4 Tips For Upgrading Your Car’s Audio System

by Rae Castillon

If you’ve ever been driving down the road, listening to your music and thinking “this could sound so much better”, then you should look into upgrading your car’s audio system.


There’s nothing wrong with your car’s stock speakers, but you know that you could easily be doing so much better than you are right now. You want that punchy bass, those rich tones, and everything in between.


Upgrading your car’s audio system is a solid step in the right direction, but we have some tips for you before you get started. Take a look at the list below to see what you should check off before getting started.

Make Sure You Have Enough Power

You don’t need to have a degree in engineering to know that everything needs power. Whether that’s coming from a hamster running on a wheel to electricity, you need power to make sure everything runs well.


If you’re adding a sound system, subwoofer, or speakers to your car’s audio system, you might not have enough power to make sure everything runs smoothly. This could result in your speakers not even turning on to actual damage.


With some sets, you may need an external amplifier to make sure you’re getting the power you need. It’s part of the overall prep work you should be doing before any big installation or change.


When searching for speakers, you might see brands talk about peak power and RMS. RMS is the more important specification here, as it refers to the continuous power your speaker will have. Peak power is the maximum power it can handle, but something you’re never likely to approach.

DIY Will Save You Money, But…

If you fancy yourself a DIYer, then you might want to try installing your own audio system. It’s going to save you money by not taking it to a professional and there’s always something rewarding about doing big projects yourself.


You might also be a DIY expert, having tackled multiple projects in the past. But…


Each and every car stereo speaker, and subwoofer is different. Some you may find the installation to be easy and quick while other systems may not even come with instructions.




Even though it can be hard to believe, some companies are content to just give you the box, a pat on the back, and say “good luck”.


It depends greatly on which speakers or subs you decide to buy, so be sure and do your research ahead of time.

Add A Head Unit

You might have noticed that your stock speakers aren’t up to snuff and neither is your stock stereo. There’s nothing wrong with it, it just offers basic sound tweaking abilities and supremely average sound.


A good head unit is going to let you customize your car audio system to perfection, making sure you adjust every little bit until it’s a fine-tuned machine. It may take some fidgeting and some time to break it in, but adding a head unit is going to increase your sound quality.


Not all head units are made equal though and many were designed with older car models in mind. Some can be a bit cumbersome to set up, so once again it pays to do plenty of research.

The Size Of Your Car Is Important

Did your parents ever buy you a shirt or shoes that were way too big but shrugged it off by saying you’d grow into it? While that might have worked for your sneakers, it’s not going to work for your car.


Let’s say you want to add a subwoofer for that awesome bass kick. If you drive a compact car or make frequent use of your trunk space, then you may not be able to go all the way and purchase a traditional subwoofer.Instead, you might be better off with a shallow mount subwoofer which requires less space. You’re going to lose a little bit of that hard-hitting bass, but it’s better than nothing.


Other speakers, like tweeters, may block parts of your car such as your windows or air vents. Make sure you’re looking at all aspects before you start taking your new speakers out of the box.

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