The Best Car Audio For 2020 -Buy Guide And Reviews
How to choose the best Car Audio
Benefits of Car Audio Systems
- Louder sounds. Factory audio systems are generally limited as far as power output is concerned, and less power means quieter sounds coming out of the speakers. This can make music harder to hear over other ambient noises, such as when driving down the highway or having the air conditioner on high.
- Better quality. The top-rated car audio systems out there come equipped with equalizers designed to produce the best audio quality possible. This will add a whole new dimension to your listening experience and an appreciation for some of the subtleties that are lost on lower-quality systems.
- More features. While newer audio systems that come from the factory have many more options and features than their predecessors, they are still lacking when compared to some of the best car sound systems out there. Some of these features include the ability to play different media formats, higher power output, and docking stations.
- Good investment. Putting a new audio system in your car is a great way to increase its value, which will come in handy when it’s time to sell. On the other hand, you might choose to take your audio system with you and improve the sound in your next car. Either way, a car audio system is a good investment.
Car Audio Systems Pricing
- $50-$150: The number of stereo components you’re looking for will greatly influence how much you can expect to spend. That said, there are many bundle packages available with a receiver, speakers, and amplifier that are affordable. At this price range, you can expect receivers with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, 6×9-inch or 6.5-inch speakers with mica cones, and small external amplifiers.
- $150-$300: Mid-range equipment will have more features that will please car audio enthusiasts. Head units that read MP3 and FLAC files, subwoofers that pump out the heavy base, and 12-band equalizers are all common at this price point.
- $300 and up: As you go higher in price, you’ll find some of the best in-car entertainment systems in the industry. For a few hundred dollars, you can purchase aftermarket receivers that are customized to fit into your vehicle and professional-sounding speaker systems that are used in competitions.
- Single- or Double-DIN: Depending on the make, model, and year of your car, it will either have a single- or double-DIN receiver slot in the dash. Double-DIN receivers are twice the size of their single counterparts and are found in most newer vehicles. Single-DIN receivers can be placed in double-DIN slots using special mounting brackets.
- Smartphone Integration: Receiver manufacturers are increasingly offering products that come with full smartphone integration. This means you can make phone calls, play music, open apps, and scroll through your contacts list conveniently from the display on your receiver.
Also called a head unit, this is the brains of an audio system that sits in the dash and has an interface that you can interact with. Newer receivers are referred to as infotainment systems because they provide useful information such as navigation details and vehicle status updates in addition to entertainment.
Car speakers are separated into categories based on the frequency of soundwaves that they produce. In order from highest to lowest frequency are tweeters, mid-range, and subwoofers. Tweeters are directional and usually placed in the dash, mid-range speakers are ambient and installed in the doors, and woofers produce deep bass and are placed behind the back seat in the trunk.
An equalizer is the most important piece of equipment in your audio system for optimizing sound quality. Depending on your setup, you can have either an external equalizer or one that is built into the receiver. It works by using different filters to accentuate or mask different tones as well as minimize distortion.
This component increases the amount of wattage that is sent to the speakers. This, in turn, increases the output of the speakers, which means louder music. The amount of amplification available is measured in gain, which is the ratio of output wattage to the input voltage.
How To Choose The Right Car Stereo
We know that not everyone shares our passion for car audio, so if you’re not sure what to look for when you need a new car stereo, here’s what we think you should consider.
1. Why Would You Change Your Car Stereo?
If you’re fed up with poor sound quality, are spending more time in the car, or have just changed your car, then maybe you need a new car stereo. You might be replacing an old cassette player or wondering whether there’s an alternative to a CD multichanger.
2. SD Card, Aux In, USB?
Nowadays, you don’t just have to settle for the radio or a CD to provide you with in car entertainment. Depending on the model of car stereo you choose, you can listen to your MP3 music via an SD card, aux in lead or even via a USB pen drive. This convenience means that you never have to carry a huge CD collection with you in the car to listen to your favourite songs.
Bluetooth car stereos allow you to pair your phone with your car audio system. This will let you make and take calls safely and legally without needing a dedicated car kit. Although you may miss out on some functionality and convenience, it’s extremely cost effective.
We sell the leading car audio brands that you know well, including Alpine, JVC, Kenwood and Sony, as well as some brands you may not know.
We only stock the brands and models we’d use in our cars, so you will be reassured that if we sell it then it’s good enough for us, and so should meet your requirements.
5. Seamless Integration
We can make it look like your new car stereo was originally supplied with your car, thanks to our range of car-model specific fitting kits and fascias. Your new in car sound system won’t look out of place and won’t attract the wrong sort of attention.
6. Remote Control
Although remote control might seem like a bit of a gimmick in the car, you’ll be much safer using a remote control to operate your car stereo. Some models have a wireless remote control, like a smaller version of your TV remote, so your or any of your passengers can quickly find favourite tracks or change the radio station. Other models will integrate with your existing radio controls on your steering wheel, meaning that you can leave your hands on the steering wheel.
The digital display will provide you with the information you need. From the radio station you’re listening to, to the name of who’s calling you, you’ll be able to see everything at a glance. On some models it’s possible to change the display colours, making it easier to read at night, or even in bright sunshine.
8. Sound Quality
Car audio sound quality is important, and so you can be confident that when you choose one of our car stereos, you’ll be impressed with how clear your in car entertainment is. Whether you listen to Radio 4, or dance music, we’ve got the right car audio for you. Remember than better car speakers and an amplified subwoofer will make a big difference too.
9. Value For Money
Our car stereos offer great value for money, and are definitely a worthwhile investment, If you enjoy your music, listening to talk radio or podcasts, or just spend a long time in the car, then don’t you deserve a better car radio?.
10. Car Audio Installation
We understand that not everyone has the skills, time or patience to install a new car stereo and get it working at its best. That’s why we’ve got a dedicated car audio installation team who will fit your new car stereo for you.
If you’d prefer to let us do the hard work, or don’t know one end of a car electronics wiring loom from another, then just let us know when you order, and we’ll gladly fit your new car stereo for you.