Car Audio, Mobile Video, Navigation
Perception of sound is subjective to each of us, just as some people may find black cars more appealing than other color cars. If you like your car stereo system more than any other in the same vehicle, then you have the best. But, if you like some other car stereo system more than yours in the same vehicle, then that one is better. Only you can decide which is best for you. For a car stereo system and installation to be a good or great system and installation, it must meet or exceed the user's expectations.
For the best references to compare to your car stereo system or any other, experience live music in as many different environments as possible. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to follow several artists that you really like from venue to venue (one environment to another). You'll immediately notice the difference in sound characteristics of each location and with the same artist. You will find some environments that you prefer over others, if not a favorite. This is how we would like our systems to sound.
Unfortunately as many of us know, this really is not possible, especially within the confines of an automobile. After only being in a few vehicles our ears recognize the inherent characteristics of this unique environment. Most of what we hear in a vehicle from a system is a recording of the original artist in a given enviroment, usually in two channel stereo, now playing in a totally different environment with the listeners placed in awkward listening positions relative to the placement of speakers. But we can create great sounding systems with the understanding of acoustics, basic electronics, and the products we have to choose from.
Acoustics (the study of sound) is worth a whole new site of it's own. I will write a condensed version when I'm finished with the many sections I've already started (see below). These include a glossary of terms, passive crossovers & calculators, impedance calculators, subwoofer wiring, component wiring, enclosures, and other installation tips and necessities relating to mobile audio and electronics.
• Glossary of Terms
• Passive Crossovers
• Passive Crossover Calculators
• Recommended Wire Sizes
• Subwoofer Enclosures
• Subwoofer Enclosure Calculators
• Thiele - Small Parameters
• Headrest how-to, 06 Chrysler 300c
• Headrest Monitor How To, 91 Accord
• Heads up, dead battery after video
• Modding Avic-N1/N2 Nav DVDís
• Pioneer AVIC N2 Bypass Topics
• Vehicle Wiring
• Video In Motion Law
• Fiberglass, Roush Mustang
• Fiberglass shopping list
• Flushing a remote, fun little project
• How to Make a Fiberglass Enclosure
• How to make circular rings
• Sticky Packing peanut volume measurement
• Tinting Clear Plastic
• American Wire Gauge Sizes
• Application Guides
• Car Audio Forum
• Car Audio Hot Topics
• Car Stereo Insurance
• Car Audio Manuals
• Mobile Video & Navigation Forum
• Advanced front speaker systems how-to
• Comprehensive front stage setup
• Ground Q/A Sticky
• Guide: Using WinISD
• How to achieve awesome mid bass
• How to choose a car CD receiver.
• How to choose an amplifier.
• Ohms, using resistors with woofers?
• Running One VC on a DVC Sub
• Too Little Power
• What is a proper ground?
• What is a proper sub box?
• Connect Additional Devices to Remote Turn On
• How to Identify Stereo Wiring
• How to Upgrade the Big Three
• How to wire through a door molex.
• Parallel & Series Calculators
• Radio On Until Door Opened
• Stereo to Bridged Mono Switched Outputs
• Subwoofer Wiring Wizard
• Switch Series to Parallel and Back
• Switch Stereo to Bridged Mono & Series to Parallel
• Typical Head Unit Wire Harness
• Vehicle Wiring