So, you’ve just spent a hefty whack of savings on a new car only to find that it’s car-stereo system is a bit rubbish. Yes, this is exactly what you should expect; unless you’re buying a car that’s renowned for its audio technology (e.g. Audi) it’s very likely that the stereo will be bad.
From the car manufacture’s perspective, this makes sense: they’re selling you the car, not the audio. Not everyone is an audiophile, so why would they bother catering to the most particular customers, when everyone else is happy with a cheaper system? The truth is that they don’t.
Fortunately, it’s not too difficult, nor too expensive, to upgrade your entire system. Just a few simple changes can make a huge difference. Below, we’re going to explore the various things that you can do to improve your in-car music experience.
1.Change the speakers: if you have a limited budget, then the most important thing is usually to change the speakers. This is where the manufacturers scrimp the most, so they’re often very low quality. If you’ve bought a second-hand car, and they’ve never changed the speakers, then they might have blown too.
For as little as £50 you can change the speakers. Even the most basic speakers are often better than the manufacturers’ speakers, and certainly better than speakers that have blown.
2.Add sound proofing: a major issue with cars and music is that cars are huge hunks of metal. This means that the soundwaves bounce around and reverberate. This affects the quality of the music; it will sound distorted and off. It’s relatively straightforward to fix; you need to add sound-deadening materials.
You have many options, so go and speak to your local car audio shop. Our local car audio Romford specialist sells floor mats, special material for placing inside the doors, and various other sound deadening options. It will make a huge difference to the car, and can cost as little as £20. The good thing is that you don’t have to pay over the odds, because even a little amount of sound deadening can make a huge difference. Plus, you'll annoy the neighbours less.
3.Change the head unit: this is relatively expensive. A decent head unit will set you back at least £150. However, they can make a huge, huge, amount of difference to your enjoyment of your in-car stereo.
i.Firstly, they can improve the quality hugely. They may have a greater power output, and so be able to play the music louder than before – especially if you combine this with an amp.
ii.Second, they can allow you to play many more files and formats. For example, if you buy a Bluetooth stereo, you can then connect your phone or tablet, and then listen to those files via the stereo. You can also add things like DVD players, so you can watch files (but not while you drive, obviously!).
iii.Thirdly, you have extra features, like satnav and hands free.
There are many benefits, and the ones you derive will depend on the unit you buy. For this reason, it’s important that you spend your time researching different head units. This way, you'll end up with a unit you like.