3 Top Ways to Upgrade Your Car Stereo System
Father’s Day present? Karaoke in the car? Drive-time commute? Vacation road trip? A reinvestment in your car’s factory-installed audio system will make any trip even more pleasurable (or bearable).
1. Head Unit
The primary component of a car stereo is the head unit. Whether it’s a basic single-DIN CD/radio or a double-DIN 12-inch touchscreen, the head unit is the control center of your system, giving you access to all audio sources and allowing you to future proof it for new playback options. Even though OEM head units feature GPS tracking, Bluetooth for hands-free talking, satellite radio, and USB inputs for streaming through mobile devices, they probably don’t include internet radio, MirrorLink technology, digital time correction, parametric equalization, surround sound, and other music file formats such as MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, and PCM.
The amplifier boosts the power of your audio signals in two stages – preamplifier and power amplifier – which give you better quality sound. The preamplifier takes the audio signals from the sources and boosts the signal to send to the power amplifier to create sound and volume
without distortion. All factory-installed sound systems have small amplifiers to power the speakers. But outboard amplifiers are separate from the head unit and provide more power to the speakers and better sound quality.
Even a late model car with a premium infotainment system can still provide a so-so audio experience. The way to begin your new car audio system journey is with new premium speakers made of high quality materials, which will result in a huge improvement over factory sound. Whether it’s new front speakers or component speakers, they’ll need to be integrated with the head unit. Adding a subwoofer will provide you with richer bass. A digital sound processor will improve the sound from all of your speakers. Whether your road to an upgraded car audio system is done in steps or custom, make Team Nutz your source for the highest-rated products from Pioneer, Kenwood, our own TN Sounds brand, and more, plus top-notch Team Nutz installation. We also offer three- and five-year warranties and special financing.
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