In the 50's and 60's we lived in our cars! From home - to - Car Hop - to Drive in Theater - to home again.
Today - there is simply not much you can do to "SOUP UP" your ride - it's mainly done at the factory.
BUT, this 44 page EBOOK can give you selected tips making your SOUND SYSTEM EASY! That's one of the few things
someone can "SOUP UP" and impress his girl! Don't miss out on this EBOOK!
Duh, It’s A Car Stereo!
If you are new to the car stereo market, you may find yourself overwhelmed at the sheer
number of parts and accessories that can make up a top of the line car stereo system.
article, we'll explore the basic components that make up a functioning car stereo system.
The Head Unit: Making It Happen
You may have seen the term "head unit" before and not known what exactly it was. Simply put
the head unit is the part of your car stereo that actually produces the music from radio, tape,
CD, or other device.
But nowadays you can also get head units for your car stereo that can play
DVDs or music and video from USB flash drives or memory cards.
Head units have sure come
a long ways from when people used to install home stereo equipment in their vehicles!
Amplifiers: Bring the Boom
While your head unit may provide its own internal amplification (which may be enough for you),
at some point most car stereo enthusiasts will want to add amplifiers to the mix.
Simply put, and
amplifier takes a signal coming out of your head unit, and makes it louder. Be careful when
shopping for amplifiers, as some of the large amps can draw over 100 amps; this may be well
over what your alternator and battery can provide, and can cause damage to those
Speakers: Woofers, Tweeters, What?
The best head unit and amp is completely useless without speakers. Speakers, regardless of
size, all do one thing: take the electrical signal coming from either the head unit's internal amp
or your external amp and turn it into sound, usually loud sound.
The different types of speakers
are classified by the range of sounds they can reproduce. Tweeters, for example, only
reproduce high pitches, while woofers reproduce the upper bass ranges.
midrange sounds, strangely enough, while subwoofers cover sounds from the low bass all the
way down to sub sonic (those sounds you can feel but not hear). Subwoofers are usually the
first candidate for external amplifiers, since they require large amounts of current to make that
bone shaking bass.
Putting It All Together
Let's review: head units take your CD or tape and convert it to electrical signals. The amplifier
makes this signal larger, and finally the speakers take that signal and make sound out of it.
These are the base components you need for any car stereo installation. The accessories, such
as crossovers and signal isolators, may or may not be needed for your particular application.
These are the basics you need to know for all car stereo systems. Now that you have a better
idea what all these different terms actually mean, you should be able to shop intelligently for
your new car stereo system.
Just remember, as always, while you get what you pay for, you
don't necessarily have to have the absolute best (and most expensive) parts for a good sound.
More often than not, a midrange product will provide the best bang for your buck. And
remember, it's all modular!
You don't HAVE to buy every piece all at once. You can start with
the head unit, and simply wire it's built in amplifier into your factory car stereo speakers. Add a
sub and an amp later if you want, or replace the factory speakers with higher quality ones, it's all
up to you.
How to: A Car Stereo Installation Guide
If you have ever looked into buying a new car stereo system, you probably realize that the costs
of having it professionally installed can almost double the cost of your new system. But there is
always the other option: do it yourself.
While a car stereo installation can be complicated, there
is nothing in particular that prevents you from doing it yourself, as long as you are willing to put
in the time and effort to learn how before you diving into the project.
Not only can you learn a lot,
but there is always a sense of satisfaction when you fire it up for the first time, knowing you did it
Patience and caution are paramount here. Some car stereo equipment is quite expensive, not to
mention the price of your car to begin with!
So be careful, proceed slowly, and if you have
doubts, find out the answer to whatever is bothering you before you continue. Not taking it slow
and carefully can lead to a botched install or even broken equipment or a damaged vehicle.
Beginners are advised to keep it simple the first time around. Don't try to install a full car theater
system with LCD displays and DVD players or video games for your first installation.
the head unit. This is both the easiest and the most critical thing to get right the first time. Often
the wiring harness that plugs into your factory stereo will need an adapter to get the correct
electrical connections to the power and speaker system already in your car.
And being able to
reuse your factory wiring makes things much easier down the road when replacing the factory
speakers. Don't just cut the harness off! Use an adapter.
If you ever want to replace the head
unit again, things will be much easier if you can simply unplug the old adapter and replace it
with a new one for the new head unit.
The head unit will also probably require an adapter kit of some kind to fit properly in the factory
dash hole. Most factory systems are either custom or what is called "Double DIN", whereas
most aftermarket head units are single DIN form factor.
Sometimes, filing away parts of the trim surrounding the mounting area will be needed.
Do some test fits before you bolt everything down.
Speakers are a very important part of any quality audio system.
While you may be able to get
sound from your factory speakers with that new head unit, replacing those factory speakers with
high quality aftermarket ones can make a huge difference in the quality of your sound.
For your first speaker installations, you should try to replace the speakers in the factory
This is a fairly simple procedure, but can require removing interior panels to
access the speaker mounting locations. This method is advantageous because you can use the
existing brackets and wiring.
More complicated is mounting speakers in locations that didn't originally have speakers, or
putting larger speakers in existing mounting locations.
This will often require metalworking and
building boxes and baffles to accommodate the new speakers. But if you don't have any factory
speakers, or they are in bad locations, this may be your only option.
Just be careful, and if the
project requires a lot of reshaping of the cars metal locations, you should consider having it
professionally done; this kind of work is best done with specific tools that most home
enthusiasts don't have. such as plasma cutters and pneumatic sheet metal formers.
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