Aboriginal you must decide what exactly you ambition to accomplish. If you are wanting to body a car audio system for a daily driver (the car you drive back and forth to assignment) with acceptable sounds, but you are not absorbed in competing, a system can easily be put at buttoned up for under $1000. However, if you are looking for the all-out bass monster, be prepared to drop in some ample bucks into your system.
One of the most big things to accumulate in apperception when building a car audio system is planning. Amuse an abstraction of where you are going to abode components, subwoofers, amplifiers, and adeptness distribution. A lot of headache can be avoided with the proper planning!!
For the basic system, lets attending at some of the components needed.
Let’s aboriginal alpha with the head unit (CD player). Obviously you are going to appetite a ok head unit. If you alpha with a acceptable affection cd player, and choose to upgrade your sound system in the approaching, purchase a head unit that will abound with you. Some of the features you may appetite to accumulate in apperception are:
1. CD changer controls
2. XM / Sirius controls (if you decide to add Spacecraft radio in the approaching)
3. Dual RCA outputs (carries signal to the amplifiers)
4. Bar button (big for competing)
5. Detachable face, or other security devices
6. Aerial voltage line driver – this will send the sound signal at a higher voltage to your amplifier/s reducing babble and improving overall sound affection.
After you accept chosen your head unit, you will appetite to accomplish a accommodation on amplifiers and subwoofers. Accumulate in apperception that you amuse what you pament for. A $30 subwoofer will be as ample as a $300 subwoofer, but the capacities of each will differ abundantly. Attending at the adeptness handling of each subwoofer and decide accordingly. You will appetite subwoofers will assignment with your amplifier/s (beam compatibility).
You must again accumulate in apperception the available space in your vehicle. Are you ready to accord up your entire freight area? How abounding subwoofers will fit? Decide on the size. Sizes will vary from 8″ up to 18″, some are square (Kicker), but most are round. Again accumulate in apperception the resistance (ohms) of the subwoofer and accomplish sure they are compatible with your amplifier/s (beam compatibility). The subwoofer accommodation will again accept an aftereffect on the enclosure you decide to body or buy. For the basic system, I would recommend purchasing a pre-fabricated subwoofer enclosure. This will save you a bit of almighty dollar and headache (especially if you borderline up building it two or three times!!). Accomplish sure you booty accurate measurement of your freight area before building or buying an enclosure!!
Other components may be needed depending on the type of system you are building and how elaborate you appetite your sound to be. For the competition vehicle, figure on upgrading your alternator, adding a battery to your system (maybe added), running aerial affection RCA cables, adeptness cables, ground cables, and speaker cable. You may charge to add a capacitor to accommodate your amplifier with a reservoir of adeptness for bigger hits from the subs. You may charge an electronic crossover, an equalizer, replacement plant speakers, an amplifier for your mid-scope and tweeters, supplementary speakers within your vehicle for staging, etc.
About the author:
I accept been involved in the car audio arena for several age, and accept competed locally in the Kansas City are with USACi. You may acquisition me online at For supplementary advice, appointment us online at
Originall posted June 3, 2012