Hey everyone welcome back to another interesting topic here on Daily Driven Lifestyle. Today we will go over car audio and car headunits and accessories on what they can do to make your daily commute so much more enjoyable. Sometimes the oem car stereos are just not what you expect them to be so that’s where the aftermaket car stereo industry comes in. On a personal note i always had cars that never really had a great sound system so to upgrade it with an aftermarket headunit and brand new speakers was very much needed. Sometimes just upgrading for an aftermarket headunit is as huge upgrade even without new speakers but if you want better sound you got to have it all.
What is the importance of the head unit?
The headunit is the main component of every car audio system. They are the starting point of every sound and music coming out of your car speakers and subwoofers. Some cars comes equipped with a premium sound systems speaking of which they don’t necessarily need to be changed unless you are looking for more performance or add aftermarket components to your sound system. In my case the oem headunit just didn’t deliver to my expectations in term of sound quality and I also wanted more options on the headunit such as Apple CarPlay and be able to add an aftermarket subwoofer.
Speakers which ones to choose? – component or coaxial?
In the speakers category they are two types of speakers available on the market and those are the components or the coaxial. As far as those types of speakers it all comes down to what systems you already have installed into your car. If your car has components speakers already installed in your car i would suggest that you get aftermarket components speakers. The components are two separate speakers the midrange speaker, those delivers more bass than the coaxial and the tweeter which delivers the high frequency and have crystal clear sound. The coaxial on the other hand the speaker and the tweeter is combined into one those can have a good sound but they have a tendency to deliver less bass than components but still delivers a crystal clear sound. This choice depends on your preferences and your car setup many websites can help you to find which size fits best in your car.
Unlocking the power – car amplifiers
Car ampliers are necessary if you are looking to install one or more subwoofers. On the other hand for your speakers an amplifier is not required if you have an aftermarket headunit because those are already pre-amplified. If your are looking for more sound and nuances from your headunit an amplifier is highly suggested. Most headunits comes pre-amplified with in general 50 watts peak per channels but car amplifiers can deliver more power for more power hungry speakers so if you are looking for more sound a new aftermarket headunit speakers and amplifier combo is your best bet but it all depends on what your are looking for. Everyone is different so is everybody’s taste.
Peak watts vs RMS watts – what is the difference?
And now the questions everybody is wondering about, what is the difference between peak power vs rms power. I can explain that difference like horsepower in a car. Let’s take peak power and break horsepower, peak power is the ultimate power that can be put out by the amplifier like break horsepower is the ultimate power the engine is putting out. On the other hand rms power is like wheel horsepower, rms power is how much power delivered to each channels like wheel horsepower is how much power delivered to the wheels of the car. Peak power is a number to look for but rms is more important since it’s that number that will tell you how much power your sound system will deliver. When buying a set of speakers and subwoofers make sure you do not buy an over powered amplifier compared to your speakers you risk damaging your equipment and it goes the same as for the speakers and subwoofers vs the amplifier since an over powered set of speakers vs an under powered amplifier will make the amplifier clip since it is drawing too much power from the amplifier.
Also another important thing to consider is the wiring that you need to buy that will deliver all that power from you car battery to your amps. You need to choose the right gauge for the amount of power your targeting your amps to be and also the application. In other words the more power you want and further away the amps and battery is from each other the bigger the gauge of the wire needs to be the lower the power and the closest the amps is from the battery smaller the gauge of the wire needs to be. There is also 2 types of amp wiring kit sold on the market there is the OFC oxygen free copper and CCA copper clad aluminum which is 10-15% copper and 85-90%, aluminum wire CCA wire cost less but are less conductive.. Which one is best? OFC wire has the best conductivity since it is 100% pure copper wire but the cost is slightly more.
To recap everything your need to know about car audio
There you have it if you want a better performing sound system in your car you got to start with an aftermarket headunit, it is the first step into achieving better sound quality into your ride. Now if you want more bass you hook up an amp and subwoofers combo which will give you more bass. Then if you want even more you can add aftermarket speakers which will deliver better sound quality and louder compared to the oem system. Then if you want more power you can hookup an additional amp to power your speakers. You should look for the power numbers to make sure you match them as much as possible and be sure to keep that investment you just made to your car stereo system safe. Finally when it comes to buying and amp wiring kit it’s all subjective but if you are looking for reliable power for your amps OFC wire is your best bet.
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