After a long and hectic day in the office or on cross country road trip listening to music helps to decompress and relax, while driving. Everyone desires that the sound must be as good as they listen to at home without any compromise on sound quality.
Tips to improve car stereo’s sound quality
There is no need to listen to poor sound, while driving. Simple improvement in your stereo system can produce obvious results.
Replace car speakers
While designing or making a car, the manufacturer does not prioritize the speaker system. Obviously, due to demographic demands factory systems have got much better in the past decade. However, still premium systems make use of relatively substandard amps and receivers that don’t produce great sound.
Install a nice aftermarket speaker and see the huge difference! Audio professionals can help you to choose and install replacement speakers, which will sound terrific.
Choose high quality music files
More music files can be stored in compressed files, which sound fine when you listen through earphones. The fact is that some low and high frequency gets lost, when music gets compressed. Some details make music more interesting, which can be noticed when you listen through good speaker system.
Never settle for default setting, when you create music files. Use as little compression as you can. Higher bit rate means better music!
Bypass inbuilt DAC [Digital to Analog Converter]
DAC converts digital information into analog musical signals. For casual listening via earphone, the built in DAC is sufficient but it is unable to deliver performance level similar to advanced DACs available today.
Use proper sound deadening material
Door panels are not a good location for speakers because of the vibrations sounds get affected. Use sound deadening material to deaden those vibrations by creating stable platform for the speakers.
Road noise also masks the lower frequencies, especially when you increase the volume at highway speeds. Sound deadening material reduces interior noise level, so you will not need to increase the volume while driving. Amps will not need to work hard!
Add car amplifier
Factory stereo putting out 200W is not sufficient. Separate amp offers more clean power, which enhances sound quality, whether you listen at conversational level or turn it up.
Add equalizer or signal processor
Plastic and glass surfaces reflect sound eccentrically but seat covers, carpet and other spongy things soak it up. If speakers are placed poorly to this mix then you can end up with noteworthy frequency response peaks.
Such peaks make music shrill in upper frequencies and boomy in bass. This causes ear fatigue. Outboard equalizers help to dampen these peaks though frequency adjustment options.
Set amp gains properly
Gain control basically adjusts the input signal amount coming in the amplifier. When it gets cranked too high then some very nasty distortions are heard. You need to turn speaker’s volume control 3/4th way up then increase amp gains until distortion is heard. Back it down a bit and it is all set.
Never max tone controls
Maximum tone is better in driveway but on the highway, it creates distortion. Even if you replaced factory audio with aftermarket stereo having multi-band equalizer, it is suggested to avoid excessive increase in tone. System may sound terrible. Smart tone curve makes your good speaker system sound awesome!