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How to choose vibration damping

For better sound and a quieter ride

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Sound deadening materials can improve the sound of your vehicle by lowering the amount of ambient noise when you drive. Here are a few ways how:

  • Speaker grilles tend to resonate and buzz, road and engine noise can come through the firewall and floor, and a door panel missing a rivet can vibrate noisily. Noise deadeners can help reduce these annoyances.
  • Just using an inexpensive door kit can make your speakers sound better by damping the resonance around the speaker area.
  • If your vehicle has a lot of ambient noise, applying a vibration damper can give you a quieter, more relaxing ride.

Smooth sailing in a quieter ride

A well-insulated vehicle keeps wind- and road-noise to a minimum, giving you a quiet ride and nice listening environment as you float down the highway. If your car doesn't have that dreamboat feel, vibration dampening products may be in order.

Adding a layer of vibration damping material to your car will absorb much of the ambient noise. By reducing this noise, your music sounds better and more detailed because it doesn't have to compete with the sound of your engine, the surrounding traffic, or the hum of the road beneath you.

The more damping material you use, the more your car will sound like a luxury automobile. If you use your cell phone while driving, you'll appreciate the difference because you'll be able to hear your calls much better.

If you like your music loud, vibration damping should be one of the essential components of your system. Loud music, especially bass, can create a lot of vibrations on its own.

Checking the fit

Damping vibrations with Dynamat and Hushmat

Products like Dynamat and Hushmat are made to absorb vibrations and noises, giving you a reduction in distracting sounds. Using Dynamat to quiet vibrations can reduce your car's noise by at least 3 dB, which is like virtually doubling your amplifier's power rating in terms of gaining musical clarity and definition.

Sheets of Dynamat and Hushmat are easy to cut, so you can apply them in all the odd-shaped nooks and crannies in your vehicle. It is available in different sizes and grades so that you can get the most appropriate piece of Dynamat for each part of your car, with little waste of material or money.

Warming up the sheets with a heat gun or hair dryer during installation increases its flexibility and improves its adhesion to the mounting surface. It becomes easier to install and holds tighter when you're done. The high-tack, permanent adhesive is covered by a plastic liner. Just peel and stick.

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Get Everything You Need

A professional roller simplifies installation and ensures you get a tight adhesive bond without air bubbles.

  • Don

    Posted on 4/21/2015

    I have a 2002 silverado extended cab and I want to upgrade the system. Are there a list of packages? I would like to upgrade the speakers, head unit with bluetooth, some sound insulation and am open to other suggestions you may have. Not looking for anything extravagant. My system is stock 6-speaker and is worn out. Thanks.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/22/2015

    Don,start with our vehicle selector to get a list of which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. You can use the "Filter" option at the top of any product listing to narrow the selections by brand, price, general features & more. For example, here's a list of all stereos that offer built-in Bluetooth & a wired external microphone. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly.

  • michael Bass from Cumming

    Posted on 4/5/2016

    I have a 2012 civic lx sedan. I have 4 6 1/2, and a 12 in box in trunk. What do you recommend for elimination of road noise and any rattling of trunk. I am 41 so I could care less about bass booming. But quality. I want to keep cost as low as I can but again I want the best quality. What do you think?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/6/2016

    Michael, Besides adding an amplifier to boost your music above road noise levels, we recommend applying Dynamat, to improve the sound quality in your vehicle. Check out this article for links and more details on how to do it.

  • Stacia from Fresno

    Posted on 4/20/2016

    Hmmm...well I'm 45 on Friday and I want a good bass so I can take it back to the old school days when music (including rap) was good! I have an eclectic taste in music but like to bump my system when the mood fits! =) I have a 2014 Kia Optima, not interested in changing the stereo that already has Bluetooth capability. I know I have to upgrade my speakers. I do NOT want the rattling noise from the bass....it's embarrassing so I will add dynamat, but what else should I consider if I want to feel the bass?

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/21/2016

    Stacia, The only way you'll get good bass in your car is with a subwoofer. Full-range speakers just don't produce enough oomph in the lower frequencies to be felt very well. A great way to add bass to your ride without too much rumble is with a compact powered subwoofer, which will bring the bass and fit in a lot of close spaces.

  • Ramon Martinez from Commerce City

    Posted on 5/3/2017

    I have a 2015 Camaro, how much material do I need and where do I need to add it to for sound proofing??

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/3/2017

    Ramon, You can use as much or as little Dynamat as you want. Check out this video for a glimpse at an extreme coverage installation, that applies Dynamat to the doors, floor, trunk, headliner, and hood of a vehicle. Most people start off small, with a Dynamat Xtreme Door kit, for example, and add more sound-damping later if desired.

  • Yoaz from Mount Vernon

    Posted on 7/30/2017

    I have a 1997 Ford F 250 Super Cab 4x4 7.5L Things I am looking is a complete system upgrade android auto head unit dynomatted floor doors roof fire wall ect The best JL Audio subs that fit under rear seat and amp to run them the best door ans deck speakers looking for about 1200watt system. I sent 3 emails asking for advice with no reply back been waiting since July 3rd

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/31/2017

    Yoaz, I've forwarded your questions to Crutchfield's Sales Advisor Team, and a member should get in touch with you by email to offer suggestions and help you choose the right gear for you and your vehicle. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone, toll-free, at 1-888-955-6000.

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