Audiobahn car speakers are a simple and affordable way to enhance the performance of your car’s standard audio system. However, the improvements to your car stereo system don’t have to stop there, as here are 3 tips to make your Audiobahn car speakers sound even better.
1. Add the Right Car Audio Accessories
A simple head unit upgrade will improve the performance of even stock speakers, but make sure the head unit you add to your Audiobahn car stereo is capable of handling and controlling the power of your upgraded speakers.
It is important to let each aspect of your car audio do only what it is best at, to give you the best overall result. Therefore, while the new Audiobahn car speakers you’ve installed in your door panels can handle low frequency tones, you are more likely to get distortion; leave the low frequency for your subwoofer.
To allow your Audiobahn car speakers to focus on frequencies of mid-bass and upwards, you can install bass blockers in-line on your speakers. Depending on the size and output of the speakers in your door panel, you can choose bass blockers with a variety of filter settings.
A specialised Audiobahn subwoofer can enhance the lower frequencies in your music; when you install a subwoofer running from its own amplifier, you also have increased control over the treble and bass controls and are better able to enhance the sound of your car speakers.
Your car’s body is naturally resonant and this can alter the sound you achieve with your Audiobahn car stereo. Therefore, install vibration dampening products to absorb the vibrations caused by your car speakers, and the road noise. Your speaker’s performance is also improved because they now have a more stable mounting platform. Vibration dampening can also put necessary constraints on your subwoofer, to ensure more clarity.
An amplifier can improve the performance of your Audiobahn car speakers by increasing the overall power going to the speakers, and as you boost the sound, you also improve the accuracy of your music.
2. Add the Right Subwoofer Box
Infinite Baffle for Subwoofer
The subwoofer in an infinite baffle box is separated by a barrier of baffle board which ensures there is no path for the sound to reach from the rear, to the front, as this causes cancellation of the sound and a reduced bass output.
Sealed Subwoofer Box
A sealed box is a completely airtight enclosure for your subwoofer, where the speaker is mounted in one face of the box. A sealed box is also easy to design and build, but it is important to remember not to make it too small as this can reduce the speaker’s output.
Vented Subwoofer Box
The best performance from your Audiobahn subwoofer will be gained when it is mounted in this type of box, also known as a ported or bass-reflex system. A vented box uses a duct to allow you to fine tune the performance of your speakers, and output comes from the vent and reduces the excursion of the subwoofer, which in turn reduces distortion.
3. Get the Right Staging
The key to getting the best sound from your Audiobahn speakers is to closely mimic the staging of the performers. Typically the singer is in the center, and the guitars and other instruments are to the sides. A properly staged car audio system will have the speakers placed close together to give the impression the sounds are coming from the different elements of the music, rather than the different speakers.
To create the illusion for your ears that all elements of the music are coming from in front of you, you will need to experiment with your Audiobahn speakers’ location and direction. Begin by aiming your tweeters towards the middle of the car, and have your mid-base speakers and your subwoofer play overlapping frequencies as the mid-bases will pull the bass sounds to the front of the car. Also have your sub at a frequency of 60 HZ or less.
You should mount your Audiobahn car speakers in the front, pointed towards the center of the car, while minimizing the distance between the right and left speakers. Your rear speakers should use a crossover to cut off higher frequencies, and you should only barely be able to hear them.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your Audiobahn car speakers sound even better. Knowledge of car speaker placement and the optimal output for your chosen speakers can give your affordable Audiobahn system a sound to rival the bigger car audio brands.