Here we will answer some of the car audio questions that we often hear at Certified Sounds. If you have any questions that you think should be added, please submit them here.
Q: Do I need to replace my factory radio to get great sound?
In most cases, the answer is no. You can keep your factory radio and improve the rest of the audio system to get great sound. In many of today’s vehicles, the “radio” is integrated into the dash and the vehicle’s network. Replacing it can be a big, expensive project. When interfacing with the factory radio, it is critical that it is done properly. At Certified Sounds, we have the skill and all of the necessary diagnostic equipment to seamlessly integrate a high-end audio system to your factory in-dash unit.
Q: Can replacing only my speakers really make an improvement in sound?
The short answer to this question is ABSOLUTELY! Even with “premium” factory sound systems, the speakers are adequate at best. Upgrading the speakers is a very cost-effective way to get better sound in your vehicle.
Q: Do I really need sound damping when I upgrade my speakers?
At Certified Sounds, we believe that every speaker installation should include some quantity of sound damping product. The advantages of sound damping are many. First of all, even a small amount can reduce vibrations that are common in vehicles. When more complete sound treatments are applied, road noise and tire hum can be greatly reduced. This reduction in the noise floor will dramatically improve sound quality.
Q: Is there really any difference between car amplifiers?
YES! Like anything else, some car amplifiers are made with cheap designs and raw materials and others are carefully designed and use only the best materials. This equates to longer product life, better sound and high output. When it comes to audio power, particularly in a car, you often get what you pay for. Stop in and we can demonstrate this to you in person.
Q: Why do I need larger speakers to produce bass?
Simple physics. In very basic terms, sound is nothing more than moving air. Low frequencies (Bass) require more air to be moved. Larger speakers, typically 8″ or bigger, move much more air than their smaller counterparts. As speakers get larger in size, their surface area increases considerably. The more surface area a speaker has, the more air it can move.
More to come!