Tag Archives: Car Stereo

The Idiot’s Guide to In-Car Speakers and Amps

  

Installing in-car speakers and amps can sound intimidating and although it may seem complicated, it isn’t! With a basic understanding of what you need to do you can install your equipment yourself. In order to complete the project, you will need a wrench, power cable, fuse, speaker cables and RCA cable. Now, here’s what to do … Step 1: Disconnect… Read more »

SD, USB, AUX – a stereo comparison

  

With the hundreds of stereos on the market these days, it is hard to know what features are important. Common features are SD slots, USB ports and AUX jacks but what does this mean? What do they do? And how necessary are they? Here, we look to answer all your questions on these important features. SD Starting with SD cards,… Read more »

A user’s guide to the best car stereos

  

Where do you start when it comes to which car stereo to get? The choice ranges from a stereo with a cassette player to a stereo with a DVD player on board. There are so many out there that choosing a way to play music is a minefield … but don’t panic, here is a user’s guide to some of… Read more »

A novice’s guide to in-car amplifiers

  

Chances are that you have an in-car stereo that you are perfectly happy with. It sounds ok and allows you to play your favourite CDs or MP3 Files. The reception on Radio 2 could perhaps be better in remote locations but, all in all, you have no complaints. The truth however is that your car stereo probably doesn’t sound as… Read more »

All-Time Great Road-Trip Playlists

  

There comes a time when the music in your car is much more than just the accompaniment to your commute: The road-trip. The road-trip isn’t just another journey. It is the means to a highly anticipated end and an opportunity to perfect the ideal soundtrack. The playlists archetypes below have stood the test of time and proven themselves beyond all… Read more »

Radio is Dead, Long live Radio! Has the in-car Analogue Radio met its Demise?

  

Radio has been mourned many times in its history, most notably in songs by Queen and The Buggles. While that may seem like an unfortunate eulogy, it is one that is happily premature. Yes, analogue radio is on the wane in terms of new production. Digital radio is now cheap and compact and MP3/Bluetooth integration has brought the iPod revolution… Read more »

Tips to protect your hearing while driving

  

Cars have given us some of the most recognisable sounds known to people. The rich, fat burble of an idling exhaust on a supercar. The vroom everyone made as a child discovering the Doppler Effect. Or, if you’re unlucky, the coughing fit and possible explosion that tells you it might be time to visit a garage. All these, and many… Read more »

Speak up! 5 signs your car needs new speakers

  

Whether they’ve blown out, degraded over time or you simply want to upgrade your system, changing your car speakers can be one of the quickest and most effective ways to improve your car audio. Here are five signs that it’s time to change your speakers: 1. The sound quality isn’t good enough to start with  Unless you have a new… Read more »

Musical tweeters: what do they do?

  

The way that your in-car sound system performs depends on the arrangement and the quality of a number of different components. Car amplifiers can be very different from domestic versions that are used for indoor audio and entertainment systems, but the quality of sound that is achievable in a car is comparable to the most high-end home set-up. High frequency… Read more »

How many channels does a car amplifier actually need?

  

Car amplifiers are the driving force behind any in-vehicle sound system as they process the sound and send the audio signals to the speakers. This means that the quality of sound you ultimately hear starts with the amp and the overall sound clarity, bass response, top end quality and potential volume output of a car’s audio system depends very much… Read more »