Subwoofers are speakers that are dedicated solely to producing low frequencies. Regardless of the kind of music you are playing or how loud the sound is; a good subwoofer will enhance your general listening experience. Car speakers on the other hand are relatively small in size and therefore have trouble producing the very low frequencies of bass notes. Tweeters are smaller yet and a excellent at producing very high frequency tones. A quality system will be made up of a mixture of several different sizes of speakers, including tweeters, midrange, and a sub or multiple subs. Historically, automakers have only offered factory stereos with mids and highs and have left off the option of a subwoofer. In fact, it has never been a thought until recently when some automobile manufacturers started including a subwoofer into their audio packages. Therefore, there are a multitude of vehicles on the road today that do not any type of subwoofer at all, which has opened the door for many companies to supply and install these components.
Adding a subwoofer to your car will depend on a number of factors that includes the kind of music you like to listen to, your budget, and the quantity of space that is available in your car. You don’t necessarily need an electronic expert to shop and set it up for you as you can still upgrade your car stereo by yourself. Below are some important stuff you need to have when setting up a subwoofer for a car.
- An amplifier to regulate the component sub.
- Dynamat kit to prevent rattles from the subwoofer and reducing the road noise so as to give you a clear and louder bass.
- Polyester fibre box to slow the sound waves in a subwoofer box
- A speaker wire and an amplifier wiring kit in order to send a signal to the amp and subwoofer box
- Proper enclosure in case you are purchasing a component sub
- A box building hardware if you are building your own sub enclosure.
- Frequency range
- The woofer size
- Enclosure type
- Total amount of voice coils
What kind of subwoofer should you purchase?
1. The component subwoofers: this is the speaker itself, but in order for it to work properly it will need to be attached in a sub enclosure or the subwoofer box. Component subwoofers range in different sizes between 8”-15” and are powered by an external amp. You can choose among the different models and setups to match your sound system.
2. The powered subwoofers: if you want to save space in your car go for this modest bass system. It combines the woofer and an amplifier in an enclosure and since it is a built-in amp, there is only a single piece of equipment to install but its unique factors makes it a great auxiliary to factory sound systems.
3. Enclosed subwoofers: the enclosed subs are designed to put up the subwoofers that won’t waste much of your time to set it up and building a system because you don’t really need to select an enclosure for your subwoofer
4. Vehicle-specific subwoofers: they don’t necessarily generate an immense bass sound, but are perfectly designed for a modest fit for your car subwoofers to fit in your door or other out-of-the-way spaces.
When you have identified the right type of subwoofer for your car you would want to buy, try to compare some specs that can also be helpful when making your final verdict.
We have seen the different factors and specs to consider first before buying a subwoofer for car and if you enjoy listening to good music in your car take the time to understand the different models and brands that are introduced in the market first to avoid technical hitches later when setting up.