Frequently Asked Questions
Customer: "I dont' know where to start. There are so many components!"
We understand that choosing the right components can seem daunting. We are here to guide you through the process and explain the role of each component to help you make the best choice for your vehicle and listening preferences.
Customer: "I'm worried about damaging my car or the new system during installation."
Your concern is completely valid. With 4 decades of experience, our team of skilled professionals is here to ensure a smooth and safe installation process, so you won't have to worry about any potential damage.
Customer: "How do I know these components are durable and will last?"
We only carry products from reputable manufacturers that stand behind their equipment. We also offer extended warranties and after-sales support to ensure you are confident in your investment.
Customer: "I want a great audio system, but I'm working with a tight budget."
We understand budget concerns and we have options at different price points. Our sales staff aren't under commission base paid structure so we don't pressure customers to spend their hard earned money. We listen to and discuss your needs and preferences to find a product or system that delivers excellent performance without breaking your budget.
Customer: "Will these speakers work with my car model?"
Good question! Our team has extensive knowledge about different car models and the systems that work best with them. We will make sure to recommend equipment that's compatible with your vehicle.
Customer: "I don't want a modern stereo ruining the classic look of my vintage car."
Understood. We have a range of classic-style radios that come with modern features liike Bluetooth and Sirius XM. They provide excellent sound quality while maintaining the vintage look of your car.
Customer: "Why do I need to add an amplifier?"
Whether you listen to rap, heavy metal, or classical music… Whether you want to rattle the windows of houses while you drive by or you just want to listen to your music with the quality of a live concert… Your audio system can greatly benefit from an amplifier.
Some of the reasons to add an amplifier to your vehicle's sound system:
- Better sound quality — An external amplifier does a much better job of providing a clean audio signal to your speakers than your radio/CD player/head unit (the Source). A dedicated amplifier can reproduce the audio signal as it was recorded and as the artist intended at all volume levels. Amps can generally provide excess power to handle transients like cymbal crashes without clipping, and they do not sacrifice quality due to space limitations like factory radios, CD players, head units, etc…
- Power for upgraded speakers —When you replace factory speakers with higher quality, aftermarket speakers or component systems, an amplifier will provide the correct power for optimized performance and sound quality. The Source simply isn’t up to the task and if you don’t add an amplifier, the money spent on better speakers for better sound is not as effective.
- Powering a subwoofer — Subwoofers require much more power than the typical speakers in a vehicle. A separate amp (or amp channel) is necessary when adding a subwoofer to any audio system.
AMPLIFYING FACTORY SPEAKERS
In most cases you do not want to add an amplifier to your factory speakers. The manufacturer has selected those speakers for a specific reason and they may have a low impedance voice coil or other characteristic that will make them not compatible with aftermarket amplifiers. If you want to make your factory sound system louder or improve the sound quality, replace the speakers and add an amplifier.
AMPLIFYING UPGRADED AFTERMARKET SPEAKERS
Upgrading your speakers and adding an amplifier is the best way to get better sound in your vehicle. A system upgrade like this could include a four-channel amplifier and the appropriate size speakers to replace those built into your vehicle at the factory. By replacing the factory speakers with higher performance, aftermarket speakers and powering them with an amplifier that provides a clean audio signal, you will vastly improve the sound and still leave the interior looking stock.
Customer: "Sealed or Ported Subwoofer Enclosures - Which is right for me?"
Sealed or ported subwoofer enclosures… this debate will never be settled because the answer is subjective. The type of music you listen to, the specifications of the subwoofer(s) you choose, the available space to install your subwoofer enclosure, and other contributing factors all play a role in determining whether a sealed or ported (vented) subwoofer enclosure is better. The real answer to this long debated question varies depending on factors like these in each application.
We already know that the only way you're going to get full, rich bass from your car stereo system is to add a subwoofer. The addition of a subwoofer to your system will greatly improve the fun and impact of your music, no matter what kind of music you listen to. When considering what style of enclosure to buy or build for your subwoofers, you have to answer some questions that will lead you to the right answer for your specific listening preferences and vehicle.
PORTED / VENTED SUBWOOFER ENCLOSURES
If you like your music “boomy”, vibrating your car’s body panels, you want to consider a ported (vented) enclosure. These types of enclosures, when built with the properly calculated volume and tuned to the correct frequency for the subwoofer, are generally louder than a sealed enclosure. In a vented enclosure the woofer and port work together with the port resonating like a pipe organ. This works with the woofer to generate more bass than a sealed box.
Ported enclosures are generally larger in overall size, so some installations may not have enough available space for a ported enclosure built to the proper specifications. Tuning of the port is critical to maximizing the output capability of the subwoofer. They allow subwoofers to reproduce the lower frequencies found most often in Rap and Hip Hop music.
You typically find ported enclosures in vehicles that compete in SPL (Sound Pressure Level) competitions which measure how loud a vehicle’s sound system is in decibels or dB’s.
Ported enclosures are generally more efficient in regard to the amplifier power necessary to make the subwoofers perform and allow you to use a smaller amplifier than you would need with a comparable sealed enclosure. Another advantage of choosing a ported enclosure is that the air flowing in and out of the port help to keep the subwoofer cooler. Subwoofers in a ported enclosure are a bit more reliable and will last longer than they would in a sealed box simply because they run cooler.
SEALED SUBWOOFER ENCLOSURES
Some people prefer sound quality over SPL, or “tight”, more accurate bass over rattling the mirrors off their car. Sealed enclosures aren’t typically as loud as ported enclosures but they still enhance the listening experience greatly by providing more defined low frequency passages such as kick drums. The bass can still be felt in your chest and in the seats of the vehicle as if you were front row at a concert.
Sealed enclosures reproduce the low frequencies more accurately than ported enclosures because the air inside the box acts like a shock absorber, allowing the subwoofer to move back and forth in more control. The sound waves are reproduced more accurately than with a ported enclosure but the subwoofers may require slightly more power from the amplifier to get the woofers to move as much as they would in a ported enclosure. Sealed enclosures are generally smaller and easier to build because there is no port to tune. You simply build the enclosure to the proper specification for your chosen subwoofer(s).
So whether you listen to rap, country, metal, or classical, your sound system can be improved with the addition of a subwoofer. How much space you have available, or are willing to give up, to install a subwoofer can be the deciding factor as to whether you choose a ported or sealed enclosure. But with either choice, build the enclosure to the appropriate specification given by the subwoofer manufacturer. The best subwoofer on the market can and will perform like a $10 flea market model if the enclosure isn’t built properly.
Customer: "What is the difference between 4-ohm and 2-ohm speakers?"
A 2-ohm speaker has a lower resistance than a 4-ohm speaker, thus it draws more power from the amp. This means a 2-ohm speaker will have a higher volume level, but it does compromise the sound quality when compared to a 4-ohm speaker. This is like a cheat code typically used by OEM manufacturers to make the speakers louder, even though they are lower quality speakers. The downside is that they are going to consume more power, put more pressure on your amplifier, and more significantly, the quality of the sound is going to be compromised by the increased power. A 4-ohm speaker is always the better choice.