Sometimes you can get lucky and get your hands on a used vehicle with an upgraded sound system. However, if you are stuck with a system that just does not satisfy your wants and needs for an enjoyable driving and listening experience, you should look into making aftermarket changes.
If your car is a late model used car, it could still have the manufacturer's warranty. It is best to wait until it expires to not void the warranty, but if it is no longer warrantied, you can start with car stereo installation.
Stick with the Same Speakers or Get New Ones
One decision that you will have to make is whether you want to get new speakers to go along with the aftermarket car stereo. Some things that you can expect to gain with aftermarket ones are a higher range of frequencies, better potential for bass, and the ability to reach higher volumes with clarity.
Enjoy Features That You Do Not Have
Even with a car that is five years old, you might not have some of the fancy features that new car manufacturers are putting into their car stereos. For instance, Bluetooth compatibility is huge and can make it easy to talk on the phone without having to worry about breaking the law. An auxiliary adapter is another helpful addition that allows you to plug in your MP3 player or smartphone and play music or podcasts.
Add an Amplifier for More Power
If you want to bring your speakers to their full potential, you should invest in an amplifier. With the right amplifier, you can reach the RMS and peak power rating of your speakers. While speakers without an amplifier can certainly perform to an impressive level, they are leaps and bounds better with one.
When you get a car stereo installed, you can have the professional install an amplifier in a nonobstructive location, such as underneath the driver seat or mounted to the back of the driver seat.
No Need to Get a Subwoofer
A standard installation for many vehicle owners is a subwoofer and amplifier in the trunk, but with non-amplified speakers. This often creates an imbalance of power as the bass can drown out everything. Amplifying your speakers may be all that you need to satisfy your wants and needs regarding bass.
When you want an aftermarket sound system, it all begins with a high-quality, feature-rich car stereo. Contact a local parts store, like Yearwood Performance Center, for more information.