When we get into our cars, we will usually put the stereo on and listen to some music. Some of us might even tune into our favourite radio stations. Pretty much all cars built these days come with some kind of car stereo or “head unit.”
Some are basic and offer little in the way of enhancements while others are premium systems. Even if you’re not an audiophile, you might hate your car stereo. If it’s pretty archaic, you might give up on using it altogether.
The good news is that you can improve the sound system in your car with a few changes. Want to know how? Keep reading and I’ll share with you the upgrades that make the most difference! Here’s what you need to know:
Upgrade the head unit
The first thing you need to do is remove your old car stereo or “head unit” from the car. This is the thing that is causing so much pain to your ears every time you want to listen to some music!
There are several upgrade choices you can select, but it depends on the car you’ve got and how much you want to spend. Aftermarket head units come in two sizes: single DIN and double DIN. The single DIN option looks like the one in the photo above, and the double DIN is, in essence, double the size.
You will need to check which one can fit in your car’s centre console. Some cars may also need a separate “fascia” kit. In layman’s terms, it’s a plastic surround that matches the shape of your dashboard.
Another consideration to make is your car’s heating and ventilation controls. Some vehicles, like the Honda Accord, have controls integrated into the factory stereo. In those cases, you can buy fascias that come with the dials or buttons you need.
A word on security
It’s no secret that aftermarket car stereos are desirable to thieves. If the front of your new stereo is detachable, make sure you remove it from the car when you’re not using it.
The next upgrade you should make is to your car’s speakers. Believe it or not, some vehicles only come with two speakers as standard! The good news is that most modern vehicles come with six or eight speakers as standard.
I went through the speaker upgrade process myself a few weeks ago. My friend was looking for a new car, and we sat inside a rather nice Audi that Hilton Garage was selling at the time. It featured a Bose sound system and the speakers used in there were amazing!
That visit was what spurred me on to upgrading my car’s feeble stock speakers. Bose speakers are a little out of my price range. But, I opted for some mid-range JBL units, and I think the sound quality is almost as good as the Bose ones.
Of course, there are plenty of brands to choose from but do some research before you buy. I’d hate for you to buy new speakers that sound just as bad as your old ones!
Consider buying a two or four-channel amplifier to add more power to your speakers. Your aftermarket head unit will only offer 50w per channel in most cases. An amplifier could supply up to 200w per channel!
If you’re not confident doing the upgrades yourself, be sure to have a pro do the work for you.
Thanks for reading and good luck!