Driven Audio has developed a simple and reliable three-stage process to upgrade your stock audio system – and it does not start with a new radio! As we outlined in the introduction article, the three upgrade steps are Subwoofers, More Power and Better Speakers. We can tailor the process to meet your needs regarding space, performance and price. Let’s start with our Stage 1 Audio Upgrade by explaining why you should add a subwoofer.
What A Subwoofer Used To Be
Years ago, having a subwoofer often labeled you as a bass-head. You were into “booming” and only listened to your system at full volume, on residential streets, in the middle of the night. When we design a subwoofer system for your vehicle, we can offer something that plays loudly, but we also focus on accuracy and low-frequency extension. We ensure that the subwoofer will work well with the rest of the speakers in the vehicle. We take the time to check polarity, set levels and adjust crossovers so it blends perfectly.
Why You Need It
If you listen to a live musical performance, or even just the events of everyday life, there is more bass than most people realize. On an 88-key piano, the lowest note is 27.5 Hz, and an octave (12 keys) above that is still 55Hz. The rumble that follows a crack of thunder can extend well below 20 Hz. Reproducing these sounds with the same intensity as in real life takes a speaker that is designed specifically for that challenge. The factory speakers in your vehicle probably don’t play below 100 Hz, and even premium systems with dedicated “subwoofers” often don’t play below 50 Hz. You are missing out on a lot of music!
How It Works
To reproduce low frequencies, we need to move air – lots of it. In a typical good quality subwoofer, say a 10-inch GTS2110 from Audiomobile, the cone area is almost 55 square inches, and it can move 1.8 inches from peak to peak. That is a volume of 99 cubic inches. Compare that to a 6 1/2” midrange that has a cone area of just over 22 square inches and the ability to move 0.2 inches, for a total of 4.4 cubic inches. The sub can pressurize 22.5 times more air.
We need power to move a subwoofer far enough to reproduce the sounds we want to hear. The lower the frequency, the more the sub needs to move, and the more power we need. Luckily, power is relatively inexpensive now compared to 20 years ago. Modern amplifiers offer twice as much power in a chassis half the size as the original “big” amps. A good-quality 500 watt amp is an excellent starting point for a sub.
The choice of where to install a subwoofer in your vehicle is nearly limitless nowadays. A simple enclosure could be located in the hatch or trunk of your car. We could create something custom to fit under or behind the seat of a truck. We could mold something into the corner of your trunk or the spare tire well to maximize your cargo space. We can show off your style with a fully customized enclosure with an integrated amp rack and LED lighting. Ask and we will deliver.
Start Today With A Stage 1 Audio Upgrade
If you are in the Abbotsford, BC, area, drop in at Driven Audio. We’d be happy to demonstrate the benefit of adding a subwoofer to your audio system. It affects how loud your system plays and how real it sounds. This is an instantly dramatic and great first step to an amazing audio system. Contact us here for more information or to schedule a consultation.
If you love this idea and want to take your system to the next level, let’s take a look at Stage Two.