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Ways to improve car audio installation
Does your car stereo sound crummy? Or flat-out bad? Well, it can be fixed! Whether you’re an audiophile or just someone who enjoys clear music while driving, you’ll love these tips to upgrade and improve your car’s audio system. The first thing is to get a Car audio installation Adelaide gets by a professional for a better experience.
Do use good quality RCA cables.
To get the best audio quality, it is important to use good quality RCA cables. Buy them from a reputable store and make sure they are rated for high-end audio.
- Make sure they are shielded.
- Ensure that it is long enough.
- Check to see what type of cable you need (i.e., analog or digital).
- Do get the right power cable.
You’ll also want to make sure that the right kind of cable is used. There are a variety of things you need to consider when choosing the right gauge and length, including:
Connectors—you’ll need to make sure that your power cable has connectors compatible with your car’s electrical system. Make sure they’re not outdated as well; newer cars are often outfitted with USB ports for charging devices, so if you have an older vehicle it may not be able to take advantage of this feature.
Length—the longer the cable is, the better (up until about 10 feet). This will give you flexibility in where you can park your car and still charge up all your devices at once. Don’t forget about flexibility: make sure any cables used are flexible enough so they don’t get tangled up in other parts of your vehicle (like seatbelts). A durable yet affordable option might be something like braided nylon or rubberized wiring which can withstand temperature extremes while resisting moisture damage over time.
Do set up a ground loop isolator
A ground loop isolator is a device that allows you to connect your car audio system without it being affected by the electrical signals of other nearby electronic devices. These can cause interference and noise in your sound and can even damage components. To set up your ground loop isolator, follow these steps:
Find an empty 12V DC power port inside your car’s console or under the dash (the location depends on the make and model of your vehicle).
Plug one end of a shielded cable into this port and attach it to one side of the ground loop isolator, leaving that side unplugged from anything else at this point.
On the other side of this plug is an input jack with three terminals attached; attach these terminals to three corresponding ones on each component or subwoofer unit connected via RCA cables (iPod adapter kit, etc.). The yellow wire should be connected with either red or black depending on what type of cable you have; if unsure which colour goes where, consult the manufacturer’s instructions for guidance before proceeding any further down this list!
Don’t attach the subwoofer to the rear package tray
The subwoofer should be attached to the floor of the trunk with a bracket that is made specifically for that purpose. Attaching it to the rear package tray has several drawbacks:
- It can get damaged when you open and close your trunk.
- The sound isn’t as good because it’s not in an airtight enclosure.
- Don’t drill holes in the door panels for tweeters.
Drilling holes in your car’s door panels is another common mistake that will result in a subpar sound system. You’ll have to go through the trouble of getting new speaker grills, which can be costly and time-consuming, and you risk damaging your vehicle’s structural integrity (at best). If you’re not very careful with the drilling process, you could also make some cosmetic damage to the door panel itself. In short: don’t do it!
Don’t mount an amp where it can overheat
You should never buy an amp and then mount it somewhere that is going to overheat or get wet. You know, like in the trunk of your car. Or between the seats. Or anywhere else where it’s not going to be safe from the elements or from other objects that can damage it.
If you mount an amp where it can overheat, then you’re asking for trouble—the metal in your car will heat up and warp; rubber parts might melt; wires could smoke (or catch fire); and so forth.
The same goes for mounting your amp somewhere outside of a cool place. If you leave it sitting on top of your dashboard during summertime temperatures, then guess what happens? It gets hot! And if something gets hot enough, things start melting and burning up as we’ve already discussed above.
Don’t wire speakers to the same channel of an amp if the speakers are different sizes or impedance levels. You should never wire speakers to the same channel of an amp if the speakers are of different sizes or impedance levels. If you wire two 4-ohm speakers to the same channel, that’s a recipe for disaster. The amp will be operating at its maximum power output, and it’s likely to overheat and burn out. The only way to get around this is by changing your wiring scheme so that you have at least 50% of your power available on each channel—for example, with 2 channels in parallel (a stereo system), you can run one pair off each channel and still have enough power for both pairs of speakers.
Do not use a speaker without a crossover as a midrange speaker
No matter how good a speaker looks on paper, it’s impossible to use it as a midrange speaker. A crossover is required to direct high frequencies to tweeters and low frequencies to woofers. Without this device, you may end up with muddy sound or distortion. It is also important that you use the right size of crossover for your system; one size does not fit all!
Do not mount speakers in the rear deck unless you absolutely have to
- The rear deck of your car is where you should avoid installing speakers if possible, as the sound quality will be significantly worse than in front. There are several reasons for this:
- The rear deck does not have the same sound quality as other locations in the car because it is farther away from your ears, so there’s a loss of clarity and definition.
- Rear speakers tend to lack bass because they’re further away from you and don’t seem to generate as much low-end output as forward-mounted speakers do.
- If there is any sort of vibration or resonance, it will be amplified by rear mounting because there is no support structure between the speaker and your headrest (which can lead to rattling).
You’ll want to make sure that your audio system is installed by a professional who knows what they are doing. Using the right tools and techniques. This will help ensure you get the best possible sound out of your car stereo system.