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Car Stereo Systems

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Car Stereo Systems

Jason Gluckman
March 1, 2006

You can customize your car stereo system by adding more features to what was originally installed by the manufacturer.

The main part of the car stereo is called the head unit, which may be a CD player, a radio or a tape player. In the olden days, there were tapedecks that were used as the head unit.

Advancements in acoustic technology have led to more improvements in the head unit, such as MP3, AAC and WMA, to support to the CD players. Most cars are designed with a CD changer, wherein multiple disks are held in the head unit.

There is a growing demand for high-end car stereo systems with component speakers, which are available in a combination of 2 or 3 speakers.

You need to be sure that you select the correct system, and for this it is always rewarding if you consult an expert. Selecting a good stereo system will go a long way in attaining your goal–listening to good music at all times, whether on the move or in the parking slot. The head unit or the CD player should have sound adjustments. The amplifier can be fixed under the seat with connections to the player.

Good quality cabling, wiring, and gold-plated terminals are a must in maintaining good-quality sound. Talking of crossovers, it is enough if you have passive ones. They help in listening to music so smoothly and correctly that you can hear even small sounds like a hiss.

Of late, there is a growing demand for quality in-car entertainment systems. The focal point of technologies in the automobile industry has been the car stereo systems. Before installing an audio system, check your vehicle’s electrical capability to handle the audio system.

In general, car stereo systems are much different from home audio systems. The limited space available in cars forces one to select a much smaller Head Unit size, say 1 DIN or 2 DIN. DIN represents the size of 50 mm * 178 mm. Within this space, automakers squeeze in as many features as possible, like DVD, navigation systems and CD or cassette players. This makes the designing of a Car Stereo system a complex task. However, you have a wide range of options in having audio in compressed format, such as MP3 and WMA.

Car Stereo Systems provides detailed information on Car Stereos, Car Stereo Systems, Car Stereo Installations, Car Stereo Speakers and more. Car Stereo Systems is affiliated with Wholesale Car Audio.



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