Why buy new car speakers?
Car speakers, just like every other component in the car, also deteriorate in quality with time and constant usage. The deterioration has direct impact on the quality of sound. Replacing the old speaker system with a new one is a sure shot way of dramatically improving the quality of sound in the car. Be it the edgy sound of the drum kick on the subwoofer or the bright beats on the tweeters, a new speaker system will significantly improve the clarity of the music you listen to.
Begin the process of buying new speakers for your car by determining what your requirements are from the speakers. For example, do you want a like-for-like replacement for your existing factory installed stereo system? Or do you want to be a little more adventurous and design a unique audio experience specifically for your car by opting for a component speaker system? Also, have a clear idea about the budget range you are most comfortable with.
Now let’s get down to serious business. The two elements that have biggest impact on the quality of speakers are its design and the materials used to build it.
Great sound stems from great design
Auto manufacturers install full-range speaker systems that are meant to do a decent job and nothing more. These default speakers sport low quality designs and hence the performance starts dropping soon. Companies that specialize in speakers naturally put in a more concerted effort in designing better products, which means the sound quality is that much better.
There are two broad types of speaker systems - full-range speakers and component speakers. Component speaker systems offer wider customization options, but consequently are more expensive. The subwoofer, woofer and tweeters are all separate in component speakers, which allow you to place them according to your preference within the car. You can adjust the stereo volume to match the subwoofer amplifier’s gain and get rid of distortion. The crossovers and filters can be further adjusted to extract the exact sound you want from each component to match your musical taste. On the other hand, full-range speakers are more affordable but do not provide such a wide range of customization options. However, even within full-range speaker systems there are high-end models that produce great sound.
Quality of materials determines the longevity of speakers and improves performance
Most factory installed speakers are made with low quality materials, which is the reason they do not last long and performance starts dropping after a period. At the time of purchasing new speakers you are no longer dependent on the car manufacturer, so check in detail what materials have been used to make the speakers. These are the points that you need to keep in mind.
Lightweight yet stiff materials for woofers
The materials used to make the woofer determine the clarity, accuracy and thump of the bass it produces. Opt for quality woofers built with lightweight yet stiff materials such as polypropylene or synthetic fabrics with a metal coating. This ensures the best bass sound. The bass timbre would even better if mica has been added with the polypropylene. That’s not all you also need to check what materials have been used to build the surrounds of a woofer, because it affects both the sound quality and the overall longevity of the product. Go for woofers that have rubber surrounds as opposed to foam or cloth surrounds. Rubber fares better in extreme temperature and moisture compared to foam or cloth.
Soft materials for warm tones from tweeters
In case of tweeters, the sound produced by it is directly related to material used to make it. So, depending on the type of sound you prefer you can select the tweeter. If you like warm sounds then opt for tweeters made of soft materials like polyurethane and silk or textile blends. On the other hand, if you like high and edgy tones then select tweeters built with tougher materials such as graphite, metal or ceramics.
There’s a wide array of speakers available in the market, and price range vary greatly too. Keeping the suggestions mentioned above in mind will not only help you narrow down the choices, but also ensure that there’s less confusion. If you have any further queries do get in touch with us.