In-Car Entertainment

If you get bored while driving, especially when alone or you get stuck in  traffic jams too often then its time for you to install a audio system in your car. JBL, Sony Xplod, Blaupunkt, Kenwood and Pioneer are some of the very famous names when it comes to in car entertainment.

Sony Xplod Music System

Sony Xplod Music System

A Good Head Unit
A good head unit is the most important part of any music system
. A head unit with high voltage-RCA outputs is useful. High-voltage outputs allow better noice immunity but if the speakers are run from the amplifiers built into the the head unit, dont bother with RCA outputs. Head units and amplifiers need to have impeccable sound quality and no noise whatsoever. Paying a bit more and getting a CD Changer control will enable you to simply plug in a changer in the future even if you are getting a cassette or MD head unit for the present.

Head unit from Sony Xplod

Head unit from Sony Xplod

Sony Xplod CD Changer

Sony Xplod CD Changer

 

The Speakers
Installed in the dash and in the rear the speakers are definitely the most important part of any music system. They determine how the system sounds, no equalizer or processor can compensate enough for poorly installed speakers.

JBL Speakers

JBL Speakers

Amplifiers
Amplifiers not only make a system sound louder, but also makes it sound better. I personally would suggest you to stick to reputed brands. The size and weight of amplifiers are important. The different types of amplifiers are Classes A, B, C and D of which class B amplifiers are very common.

JBL Amplifier

JBL Amplifier

Equalizers
Equalizers are used to fine tune a system. They are valuable instruments that can flatten a systems frequency response i.e. they can make the output levels of all frequencies similar. There are two types of equalizers:Mono and Stereo Equalizers. The main difference between both of them is that Mono Equalizer has on ly one input and one output, while a Stereo Equalizer has two inputs and two outputs. Many people preffer to use Mono Equalizers for the easier control they give over the output sound.

Kenwood Equalizer

Kenwood Equalizer

Subwoofers
They are designed to handle low frequencies down to around 20Hz. With the exception of free-air subwoofers a lot depends on how well they are mounted and enclosed. They need more power than regular speakers because they are bigger and have to move more air. Opt for a Sony or a JBL or a Kenwood amplifier for the front speakers and a more better high current amplifier for the subwoofer.

JBL Subwoofer

JBL Subwoofer

Power Consideration
It is better to have more power than you need to get clear sound. A minimum of 30-50 watts is what is requiered to drive the speakers. Contrary to the popular belief, too much power will not damage the speakers. Speakers get damaged because of distortion. Therefore, a bigger amplifier enables higher volumes without distortion.

Upgrading
Powerful amplifiers are expensive so it is better to get a two-channel amplifier to drive the subwoofers at acceptable levels. They can be updated later with an identical amplifier and each of the subwoofers powered with an amplifier in the brigade mode for more bass.

JBL Audio System is Installed in the boot of a Swift

JBL Audio System is Installed in the boot of a Swift

Sony Xplod Audio System Installed in the boot of an SUV

Sony Xplod Audio System Installed in the boot of an SUV

Vedio Entertainment
LCD Screens can be installed in the car for the pessangers to watch a movie (using DVDs or VCDs) or even enjoy live T.V (i.e. if you have a sattelite dish installed in your car). There are two types of LCD Screens:Headrest Monitors and Roof Mounted Monitors. I personally prefer Headrest Monitors as the Roof Mounted LCD Screens can prove to be distracting for the driver. Sony supplies one of the best LCD Screens here in India and they are available in different sizes too.

 

Head Rest Monitor from Sony

Head Rest Monitor from Sony

 

Sony Head Rest Monitor XVM-B62

Sony Head Rest Monitor XVM-B62

Keep you system safe
There are many security options for head units now-a-days. Detachable faceplates are the most common option. the front part of the radio comes off rendering the rest of the unit useless. Yet another security option is given by Kenwood which is a flat panel that covers the radio when the ignition key is turned off.

Now you are all set for a long drive or to get yourself stuck in never ending traffic jams, what more could you ask for?
If you guys and gals have any questions to ask pls write in a comment and i will surely post a reply.
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5 Comments

  1. Just wanted to thank you for the detailed info,very educative.

  2. I’m pleased I found your post In-Car Entertainment « Cars & Bikes in India , I couldn’t locate any knowledge on this subject prior to. I also run a website and if you are ever serious in doing a bit of visitor writing for me please feel free to let me know, i’m always look for people to check out my blog. Please stop by and leave a comment sometime!

  3. Hi,

    Recently I bought Scorpio SLE..I wanna install ICE..but I hv little knowledge on this.I can spend upto 30K…but I dont wanna waste my boot space….I dont want my SUV to be packed with stuff like woofers..amplifiers…I am looking for a powerful compact amplifiers and woofers…I hv crush on sony head unit..but I am skeptical abt that as different people givving differentr suggestion like pioneer..JBL…kenwood i am confused with them…I know one thing abt them….they r not experts in this domain…Please advise

    • A sub woofer will surely eat up into your boot space, so don’t go for it!!
      Buy the Sony Xplod CD Receiver – WX-GT77UI, its currently the best head unit from Sony, it should be costing approx. 12k.
      Then go for two pairs of Sony XS-GTX6940S 4-Way Speakers, one pair costing approx. 4k.
      To optimize your SUV’s stereo image, go for one pair of JBL’s 1″ Edge-Driven Dome Tweeter, costing approx. 3k.
      If you feel the need for an amplifier, go for any one of the JBL’s Full-Range Amplifier, this should cost you approx. 8k.

      Note- This is just a suggestion, i will prefer you to discuss the above configuration with a dealer, it would help you in receiving a clearer image as to how your stereo system would sound.

  4. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.


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