I used to have a simple and effective upgrade path for people wanting to improve the performance of their factory car audio systems. With the complexity and integration level of the radios that come in new cars today, my plan has had to evolve dramaticall
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If you ask any music enthusiast what is lacking from most factory-installed audio systems, their answer would be bass. Now, don’t start imagining a wall of woofers and banks of batteries; that’s not what I’m talking about. It takes a dedicated speaker in an appropriate enclosure with an adequately powerful amplifier to reproduce the bottom octave of the music we listen to with any semblance of realism. Even the eight- and
210-inch “subwoofers” many automakers include in their vehicles can’t hold a candle to what can be achieved in the aftermarket. So, step one is to add a good quality subwoofer system to your vehicle. Having a subwoofer in your system relieves the small factory-installed midrange speakers from the strenuous duty of trying to make bass. This allows them to play midrange frequencies louder, and sound better!
Once you have a nice subwoofer added to your system, you may find that the little amplifier that is in your radio can’t keep up adequately. Step two is to upgrade the amplification to the rest of the speakers in your vehicle. With more power, not only will they play louder, but the music will be more dynamic. Think of it like having an extra 100 lb-ft of torque at idle! Look for an amp rated at somewhere between 50 and 100 watts per channel, and that is compliant to the CEA-2006A rating system. If you want to combine this step with the first, there are some great five-channel amplifiers available that will run your entire audio system.
THE CLARION XC7520 IS A FIVE- CHANNEL AMPLIFIER WITH INTEGRATED SIX- CHANNEL DSP. A GREAT SINGLE- AMP SOLUTION FOR ALMOST ANY SYSTEM.
THIS IS THE OUTPUT OF AN AMPLIFIER IN A VEHICLE WITH A FOUR- WAY SPEAKER SYSTEM. YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS USED TO COMPENSATE FOR SPEAKER EFFICIENCY AND LOCATION.