The staff at Driven Audio have been in the industry a long time. We were around for the rise and fall of cassette tapes and CDs. Now, high-resolution lossless audio files put CD sound quality to shame. Through all these years and media options, our goal has been to offer our customers fantastic sound systems. How we achieve that goal has evolved. In this series of articles, we will explain the audio upgrade process we use to pump up the wimpy sound system in your vehicle into one you will love.
When automobile manufacturers design an audio system, they have many criteria to balance. At the forefront are features, cost and weight. The sound quality and accuracy of the audio system often isn’t in the top 10 considerations. Lightweight flimsy speakers, limited power and a focus on midrange frequencies that make AM radio as “clear” as CDs do no justice to even a highly compressed MP3 file. The modern factory car stereo, at best, sounds “OK” to everyone aged 18 to 80. However, it sure doesn’t sound awesome!
What Worked Before…
It used to be that you could swap out your radio and drive away with a big grin on your face. The new radio would have more power, more features and better sound. Modern factory radios have just as many features as aftermarket ones, and some have heater controls or information displays that we do not want to abandon. In some cases, it is simply impossible to replace the radio.
Factory speakers, even in the most premium systems, cannot hold a candle to what is available from the aftermarket today. Even their best are built to be inexpensive and lightweight. You may see premium brand names on factory audio systems – but more often than not, the extra money you spent was on a licensing agreement to use the logo, not on better sound. The importance of high-quality, low-distortion speakers cannot be emphasized enough. They are the only link between your ears and your electronics.
Think about how subwoofer systems have evolved – 20 years ago, you had to give up half your trunk for a giant enclosure to get good bass. Now, you can get amazing bass from fewer drivers in smaller cabinets. For the few vehicles that do have factory subs, not many of them can play much below 50Hz, and none have any real authority or realism. Aftermarket subwoofers are capable of much more excursion, more low-frequency output and much less distortion. They can also handle more power, which gives you the visceral impact that brings your music to life.
Personalized Audio Upgrade Processes
When we design an audio system for our clients, we take the opportunity to tailor its performance to their specific needs and desires. Some are interested in amazing tonal accuracy. Some want a system that plays loud. Others want a system that is hidden from view but rivals the performance of the best home audio systems. Many clients wish to combine some or all of these characteristics.
No matter what you want, Driven Audio has the knowledge and products to meet your needs – each and every time. We will explain in more detail how our three stage audio system design process works in the next few articles. These stages are Sub-bass, Amplification and Speakers. Some customers may want to focus more on one or two aspects, and we are always happy to oblige.
If you happen to be in the Abbotsford, BC, area, we have a demo vehicle right in our showroom that we can use to explain each step. Drop by and check it out, or contact us here for more information.
Let’s get started!
Stage One – Subwoofer Upgrades (Coming Soon – call us today to find out more – 604-746-3110)
Stage Two – More Power (Coming Soon – call us today to find out more – 604-746-3110)
Stage Three – Better Speakers (Coming Soon – call us today to find out more – 604-746-3110)