Mike S. from Cape Coral, FL, wanted to add premium sound to his Backdraft Racing Roadster, which replicates the iconic looks of the 1965 Shelby Cobra. He tricked out his car with a 12" Polk Audio DXi subwoofer, some Polk Audio component speakers, and a pair of Polk Audio amplifiers.
Elliot C's sweet, low-mileage 1990 Mazda Miata needed new speakers, so he upgraded the whole system with Polk speakers, an Alpine receiver, and a powered sub from Sound Ordnance.
Recently, we gathered members of the Crutchfield car A/V writing team into our Crutchfield Labs car listening room for some critical listening of four of our most popular car speaker families. We wanted to hear the differences ourselves so we could describe to you how they sound.
Factory speakers tend to be made from materials that can't handle the extreme conditions found in a car. Over time, they deteriorate, distorting high notes, strangling bass, and robbing the sound of power. Aftermarket speakers are built to deliver sound as pure as the dawn after a stormy night.