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How Does a Car Stereo Work?

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A good car stereo helps to make driving more enjoyable, and there are lots of great car stereos available. While many automakers include premium sound systems in their standard vehicle packages or offer them as optional equipment, there are also many great aftermarket stereo systems you can invest in to improve the sound quality of your car's speakers. Let’s examine the components of a quality car audio system.

Head Units Control Input

The head is where the audio signal originates. The signal might be from the radio or an input, like Bluetooth, digital, or a CD if you still use them. Most people refer to the head unit as the radio or stereo, which is fine. The technical term is the head, and that’s where your audio entertainment begins. It does let you control the volume and signal quality to get the best sound reproduction.

Amplifiers Boost Sound

An amplifier is what boosts the signal produced by the head unit of a good car stereo. The amplifier makes it possible to generate high volume at the speakers and fill the passenger cabin with outstanding sound reproduction. The amplifier determines the maximum wattage output that drives the speakers. Some amplifiers are included in the head units while others are separate pieces of hardware that you can install between the head unit and the speakers.

Speakers Provide Sound

Speakers are what reproduce the sound that you hear in the passenger cabin. Speakers have different power ratings that determine the maximum wattage that they can support. It’s important to ensure the amplifier won’t overpower the speakers and damage them. Most car speakers contain woofers, tweeters, and midrange speakers in one compact unit and might have as many as 10 or more speakers to give a good range of sound that fills the cabin without having to crank the volume.

Subwoofers Boost Bass

Many people like to boost the power of the very low end of the sound spectrum with one or more subwoofers. The subwoofer usually has a very large speaker to amplify the bass. The bigger the speaker, the better the bass. Some subwoofers have one very large speaker or two or more small speakers to drive the bass.

Are you looking for your own new car stereo system? Choose The Specialists Car Audio. You can call or visit our storefronts to learn more and price a system for your vehicle. We look forward to working with you!

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