Are you thinking of installing a new car stereo system in your car? Are you thinking of doing it yourself, but you're not quite sure if you have the required knowledge? If so, then you have come to the right place. Below, we are going to look at the type of knowledge that you will need to have if you want to replace your sound system properly.
If you lack any of the skills listed below, either learn more about them, or consider using a special sound installation service, which you will be able to find at your local car audio shop. .
1. Knowledge of the various types of speaker set up.
Clearly, if you don’t know the difference between a tweeter, a woofer, and a subwoofer, then you certainly should not attempt to upgrade your sound system yourself. A lack of knowledge in this area means that you are highly likely to lack knowledge in other areas.
2. Knowledge of power handling in sound systems.
Power handling is very important when installing a new sound system. Each part of the stereo system – from the head unit to the speakers – needs to be powered correctly: not too much and not too little, but just right. This involves knowledge of amplifiers, speakers, and head units, as well as technical jargon, such as RMS. If you don’t know what any of that means, then you need to get help with your car sound installation.
3. Knowledge of soldering.
When installing a new system, it’s highly likely that you will need to solder. You will need to have a fairly good grasp of soldering, because you will need to know how to taper wires and ensure maximum current transfer.
4. Knowledge of electronics.
You will need to have a decent grasp of electronics. For instance, you will definitely need to understand the difference between ground wires and neutral wires. You can create a dangerous system if you aren’t sure what you’re doing.
5. Knowledge of car modification.
This one is not essential, but if you have bought a new sound system that requires modification to your car then it’s important that you know how to do this safely. For example, if you are installing speakers and they are larger than the speaker slots, you will need to cut into the car to create a sufficient space.
If you do not have experience in doing this, you can damage the car. At best, it will be ugly, at worse, you might compromise the strength of the car – e.g. if you cut into supporting structures.
However, it is not always necessary to have such information, and many stereos are standardised and fit the slots already present in the car. It’s only when you need to undertake an unusual car sound installation that you might run into problems here.
If you lack knowledge in any of the areas listed above, it’s important that you fill in the gaps before undertaking any sound installation project. If that sounds like too much hard work, then simply take your car to your nearest car installation specialist, and have it installed professionally.