Car Speaker Reviews
Car Speakers, this is when you are going to have to start making decisions carefully. Midrange speakers come in many different types: coaxials, components, woofers and tweeters will be very important if you are planning on going in to SQ competition, but not important in SPL at all. Dont let any ever tell you that tweeters will help you in it, they wont. Speakers come in many different sizes. The size speakers you buy will probably have a lot to do with the factory speaker locations in your car or truck, Of course you always have the option getting a custom car audio setup. My blog will give you much more information when i do the speaker reviews and go more into detail with each speaker.
If you are looking to get cheaper speakers you will want to look at coaxials. This does not mean that a nice pair of coaxails cant still sound good. If you are not sure what midrange speaker is the coaxail, it is the one with the woofer that has the tweeter mounted right on it. There are a lot of advantage to getting coaxials: Low cost, made for factory locations and easy to install. The disadvantages are that you will not have the sound quality of a matched component set.
Component speakers are are designed to work with other component speakers to produce a concert like sound in your car. Component speakers can come with any where from 2 to 4 woofers in a set with crossovers to produce great sound with low distortion. Advantage of component speakers is better sound and more installation options. Disadvantage is a more complex or difficult installation and cost.
Car Speaker Features and Information, Lets Review
Description: The description is going to give you the size and type of speaker that it is. could be things like 4, 5-1/4 6-1/2. Speakers also come in other shapes: 6 x 9s, 5 x 7s, 4 x 10s, also will let you know if a tweeter comes with the setup and if so, if it is mount on or seperate from the woofer. These types are Separates, coaxial, and components.
Cone: The type of material the woofer is made out of will affect the sound quality. Poly / Plastic: Probably the most used material for car speakers, they are weather-resistant and have good internal damping. Composite: Mica, CMMD, Glass-imides, HCL, and IMPP are all types of composite materials used for speakers cones. These materials are stiff and strong. They all can produce great sound with excellent dispersion.
Tweeter: The size of the tweeter
Impedance: Ohm of the speaker. This will normally be 4 ohms.
Frequency Response: This is the range of sound that the speaker can play, This almost always between 20kHz and 80kHz. What we are looking for here is the greatest range of sound.
RMS: This is the amount of continuous power, in watts, that the speaker or tweeter can handle. Make sure you match the speakers power handling to your amps power output. Some examples of this will different size speakers: 6-1/2: 45Hz-20kHz, 5-1/4 51Hz-20kHz, 4 74Hz-20kHz. tweeters 2.5kHz-20kHz.
Peak Power: This is the maximum amount of power, in watts the speaker can handle. Remember, this does dont mean you can send the speaker the amount of power for a short time it will happen will normally music in short burst.
Sensitivity @ 2.83V: Sensitivity goes along with power to achieve high output. A speaker that has a higher sensitivity rating requires less power to produce the same amount of sound as a model with a lower rating.
Voice Coil: The number of voice coils the speaker has. This can be important along with impedance for wiring.
Woofer Mounting Depth: This will give you the height of the speaker, and will let you know how much clearance you are going to need to mount the speaker.
Woofer Cut-out Diameter: Woofer cut-out diameter will let you know the size of the hole that the woofer will require.
Tweeter Mounting Depth: This will give you the height of the tweeter, and will let you know how much clearance you are going to need to mount the tweeter.
Tweeter Cut-out Diameter: Tweeter cut-out diameter will let you know the size of the hole that the woofer will require.
Tweeter Protrusion: The height that a tweeter sticks out above the mounting surface. This will need to be looked at closely when coaxials are being mounted in factory locations under factory grills.