Welcome to the Stage 3 Audio Upgrade! This is the third and final stage of Driven Audio’s three-stage audio system upgrade process. We have established an excellent foundation and are ready for the final step in having an incredible sounding mobile audio system.
At this point, you have already installed a subwoofer and amplifier. In the final stage, we will upgrade the speakers in your vehicle.
You may have a premium audio system in your vehicle – perhaps adorned with badging from Bose, JBL Infinity, Boston Acoustics or similar audio brand. The sad fact is, though, even in the best of these systems, the speakers they use are inexpensive. And, to be blunt, not very good. Specialty car audio shops throw out hundreds of these so-called “premium” speakers each year.
How Speakers Work
A speaker has a simple job: It has to translate an electrical signal into sound. It has some challenges, though and, in spite of an ongoing effort to defy the laws of physics, there are some limitations. A single speaker cannot reproduce the entire audible frequency range with any quality. That is why we split the system into bass (with the subwoofer from Stage 1), midrange and high range frequencies here in Stage 3. Each frequency range is assigned a dedicated speaker.
Good-quality speakers are also expected to play louder than the cheap factory speakers. This means they have to move in and out further to move more air. This takes careful engineering. To move further, they also have to be able to handle more power. With more power comes more heat, and another design consideration. Balancing these requirements with smooth, accurate and distortion-free sound reproduction has become a real art.
When you listen to your music on a set of good speakers, you hear realism and detail that cheap speakers cannot reproduce. This means that less equalization is required to make them sound amazing. Good speakers can move further, so your music can be played louder and with more impact. Great speakers respond to audio signals faster, with better attack and decay characteristics, making your music more dynamic.
The speakers you choose for your system become the missing link for getting your music from your phone, a CD, a USB stick or the radio to your ears. Better speakers make your music sound more lifelike.
Part of our job in making your speakers sound the best they can is ensuring that they are installed correctly. We make all of our speaker mounting adapters out of reinforced, weather-resistant mounting brackets. These brackets provide a stable foundation for your speakers and won’t degrade if they get wet.
We also suggest the application of sound-deadening material when installing speakers. Sound-deadening materials help block road and wind noise from entering the vehicle. This makes the car quieter and your music easier to hear. Sound-deadening can also improve the performance of your speakers. It can be used to seal up the access holes in doors and body panels to prevent the sound coming from the back of the speaker from competing with the sound from the front.
Finish Out With Your Stage 3 Audio Upgrade!
Drop by Driven Audio in Abbotsford, BC, today and we will design and plan your ultimate mobile audio system; a custom-tailored, individual solution. Bring along some of your favorite music and listen to the incredible difference in the way it sounds once you hear it in our showroom demo car. Let us know what you like and what you’d want to be different in your current audio system or factory setup. We’d be honored to provide you with a no-obligation quote on your dream system! Contact us here to schedule your appointment now!