Usually when people purchase a new car, the first thing they are planning to upgrade is the car stereo.  Today it is important to people to have a ride that not only looks good, but sounds good.  There is nothing worse to most people than having the perfect car but not having a great sounding system.  Unfortunately, many people don’t know much about car stereo and are unsure about what to select when they get one.  You can always talk to the sales person, but they are more likely to direct you to the model they will make the most money off of rather than what will work best for you.  In order to get a good car stereo system there are some things that you need to know.

Picking the Right Unit

When you select the actual car stereo, there are some things you will want to consider.  Most of them come standard with AM/FM radio tuners and CD players, but you will also want to note some other things.  If you listen to the radio a lot, make sure there are enough presets to program all of your favorite stations.  You may want to get one that has an in dash changer to avoid taking your attention off of the road whenever you are driving.  Finally, MP3’s and other file formats are becoming an important part of car audio.  You will want to make sure that your system will support the variety of different file formats that are available.  You will also want to look and see if external MP3 players can be plugged in.  This will give you the ultimate in versatility when you make sure of these things.

Selecting Your Speakers

Finally, a stereo is only good as the sound its speakers produce.  For this reason, pay careful attention to the speakers you buy.  You will want to select a pair of 3 different types of speakers.  First you will need Subwoofers to make sure you capture the lows, tweeters for the highs, and a good speaker to capture the mid range sounds.  This will give you the full spectrum and allow you to really enjoy your sound system.  As you select the speakers, pay careful attention to the RMS wattage and avoid looking at the peak wattage.  This will give you a more accurate idea of how your speakers will perform.