The Radio Makes A Car Stereo
Anyone in the market to find the best car stereo knows the options available are more than plentiful. With makers coming from around the globe, and prices ranging from affordable to out of this world, finding the right one can be difficult.
There are four basic parts to a good stereo system. Each component is important, but it’s the radio, sometimes called the receiver or the head unit, that drives the entire show. The other parts are amplifiers, speakers and auxiliary components, like a CD player or equalizer.
Let’s look at the radio, and why it’s so important to a car stereo.
The radio component is basically the driving force behind an entire stereo system. Not only does it receive signals from favorite radio stations, it also controls the system. Acting somewhat like a conductor for an orchestra, this component also controls volume, which devices get their turn to play and so on. It sometimes even has basic sound quality functions such as bass and treble control and so on.
Acting as the brain in the system, the radio truly is more than just a receiver for broadcast stations.
Car radios today can come as a single component that requires auxiliary devices for CD playing and so on. Or, they can be all-in-one units that might include a CD player and even a cassette deck, equalizer, amplifier, DVD player and more.
Choosing the right radio system for a vehicle is important for overall sound quality. If the brain of the operation doesn’t work right, it’s not likely the other parts will perform.
As you look for a radio, you need to decide a few things before setting out:
* How much space do you have to dedicate to a system? Cars don’t offer a lot generally, so all-in-one units or close to it are often favored.
* Budget. Car stereo can span a wide range in pricing. From the very affordable to the extremely expensive, there’s choice in every class. Sound quality will vary and quite honestly some of the lower price units will sound almost as good as some of the higher end models. Setting a budget is important though to help guide purchasing.
* Desired components. Some drivers simply want a radio and speakers and they’re happy. Others prefer the fully loaded units. This choice can make a big difference in pricing, so decide what’s a must have and what’s not.
Car stereos might seem like an afterthought to some who prefer to drive in silence, but for those who rely on them for traffic reports and even drivers who need the background sounds to keep them focused on the road, they’re a vital piece of equipment in a car. For the last type of driver they can be as important as seat belts and air bags for driving safety.
Choosing the right car stereo isn’t an impossible goal. With a little consideration of what’s important and what’s not, the search can be relatively painless and the end result one you’ll be more than happy with.