Best ways to upgrade your car stereo system

Posted on 08 April 2013 by Tony Santos

car-cd-playerMany cars, particularly if you have one that was manufactured a while ago, are no longer compatible with modern music playing trends. Their sound systems sound terrible, especially if they are crippled by a tape deck player. Now that’s the time you’ll need to upgrade your car audio system and probably grab car decorations to further customize the looks the way you want it.

If you don’t have the cash to buy a brand new surround sound system for your car, don’t fret. There are cheaper ways of upgrading your car stereo system, as outlined in this article. If you need to save up, get rid of some of your stuff on

The aux-in plug

This plug is a lifesaver for so many different music-related situations. It’s probably the cheapest way for you to upgrade your stereo. Most car stereos from the last ten or fifteen years come with a 1/8-inch auxiliary input jack. If you have the aux-in cable, you can plug pretty much anything in – an iPod, a Discman, or your smartphone.

The jack is an easy one to miss, and people often mistakenly lament the fact that they can’t listen to their digital music because of their old car stereo. Make sure you check to see if you have one before going out and buying a brand new system.

The FM transmitter

This is a nifty little device for those whose car stereos don’t have an aux-in jack. It plugs into your iPod (or smartphone) and then transmits the music across to your stereo over an FM wave.

Of course, your radio is going to have to be able to receive FM for this to be able to work.

Bass Booster

It’s a little pricey, but better than kitting your car out with new speakers all over. It packs in the power of two 10-inch woofers, a 200-watt amplifier and adjustable crossover, all packed into one neat little tube.

It’s a pretty cheeky way of making it look like you’re packing some serious gear inside your car – the effect the bass booster has on the music is seriously impressive.

A low-cost head unit upgrade

The more expensive ones have more features, but they’re probably ones you don’t really need. A low-cost head unit can provide you with things you really need, like a CD player, HD radio capability, an iPod/iPhone dock, multiple aux-in jacks, as well as USB inputs!

It adds quite a lot of playing options to your car stereo system, and you don’t even have to pay too much for it.

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