A very quick in-car entertainment guide on how to turn your car into a mobile disco or boom box. Music is life as we used to say, and the car player will always on unless it’s broken. Now you have landed on the right page as we are about to reveal how to upgrade your car sound system in just 4 simple steps.
Just make sure don’t get your neighbors annoyed with really loud sound on the weekends. Listening to very loud music while driving is dangerous too, so bear in mind. If you’re a not the boom boom type, best check out how to setup SQ audio in car to relax, enjoy during roadtrip or stucked in the traffic jam.
Now how to turn your car into mobile disco? Crank up some best dance music, booming night and day! Here are the 4 basic steps to upgrade car audio system or in car entertainment also known as ICE.
Step 1 – Upgrade Head Unit
Upgrading your head unit or HU is the most important in-car entertainment upgrade of all. Give this upgrade the top priority before getting other equipments like speakers or subwoofer. Head unit is like the ‘heart’ to car audio system.
Nowadays head unit features with USB slot, bluetooth, wifi, various sound equalizer and mode to choose, which enhanced the sound a little according to your type of music. Connecting to head unit made simple by just syncing your mobile phone and iPod with the head unit and play it with Android music apps.
When listening to music, either choose CD, FLAC or MP3 with highest bitrate. MP3 songs with highest bitrate of 320kbps always gives the best audio quality.
Step 2 – Component Speakers
Component speaker is the second important upgrade for ICE. The car speaker comes with different sizes from 5.25″ to 6.5″ component speakers. Normally we use 6.5″ component speaker, which include a pair of woofer, a pair of tweeters and a crossover. Component speaker give some mid-range & mid-bass to the sound stage and it also sounds great even without an amplifier. Get this as second upgrade if budget a little tight until the next upgrade of amplifier.
Step 3 – Car Amplifier
Car amplifier is the next upgrade after component speakers. It gives more power to drive car speakers at louder volumes without relaying from head unit. Now your head unit will connect to an amplifier in order to produce more power for car speakers. Choose from 2-channels, 4-channels or 5-channels car amplifier. 1 channel monoblock amplifier normally used to drive a subwoofers, this step we will explain later on.
2 channel amplifier can be use to power your front component speakers or subwoofer. For 4 channels, it gives more selection to hook up the front, rear speakers and even powered the subwoofer. For better sound achievement, it is recommended to separate the system between speakers and the subwoofer for more control, use a monoblock amp for the subwoofer, this way your won’t stress your 2 / 4 channel amplifier.
Step 4 – Subwoofer
To add more bass to car audio system, adding a subwoofer will be sufficient for a normal setup. Normally best to get 8″, 10″ or 12″ sub. It’s all depends, but bigger doesn’t better. some 8″ can really output and give a lot more clarity to the entire sound stage. In case having a subwoofer at rear boot consume too much space, try get an under seat subwoofer.