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How to Deal with Distorted Audio from Car Speakers

Learn how to deal with distorted audio from car speakers in this Howcast car stereo video with expert Movin' On.

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Hi my name is Movin On, and I've been working in the field of car audio and mobile electronics for 8 over years. I've installed everything from navigation systems to full car stereo systems, remote starters, alarms, and beyond. To learn more, visit our web site at www.movinon.com.

Many people ask us, "Why are my car speakers distorting?" Well, sometimes it's as simple as a blown speaker. Usually if you pull up to a local car stereo shop, they can take a listen and tell you whether it's blown or not. When you're on the highway, or you're in a loud driving environment, people tend to turn up the bass to compensate for all the noise. The bass is what gets drowned out most. By turning up the bass, you're causing your speaker to move more to create the sound. When it moves more, it introduces more distortion. Because speakers are not designed to play those low frequencies, they make unnatural sounds and they make the music sound muddy. Factory car speakers and factory car amplifiers are usually not designed to create all that bass. By adding a small sub woofer to the car, you can take the strain off of you're car speakers, leave your bass on flat, and then use your sub woofer to play these frequencies. By replacing your speakers with more efficient or better speakers, you may cut down on distortion a little bit. A simple set of fifty dollar speakers are gonna perform much better than the speakers that came with your car, assuming you have a basic car stereo system. But a lot of times the problem lies in the amplifier. By replacing your stereo with an after market head unit, sometimes you can up the power of the amplifier a little bit and prevent the distortion. First of all, they come with a much more comprehensive equalizer to make the most out of your speakers. And second of all, they have a more powerful amplifier than what came with your car. The more powerful amplifier creates a cleaner signal and less distortion. If you don't mind spending a little bit of money, you might want to invest on a bigger amplifier, a brand new head unit, and four speakers. This is gonna cut down on the distortion tremendously because you're starting with a clean signal, a good powerful amplifier that's not gonna overheat, and speakers that can handle the extra power. If you compliment this with a sub woofer, you'll have a full car stereo system, distortion-free.

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