Loud is Easy. Good is Hard.
Swapping out an anonymous factory amp for a top-shelf brand name is a good start to improving your sound system. It will certainly make it louder. But what about making it sound better?
Bringing sound to life? That’s a real work of art.
Challenges to Great Car Audio
Unlike the controlled environment of a home theater, the interior of moving cars is replete with obstacles that make audio sound rough (beyond your tone deaf buddies singing along).
Speaker Positioning: Default speaker positioning isn’t necessarily the best placement for your specific vehicle.
Reflective Surfaces: Glass windows, thick seats, and even your passengers themselves bounce sound.
Road Noise: Even luxury vehicles suffer from tire hum, engine whine, wind, exhaust, and assorted body rattles.
Car Material: Fiberglass, metal, and plastic don’t combine to make the best quality sound experience.
Fix #1: High Quality Premium Speakers
The best place to start? Quality speakers. Yes, they cost a few more bucks, but nothing makes music come alive like the right speakers. So what separates regular speakers from their “High Quality” brothers?
Look for materials like ex-beryllium, kevlar, carbon fiber, and mult-laminate for smoother frequency response
Xmax identifies how far a speaker can move with minimum distortion. Higher Xmax = Lower Distortion
You want bigger voice coils, stronger magnets, and wider rubber surrounds sustained high output
We’re not going to lie — the science behind speaker engineering is super techy. Best advice? Talk to one of our speaker pros to find the best match for your ride.
Fix #2: Sound Damping
Want to make $99 sale speakers sound like $500 premiums? Want to boost bass and enrich mid-tones WITHOUT turning up the volume? Damping reduces road noise, muffles rattling car parts, and improves overall audio fidelity. And you never even see it!
Fix #3: System Design, Equalizers, & DSPs
System Design Every vehicle layout is unique, making speaker placement and angling critical. Poor design leads to a psychotic mix of highs, lows, and variations in volume.
Equalizers Think you got this covered because your stereo has bass and treble control? Yeah, this isn’t that. Add-on equalizers provide multiple points for adjusting frequency response and varying widths of each EQ band, so you can really zero in on precise sound.
Digital Sound Processors (DSP)