When you purchase new equipment for your mobile audio system there are some things to consider.  People often go into stores and purchase various pieces of equipment based on special deals or information that is given to them by the sales person.  While this may seem like good information, in many cases the sales person is trying to get you to purchase something that will make them more money.  However sometimes the sales person is giving good information that can help with your decision.  Going in prepared will help you differentiate between what information is useful and what isn’t.

Sometimes Cost Does Equal Quality

There are many cases where you can purchase an item that is a lower price and still get great quality.  Unfortunately, when buying mobile audio this isn’t the case.  Good quality equipment comes at a price and if you see a deal that is too good to be true then it probably isn’t as good as it seems.  When buying car audio stick to name brands that you know and can trust.  Even if you recognize a particular brand name at a really low price, make sure it isn’t a refurbished or subpar model.  This way you will be sure to get the quality you want.

Free Equipment

Sometimes you will find a deal where you get free equipment or a free iPod when you purchase a certain amount.  Bear in mind that there usually isn’t such a thing as free.  If you choose to take advantage of a deal like this you are probably paying for the item in question by paying increased prices on the equipment you are buying.  Make sure you are getting the best deal by shopping around.  When it comes to mobile audio, even free installation is paid for when you purchase the equipment.

Choosing Your Speakers

Pay no attention to the peak wattage listed in bold on the box.  This is the maximum amount that the speakers have the potential to do.  This is in no way the performance you should expect from your speakers.  Instead, look at the number in smaller print listed under the tech specs known as the RMS number.  This will give you an accurate idea of what to expect.  The RMS wattage is the average wattage the speakers will perform at during regular use.  Keep these tips in mind the next time you shop for car audio equipment.