12 Tips for Getting Better Car Audio

A car can be a great place to enjoy music, but many commuters still put up with marginal sound quality that they'd never tolerate at home. Here are some tips on how to improve your vehicle's sound, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.

  1. Don't be afraid to spend money on quality! It is important to view this as an investment-you will enjoy the return. 
  2. For best tuning dynamic, start tuning without subwoofer, then bring subwoofer in for low spectrum dynamic. 
  3. Your audio quality will only be as good as your source output. (Choose a good quality deck or source with good outputs) 
  4. For best results in overall quality. Always amplify speakers for punch, response, clarity, volume, and true frequency thresholds. 
  5. Make sure all satellite speakers are in phase. 
  6. Use quality wire and the correct gauge for your amplifiers. 
  7. Set median volume of radio before setting equalizer and amplifier gains. 
  8. Match your amplifier power to your speaker power rating. 
  9. Cars and bikes are very noisy; for clean audio, use sound deadening materials. 
  10. When integrating from factory units be sure to use hi/low converters or line drivers to aquire best signal voltage. 
  11. Use compact discs or high bitrate audio to tune a system. 
  12. Use Q-Tips for ear cleaning from time to time.