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Car Audio Help & How-To Articles

We now have several different groups of help and how-to articles and will be adding new articles monthly.  

Basic Car Audio Articles

These articles, listed below, written by Rayfes Mondal, are done on a more basic level than the ones linked above and would be a good starting point for those that are newer to mobile electronics installations.

Head Units: This is where it all begins. Whatever the rest of your system includes, the sound starts here. Choosing the proper head unit is important. If you use a poor one no matter how good your equipment down the line is you will be stuck with low quality sound. Also, read my explanation of power amplifier specs if you think your head unit is producing over 100 watts of power.

Amplifiers: These make the head unit's signal more powerful in order to drive the speakers. Skimp here and you will not take take advantage of your speaker's power handling capability nor get adequate volume and clarity. As mentioned above I have written an explanation of power amplifier specs.

Speakers: These are the final link and arguably the most important component in the quality of sound you actually hear. Skimp here and even the best head units and amplifiers will sound bad.

Equalizers/Crossovers: Equalizers can help balance your sound when used properly and crossovers help divide up the full range of sound frequencies so that you can use special speakers for each range.  This is an improvement because no single speaker can accurately produce the full range of sound humans can hear.

Accessories: These range from important details to just making installations "look good."

Planning: Now that you have some background on the world of car audio it is time to plan your system. I'll give you some pointers and an example system.


Advanced Mobile Electronics Articles

This group of well-written and in-depth articles should be very helpful for even the more advanced installers out there.

loudspeaker system design and construction: contains a tutorial on loudspeaker system design and construction. You will also find the JavaScript enclosure designers and crossover calculators here. Click Here

Components: System planning and description of each component's function in an car audio system, installation options, and features to look for when making purchase decisions.

Installation: Step by step tutorials, tips, diagrams and general installation and troubleshooting information.  Component installation, box, crossover calculators, alternator noise, panel removal, noise & rattles, custom panels and pods, tweaking.

Security & Accessories: All you need to know about car security and accessories.  Diagrams and installation tips.  Alarms, remote starters, relays, door locks.

Reference: Tutorials, troubleshooting, wire codes, test equipment, tools, recommended CDs, web search, links.  Electrical, audio, diodes, relays theory.

Car Audio Glossary of Terms:


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