What would a long road trip with friends be without music? What would the morning commute sound like if you didn't have your favorite tunes to wake you up? Even if you're not an audiophile, the quality of your car's sound system can make a big difference. But most people don't know where to get started when thinking about improving their audio setup. If you're one of those people, keep reading below to discover three great tips that will help you get the most out of your car's speakers.
If you're playing music in your car through a digital device, you know that the digital bits of information stored on your music player in the form of zeros and ones need to be converted into analog sound so that you can actually hear the music being played.
But the quality of the music you hear is determined by the quality of the Digital Analog Converter (DAC) you have installed in your car stereo. So when you're comparing different models of car stereos, make it a point to evaluate the different DACs each one includes. Buying a higher-end stereo system without a quality DAC is like buying a Ferrari with a motorcycle engine inside.
One foolproof way to make an already great audio system sound terrible is to operate under the philosophy that more is always better, and turn up the tone controls as far as they can go. The fact is that if you want to get the most out of your car's sound system, you should never try to boost the bass, treble or mid-range frequencies more than necessary. Contrary to what most people believe, overusing maxed-out tone controls will exhaust your system far more quickly than if you simply opt for more subtle frequency control and turn up the volume a little more.
It doesn't matter how loud your standard car stereo can get if you don't have a separate amplifier. When turned up to maximum volume, a car stereo straight from the factory will emit sound that is muddied, distorted and painful to listen to. That's why adding an outboard amplifier to your system may be the single best thing you can do to improve the quality of you car's stereo sound. And it doesn't matter if you never plan to blast music when taking the kids to school -- talk radio and audiobooks will sound better, too.
For more information, talk to audio equipment installers in your area.