will determine its durability and sound quality. Woofers produce low musical notes and to effectively produce those notes, its material should be stiff yet lightweight and be able to bear the atmospheric pressure and changes. Since tweeters produce high musical notes, its material should be refined, but for individuals who prefer a more energetic display, metal, ceramics, or graphite are advised.

When you’re buying car speakers, take a look at the material used. Denser materials such as fiber glass, Kevlar, etc. tend to produce deeper, richer bass in the cone woofers. Woofers should ideally be made of dense, thick wood. Last, but not the least, to get the best car speakers, take some time to listen to a demo.

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