Improve Your Car
Upgrading your car’s speakers is probably one of the easiest and most popular ways to improve your car’s audio system. You’d just need a little bit of electrical know-how, an hour or so of your time, and a good set of replacement speakers to drastically improve you in-car listening pleasure. With thousands of different products to choose from, it can get pretty confusing, so let our short guide help you out so you could get the most bang out of your hard earned cash for the perfect set of speakers in your car.
Stick to a budget
You can easily go overboard and splurge on some high-end speakers, but we highly recommend that you set a budget so you could stick to a price that you’re comfortable with and work from there. If you’re a typical driver who’d only want to listen to clear music from your radio, then you’d definitely be fine with just ordinary replacement speakers. Chances are, you simply just want to replace your worn out set. If you’re an audiophile or an enthusiast, then you’d probably be a little bit more meticulous about your choices, and would be prepared to spend a whole lot more for an upgrade instead.
Power and sensitivity
Once you’ve determined your budget, then you would need to check your car’s audio system so you can pick a suitable set of speakers based on their sensitivity ratings. Speakers with higher sensitivity will produce sound better when paired with low power systems while those with lower sensitivity are best setup with high-powered rigs. You’ll also need to check the wattage of your sound system, and that it has enough juice to drive your speakers of choice. If you are unsure of these terms, then it’s best to ask a vendor to help you out or consult a professional who’s familiar with in-car audio systems.
Don’t forget to get cables
One thing that most people forget to purchase with their speakers would be an appropriate set of cables. Expensive speakers would be practically useless if you use cheap factory installed wires, so it’s best to get compatible cabling as well.
Get something that fits
For the average driver, we recommend that you don’t confuse yourself too much when looking for replacement speakers. Simply stick with designs that would fit your car’s door panels and you should be pretty much good to go. You can’t go wrong when choosing an OEM speaker, you’ll be able to install those with minimal tools and you won’t need to hire a mechanic to help you out. For audio enthusiasts, you’d want to do further research on audiophile grade sound systems where a specialist can recommend a better set of high-performance systems for your ride.
Improve Your Car
Have you ever been stuck in traffic with a messed up sound system? Or maybe you’ve been putting up with busted speakers all these years? Either way, you could easily improve the sound quality of your music by installing some brand-new speakers on your own. With just a couple of simple tools, you’ll soon be listening to your favorite tunes. Check out our quick guide and you’ll be able to upgrade your old set with the latest car audio tech in no time at all.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Tools that you’ll need:
- Car door poppers
- Compatible speakers
- Wire crimpers
Removing your old speakers
Step 1: As a safety precaution, we recommend that you disconnect your car’s battery first, in order to avoid accidental electrocutions or even short circuiting your electronic equipment.
Step 2: Begin by removing the door panels on the driver and passenger doors. You’ll probably have to take a look at your car’s manual in order to locate all the screws holding the panels in place, or you could simply look for them one by one and unscrew them.
Step 3: Once you’ve taken out all the screws on your door panels, you should be able to pull out the trim to expose the inside of the door and the old speakers themselves.
Step 4: Next, you should remove your old set of speakers by removing the screws and pulling them out from their mounts gently. You will notice that there would be two sets of wires connect to each speaker. You’ll need to unclip it from the speaker, if they are the removable kind, or use a pair of wire crimpers to take them out.
Installing brand new replacements
Step 1: After you’ve removed your old set of speakers, you should be able to install a new pair by simply doing the entire process in reverse.
Step 2: Connect the wires to your new speaker while making sure that you attach them to their respective positive and negative terminals. Most wires are color coded and a lot of speakers will have markings at the back labeled as "+" and "-".
Step 3: From here, you should mount your speakers back into place. Make sure that you screw them on tightly, since you won’t be able to access them quickly once you’ve placed the door panels back into place.
Step 4: Before you attach the door panels, you should to a quick test by turning on your radio and sound system, to see if both speakers are working perfectly.
Step 5: If all sounds good, then simply reattach your car’s door panels and you are done!