Carphonix Interest Mashup 5


12/30/2016 04:30 AM
2016 top stories: 2 – Muscle cars come roaring back
Pontiac GTOs, Hemi ‘Cudas, Olds 442s, Shelbys, big-block Corvettes – American muscle cars were back with a vengeance during 2016....

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12/30/2016 04:05 AM
Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet 210 station wagon
Vintage cars with movie or celebrity history often sell for over-the-top prices, far more than they would without the connection...

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12/30/2016 04:01 AM
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible
Editor’s note: This is the 16th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s...

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12/29/2016 04:35 AM
2016 top stories: 3 – Jerry Seinfeld Porsche auction
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is a long-term Porsche addict with an enviable stable acquired with the riches earned from his stage...

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12/29/2016 04:30 AM
10 cars you should buy right now, says Hagerty
So, you’re getting that nice year-end bonus check, or maybe you’ve been saving for years and finally are ready to...

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12/29/2016 04:25 AM
Driven: 1931 Franklin Series 15 convertible coupe
A dreary and grey morning forecast called for anything but top-down driving in a nearly 86-year-old convertible. Little did we...

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12/29/2016 04:05 AM
Pick of the Day: 1952 Ford F1 half-ton pickup
The main photo of this bright-red vintage pickup truck standing in the snowy Vermont woods is almost too nostalgic to...

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12/29/2016 04:01 AM
Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1938 Rolls-Royce 25/30 custom Boattail Speedster
Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s...

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12/29/2016 03:55 AM
New product: Super Gloss
What makes Super Gloss different is that it shines and protects paint from sun fade, rust, salt, acid rain and...

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12/28/2016 04:35 AM
Pre-war cars supercharge Bonhams’ Scottsdale docket
Owners have consigned two famed and supercharged pre-war cars to Bonhams’ sixth annual Scottsdale auction. A 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S...

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06/15/2011 06:36 AM
Mercedes-Benz 1886 year, the first car from Charles Benz
The first-ever car (as well as the Daimler car), constructed in 1885 Charles Benz, the German inventor. On January, 29th, 1886 he took out the patent for the car, and on July, 3rd, 1886 on Ringshtrasse in Mannheim for the first time showed the car to general public. Benz managed to carry out old dream […]
06/15/2011 06:29 AM
1884 De Dion-Bouton – first car in the world
Four-seater De Dion – oldest of remained in working order the car, which engine was steam. Over creation of the car first a miracle the French company De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux it worked was in 1884. The car got a nickname of “Marchionesses” – after a victory in one of the first an auto racing, […]
12/30/2016 05:01 AM
Fine Art Paintings On Canvas

Thomas Kinkade’s Inspiration Art Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee has high-quality fine art paintings on canvas. Our fine art paintings on canvas add a level...

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12/30/2016 04:58 AM
Fine Art Paintings On Canvas

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12/30/2016 04:35 AM
Media Rooms New Rochelle

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12/29/2016 12:43 PM
1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (MD) – $35,000

1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (MD) – $35,000 Exterior: Ontario Orange Interior: Black LeatherTransmission: 4 Speed ManualEngine: 350 V-8Mileage: 39,770 Original miles. 2 door. RWD....

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12/29/2016 06:51 AM
Taxi Service Near Atlanta Airport

Atlanta Airport Taxi Service are the leading providers for taxi service near gainesville, ga. Atlanta airport taxi service is the preferred choice of travelers. ...

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12/29/2016 06:45 AM
Atlanta Medical Transportation

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12/28/2016 11:26 PM
1955 Chevrolet Flatbed (WA) – $9,900

1955 Chevrolet Flatbed (WA) – $9,900 Exterior: BlueInterior: Black VinylTransmission: ManualEngine: V-8 2 door. RWD. 6 out of 10 condition. All original, well maintained....

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12/28/2016 10:39 PM
1972 Ford Bread Truck (IL) – $5,000

1972 Ford Bread Truck (IL) – $5,000 Exterior: Blue/WhiteTransmission: 3 Speed ManualEngine: Straight 6Mileage: 80,000 2 door. RWD. 7 out of 10 condition. Well...

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12/28/2016 01:39 PM
1965 Chevrolet C-20 (IL) – $9,500

1965 Chevrolet C-20 (IL) – $9,500 Exterior: White/PrimerInterior: Pewter VinylTransmission: 350 Turbo AutomaticEngine: 350 V-8Mileage: 72,000 2 door. RWD. 6 out of 10 condition....

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12/28/2016 10:53 AM
1964 Chevrolet C-10 (UT) – $7,999

1964 Chevrolet C-10 (UT) – $7,999 Exterior: WhiteInterior: Red ClothTransmission: ManualEngine: 230 V-8Mileage: 118,000 2 door. RWD. 6 out of 10 condition. 4-on-the-floor transmission....

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11/09/2015 04:24 PM
Why do Gas Prices Go Down in the Winter?

Gas prices always seem to be lower in the winter than in the summer.  All the things that make gas prices rise and fall can be pretty convoluted, and a lot of factors play into seasonal price differences.  There’s higher demand in the summer, with people going on vacations, and generally getting out more and […]

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11/06/2015 07:57 AM
The True Story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Remember Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the kids’ musical about the flying car?  Did you know it was based on a real car?  The real one couldn’t fly (at least not in the literal sense), but it did have one thing in common with an airplane: the engine. In the early days of motoring, there really […]

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11/04/2015 08:05 AM
Nine Cars That Never Existed, Even if You Thought They Did

Have you ever seen a 1996 Jeep Wrangler?  How about a 2001 Cadillac Escalade?  If you’re about to say yes, hold on and think again.  A number of models through automotive history have skipped model years. Even though your car may have been manufactured or sold in that year doesn’t mean that’s what year it […]

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10/23/2015 01:23 PM
Should I Get Snow Tires?

Winter tires, or snow tires, as some people call them, can be a big benefit in winter driving.  They give your wheels a better grip on the road, which means you’ll have better traction, handling and braking. There are two main differences between winter tires and your standard, all-weather tires.  First, winter tires are made […]

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10/22/2015 11:45 AM
5 Scary Signs of Failing Shocks

You’re driving down a back country road at night. Over the howls of the wind, you can hear a rattle and clunking. Is your car haunted or do you just need to fix your suspension? Here are 5 signs that your shocks or struts might be ready to pass on to the great beyond: 1. […]

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12/26/2016 01:14 PM
Best Marine Speakers 2017 | Top Rated Boat Speakers

Anybody who enjoys listening to music knows that one of the best ways to experience it is through a set of high quality speakers. But high quality speakers don’t always translate to the best marine speaker. Whether you’re on a lake, in the ocean, or elsewhere similar, finding a pair of speakers that’ll withstand the

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12/22/2016 03:15 PM
Best Powered Car Subwoofers 2017 | Top 5 Powered Subs

If you want to improve the sound system in your car, installing one of the best powered subwoofers is a great way to do so. These low-frequency speakers deliver superior bass to your sound system. They’ll give your music more impact and rumble. Whether you prefer rock, hip hop, or dance music, having a subwoofer

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12/21/2016 02:21 AM
Best Motorcycle Speakers 2017 | Top Bike Speakers

Back in the day, only larger motorcycles were equipped with sound systems. Today, motorcycle speakers and sound system kits can be mounted even on both large and small bikes. With the number of different brands, the question is how to choose the best bike speakers with the least amount of trouble. Another two factors that

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11/21/2016 02:00 AM
Best LED Light Bars 2017 | Top Offroad Light Bars

When it comes to offroading, you need the best LED offroad light bars possible. You not only need a high-quality product that can take a few knocks, you need bright lights that clearly show the path ahead When you are searching for lights, consider these LED bars, as they are the best light bars for

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11/16/2016 11:47 PM
Best HID Conversion Kit 2017 | Top HID Headlight Kits

It’s common to replace the factory-issued halogen headlights with one of the best HID headlight conversion kits. Headlights have come a long way since the first oil-based ones used in the 1880s. Also referred to as Xenon lights, these high-intensity discharge (HID) lights are brighter than their halogen counterparts. They also produce much less heat than other headlights. HID kits

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11/07/2016 06:53 PM
Best Dashboard Cameras | What To Look For

Best Dashboard Cameras: What To Look For Looking at technical specs for the dash cam can be confusing because of the wide and varied choices and add-ons. Here is a brief summary of the features you might want to consider when looking at dash cameras: Auto Power On/Off – This is a standard feature found

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10/04/2016 02:40 AM
Best Dashboard Camera 2017 | Top Rated Dash Cameras

Dashboard cameras or dash cams are not whimsical car accessories to dress up your vehicles; they are additional components that can be used to protect and safeguard you for insurance purposes, inform you of your speed and location, and provide you with some level of peace of mind that major events can be accurately captured

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09/24/2016 04:55 PM
Best Subwoofer Amplifiers: What To Look For

When shopping for the best mono amplifiers, there are a few basic technical specifications that you should be familiar with. These include: Power –Amplifier power is measured in RMS (Root Mean Square, or Recommended Power) or Peak watts, and there are specified watts minimum and maximum watts per channel. RMS is the continuous power that

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09/24/2016 04:46 PM
Best Flipdown Roof Monitors: What To Look For

When looking for a flipdown monitor that will best meet your needs and wants, you’ll want to make sure you know what you’re looking for. We have selected our top criteria for our list of the best car DVD player, and they are: High-Quality Screen – A great flip down car monitor with player should

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09/24/2016 04:41 PM
Best Headrest Monitors: What To Look For

There are many things to consider when you’re looking for a top rated headrest monitor. Take a look at some of the things we consider when looking at headrest monitors. First off, there are 6 types of monitors you can install in your car. They are: Overhead for large vehicles with sufficient headroom space Flip Down

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12/05/2016 05:04 PM
Washos Coupon Code: It’s Here and Nowhere Else!

How can you measure if your service is appealing and somehow notorious? It’s easy! Simply type the name of your brand + “coupon” on google and enjoy the hundreds of results from coupon sites. This is the price of fame some would say! It’s pretty true actually. These coupons you craft, design and spread meticulously to increase word of mouth referrals for new customer acquisition unavoidably end up on these sites, defeating their purpose. We are okay with coupons and promo codes hunters. They are potential customers and because they’ll love our service, they will keep on coming back and use Washos a lot when they need a mobile car wash or detail. We would like to give you a chance to save some time. We want to avoid you the hassle of searching and try dozens of Washos coupons which won’t work because they are expired, can be only used for specific time and packages or because we deactivated them. So, dear customers, prospects, hunters, please find below a series of Washos promo codes you can use for your next booking. Unlike coupons and promo codes sites, we tell you for what packages and under which conditions each of these Washos coupons work. All you have to do […]

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11/21/2016 12:00 PM
How to Start a Mobile Car Wash Business From Scratch

Are you interested in starting a profitable mobile car wash business? Follow our incredibly detailed step-by-step guide to get up and running quickly.

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11/01/2016 10:00 AM
How To Easily Remove Smoke Smell From Your Car

Washos' complete and simple guide on how to remove smoke smell from you car. Follow our step-by-step techniques to eliminate cigarette smoke today.

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10/21/2016 10:09 PM
What is a Waterless Car Wash? [The Complete Guide]

A waterless car wash is an eco-friendly and efficient car wash that uses little or no water. Learn how you can do waterless car wash at home.

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10/17/2016 12:00 PM
How To Use Microfiber Towels: A Practical Guide

The most comprehensive and practical guide to microfiber towels used for car washes. Learn about different towels and how to clean your microfiber cloth.

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09/19/2016 12:00 PM
The 100 Best Car Blogs of 2016

If you’re a car enthusiast or are interested in learning more about cars, you’ve come to the right place. Washos presents The 100 Best Car Blogs of 2016.

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08/22/2016 12:00 PM
How To Clean Leather Seats: The Ultimate Guide

The most comprehensive guide to clean leather seats online. Find tested techniques to restoring and cleaning your leather car seats in this expert-written guide.

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08/03/2016 05:00 PM
Our New Feature That Can Save You Money

Along with other changes to our app and website, we are happy to announce the launch of Washos’ new Recurring Plan. This was highly requested by our customers and it is meant to be available to those who want to stick with us for their car wash needs. For now this service is only available through our website, but it will move to our app very soon. How Does It Work? When you make a booking through our website there will be an option to choose how frequently you would want your car to be washed. While looking at the frequency options, you can click on “How do our Recurring Plans work?” to look at the benefits of using a frequency plan which include: Saving you money on each carwash: We will take 25% off of however many add-on services you get. After each carwash, your savings will add up. Late fees? Not with Washos: We will waive late cancellation fees encase of any last minute changes so you don’t have worry about paying for life, because life happens. Flexibility: Change, edit and upgrade your recurring plan as well as your bookings. Increase it from every two weeks to every […]

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07/26/2016 03:03 PM
Washos’ Detailer Spotlight: Renato

We’re back with another detailer spotlight! This is Renato and his wife of almost a year. He has two kids and has been with Washos since February 2016. Cars have been a life passion for Renato as well as a family business, but there were some obstacles at first before he became one of our best detailers. Originally from Manila, which is the capital of the Philippines, he worked in his family’s car shop and loved figuring out how the cars worked. He moved here in September of 2008 with his mother and sister for bigger and better opportunities. The first few jobs Renato had before making his mark at Washos, were as a warehouse worker and a caregiver. Renato found us through family ties. His cousin’s boyfriend was also a detailer with Washos, and he was set up with Kevin, our recruiter and has been with us ever since. When it comes to cars, Renato says he’s a simple guy. All cars hold something interesting for him, but his dream car is a Subaru WRX STI. A fun fact about Renato is that he is an NBA fan and roots for the Golden State Warriors. Renato’s overall goal is to be the best […]

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07/12/2016 01:21 PM
Washos’ Detailer Spotlight: Erling

Meet Erling (and his lovely wife on the left)! He has been with Washos since November of 2015 and has been one of the most requested detailers on our team ever since. Originally from La Mirada, CA, Erling had always wanted to work with cars and has now reached his 10 year mark in the car detailing business. Early on he started with dent removal in Orange County for car dealerships. He then moved into detailing which led him to LA and now he currently lives happily in Glendale with his wife, three kids and two dogs. Erling’s time at Washos began when he no longer wanted to work for a former detailing company. He found our ad on Craigslist and reached out to our recruiter, Kevin, who made him part of the team. Now, he is one of our main trainers who shows the new recruits the do’s and don’ts of the detailing business. Erling says he enjoys the freedom that Washos gives when it comes to picking the jobs he does and the flexible work hours. Like most car buffs, Erling is a lover of classic cars; specifically, the 1963 Buick Riviera. On the other hand, his car […]

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12/01/2016 04:42 AM
9 cheap classic cars that look more expensive than they cost
Ford Mustang ConvertibleWe all want to look good on the road, but we don’t always want to pay for it. The era of hypercars has driven the price of new high-end sports cars and luxury cars through the roof, but there are still plenty of ways to get around in a classic car without the premium price […]
08/04/2016 07:00 AM
Starting, growing, and maintaining a classic car collection
classic car collectionSo you know you like classic cars, but you don’t know how to get into them. You’re not the first one to be intimidated by the wide world of classic car collecting. Joining a community of collectors and participating in this pastime beloved by so many is easier than you might think. We’ll walk you […]
07/20/2016 09:02 AM
1959 Corvette Scaglietti: The Shelby Cobra that could have changed it all
Chevrolet Corvette ScagliettiThere is a story of which the implications would have had a profound effect on the automotive world as we know it. It begins with one of the icons of motorsport, and the creator of one of the single most recognizable sports cars of all time, Carroll Shelby. Carroll Hall Shelby was born in January […]
07/18/2016 10:30 AM
5 luxury classic cars that time forgot
1956 Imperial LimousineModern luxury cars are better than ever, but they’re not as indulgent and exquisite as luxury classic cars from previous generations. Economic downturns, low demand, and high production costs have claimed the lives of many expensive luxury car brands. Here are a few that time forgot. Borgward Isabella Borgward has largely been forgotten since they […]
07/08/2016 07:55 AM
5 most notorious getaway cars of all time
Bonnie and Clyde Getaway CarNormally cars are for getting you where you need to go. But if you’re a criminal on the lamb, they’re for the exact opposite. They’re for getting you away from something; usually the law. Here are five of history’s most notorious getaway cars. 5) The Bonnot Gang’s 1910 Delaunay-Belleville The Bonnot Gang was a French […]
07/06/2016 07:31 AM
The ultimate Corvette restoration guide
1954 Chevrolet CorvetteTo Restore Or Not To Restore Nothing looks quite so inviting as a fresh Corvette restoration project, and the prospect of returning her to her former glory.  Having a brand-new example of an American icon built decades previous not only sets you apart from the masses so far as transportation is concerned, but it is […]
07/05/2016 07:07 AM
My 1960 Chevrolet Corvette story
1960 Chevy Corvette with JennyHow a skinny, irresponsible, 18-year-old punk from Kansas came to own a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette three days before his high school graduation For as long as I can remember, I have been a car guy. Even when I was little, my first and favorite memories are of cars. When I was four, my father owned a […]
07/04/2016 06:49 AM
How classic trucks transformed over the last 100 years
1953 Ford F-100 Classic TrucksModern trucks are way too nice. They have extravagant creature comforts like heated steering wheels, built-in 4G LTE, and you can even get an F-150 with massaging seats. What happened to the working man’s truck? Before trucks became comfortable family cars, they were truly rugged machines. Sure, new trucks are still totally capable of doing […]
07/01/2016 06:27 AM
5 fastest British muscle cars
Fastest British Muscle CarsFord Capri RS 3100 The Capri was a tremendously successful affordable coupe with a long list of options and engines. The most of over 2 million produced had a modest 1.5 or 2.0 liter engine, but Ford produced a true British muscle car Capri in the form of the RS 3100. It had a 3,1 […]
06/28/2016 09:13 AM
8 classic Dodge muscle cars that are fast & furious
classic dodge muscle cars1960–1973 Dodge Polara Polara was introduced as a full size family car with no performance aspirations, but very soon it received Chrysler’s potent 383 V8 engine with 330 bhp which provided rapid acceleration and high overall performance. Later models even had a big block 440 Magnum engine with as much as 375 to 395 bhp, […]
11/10/2014 03:18 AM
How to Select a Speaker

Sensitivity

Sensitivity measures how much sound comes from a speaker based on the power supplied to it. Speakers with high sensitivity ratings will match best with low-powered car stereos (factory systems), If you have a high-power system, typically provided by a brand-name receiver or external amplifier, then consider speakers with lower sensitivity ratings. Properly powered, they'll provide excellent sound quality.

Power-Handling

Watts let you know how much power a speaker can handle. With a low-powered system, the speakers don't need to be able to handle lots of power. Likewise, a system with powerful amplifiers will require speakers that have a power-handling close to the output of the amps. REMEMBER: power-handling means the maximum RMS power-handling, not the peak power handling. RMS ratings measure how much power the speaker can handle on a continuous basis, not just for a short period of time.

Type of Speaker

Full-Range Speakers

Full-range speakers house all the speaker elements in one basket. Typically they consist of a woofer for the lows, and a tweeter to produce the highs. Some speakers will have additional drivers, like midrange or supertweeters. Speakers come in a variety of sizes that can easily mount into factory speaker locations. In most cases, simple removal of the old speaker, and connecting the new speaker is all that is required. Full-range speakers are available at nearly every price point and power range.

External Crossovers

Some higher-priced, full-range speakers come with external crossovers which allows a clean separation between the frequencies sent to the woofer and tweeter. The woofer and tweeter don't waste energy by trying to reproduce frequencies they're not intended to reproduce.

Component Speakers

Component systems use an improved speaker design to provides the best possible sound. A typical component system includes separate woofers, tweeters, and external crossovers — all of which come designed to work in concert with one other. In a component system, the tweeter comes separate from the woofer, and can be mounted it in location that provides the best imaging. The crossover network in a component system comes external to the woofer and tweeter, and allows higher quality components to be used to ensuring a sharp delineation between the frequencies sent to the different drivers — this means more realistic sound from the speaker. Component systems are generally made of better materials, so they're capable of delivering exceptional dynamics and detailed sound.

Materials

Speaker Material

A speaker's material design will determine its durability and sound quality.

Tweeter Material

A tweeter's material has a big effect on the type of sound it produces. Generally, tweeters made of soft materials, silk will give you a refined and somewhat mellow sound. If you like bright highs choose hard materials, like metal, ceramics, or graphite.

Speakers, How-To

11/10/2014 03:13 AM
How to Build the Ideal System

The "ideal" car audio system does not mean the loudest one, or most expensive one. It's the one that best meets your needs. Ask yourself, what type of car stereo system do you have now? Is the sound flat, dull, tinny, or wimpy? Are you listening to a car radio that's struggling to drive flimsy, old factory speakers? You know it sounds lousy, but you don't necessarily know why. It's not always easy to diagnose what's causing problems in a vehicle's audio/video system. You don't have to be a car audio expert to figure it out, though.

Here are some suggestions you can try to narrow things down:

Listen for a few minutes while parked. Test all the function. Do all they seem to work okay? Listen to each speaker individually by adjusting the balance and fader controls. Turn up the volume and the tone controls. Are all the speakers working, or do you hear a slight rattle or a buzz?

Next, drive around and listen carefully. Drive on the highway and turn your car stereo up loud enough to be heard above the road noise and make a mental not how it sounds is anything missing? Next park the car, don't turn down the music volume at the highway level. Do you hear a lot of distortion? Set the balance, fader, and tone controls in the middle. How's the overall sound of the speakers? Is it lacking Bass, Treble, Clarity?

Now, rate your current gear

Rate your satisfaction of each individual component on a scale of 1-10. Best results are achieved the quickest by replacing the lowest-rated components first. If you rank the car stereo the lowest install new receiver. This is one of the first steps to achieving better sound, since the audio signal sent to the rest of your system is much cleaner and stronger when it comes from an aftermarket source.

What would you like your radio to do that it won't do now?

  • Make calls and stream music using a Bluetoothâ„¢ connection?
  • Tune in to satellite or HD Radioâ„¢ broadcasts?
  • Control an iPod® or other portable audio device?
  • Play CDs or MP3 files?
  • Play DVDs on a retractable or built-in display?
  • Play louder without distorting?

Knowing what you want your receiver to do makes it easier to choose the right one for you and your car. If you know the receiver isn't the problem, or you just don't want to part with your current receiver, you can focus on building up the other components in your car's system. If your speakers sound okay at moderate volume, but not at highway volume, you may want to start by adding more power. If the speakers sound bad all the time, you should probably replace them first.

Need to replace your car's old or broken speakers?

Most factory-installed car speakers are made of lightweight paper or other cheap-to-produce materials. Even "premium" factory speakers tend to wear down and distort a lot faster than aftermarket speakers, so even if they sounded good when you bought the car, they've probably dropped off a bit over the years.

A new set of aftermarket speakers will improve the entire range of your sound, from deeper bass to more well-defined highs. Best of all, they're easy to install and usually more affordable than a receiver.

Aftermarket speakers are made with higher-quality materials, so they'll give you much better sound and increased durability. Full-range speakers (some combination of a woofer, a midrange, and/or a tweeter) fit easily into your car's factory locations and are probably your best bet for improved sound. If you want to hear everything your music has to offer, use a set of component speakers with separate woofers and tweeters to transform your dashboard into a concert soundstage.

Does your music need a little more fullness?

If your sound seems to lack that certain something, you need to give your speakers more power. An amplifier increases the volume of your system without distorting it, so you'll have no trouble hearing your tunes with the windows down and the sunroof open. Amplifiers also give your music new life by bringing out musical details and clarity, resulting in better sound quality at all volume levels.

Do you drive a noisy car?

Is your music competing with your car's exhaust? You should look into vibration damping materials. A little sound deadening in your vehicle will help keep road noise, vibration, and exhausts from interfering with your music.

Do you want to feel the music?

If you like your sound, but want some added depth, a subwoofer is a great addition. Enhancing your setup with a subwoofer fills in the low notes that small full-range speakers aren't designed to hit, giving you a richer overall sound.

If you want a sub, but are concerned about how much space it might take up in your car, then you might want a powered subwoofer or a vehicle-specific subwoofer enclosure. These subs mount in your cargo area or under a seat, so you don't lose much storage space.

The Musical Source: Receiver & Smartphone

Many receivers are made to work with your smartphone.

If the car receiver ranked the lowest on your list of priorities, then you have several options. Think about your driving and listening habits to decide which features you want. It's important to think about what your other primary sources of music are, and whether or not you can enjoy them in your car.

If you use your phone for music, look for a receiver that features a USB port and Bluetooth®. You can play digital music files stored on your phone, and, if you have Bluetooth, stream internet radio. You can also play tunes stored on a thumb drive or plug in an MP3 player with a USB connection.

If you own a portable audio player or iPod®, look for a receiver with an aux input or two. Newer adapters will charge your iPod when it's connected, and offer direct audio connection for faster signal transfer. If you get a receiver with a large monitor, you'll get the added convenience of touchscreen control and easy viewing of songs and playlists, even album art and video.

Receivers that have Bluetooth® capability are really convenient if you make a lot of phone calls in your car. In most cases, you can hear callers over your speakers simply by pressing a button on your receiver. And if you have a display screen, you can see the Caller ID and dial via touchscreen. if you're a Pandora fan, you can stream your music wirelessly through the stereo.

Navigation & Back-up Camera

Installing a GPS navigation system in your car allows you just enter your destination into the trip computer and follow the voice prompts and visual directions. You can also see points of interest and updated traffic information. Most in-dash display monitors are also compatible with easy-to-install rear view cameras, which will help avoid backing into lampposts, garage walls, and other cars.

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11/04/2014 03:09 PM
Why Put a Large-Screen Receiver in Your Dash?

Other than looking great, a large-screen receiver allows you to see all the information you need at a single glance, making it easier to keep your eyes on the road. You’ll also have the capability for expansion with options like navigation and a rear-view camera available to you in the future.

A rear-view camera can help make your receiver a valuable tool in preventing accidents. You never know what’s hiding behind you — a pet, person or car. Its view offers a whole lot more of what’s behind you than using just your mirrors.

A large-screen receiver's display is a whole lot easier to read than the 2- or 3-line displays of typical car receivers. They provide more information about what you're listening to, bigger icons, split-screen capability, leading to a more satisfying car audio experience. You'll be able to keep your eyes on the road a whole lot better if you're not squinting at your display, or waiting for the info to scroll by. In fact, everything you do with your receiver is easier when you have a large, touchscreen interface.

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11/29/2016 02:07 PM
Home Theater Speaker Placement 101: How the Get the Best Sound

If you’re investing in a home theater, then you’re going to want to make sure that your speakers deliver the best sound possible. Part of that is making sure the speakers are placed appropriately to create an immersive experience. Now, we’ve taken a closer look at where and how you can place your speakers in [...]

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11/23/2016 11:47 AM
The Top Car Modifications for Music Lovers

If you’re looking to upgrade your car’s audio system, then you’re probably looking at what options are on the market. Now, we’ve compiled the top car modifications for music lovers, and how best to go about getting these modifications installed. Car Speakers One of the best modifications you can make to your car is when [...]

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11/18/2016 12:42 PM
Does Installing Car Audio Void a Vehicle’s Warranty?

When it comes to installing car audio or stereo systems, you may be worried about your vehicle’s warranty. Now, we’ve taken a closer look at what voids the warranty on your car. Not every circumstance will void your car’s entire warranty. For example, there are some instances when your warranty will just be partially voided. [...]

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