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Main Components Of Car Stereo Equipment, Explained

Mar 6, 2008
A stereo system is as important in a car as suspension, seat or steering. Cars vary from model to model, and so does music equipment.

The market is highly saturated with both global and local manufacturers. This is making the job all the more difficult for the customer. It is making it difficult for them to choose the perfectly suitable one, when there are so many varieties in size, shape, system and sound available at their fingertips.

Differentiation is done primarily on the basis of cost and quality. Generally, car stereo systems consist of a head unit, main speakers, optional amplifiers and sub woofers to get superior sound output and the wiring that connects all these items.

The head unit in this case is the heart of the whole system. The cassette/fm/cd/dvd/mp3 player that is inserted in the dashboard is the only place from where the entire system is operated.

Two main speakers are put in the front portion of the car and two at the back, by removing the speaker panel of the dashboard. Each main speaker is often further divided into two built parts, one speaker for the highs and the other for the bass.

The entire speaker set is also termed as channel. Usually, a new head unit installation accompanies new speakers insertion as well.

Amplifiers are added to provide some extra strength to the speakers. The further addition of sub woofers or upgrading of cables may also assist in this purpose as well.

The most common use of an amplifier, however, is to empower the sub woofers even more. Sub woofers basically provide deep bass that the small main speakers perhaps cannot achieve.

All sub woofers are actually connected to the amplifier that in turn can easily be mounted right into the sub woofer box. The whole stereo system is then connected to the car battery to start its function.

It is always better to obtain a guide regarding removing dash, door panels and floor pattern of the car before actually installing the music system.

It is also wise to read before hand the installation instruction or guide that generally comes with any new car stereo equipment, especially the one intended for the head unit.

Additional insights can also be gained from these regarding the exact way to install the car stereo system. An antenna is usually connected with the head unit.

After the completion of the entire set up process, radio stations (provided it has FM) can be searched and set specific frequencies to separate buttons, sound can be adjusted (front-rear balance, treble, bass, etc.) and time can also be corrected.

One basic thumb rule regarding the safety precautions is that one should never work on the electrical system of the car with the ground wire attached to the battery Doing this can cause sever damage.

Sony, Kenwood, JVC, Panasonic, Pioneer, Alpine and Clarion are some of the main brands available on the market. It depends entirely upon the customer which one he/she will buy. If someone is brand conscious, can afford higher price and has aspiration for the highest quality audio experience, then Sony Xplod Series can be the best bet.

Sony symbolizes style, status and standard of the highest degree. The others are a bit more pocket friendly. You will have to prioritize your needs and wants, then examine all the details of each model carefully. Also you should consider your budget as well as the car audio space before making a final decision.

One can always consult with other buyers who are still using a product of a particular company or have used sometime or the other and be assured of things like overall performance, service or value for money.

Here are some other post installation guidelines or tips: Always switch off the system when the car is at rest. Switching off is also probably good before starting the engine to reduce the pressure on battery, minimum use of pirated cassettes/discs, keeping the head clean, etc.

Keeping all these details in mind, a customer can shop for the music equipment of his/her choice and enjoy the experience.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for used DVDs, used movies, and used car stereos. You can find the best marketplace for used DVDs, used movies, and used car stereos at these sites for used DVDs, used movies, and Subwoofer, Car stereo system, car stereo equipment, amplifier, speaker.
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