Best way to modify your car’s sound system

Music can be a great accompaniment to the driving experience, whether you’re just looking for something to ease you into the morning on the trip to work or you’re taking the family out on a road trip and want some appropriate sing-alongs.

The evolution of digital music formats has transformed the music industry over the last decade, but cars have been slower to keep up with the times – meaning that even if your car is only a few years old, its sound system could make it appear much older.

Sound systems are noticeably inferior in cars older than 10 years, and while a hissing radio may have been acceptable in the 1990s, today’s drivers and music lovers demand superior quality from their car stereos. An even more pressing issue is that many cars lack compatibility with iPods and other MP3 players, instead featuring CD players that are less suited to today’s music consumers. And if your car still has a cassette tape deck; that really marks it out as a relic.

Replacing your car stereo with a new one that offers improved sound and compatibility with MP3 player docks will make it easy for you to listen to your favourite music in your car, just like you would on your personal stereo. Unlike other car maintenance that requires professional handling, such as car window repairs, replacing your stereo can be done just as easily at home, and when you buy a new stereo it should come with everything you need.

Safety is paramount when installing your new sound system. Make sure the car’s electricity is switched off before you attempt to remove the old sound system, and remember that your stereo may be connected to burglar alarms to prevent tampering – so you’ll need to enter your security code if prompted. Expect your stereo to be fixed firmly into your car, meaning you might need to take out a few screws and replace them when you slide your new sound system in. You should aim to buy a sound system that’s as close to the size of your original as possible, to avoid unsightly gaps.

The most important component is the wiring harness, the plastic connector for your speaker wires that’s essential for turning your car into a surround sound music machine. When it comes to your speakers, spending a little more can lead to a significant increase in sound quality, especially if you desire the distinctive bass sound that can only be achieved with a subwoofer.

Paul Buchanan writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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