2 Important Factors When Buying Car Speakers

Sound Loudness

Maybe you are not really interested in sound quality but more how loud it sounds or maybe both, either way, a good reference for determining how much sound a speaker can produce is looking at the power output of the speaker. (Watts) The higher the power output (e.g 300 Watts) the more sound it will produce. Do keep in mind that there are two types of power outputs for car speakers:

  • Watts Peak
  • Watts RMS

The Watts Peak of a car speaker indicates the maximum power output the speaker can handle, for short periods.

The Watts RMS indicates the average power output the car speaker can handle for longer periods.

This is important depending on what kind of music you listen to. If you are someone who listens to hip hop or dance music, you are going to want to pay attention to what the Watt Peaks are of the car speaker you are interested in considering the hard bass that is in that type of music.

If you are someone who listens more to Rock music, you are going to want to pay more attention to what the Watt RMS are of the car speaker you are interested in considering the continues bass guitars etc that occur in that type of music.

Overall it’s best to keep in mind that if you want to play your music loud, then you should mainly focus on what the Watts RMS output is of the speaker is en then look at the Watts Peak which will always be higher then the Watts RMS. To read the reviews of the best car speakers for year 2019 you can refer to this article.

Speaker Size

The size of car speaker you need/want is determined by a few factors:

  • Mounting size in the front of your car (usually in the door panel or in the dashboard corner of your car)
  • Mounting size in the back of your car (Doors or trunk panel)
  • Creativity

There are different sizes of car speakers that be can placed in the front and back of your car. Car speaker sizes can range anyway from 3-1/2 inches to 6-3/4 inches. Most cars come with typical 6-1/2 inch speakers that are medium sized and mid-ranged to provide the perfect sound quality. It’s always best to check with your manufacturer’s manual to find out the exact speaker size that will fit in your car.

If you like a certain car speaker but it won’t fit in the standard mounting of your car, there are always way to make it fit. Some manufacturers (like JBL) come with special adapters to make them fit even if your standard mounting is different. If the standard mounting is way off, you can make a mold out of fiber glass or wood to make them fit. If they don’t fit in the back you can either cut out holes in your trunk frame or replace the whole frame with a wooden mdf frame. It all comes down to how creative you are.