Car Stereo (Part 1)- What’s Car Stereo?

In this article, I would like to share to you all, all about car stereo you’ll need to know .

Firstly, we talk about the general common term– Car Stereo.
What is Car Stereo ?

Obviously, you would not need to go all the way to search for your dictionary or ask your friend, what is Car Stereo? You should know the basic meaning of it, but trust me, it’s not that simple as you think 😉

Cassette player/ tape recorderAlthough many people do like to put home stereos in their cars and vans, out of dire need for some sounds, sometimes it just doesn’t work. Yes, maybe before it would’ve worked just fine, all you needed was radio and a cassette player (or 8 tracks for the inner dinosaur in you).

So sure, lugs those big box speakers into the back seat and you’ll be blaring down the highway. You’d be wrong.

Moreover, nowadays, there are things like CD players, MP3, your pop-up LCD panels and those alien-technology objects you’d think they’d like to build a home theatre system right smack on the console of your van, but you are wrong again.

If you don’t know anything about these things but would still like to have some sounds in your car anyway, correctly, here are some things to know about a car stereo…

As mentioned above, at first units and speakers from home audio systems and professional markets were just simply installed into vehicles. However, they were not well suited to the extremes of temperature and vibration which are a normal part of the environment of an automobile.

Car stereo audio systemCar stereo enthusiasts were not satisfied with the sound quality of regular car sound systems. With the advent of the CD player, they started modifying some of these home stereos in order to work well in a car environment and voila! Now we have modern car stereo.

Therefore, the car stereo is the upgraded version of the home audio systems.

If you have a new first-hand bought car, say from about more than 90 percent, chances are you already have a “factory” car stereo in your car. It means the car manufacturer already included a car stereo system in your car, unless specified in the car model but most often this is the case. Some car manufacturers make their own car stereos, like BMW which includes a pretty decent car stereo package head unit and speakers. It is a standard which comes with all their cars (which isn’t surprising considering that BMW is included in the league of “luxury car manufacturers”). Or like Mercedes-Benz or Volkswagen, they use car stereo systems from a German audio manufacturer called blaupunkt.

A standard car stereo (also called a head unit) usually includes an auto-reverse tape deck, a CD player and sometimes the optional changer – a device which automatically changes the CD in play. On newer car models, the car stereo can also play mp3s and other digital audio file types like WMA and AAC, whether on a CD or a memory device which can be hooked up to the head unit.

Subwoofer & tweeter for adjusting treble and bass, and one sound line controllerThe car stereo head unit is connected to several speakers. Older car models usually just had one speaker mounted underneath the dashboard, pointing through perforations towards the front windshield. The standard for car stereo nowadays is a pair of “tweeters” (used to bring out high treble) on the driver side/front passenger side dashboard, a pair of normal “mid” speakers on both doors, sometimes even the backseat passenger doors if it’s a large car and larger speakers capable of bringing out low ends at the back portion of the back seats.

Your car stereo is probably ok as it is, as car manufacturers ensure that the audio products that come with their cars can handle most drivers’ listening demands. But if you think that what you have isn’t enough, you can always CUSTOMIZE.

So, how do you do it? No rush, it is best and highly recommended for you to see our next article on ‘Why You Need A Good Car Stereo System’, before you even go down the street for customizations, because if you didn’t even know why is it necessary, what’s the customizations for?  🙂
Thanks for reading!
– Written by Administrator LimCS

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~ by Dude Auto Accessories on February 1, 2011.

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