Okay, you've pimped your ride and you've got a nice pearl paint job. You've got your 22" chrome wheels with spinners and an interior that looks like a dream. But all of that would be totally meaningless if you don't have a kicking sound system.
A good car stereo system is an awesome experience to behold with your ears, just like a poorly installed car stereo system is hideous to look at. The price of a system is a big factor to consider, but not all expensive hardware performs well if it isn't installed properly, or if matched up with incompatible hardware. It is also subjective to personal opinion of course, just as some of us find black cars more appealing than other color cars.
The type of vehicle that you are building a system for also plays a major part in what kind car stereo system you should build. Some people who have sensitive hearing, after only being in a few different vehicles can recognize the inherent characteristics of the unique environment in automobiles. What we hear for the most part in a vehicle is a recording of the original performer in a set environment, which can be playing in a totally different environment depending on the placement of speakers. You can only create a truly great car stereo system by properly understanding acoustics, basic electronics, and the other components used in putting the system together.
If you are really serious about the sound system in your vehicle and you want it to be the best it can possibly be then you may want to get references from other people by exposing it to other people at auto expos and conventions where you can get references and constructive criticism. Going to different exhibits you will find a great variety of sound at each booth. You will also find certain systems you like more than others and may even find one that is exactly like you want.
If you are going to build a high quality custom system you will have to go with aftermarket speakers to be sure they can handle the power that the system generates. These speakers will have a much larger frequency response which will give you much clearer highs and reduce the fuzzy sound that can happen with loud base in factory speakers.
A great amplifier is the key to a good sounding stereo system. If you choose amplifiers that are not strong enough they can cause damage to your speakers. A high quality amp will give you the power that you need as well as get rid of distortion and increase the quality and clarity of the sound. Choose the appropriate sized amplifier by turning the system at just above half volume and still getting clear amplification through the speakers.
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