Car Audio Systems: What to Look For When Upgrading Your Car’s Audio


Many car owners enjoy listening to music while driving, but not all cars come equipped with a great audio system. If you’re looking to upgrade your car’s audio system, there are a few things you should keep in mind. In this blog post, we’ll give you an overview of what to look for when upgrading your car’s audio system.

When upgrading your car’s audio system, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, decide whether you want an aftermarket or OEM system. Second, choose the type of speaker that best suits your needs. And finally, make sure to get an amplifier that can power your speakers adequately. With these tips in mind, you’re sure to find the perfect car audio systems for your needs!

Choosing the Right System

You may think that the first thing to consider is what type of audio system you want. However, not all audio systems will fit in your car. For example, some car owners make the mistake of buying the largest subwoofer system only to learn that it doesn’t fit in the trunk area where they wanted it to fit. Additionally, you may want to consider which system is compatible with your current radio interface system or if you’ll need to also upgrade the radio system. This is highly affected by how your dashboard system is set up and whether or not you have the space to upgrade to the right radio interface. That being said, there are so many radio interface systems now that you may be able to find the right one online and have it shipped to you or the person that is installing the system for you.

There are two main types of audio systems: aftermarket and OEM. Aftermarket audio systems are those that are installed after the car has been purchased, while OEM systems are those that come installed in the car from the factory. OEM systems tend to be more expensive, but they also offer better sound quality and features. If you’re looking for the best possible sound quality, then an OEM system is the way to go. However, if you’re on a budget, then an aftermarket system may be a better option.

In addition to the budget, an OEM system is meant to fit a specific space and isn’t commonly chosen when upgrading a sound system considering that the features people are looking for can often be found in aftermarket audio systems.

Choosing the Right Speakers

The next thing to consider is what kind of speakers you want. There are three main types of speakers: woofers, tweeters, and full-range speakers. Woofers are responsible for reproducing low frequencies like a low base, tweeters reproduce high frequencies like a high-frequency guitar sequence, and full-range speakers reproduce both low and high frequencies. The type of speaker you choose will depend on your personal preferences and the type of music you listen to. If you like bass-heavy music, then woofers are a good option. If you prefer crisp highs, then tweeters may be a better choice. And if you want a balance of both lows and highs, then full-range speakers may be the best option. 

Typically, affordable full-range speakers are really good at getting frequencies closer to the middle and typically struggle to get the super low range or the super high range. Because of this, if you want a really good system for both, you either need to spend more on a higher-end full-range speaker or install both woofers and tweeters. This option takes up more space but it ensures that you’ll be able to get the deep ranges in frequency when wired incorrectly.

Choosing an Amplifier

Finally, you’ll need to decide on an amplifier. An amplifier takes the signal from your head unit and boosts it so that your speakers can reproduce it at higher levels without distortion. The wattage rating of the amplifier should match or exceed the wattage rating of your speakers. For example, if your speakers are rated for 50 watts RMS (root mean square), then you’ll need an amplifier rated for at least 50 watts RMS. The amplifier spec sheet and speaker spec sheet will help you identify how many watts you’ll need for the system to work its best.

Installing Your New Audio System

Installing a car audio system is not a difficult task if you know what you are doing. The first thing to do is to remove the old stereo and speakers, then disconnect the wiring harnesses. Powered speakers are connected to a power source and require an amplifier or a receiver. Unpowered speakers do not need any external connections, so they can be used with any car audio system.

The second step is to find the best place for your speakers in the car. The best location for powered speakers is in the front doors, which will give you better sound quality than other locations such as under the seats. For the unpowered speakers, it’s best to put them on the dashboard or on top of a door panel. Now you can install all of your speakers in their appropriate locations and wire them up.