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Picking the right stereo system for your car

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Picking the right stereo system for your car

Sezer Bozkurt
February 17, 2006

Most cars have a fairly average sound system in their car. This is why most people turn to after-market products to enhance their listening experience. There are so many different things to consider when enhancing your car stereo. We will go through some of these things in this article.

The first thing to consider is your car itself. Is it a 2 door, 4 door, hatch or sedan. This is important as it should greatly influence the type of sound system you purchase. Smaller cars don’t need as much power as larger cars, simply because there is smaller cabin space and too much power can be overkill.

Let’s start with a small car. Smaller cars generally have 4 speakers in the cabin. Simply upgrading these speakers will not be enough to greatly increase the sound quality. Most small cars come with CD players as standard, but the sound quality that can be obtained from the CD player will be quite poor. After all manufacturers don’t pay too much attention to the quality of music the CD player puts out. Upgrading the CD player to one that puts out 50watts per channel will give a great increase in sound quality.

For larger cars it gets a little more complicated. In some large cars there are 6 speakers in the cabin. It’s not necessary to replace all 6. Replacing the 4 will be sufficient. One thing to consider in larger cars is getting a sub-woofer. Sub-woofers usually sit in the boot of the car and can put out a good amount of bass depending on the sub-woofer. To run the sub-woofer and amplifier is also necessary.

Most manufacturers pay little attention to the sound systems in their cars but this doesn’t mean you have to put up with inferior sound quality. There are several products on the market that can make your listening experience a lot more enjoyable.

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