Welcome to Part 2 of Driven Audio’s three-stage audio system upgrade process. In this article, we will talk about how to further enhance the performance of your audio system by adding more power to the midrange and high frequency speakers in your system with our stage 2 audio upgrade.
Why You Need More Power
If you look at the typical radio, in spite of the big marketing numbers printed on the packaging, it rarely makes much more than 20 watts of power per channel. Even the premium factory audio systems that claim to have lots of power spread that power across many speakers. Without power, how loud your system can play is limited.
The physics behind amplifying sound is somewhat complicated. To double the perceived loudness of your audio system, you need 10 times as much power. To even make a small increase in the volume of your system, you need twice as much power. This means that the difference between a 20 watt amplifier and a 40 watt amplifier isn’t a factor of 2 in terms of how loud your system plays. Yes, it is louder, but not twice as loud.
A compounding problem is that great-sounding speakers are often less efficient than inexpensive ones. The better speakers play over a much wider frequency range and are far more accurate, but, for a given amount of input power, they produce slightly less output. Don’t fret: They are absolutely worth the investment, but only once you have established a foundation to support them – i.e., more power!
The Benefits Of Power
When you add an amplifier to your audio system, you get a lot more than a system that will play louder. Because music is very dynamic, you get more impact and realism from your music. When the drummer smashes the crash cymbal, you can actually feel the impact. Your system will sound clearer and more detailed at moderate to high volumes.
All of the amplifiers we sell also include crossovers, so we can electronically limit the frequencies being sent to your midrange speakers. The rest of the music goes to the sub we add in Stage 1. The result is even clearer sound with much less distortion.
We have multi-channel amplifiers that can power an entire system, including the subwoofer. This would let a single amplifier take care of Stage 1 and Stage 2 at the same time. The JL Audio XD700/5v2 is a great example of an amplifier that can power an entire system.
The Bonus Effect
As part of Stage 2, we often discuss signal processing with our clients. Signal processing can be as simple as electronic crossovers – or as complex as computer-controlled time correction and advanced equalization for increased realism and accuracy. The Audison AP4.9 bit is a great little four-channel amp with integrated DSP.
When we set up a vehicle that includes advanced signal processing technologies like DSP, we use a Real Time Analyser to ensure that all audio frequencies are adjusted appropriately. This helps to ensure that your music sounds balanced and natural. Our signal delay configuration process results in the music sounding as if you are standing in front of a live performance – just like a high-end home audio system.
Time For Stage 2 Audio Upgrade
We invite you to visit Driven Audio in Abbotsford, BC. We have a demo car in our showroom that is a great example of our three-stage upgrade process. We would love to demonstrate how adding more power to your audio system can dramatically change the way it sounds.
Continue reading more about our process and learn about our Stage 3 Audio Upgrade Here.
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