Auto Sound System Basics

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If you are new to the car stereo market, you may find yourself overwhelmed at the sheer number of parts and accessories that can make up a top of the line car stereo system. In this article, we’ll explore the basic components that make up a functioning car stereo system. The Head Unit: Making It Happen

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Duh, It’s A Car Stereo!

If you are new to the car stereo market, you may find yourself overwhelmed at the sheer
number of parts and accessories that can make up a top of the line car stereo system. In this
article, we’ll explore the basic components that make up a functioning car stereo system.
The Head Unit: Making It Happen

You may have seen the term “head unit” before and not known what exactly it was. Simply put
the head unit is the part of your car stereo that actually produces the music from radio, tape,
CD, or other device. But nowadays you can also get head units for your car stereo that can play
DVDs or music and video from USB flash drives or memory cards. Head units have sure come
a long ways from when people used to install home stereo equipment in their vehicles!
Amplifiers: Bring the Boom

While your head unit may provide its own internal amplification (which may be enough for you),
at some point most car stereo enthusiasts will want to add amplifiers to the mix. Simply put, and
amplifier takes a signal coming out of your head unit, and makes it louder. Be careful when
shopping for amplifiers, as some of the large amps can draw over 100 amps; this may be well
over what your alternator and battery can provide, and can cause damage to those
components.

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