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Choosing the Right Car Speakers For Your Vehicle

There are a myriad of options available in the market when it comes to car speakers, and buying the right ones may be your biggest problem.
So let's take a look at the different types of car speakers that you can choose from to help you to decide for yourself.
Coaxial Car Speaker System The most common type of car speakers are called coaxial speakers.
Usually most car manufacturers will include at least a pair of coaxial car speakers in their models.
Coaxial speakers are available as 2-way-, 3 way and 4-way speakers depending on their configuration or to be more specific the number of tweeters in the system.
The most basic version of coaxial speakers, the kind that you would generally find in older cars has mid range cone woofers capable of producing mid range sounds.
But the latest versions will also include at least one tweeter for high frequency reproduction.
A tweeter is a device that helps your system to reproduce high frequency sounds, minimize sound distortion and gives clearer and more defined sounds.
An increase in the number of tweeters will add more details to the sound.
So while two way coaxial car speakers have one tweeter, three way speakers would include two tweeters and so on.
Many car manufacturers talk about the amazing effects of the 6 piece car speaker system in their models.
But essentially this system just includes 4 mid range woofers with 2 detached tweeters and this is what you would get normally as well when you buy a car.
So, if you are being charged extra for this you know you are being cheated.
Component Car Speaker System A component car speaker system comprises of mid-range woofers, tweeters and cross over filter networks.
However, the tweeter in the component car speaker system is separate with the cross over filters added for increased sound clarity.
The filters channel sounds that are component specific that is only a sound range that can be handled by a specific component is channeled to it.
For example, only high frequency sounds will be channeled to the tweeters that are capable of handling them while the low frequency sounds are channeled to the mid-range woofers.
This significantly improves the sound quality by minimizing disruptions and distortions.
If you were to compare the two car speaker systems, namely coaxial and component, in terms of their price, the component car speaker systems are considerably more expensive.
But the better sound quality makes up for the increased cost.
Generally a three way component car speaker system is more than adequate to produce impressive sound quality.
Since most new cars come with pre-installed or factory installed car speakers you may want to check if they have the cross over filters.
The material of the car speaker components is of equal importance if you want the speakers to last for long.
Usually cones are either made of the thinner materials like cloth or paper or they are made of denser materials like glass, fiber, Kevlar or polypropylene.
However, it would be incorrect to suggest that the material of the cone is the only thing responsible for better sound quality.
The quality of the sound produced by the car speakers depends more on the entire assembly that includes the magnet size, voice coil type etc.
As far as surrounding material for your car speakers is concerned it is best to go for denser material since the cheaper varieties usually use foam that cracks easily when subjected to temperature variations.
Ultimately, the type of car speakers that you choose should depend on the sound quality that you require.

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