by Paul Sanders
It can be a great idea to have a quality car audio and video system, especially if you spend a lot of time in your car each day. Assembling and installing car audio components yourself can be especially rewarding. You just need to know a little technical jargon and you can make choices like a car audio professional. To help you get started selecting items for your car audio system, here are the top five car audio components to install in your vehicle.
Car stereo: Your car stereo is the heart of your car audio system. Make sure you select a car stereo that fits your dashboard. They typically come in 2-inch and 4-inch models. Also, choose whether you want to include MP3, satellite radio or other capabilities in your stereo.
Car audio speakers: Depending on what type of music you listen to and how loud you play it, you will need different speakers. If you want clarity and high-fidelity sound, you'll want to go with car audio speakers that have good frequency response. Use multiple speakers to cover the full hearing spectrum, from 20Hz to 20kHz. A car audio system with a good frequency range will give you good sound reproduction.
Subwoofer: Subwoofers reproduce extremely low frequency sounds, which give your music deep, rich bass. They are great for serious car audio systems. Be sure not play it too loud. Subwoofers have been known to crack windshields and damage hearing.
Amplifier: The amplifier can increase the output of your speakers and subwoofer. Amplifiers do draw a lot of power, so if you experience dimmed lights or other problems when running your car audio system, you may need to make changes to your car battery or power system. Be careful not to run the amplifier too close to its capacity, as this can cause your car audio quality to degrade, quickly.
Car video: LCD screens have opened exciting possibilities in car audio and video. Installing a DVD player in your car audio system, with LCD screens in the headrests or ceiling, can make long car rides more bearable with children in tow.