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Audio Express Tips for Buying a Subwoofer

Six Essential Factors to Consider Before Buying a Subwoofer

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On June 15, 2017
  • Audio Express, box, enclosure, installation, noise reduction, power handling, sound system, stereo, sub, subwoofer, wiring
Some consumers, when shopping for car audio components, will agonize over the best car subwoofer brands, comparing obscure points of construction and output for a speaker that many consider to be the key component of any good sound system. We’d like to help make that process a little less painful. Size Matters There are many different size options in picking a subwoofer. The most common used are 8”, 10”, or 12”. The size that you choose will directly correspond to what type of sound you are trying to produce. A smaller subwoofer will produce a tighter, richer sounding bass, while a larger one will be deeper and louder. This is also directly related to the type of vehicle it is being placed in. For instance, if it is in a trunk, you will need to use a larger woofer to create more bass to fill the entire car. However, if it is a hatchback vehicle or pickup truck, it will be easier to fill the vehicle with sound and may not be necessary to go as large. This also can be decided by the type of music the consumer prefers. Hip hop and dance music sound better on a larger woofer, whereas heavy metal music may sound cleaner on a little smaller one. The Price Tag Price can be a tricky subject when discussing subwoofers. There is a lot that goes into building a bass system. Looking for pre-packaged deals is almost always a winner here. Finding the right package for you at your budget is easily accomplished at Audio Express. Power Handling Power handling is very key in getting the most out of a subwoofer system. Every speaker has an optimal amount of power that it can receive. If this is matched up correctly with the amplifier being used, then the subwoofer will be able to perform at its peak. This means the system will not only have a more crisp sound, but it will also improve the life of the subwoofer. Enclosure In the majority of systems, the subwoofer will be placed into an enclosure. These are generally made of wood, and come in two different builds. The first is a sealed enclosure. This type of system is built for tighter sounding bass for things like rock music. The more popular system is a vented enclosure. This type of system is built to get the maximum output of a subwoofer. This is generally used in music with more bass, or in vehicles with a trunk to help produce deeper bass. Wiring When installing a subwoofer system, the wiring is crucial. A power kit for the amplifier running the speaker, and the speaker wire going from the amplifier to the speaker are both necessary. It is always recommended to use the best wiring to improve the life of the system and get optimal performance. It is recommended to use 100% pure oxygen free copper wire. The size of wire needed will be determined by how much power is needed to properly run the system. Noise Reduction It is also a great benefit to use a sound dampening material for the installation. This can be placed inside of a trunk, a hatch, a door, or even along the roof and the floor of a vehicle. With this type of material, two main goals can be achieved. The first is securing the sound inside of the vehicle. Most cars have a skin made from thin sheet metal. It is very easy for the sound waves to escape, therefore reducing the amount of bass in the vehicle. With sound dampening installed, it will reflect the sound waves back into the vehicle, therefore increasing the amount you will hear. The next is to reduce rattle. Those same sound waves running through the vehicle can cause that metal to vibrate. If lined with dampening material, it will increase the durability of the panel, and reduce the chances of a rattling vehicle. Audio Express Audio Express can help consumers make the best possible choices for their car audio installation without making it feel like a high-pressure sales pitch. Give us a call or come by today to check out what we’ve got.
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Audio Express Upgrade Your car Truck Stereo

Expert Tips for Enhancing Your Car Stereo’s Sound Quality

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On June 7, 2017
  • acoustic, amp, amplifier, audio, car, sound quality, sound system, speakers, stereo, sub, subwoofer, truck
For some folks, a stock sound system in their car is something they can live with. For others, it’s barely a starting point. When you want to squeeze the maximum performance out of your car’s sound the same way another person might soup up the engine or suspension, there’s a number of ways to go about it. Overhaul the Speakers Unless you paid for a high-end options package and verified that the speakers that went into it really were the best car audio speakers the manufacturer had to offer, replacing the factory-installed speakers is a big step with big payoffs in sound performance. This goes for both regular speakers and subwoofers. Also, factory speakers tend to be made of poor quality materials, even the high end ones. Aftermarket products hold up to our harsh environment much better, since they tend to be made from better materials. Acoustic Insulation Even in modern cars, engine and road noise can impact the ultimate output of your sound system. Installing insulating, sound deadening material in the doors, floorboards and engine compartment can help manage these noise sources and add to your acoustic experience. Add an Amplifier Stock amps might have impressive-sounding numbers, but they may not be the best amps out there. Raw power is only part of the equation, and replacing the stock amp with one that has better control of its power, and more adjustment, is a good idea. Set Your Amp Correctly This is a corollary to the previous tip. Cranking everything to 11 on an aftermarket amp and calling it good is not what you want to do. Tuning the amp’s output may take some time, but it’s a step that will be well worth taking the time to do right. Bypass the DAC Smartphones have Digital-to-Analog Converters, which aren’t as good as dedicated high-end stereo components. Connecting wirelessly makes the phone do the work instead of your stereo, impacting car stereo sound quality. Instead, try running a USB cable from your mobile device to your stereo and hear the difference. Use Higher-Quality Media Files Media files have to balance file size and sound quality. If you want really good sound quality, the files will be bigger. Instead of MP3s or streaming services like Spotify, try FLAC or other lossless compression formats. Properly Enclose the Subwoofer Unless you like having all of your music sound like Hans Zimmer recorded it, putting your subwoofer into a box that is the right size and shape is important. Incorrectly sized or tuned enclosures adversely affects sound and longevity. Upgrade the Wiring If you’re going to the trouble of doing a total car speaker installation, it’s always worth it to replace the wires connecting the speakers as well. Good insulated lines help minimize signal loss. Combined with a capacitor or power cell to keep power flowing to the amplifiers, it can make for performance gains across the board. Audio Express If all else fails or you just want to leave the work to professionals, drop by Audio Express and let them give you some ideas about how to make your vehicle truly sing.
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