There are a few things to remember when buying new car audio. It is expensive, and so it’s important that you make the right decisions. If you are unsure about the type of things, you need to be considerate of when choosing a new stereo system for your car, then read on, because below, we have provided you with some very useful advice.
What is your budget?
The first thing to consider is your budget. As long as you know how much you have to spend, you can work out the best stereo set up for your money.
For example, if you have £500+ to spend, that bodes very well. You will be able to get a decent head unit and decent speakers for that, as well as being able to pay for a professional installation.
However, if you only have £200, you might want to think about changing only one or two things in the system, for example, just changing the head unit or just the changing the speakers. With this type of project, it is usually something that you improve over time. For instance, this month you have £200 to change the head unit, but in three months’ time, you might be able to save another £200 to change the speakers.
Will you need to make any modifications to your car?
Whether you are willing to make modifications or not, can sometimes dictate which system you will buy. For example, if you do not want to make modifications – maybe you're scared to cut into your car, or you don’t have the money to pay for someone to do it.
If you are not willing to make modifications, then you will need to buy equipment that fits your existing slots. For instance, most head units come in a size known as DIN, half DIN, or Double DIN. You need to buy a head unit that matches the size of the slot on your dashboard. Again, if you’re stuck, ask your local car audio shop, or follow the link at the bottom of the page to ask the advice of a London car audio shop.
Will you choose a DAB radio?
We would always recommend against buying an analogue radio nowadays. The DAB (or digital) radios are much better. You will have access to a greater amount of content. There will be less cracking and hissing – well, none, actually. They are generally better all round.
What type of audio files do you have?
You should buy a stereo that can play your particular music library. For example, if your music files tend to be in the MP3 format, then it makes sense that you buy an MP3-compatible system. Think about the type of library you will have in the future, too. If you use CDs now, but you want to move to MP3, then there’s little point buying a CD player.
We hope that you have found this article useful. However, we understand that your car stereo system is often a tailored system, and that you might need individual advice. If you require personalised advice, then please visit our website.