When you hear the words “Car Audio System” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? We’d be willing to bet you thought of a dashboard receiver, or “Deck.” While this is certainly a primary component of your car audio system, it is only one component of a larger whole that creates a beautiful system that produces the sound you’re looking for.
Car Audio Sources:
Arguably the most important component of your new car audio system is the audio sources that you’ll use most often. By this we mean are you going to be using CD’s, MP3’s, Radio, or are you looking for a nice balance between them? Do you want your system to have a DVD player built in? Basically, what features do you want in your new car audio system?
Apps and Smartphone Integration:
We’d be willing to bet that you own a smartphone. Once more than that, we’re very confident in assuming that you’ve used your smartphone to stream music at one point or another. With this in mind, we recommend that you look at a system that allows you to stream music from your smartphone through your car stereo either via Bluetooth, an auxiliary port connection, or via a USB connection that not only streams your music but also keeps your device charged. There are even decks out there that directly support Internet radio applications like Pandora, Spotify, or iHeart Radio. The immediate advantage to one of these decks being safety. This is because they allow you to stream your favorite Internet radio program without having to take your eyes off the road to look at your phone, which has the added benefit of allowing you to remain compliant with the Nevada “Hands Free” law which states that you are not allowed to talk, text, or otherwise use your phone while driving.
GPS and Navigation:
Modern technology is great. Nowadays you can purchase a car audio system that has GPS and Navigation capabilities built right into it. Gone are the days where you need to buy two separate units for your navigation and your music. Buy a unit with both of these capabilities and you’ll be sitting pretty for your long road trips.
Power, everyone loves POWER! To some “it’s all about that bass” and when people this of generating “that bass” they think about wattage. Most people equate watts with power, but don’t be fooled. Some amplifier manufacturers list peak power (wattage) on their amps, however RMS power is much more relevant and accurate when designing your sound system. It is important to match your amplifiers RMS rating to your speakers or subwoofers RMS handling capabilities. This will prevent distortion, loss of sound quality, and can prevent catastrophic equipment failure.
For a truly powerful car audio system, professional installation is highly recommended. Every make, model, and year of car, truck, van, and SUV is different and can require vehicle specific parts to complete a proper and professional installation. For instance, most radio, or deck, installations require very careful and precise removal and replacement of parts of your vehicle dashboard and factory radio system. This process also generally requires knowledge of how to correctly wire a wiring harness, or integration harness, so that all functions work properly. This is not only radio functions, but also vehicle functions because incorrectly wiring these systems can disrupt vital vehicle functions. Improper wiring can lead to a total replacement of your vehicle’s internal computer system, a situation no one wants to deal with due to the time consuming and expensive replacement process.