Your car came with a factory installed audio system, right? They are great sounding, aren’t they? Wait until you see and hear an aftermarket setup.
There are several reasons why an aftermarket car audio system will beat factory installed systems any day.
Aftermarket car audio products…
*They give far superior performance.
*They give you wider options.
*They are made by companies that have a reputation in car audio .
*There are things that aren’t possible otherwise in an audio setup if not as aftermarket options.
*You get to choose products that fit your individual taste.
*You get products that cost far less for comparable car dealer options.
*You get products that are made by specialized manufacturers.
*You get products that are far more reliable and functional
That’s a sum of the advantages of aftermarket car audio systems over OE (Original equipment) products.
To press home the points, let’s use car CD changers and radios as examples…
Aftermarket CD Changers, when combined with a CD changer interface, provide a far superior but less expensive alternative to a car Dealer supplied CD changer. This is because you can pay, on average, $550 to $800 to your car dealer for a CD changer that hasn’t exactly been built using the most reliable and performance-producing components. This is due mainly to the large profit margins that car dealers choose to work with.
Aftermarket CD changers are far more reliable, are more functional and give overall better performance. The most important advantage being that they ultimately produce better sound. Aftermarket CD changers also play CD-R and CD/RW burned discs whereas dealer supplied CD changers will, in most cases, play CD-R (however they don’t guarantee this) but they will not play CD/RW discs.
Factory fitted radios (standard fit radios) in the past had relatively low power outputs of about 3 to 5 watts RMS. However the latest factory fitted radios have improved vastly with power outputs of up to 100 Watts. These figures represent 25 Watts, ‘peak’ power per channel x 4 (this basically means x 4 speakers). This actually translates to approximately 10 watts RMS x 4 channels, when used for any length of time (continuous).
Compare this to aftermarket radios (radios manufactured for retail sale), such as the best selling Alpine, Kenwood, Panasonic and Sony brands, where the basic models start at a power output of 45 Watts x 4.
Why is a higher power output better?
Extra power will produce a more refined sound. Your speakers are also better protected. This is because you can more easily damage your speakers by underpowering it.
Sounds odd? Here’s why…
When you power your amp, it sends sine waves to your speakers. This is fine and is the case if your amp has the ability to easily pump out the power you expect from it. However, when you demand more volume from a relatively less powerful amplifier, you make it send square waves instead of sine waves.
Speakers find these square waves very difficult to handle. The result…
Your speakers get toasted.
Adding an aftermarket radio would give you the benefit of having a removable security fascia to take with you when you leave the car. Incidentally, all new radios come with a robust case to store your removable fascia. If you add an aftermarket CD or CD/MP3 changer, there will be no visible signs of a changer having been added so the risk of theft will remain very low.
The advantages of aftermarket radios don’t stop here. You will also experience improved FM reception, far better design and looks. Add to this the options to expand your system if you wish to integrate other equipment such as CD, MP3 or MD changers and amplifiers, etc. Top it up with the savings you make when buying add-on equipment and you will see the benefits increase dramatically.
So you see…
Aftermarket is the way to go.