When you get in your car and turn on your radio, you don't expect quality or clarity to be lacking. However, in some cases, the stereo sounds so bad, you'd rather not even have it on at all. Often times, there are small adjustments you can make to rectify this situation on your own.
Adjust Music File Compression Levels
In some cases, your low-quality audio isn't the fault of your car stereo. This is especially the case if you play your music on a music player, such as an iPod or MP3 player. Generally, in order to get more songs on the device, users will compress their music files.
When you're listening to headphones, you probably don't notice the effect on quality this step has. However, when listening to music on a car radio, you can distinctly hear the difference. Although you might lose some of your storage space, not compressing your files so much will improve clarity.
Upgrade Your Speakers
In many cases, you can improve the power and clarity of your stereo by simply replacing the speakers. A great stereo unit is excellent, but if the speakers either don't match the power of the unit or they are old – you can't expect high quality sound.
In terms of speakers that don't match the clarity of your unit, if you purchased an aftermarket stereo, but kept your factory speakers – this could be the case. In the case of old speakers, if all your music is starting to sound distorted – this could be the cause. In either scenario, upgrading your speakers can render marked improvement.
Turn Down The Volume
Power doesn't always involve volume. If you're blasting your car radio in an effort to make it sound better, you're probably only making matters worse. If you don't have a high-quality radio with high-quality speakers to match, turning up the volume will probably only distort the music and cause you to hear every imperfection in your unit.
Doing this can also cause your speakers to wear at an accelerated rate. While you can turn your stereo up, you don't want to max out the sound. Lowering the volume even just a little might make it sound better.
If you've made several changes and your car stereo quality hasn't improved, it might be time to consider an upgrade. An audio professional such as Safe & Sound can help you select a new model best suited for your vehicle and your listening needs.