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How To Choose A Car Amplifier...

12 January 2016, 02:33 PM

Listening to your favourite tunes in a car is something that is best experienced rather than being explained. The joy of being on the road, on a trip, connecting with the artist, their tunes & words is unparalleled. On the other hand, even when you’re braving through the daily commute, music can be your saviour.

While most new cars today come equipped with an entertainment system that is capable of playing music, there’s nothing like boosting them with a smart upgrade. But there’s more to it than just going with what the accessory store down the street pushes down your throat. You’ve got to know how to choose a car amplifier, for example and also learn how various components such as the different types of speakers, function.

The easiest way to better sound is by going with a step-by-step approach. New cars come with advanced head-units these days. More often than not swapping them out can be a tedious affair that’s fraught with great risk of disrupting other ancillary systems. You can either use a line-out converter or a dedicated audio processor. Both work by providing an interface between the factory system and the amp you’re trying to fit in.

Learning how to choose a car amplifier depends on a few key things. First up is knowing where you’re going to mount it. Common locations include the niche below the front passenger seat or in the boot. Second is knowing your music tastes. Some amplifiers are built for maximum sound levels, while others are built for better sound quality. Then understand how many speakers will it power and will there be a sub-woofer involved.

Typically speaking, in a simple four-channel setup for a self-driven car, one hooks up the front channels to the speakers at the front and the rear channels are combined to drive a sub-woofer. There do exist multi-channel amps (five and six-channel ones) that take the tedium of running multiple amps should you choose to hook up the rear speakers as well. Alternatively, some people prefer dedicated power for each frequency range and as such use up a channel each for the tweeter, mid-range, mid-bass, sub-woofer and so on.

Lastly, pay close attention to the wiring that goes into the car and the installation itself. Never skimp on either of them. Put in the best wiring you can afford, for you can swap out other components but upgrading wiring is a painful task.

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