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It's simple - you replace your car speakers because you want your music to sound better. Car makers cut corners when it comes to car speakers, and aftermarket speakers use better materials and superior construction to deliver improved sound. Replacing your old speakers is an inexpensive way to get better sound in your car.
Replacing your car's speakers usually involves removing interior panels (doors, dash, rear dash, etc.), unbolting the factory speakers, using a bracket and wiring harness to install replacement speakers, and then reinstalling your panels. We include instructions for taking apart your car, and our Tech Support staff is always ready to help in case you get stuck.
It depends on how loud you like to listen to music. "Loud and clear" takes more power than "background music" listening levels. Less expensive speakers are designed to sound good with fewer watts of power than more expensive speakers that are designed to sound their best with a lot more power. A new stereo or amp will usually make your speakers sound way better. Want specifics?
Each car is different, and that's why we do so much vehicle research. When you tell us what you drive, we will show you what fits. If you still have your factory radio, you can feel good about choosing from less expensive speakers, as they'll work well with less power. If you use an aftermarket radio or an amplifier, you might want to increase your budget to get speakers that can handle a little more power.
No! Speakers are sold in pairs, and it's common to replace your front speakers first, then later replace your rear speakers. It's a good idea to choose the same brand speakers for front and back, if possible. That way, the tone settings that sound good in the front seat will sound good in the back seat too. Of course, you can replace all your speakers at one time for the most dramatic improvement.
Factory speakers usually sound fine when they're new, but they deteriorate over time. We compared speakers of different ages to see how badly they fared.
If you want your music to sound great, you can't ignore your car's speakers. Dollar for dollar, new speakers are one of the best ways to improve your car's sound.
With so many speakers available, it's important to know what to look for, so your car audio system sounds the best.
When you're shopping for speakers, don't forget the tweeter. The shape and the material it's made from have a direct impact on how your music sounds.
Over time factory speakers deteriorate and begin to sound truly awful. We set up a blind listening test in our Labs to see if our experts could tell the difference.
This Crutchfield video covers the basics of car speaker installation. You'll see that you can do it yourself, have fun, and save money when you upgrade your speakers.
Confused about what's in the speakers you're thinking of buying? This glossary examines the materials used in car speakers as well as some common design elements.
Installing tweeters in your doors will give you better stereo imaging and raise the soundstage in your car. Here, we describe your options for mounting tweeters.
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