These are some of the basic ingredients for a great sound system.
The Head Unit:
This is where all of your sound originates. It is important to start with a high quality sound. Typically it is a CD or DVD player mounted in the dash. Today's head units have a lot of media options such as CD, DVD, iPod, Other MP3 playback, Satellite radio, HD radio, and of course AM/FM.
Aftermarket Head Unit:
This is typically an upgrade unit offering better sound quality, more media options, and more sound controllability over your typical stock units. They are ready to play speakers directly or even better hook directly up to amplifiers via the RCA outputs that offer a clean signal.
Factory Installed Head Unit:
Some of today's vehicles come with some integrated head unit, or sometimes people prefer the look or feel of the stock unit. We have interface solutions for them. We have devices to adapt them to an RCA connection for amplifiers for better sound, as well as iPod, Satellite, HD radio, and other sources that can add to them to give you more listening options.
We believe that power is king. An amplifier gives you not only the sound clarity that you deserve, but more usable volume with greatly reduced distortion levels. We carry amplifiers in all sized to accommodate your power needs. Most amplifiers even incorporate a device called an electronic crossover. This will put the power in the right frequencies that the speakers were designed to reproduce. This means that a midrange speaker plays effortlessly without damaging low frequencies making it distort, and subwoofers sound deep and clean without sounding muddy from too much high frequency sound.
Speakers are what will give your sound all of the tonal characteristics. They can be divided into a couple of groups.
Coaxial: This is your basic upgrade type of speaker. It has increased power handling. It structure has a woofer cone, with a tweeter integrated into the center, and comes in a variety of sizes, making this an easy upgrade replacement. Many stock car manufacturers speakers lack even a tweeter, making them sound dull and lifeless.
Component: Component speakers are always the best performance option. This type of speaker is sometimes called a separate set, because it is comprised of a separate woofer, tweeter, and a passive crossover. These speakers can be mounted separately for best sound in custom or stock installations. The passive crossover is the magic behind the component set, routing the sound signals individually out to the woofer and tweeter for the best sound quality. The sets typically come as a 2 way (woofer and tweeter), but are also available as a 3 way (woofer, midrange, and tweeter) for even more installation flexibility.
Subwoofer: This type of speaker will be dedicated to playing only the lowest frequencies that a normal coaxial or component speaker can't reproduce properly. They come in a variety of sizes, typically from 8 inch to as large as 15 inch drivers. A subwoofer is generally mounted into some sort of an enclosure or cabinet. Here at Auto Essentials, we specialize in hand building a subwoofer cabinet that is just right for your car and subwoofer selection. From a simple designs, to advanced show quality integration, we can work out something perfect for your vehicle. We also carry some pre-made loaded subwoofer cabinets for an easy upgrade as well.
Cables and Installation Accessories:
The proper cables and connectors will ensure that you get all of the sound that you paid for and working properly. We use only high quality cables and connectors for a perfect sound.
This is an important ingredient in a great sounding vehicle. It not only seals out the outside noise and minimizes rattles but it creates a much better listening environment for you and your speakers. It typically gets adhered to the metal skin of your vehicle, behind the door panels, floorboard, headliner, trunk, or anywhere else that can be imagined. After the vehicle is re-assembled it is not seen.