What Size Speaker Wire Is Right? Find The Right Gauge and Type.

WHAT SIZE SPEAKER WIRE IS RIGHT? FIND THE RIGHT GAUGE AND TYPE

What Size Speaker Wire Is Right? Find The Right Gauge and Type

If choosing the right speakers isn’t stressful enough already, most people have to buy speaker wires separately which is even more of a challenge. Most of the time, your product of choice won’t include any wires in the package, which is why it’s important to learn about speaker wires and the options you can choose from.

Buying the wrong speaker wires completely ruins your experience, as not all wires fit all speakers, and not all wires make the speakers sound good.

How Do I Find The Perfect Speaker Wire?

If you are looking for the best speaker wires that are compatible with the speakers you have, you need to take into account the gauge, the type, as well as some minor details that can impact the quality of the sound. Let’s glance over each category and share some advice.

Wire Gauge

The gauge of each wire is essentially its thickness, and you can choose between several options - 12, 14, 16 and 18 gauge. As the gauge number lowers, the wire becomes thicker, meaning the 12 gauge wire is the chunkiest on this list. Thicker wires do better with flow resistance and the sound is usually better.

If you have a low-impedance speaker, meaning the impedance lies between 4 and 6 Ohms, you should definitely look into thick wires. Same goes for long wire runs, which are usually more than 50 feet.

If your speakers have an impedance of 8 Ohms, and the run is relatively short, you can sacrifice a bit of the quality and go for a 16 gauge wire. We rarely recommend 18 gauge wiring to anyone, unless you have small, portable speakers.

In case you’re still unsure what type of wire you need, we recommend you head into your local shop and show them your speaker specs online. The dealer should know what you need.

Gauge Wire

Wire Length

We always recommend you do a practical test of how much wiring you need. Get some cheap rope or string, and start unrolling it from the receiver (or your amplifier) to the speaker itself. You should add an extra 20% to this number, just to make sure the transport and the setup go flawlessly. For example, if you have measured that you need 10 feet of wiring, you should add another 2 feet for safety and practicality. 

Wire length can also be a great indicator of what type of gauge you need, since certain wire thickness protects the sound and provides a better result. If you have 4 Ohm speakers, you can go for a 12 or 14 gauge, but if you want to use at least 50 feet of wiring, you should choose the 16 gauge or the 18 gauge.

Wire Connectors

There are two wire types - wires with connectors and wires without connectors. If you’re a handy person or someone with previous experience when it comes to wiring, you could easily buy wiring without connectors and connect them yourself. However, if you’re not that familiar with the process, we suggest you either get wires with connectors, or make sure that you buy banana connectors for your connectorless wires.

Stranded Or Solid?

When you decide what gauge and length you want, the local shop assistant might ask whether you want a solid or a stranded wire. We recommend stranded wires, as they are more practical, less prone to damage, and they do better to reduce vibrations. They are a bit more expensive, naturally, but they’re an investment that will save you money in the long run.

Oxygen-Free or Not?

Oxygen-Free copper has become popular over the last decade, as it provides a phenomenal, crisp sound. This material is of very high conductivity and the level of oxygen is below 0.00%, meaning there is no loss in the sound transmission. These cables are premium, which means they have a higher price tag, and they’re recommended for people who are installing in-wall speakers in the same room where the amplifier is.

Wire Core Material

You can usually choose between three different materials - copper, copper-clad aluminum (known as CCA) and silver. Copper is the classic option, and it has been around for the longest time. It’s the go-to choice for many audio lovers.

Wire Core Material

The copper-clad aluminum is a cheaper version of the copper core, and it’s a response to the production cost raise that manufacturers often encounter. If you choose thicker wiring, it should do the same thing as the copper core.

The last option on the list is silver, and it’s a popular choice amongst those who want “all the best products”. However, the wires aren’t made from silver, they’re made from copper and plated with silver, which means that you won’t be able to hear a difference if you have a low resistance cable. We suggest you skip this premium option unless you have money that’s burning a hole in your pocket. 

What If I Have Speakers Inside My Walls?

Many people choose to set their speakers in their walls or in their ceiling, which means that you cannot follow the above given advice. In that case, you’ll have to get UL-rated speaker wires that have special labels, such as the CL2 or the CL3 label. 

In case you want to use a single cable on a longer distance, you’ll have to get a 4-conductor cable that’s usually used for stereo-input speakers. However, for any complicated projects, make sure to consult with a local audio equipment shop, as you want to ensure the best sound quality you can get.


Conclusion

Picking the right wiring for your speakers might seem intimidating at first, but the topic is not complicated at all. You need to figure out the length you need, then find the right gauge and figure out whether you need connectors or not. In the end, you can choose to go for some extra options such as oxygen-free copper or silver-plated wiring.

If in doubt, definitely take your speaker specifications to the audio shop and consult the specialist at the shop. Good luck!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


How To Clean Speaker Grills

HOW TO CLEAN SPEAKER GRILLS

How To Clean Speaker Grills

Speakers are a great addition to any music lover’s home, but you need to take proper care of them if you want the experience to last. For example, did you know that the speaker grill is one of the most vulnerable parts of each speaker? If you were to splash your speaker with liquid, the greatest damage would be caused when it reaches the wires and the grill. Not only is this dangerous, but also costly to repair!

Modern speakers are often made in cylindrical shapes, which means that the speaker grill sometimes makes up to 70% of the speaker’s surface! That’s why taking proper care of your speaker grills ensures no damage to this protective membrane, which protects the whole setup inside.

Step By Step Explanation - How To Clean Speaker Grills?

Speaker grills combine several materials, which include cloth and metal. This is why we’ll have to work carefully and make sure we don’t damage any of the two. We use different approaches for different components - you don’t want to rip the mesh part by scrubbing it harshly like the way you’d scrub the metal part, right? Let’s dive into the explanation.

1. Prepare your work environment. Lay the speaker on a soft but firm surface. You can use a blanket or a cloth on the floor for this purpose. Get your tools, as well as a small container for the screws you might take out. Make sure there is no water around nearby, waiting to be spilled.

2. Unplug the speaker. You don’t want to start the process while the gadget’s still attached to the power source. That is dangerous both for you and the speaker - gently unplug all the wiring.

3. Detach the speaker grills. In some cases, this will be easy, as the grill just needs to pop off or slide off. In other cases, if the grill is attached from the inside, you will have to take apart the whole housing. To begin with, assess whether there are any screws to be taken out from the outside. If not, that means you have to remove a certain side of the speaker’s housing - check the top and the bottom for the screws. Sometimes you have to “pry the speaker open,” so make sure to apply force, but use a wiggling motion instead of simply pulling the gadget apart.

Speaker Grills

4. Make sure you don’t move the rubber gasket around, and if you do, put it back. The rubber gasket is a crucial part of the speaker, so make sure not to damage it. Although you may move it around a bit, as it’s usually located right under the grill, you should avoid manipulating it around on your own. If you do move it, make sure to put it right back - do not do this with a screwdriver or any sharp tools.

5. Vacuum the grill. Only do this if the grill is so filthy that you see particles of dust moving around through the air after popping the grill off. Make sure to use a lower setting and the dust brush attachment, as you don’t want to rip the cloth apart. If you don’t have this attachment, you can put a cloth around the vacuum’s pipe to make sure you don’t pull and stretch the speaker’s fabric. You can also blow some air into the speaker to remove any dust built up over time. But, again, be gentle, and do not move the wiring around.

6. Take apart the cloth and the metal part. If possible, it’s best to treat these two separately. You’ll be more precise, and you can be a little tougher on the metal without hurting the cloth. The two may be attached with glue, screws, or “the sandwich method” - metal, cloth, metal. Make sure you take the two apart only if you know how to put them back together and have proper materials to put them back.

7. Clean the metal part. This is usually the easier step of the two, as you don’t have to be as gentle. Using a microfiber cloth or a pure cotton cloth will be best, and you’ll have to use a cleanser (cleaning liquid) of some type. We suggest putting a little bit of mild detergent or soap into some warm water, but you can also use dish soap. Then, using circular motions, you gently scrub the metal, ensuring you don’t scratch the color off. If there are any stubborn spots, you can use a harsher detergent or an all-purpose cleaner.

8. Clean the cloth. This part is a bit more complicated, as you don’t want to scrub the cloth a lot - you’ll just create lint. We suggest you first use a lint roller (or packing tape) on the cloth’s surface and then use the wet cotton cloth or microfiber - use dabbing motions to press some mild detergent onto the surface. If there is no foul smell trapped in the grill’s cloth, you can use warm water only. You can spray a bit of natural hydrolate on it, as this will leave it smelling nice and fresh. A good rule of thumb is to use as little liquid as possible while leaving the cloth to dry naturally and thoroughly - this eliminates mold.

9. Put everything back together. Some parts of the speaker grill, especially if any rubber acts as isolation, can be quite fragile - be gentle when you’re putting things back together. 

Our Words Of Advice

Make sure you know how to take apart AND put back the parts. Many people have fun while taking their speakers apart, as you just unscrew a few screws and continue with your day. However, putting everything back together can be quite tough - that’s why some people record the process of dismantling the speaker and reverse it when building it back together. You can also reach for the manual to see whether there is any advice in the maintenance section.

Consult the product manufacturer regarding the cleanser. Not all materials work the same - it’s always better to opt for something gentle until you know what the manufacturer recommends. You can always contact their customer service to check whether they have any suggestions.

Check the manual. This is quite obvious, but it’s important to keep in mind. Not only is each brand different, but each model in the brand’s production line too. Who could know better how to clean your speaker than the company that made it? Maybe there are some tips and tricks hidden in the manual, as well.

Harsh chemicals are allowed only for spot treatments! Of course, we suggest you always avoid solvents and harsh chemicals, but if you must treat a certain piece of cloth with something stronger, use foams made specifically for speaker grills. Many won’t be able to find those in their local shops, though, so you can give a foaming carpet cleaner a shot. Test it on a small patch first, though!

Don’t test your luck with essential oils. We had to mention this as essential oils have been taking the world by storm. Although they might be useful for many things around the household, they’re still oils, and putting them on the speaker grill might make the cloth prone to mold. It might even distort the sound by thinning the cloth.

Take your time with the drying process. It’s best to leave the cloth dry overnight. Don’t use excess heat on it, and make sure you don’t use the dryer machine.

Do not touch the speaker drivers. The only way to clean these is by using a feather duster while maintaining the gentlest hand possible. We assure you these do not need any extra attention, though, so don’t mess around with them too much.

Cleaning moldy speaker cloths often fails. We have to set realistic expectations here! You can try lemon, vinegar, or baking soda, and if you want to opt for something harsher, bleach does the work. It may discolor the cloth and potentially ruin it, but it’s your best chance of killing the mold spores. Replacing the whole cloth is much easier and safer, though.

Do not “mix-match” replace parts on your own. Many will rip their speaker grills’ cloth while using too much pressure, and then they replace it with a similar semi-opaque material they find at home. Beware - transparent and acoustically transparent materials are not the same thing, so make sure that you get your hands on the proper cloth replacement if this happens.

Do not put the cloth in a washing machine. Not only can it rip, but it can also shrink. Also, laundry detergent is way too harsh on this material. We know it sounds easy and tempting to just throw the whole thing in, but take your time and hand wash it.

Rinse and maintain, so you don’t have to scrub. To ensure that you don’t have to use extensive force and lots of chemicals, just maintain the speaker grill with cloth and water monthly.


Conclusion

You must take care of all parts of your speakers, especially those that act as a membrane. Cleaning the speaker grill might be a little bit tricky at first, but if you use mild cleansers, a steady, gentle hand, and take your time, not much could go wrong.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


How To Hook Up Your Car Subwoofer To A Home Stereo – A Step-By-Step Guide

car subwoofer

How To Hook Up Your Car Subwoofer To A Home Stereo - A Step-By-Step Guide

Are you thinking about putting that one extra car subwoofer to good use? Why not hook it up to a home stereo!

Connecting a car sub to your home stereo is not a bad idea at all - it’s a great way to get better sound quality on your home system.

However, it’s not a simple process; you have to follow a few steps to get it done. Don’t let this discourage you as it is totally doable, and the steps are pretty straightforward - or at least will be, after you peruse this guide on how to hook up your car subwoofer to a home stereo. 

Roll up your sleeves, and let’s get straight to it!

Can you hook up a car subwoofer to a home stereo?

Well, the quick answer would be - it depends. 

For one thing, you wouldn’t be here reading this guide if it weren’t possible. That being said, there are a few restrictions when it comes to hooking up a car sub to a home stereo. 

Before you try to do it, you have to grasp a few basic things first. And don’t just glance at this part, as it’s pretty vital unless you want to damage your home receiver or amplifier. 

Here’s the gist - you can hook it up directly if:

  • Your home stereo or amplifier can handle 4-ohm speakers. This is not likely to be true, but for the sake of thoroughly answering the question, it has to be stated.
  • You use workarounds - a small 4-ohm amp between the receiver and sub. 
  • You have a subwoofer(s) that can be wired for 8 ohms total. More precisely, they can be wired for 8 ohms total AT LEAST. It can be two 4 ohm subwoofers or one 4 ohm DVC (dual voice coil) subwoofer:

If you’re wondering - “Why can’t I use a 4 or 2-ohm car sub with a home stereo?” 

Here’s why:

The biggest obstacle you’ll encounter here is that most home stereos and home amplifiers cannot handle the 4-ohm speaker load of car subs. 

Just like car stereos and car amplifiers, home stereos also feature a minimum speaker load (expressed in ohms) that they can handle.

You have to avoid connecting a speaker with an impedance that’s too low for your home stereo amp or receiver. Doing so can result in overheating and potential long-term damage to your appliance as it will try to produce more electrical current than it’s designed to. 

Why is matching speaker impedance so important?

You want to match the impedance - not go above, and certainly not go below. 

As you can see from the diagram, if your speaker is over the rated ohm spec, it will work (safely), BUT you sacrifice the quality of delivered power and the volume. 

This is not as bad as going below the rated ohm load. That is quite dangerous, and IT WON’T WORK.

Subwoofer passive speaker crossover

Another thing you’ll likely need but have possibly overlooked is utilizing a speaker crossover for clear bass. 

When you use a car subwoofer in the car as intended, you don’t have to think about this, as car subs are typically used with a car amplifier that has a built-in low-pass crossover. 

Albeit sometimes they have a subwoofer RCA output jack, oftentimes, this is not the case with home stereos. 

It boils down to this: If you want clear bass, you’ll have to hook up a subwoofer speaker crossover between the sub and the stereo in order to block high-frequency sounds that subwoofers can’t play well. 

That is if you’re not so lucky as to already possess a receiver or a home amp with a built-in low-pass crossover.

If not, you’ll want to hook one up. Otherwise, you risk hearing vocals and other sounds from the car subwoofer that you probably don’t want to hear. 

How to connect a car subwoofer to a home stereo

Does the total ohms load meet the requirements? Great! Now you can begin to hook up your car subwoofer to your home stereo. 

Here are the essential steps - just stick to them, and the whole process should be a piece of cake. 

Step #1 - Control the power

So, here’s the thing. One of the concerns with this DIY hooking up project is frying your subwoofer by running it on 110 volts when it’s made to run on 12 volts generated by your car’s battery. 

This means you’ll need to get a power inverter that will allow you to control the power. You should get an inverter that’s capable of converting 12 volts and has two plugs - one for the woofer and one for the wall outlet. 

Did you already get your hands on a power inverter? You can skip to step number two and have a little patience, as plugging is actually the last step. 

Step #2 - Connect the car subwoofer to the car amplifier

The next step includes taking a twelve or sixteen-gauge speaker wire. This one depends on the model of your car subwoofer, so make sure to check the specifications and use the right one. 

You’ll have to connect the subwoofer and amplifier to the wires. The wires connect to the brackets underneath the terminals of the appliances. 

Don’t forget that red wires must be twisted with red wires, and the dark ones must be twisted with dark wires (you might need to strip the wires first).

Step #3 - Connect the car subwoofer to the home amplifier

You will need to pair red wires with red wires and white wires with white wires for this next step. This step requires you to connect the wires to the input terminals of the car’s audio subwoofer before you connect it to the output terminals of your home amp. 

Step #4 - Connect your other speakers

It’s time to connect the remaining speakers in the home system. For an extremely powerful surround sound experience, put two speakers on your left, two on your right, and one in the center. 

If possible, make use of the RCA wires to connect these to the main amp.

Step #5 - Plug in the power inverter

It’s time for plugging! As mentioned in the first step, the last step is usually plugging. 

You need to plug the subwoofer into the power inverter and then connect the inverter to the outlet on your wall. 

Now, play some music and enjoy the sound. 


FAQ

Q: Are there any disadvantages to using a car subwoofer at home?

A: The idea of hooking up your car subwoofer to your home stereo really does sound intriguing, but is this little DIY project without flaws? Certainly not. 

Namely, there are a couple of things to keep in mind as the possible downsides of doing this. 

The first thing is that if you make a mistake, there could be serious consequences. For instance, if you do something wrong, you risk blowing your entire equipment. As mentioned earlier, a mistake could lead to overheating and permanent damage, so don’t take this warning lightly. 

If it comes to it, don’t sweat it - peruse this helpful guide on how to fix a blown subwoofer. It’s beginner-friendly!

The second downside is that you have to cough up a certain amount of money to perform this successfully. 

When you add up all the expenses, this adventure could end up costing almost as much as fairly used home subwoofers

Q: Will a subwoofer work without an amp?

A: The answer to this one is pretty straightforward - no, the sub won’t work without an amp. Or, to rephrase it, it won’t work properly. You need an amplified speaker output in order for it to sound and work alright. 

Q: What if my receiver doesn’t have a subwoofer or other RCA outputs?

A: In this case, you can use a line-level converter. They are typically used for factory-installed car stereos. 

Make sure to use a high-quality one that has adjustable output level dials, so you don’t encounter a problem with signal levels.

A few options for line-level converters to use in order to get an RCA low-level signal from a home stereo that doesn’t have subwoofer RCA outputs: 

You connect a converter just as you would a speaker - to unused speaker outputs or alongside speakers already in use. 

Q: What is the difference between a car and a home subwoofer?

A: Essentially, the main difference is in the way you power them. Home subs are active subwoofers - they’re plugged into sockets and use electricity for power, whereas car subwoofers are known as passive subwoofers, meaning they’re wired into an external amplifier that drives the speaker. 

Furthermore, home subwoofers are generally more efficient. The efficiency expresses how loud the speaker is at a given wattage power level.

It’s important to distinguish the differences between a car and a home sub, just to have a clearer picture of what you’re dealing with and potential issues that may come up. 


Conclusion

Hooking up your car subwoofers to your home stereo is not a bad idea. You get better sound quality at home, plus it makes quite an interesting DIY project. 

While there are a few risks associated with this process, if you stick to the steps and advice mentioned above, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t go smoothly. Don’t be afraid to try it with all the necessary precautions in mind. 

If you’re the type of person that spends the same amount of time in your vehicle as you do in your home, and you’re used to subs in your car, why shouldn’t you get to enjoy them in the comfort of your home too? 


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Common Problems, Symptoms, and Troubleshooting Steps for Car Stereos

Common Problems, Symptoms, and Troubleshooting Steps for Car Stereos

Common Problems, Symptoms, and Troubleshooting Steps for Car Stereos

A car stereo system is one of the most important features of a vehicle, and it goes a long way to make your drive more fun. 

Unfortunately, car stereos develop problems just like any other machines; and may prove difficult to solve, especially if you don’t know your way around a car’s electrical system. 

Various problems may arise, and these need to be addressed in good time before things get out of hand. 

This article considers the common problems that affect car stereo systems, their symptoms, and proposed solutions.

A car stereo system is one of the most important features of a vehicle, and it goes a long way to make your drive more fun. 

Unfortunately, car stereos develop problems just like any other machines; and may prove difficult to solve, especially if you don’t know your way around a car’s electrical system. 

Various problems may arise, and these need to be addressed in good time before things get out of hand. 

This article considers the common problems that affect car stereo systems, their symptoms, and proposed solutions.

No Power to Radio/Radio not Functioning

Typically, the car radio may fail to work due to issues affecting the power sources or areas where the current is passing through. Wiring is an important part of the electrical system, and any problem with it can easily result in a car radio failure. 

This is because the radio is connected to the speakers and power source through wires, so any issues that arise in the wiring will cut off the supply of power to the radio. Furthermore, the car radio uses a fuse to avoid damage as a result of excess power. 

So, in case something happens to the fuse, the audio circuit is interrupted with no power getting to the radio. Another issue that may cause car radio failure is ground connector problems. 

No Power to Radio/Radio not Functioning

Some of the symptoms that could point to the loss of power to the radio include the car radio display, as well as the sound, going off simultaneously. This may mean the power getting to the head unit is inadequate. Sometimes the radio keeps on turning off at irregular intervals which is normally a sign of ground connection or power connection problems. 

In some cases, the radio may turn off whenever you drive over a bump or negotiate a corner or the radio fails to turn on entirely. The problem here could be that there is a loose connector at the back of the head unit or a blown fuse/ wiring issue respectively. 

Some possible solutions to this would be to check, using the multimeter, whether the fuse is blown. If the fuse is blown, there will be no ohm reading on the multimeter when you touch the metal caps on the fuse. But if there is a reading, then the problem might be somewhere else.

You can also examine the wiring to check if there are any problems. The ground connection is another area to watch out for. In case of any rust or looseness in the ground connection, you’ll need to fix this to get the radio working normally.

No Bass Coming from the Speakers

This is a common problem that arises when you try to upgrade the factory speakers or replace them with new aftermarket speakers. Usually, the bass sound is produced when the speakers push air simultaneously. However, sometimes one speaker pushes air as the other pulls air, leading to a lack of bass. 

This may happen if the speakers are out of polarity. Another thing that may cause the bass to disappear is when the aftermarket speakers are harder and heavier than the factory speakers. You can tell you have this problem on your stereo when the bass is not produced no matter how high you turn the volume. 

No Bass Coming from the Speakers

To diagnose this issue, start by checking whether the wiring from the speakers to the head unit and stereo is correct. In essence, the speaker’s positive terminal needs to be connected to the positive terminal of the other component and the same is true for the negative terminal. 

Another solution you might try out is to install a more powerful external amplifier, to power the subwoofers in your car. It may be that the current amplifier you have installed is not powerful enough, which will result in the subs producing negligible base. 

Bad Sound Quality After Installing Aftermarket Products

If the quality of sound from your newly installed aftermarket speakers is not what you expected, then it’s possible that they are positioned wrongly in the car. Failing to consider the placement of a speaker during installation may undermine the eventual sound quality. 

The same applies if you use the wrong techniques to install the speakers. Another reason could be the application of incompatible aftermarket products. Remember that most OEM systems are configured to have compatible parts. 

For instance, if you install an aftermarket head unit that is compatible with the OEM speakers, the sound quality may not be up to standard. Lastly, the replacement speakers may also be of low quality and offer no additional value when compared to the factory speakers. 

Bad Sound Quality After Installing Aftermarket Products

If positioning is the reason why your car's stereo sound quality is underwhelming, then try to do some research on the best placement and make the necessary adjustments. If you can’t make any headway, then you might have to find a professional technician to properly set up the speakers for you. 

Unwanted Noise from the Car Stereo System

There are a couple of reasons for this problem. For one, the issue could be in the head unit. If the head unit has power cables passing close to the RCA cable, you might hear an unusual noise when the car stereo is playing. This noise may also be heard if you used low-quality power cables in the system.

The second reason could be a problem with the amplifier. A clipping noise heard when the radio is playing is an indication of a faulty amplifier. This happens when the power coming from the amp is insufficient. Also, the clipping sound may be clear if the wires connected to the amplifier are damaged or burnt.            

Another cause for unusual stereo noise is ground loops. This refers to a case whereby the car stereo system is grounded at two distinct points. It usually results in a different current flow being introduced, leading to interference and the subsequent noise in the audio system. 

Unwanted Noise from the Car Stereo System

Other sources of the problem include an alternator wine, which is evident when the rpm of the car fluctuates. The noise increases as the rpm of the car increases and vice versa.  Furthermore, as the speaker gets old, it tends to crackle and the crackling also happens due to low-quality inputs such as the CD and auxiliary. 

To resolve the issue you first need to figure out the source of the noise. Once you track down the source, solving the problem gets much easier. If the head unit is where the issue is, check the power cables and ensure that they are around 18” from the RCA cables. Alternatively, you can use shielded cables for protection against induced noise. 

For the amplifier, you want to upgrade to a model with a higher power rating to ensure that enough power is supplied to the speakers. 

Ground loops are solved by getting rid of one of the grounding paths to leave a single grounding location for the stereo system. 

The solution for an alternator wine may compel you to change the alternator while the crackling of speakers due to old age will require a new set of speakers. 

Unwanted Noise from the Car Stereo System

Stereo Sound Suddenly Cuts Off

Sound interruptions are a common occurrence when the amplifier overheats or when a speaker wire gets loose. Amplifiers tend to generate a lot of heat and this is enhanced when the stereo is playing at a high volume for a sustained period. 

This problem is mainly signified by the car speaker suddenly cutting off without warning and coming back up after a short time. 

The best way to solve this to ensure that there is enough airflow where the amplifier is. This will help to cool down the machine so as to prevent unexpected sound cut-offs. Another solution is to check the speakers to ensure that all the wires are properly and firmly connected. 

Stereo Sound Suddenly Cuts Off

No Power to the Head Unit

If the power is not getting to your car’s head unit, the alternator may have a problem. This is because as the vehicle ages, it gradually loses the ability to perform to its original capacity. In this case, the stereo system might be depending on the battery power to function. 

So, if the battery ends up getting completely drained, the head unit automatically loses power and shuts down. 

Another possible reason behind this is a blown fuse. To check whether this is the case, you will need a multimeter to test it. If the fuse is truly blown, it will not post any reading on the multimeter when it's tested. For those who can’t access a multimeter, you might be able to tell if the fuse is blown by simply looking at it, although this is not very reliable.

No Power to the Head Unit

Also, you should examine the fuse to see whether it’s functioning properly or whether it is blown. If it’s dead, you will need to get a replacement ASAP. Depending on the model of the car you’re driving, the fuse might be located in different areas of your car. While some have the fuse fitted around the dashboard area, others have it behind the radio. 

Car Stereo Overheating

It’s not only the amplifier that overheats in a car stereo system; at times, even the stereo can struggle with excess heat. In most cases, the likely reason behind this is faulty wiring. Sometimes, the stereo cables might have come into close contact with one another, and this can lead to overheating of the stereo.

Another reason for this is that there might be a burnt component in the system. The first way to solve this issue is to assess the wiring to reveal any problems. If any, fix them as necessary and use the appropriate cable gauge to avoid this stereo problem. 

In case of a burnt component in the car stereo system, consider replacing it so that the stereo functions normally. 

Car Stereo Overheating

Amplifier Cutting Off and On Repeatedly

If the amplifier keeps cutting off and coming back on repeatedly, the issue could potentially be poor amp grounding or loose power connection. At times, incorrect amp grounding may also result in a clipping sound in the speakers. 

If poor amp grounding is the cause of the amp malfunctioning, you need to redo the grounding properly. Remember to make sure that the grounding is done on a rust-free metallic surface to prevent similar problems. The connection should also be firm. 

Meanwhile, you need to examine the power connection to verify that there are no loose power cables. 

Conclusion

With the above tips in mind, you need not seek professional assistance  every time your car stereo develops a problem. Try to diagnose it on your own and use the suggested solution before you decide to waste a good sum on a professional technician. 

But if you’ve tried all there is to try and the car stereo issues persist, it might be time to leave it to the professionals. Just visit your local car repair center for a more accurate diagnosis and solution. 


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


How to Get Rid of Static Noise in Car Audio Speakers

HOW TO GET RID OF STATIC NOISE IN CAR AUDIO SPEAKERS

How to Get Rid of Static Noise in Car Audio Speakers

Are you getting tired of the static noise coming from your car speakers? Nothing messes up a driving experience more than turning on the radio, only to be met with a strange popping or crackling sound coming from your speakers. 

Whether you’ve just replaced the speakers or installed an amp, static noise in a car is a common stereo problem that can arise from a range of factors. 

Usually, this happens when an electrical field is introduced, which distorts the electric signals to produce unwanted noise. Luckily, the issue can be solved as long as you successfully track the source of the noise. 

This post tells you how you can get rid of static noise in your car speakers!

Step 1: Track Down the Source of the Noise

The first thing to do is find out where the static noise is coming from. You need to determine whether the issue is within the car radio, in built-in audio accessories such as the CD player, or from external accessories like an iPhone. You want to start by turning on the head unit then set it up in such a way that allows you to hear the static noise. 

If the noise only comes on when the engine is running and increases as the RPM of the car increases, then probably the problem is in the alternator. In most cases, this car speaker whine is repaired by installing some sort of noise filter. If the noise persists even with the engine off, try to note down the audio sources static noise could come from . 

Step 2: Examine your Patch Cables

The source of the noise may just come from the RCA patch cables. The cables connected to your car stereo components may be picking static noise. To check whether this is true, you want to unplug these cables from the amplifier before inserting the opposite ends of the spare patch cable into the right and left input jacks on the radio amp. 

Turn on the audio system and engine so that they are running simultaneously and listen to check whether the noise disappears. If it does, try reconnecting the cables to the amplifier and disconnecting them from the receiver. But if the noise persists, the static noise is coming from the patch cables. 

Audio Patch Cable

The solution here would be to re-route the cables so that they are separated from the power cable by 18” or more. Generally, most car owners tend to use inexpensive RCA cables to connect their audio components. The problem here is that these types of cables have no insulation, hence cannot deflect the noise in a body of a highly conductive vehicle. 

Generally, the level of static noise you hear in your car speakers will depend on the size of the loop area. This refers to the distance from the static noise center conductor to the outer shields multiplied by the cable length. In this case, you may want to consider replacing the cable with one that features a twisted pair design. 

This will result in a reduced loop area and subsequently less noise. In case the noise is coming from the patch cables, then there is a high likelihood that it is finding its way through the antenna. Try connecting the patch cables to the amp then disconnect your system antenna. If you notice the noise fading away, then installing an antenna noise suppressor may just work for you. 

This serves to filter the in-line between the antenna and the receiver, hence breaking the ground between the two. But if you plug off the antenna and the noise is still present; the source of the noise may be the main power cable. You may want to buy a thicker cable to fix this. 

Step 3: Retrieve the Receiver from the Dashboard as a Tape or CD is Playing

Sometimes, the static noise is radiated into the stereo system in what is referred to as radiated static noise. You want to try pulling the receiver off the dashboard when the CD is playing. If you do this and hear the noise fading, then there is no radiation of static noise into your vehicle’s stereo system. 

The issue can be remedied with the help of a magnetic shielding foil (Mu-metal). It works by shielding the receiver’s back or wrapping the component that may be radiating this static noise into your car system. 

Step 4: Turn Off the Sound System then Disconnect the Speakers Wires from the Amps

Another thing that can lead to strange noise in your car is speaker wires. To check whether this is the case, start by turning off the audio system then unplug the speaker wires off the amps. Turn on the car engine and if the noise doesn’t disappear, then maybe there’s radiation into the wires. Try shielding the wires using Mu-metal foil wrapping or repositioning them. 

Furthermore, make sure that the speaker wires are securely connected and that there are no breaks along the wireline. 

Step 5: Assess the Alternator and Car Battery

If you can still hear the noise even after trying to fix the wires, then the other source of the static noise could be in the car’s electrical system. In such a case, what you want to do is fill the battery of your car with fluid and see if it helps. If it doesn’t make a difference, you might want to get hold of a mechanic to take a look at the battery’s alternator. 

filling  the battery with fluid

Video credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0NH3yR7LG0

For an old car that hasn’t been turned down for a fairly extensive period, chances are the source of the unwanted static noise is the ignition. This will usually involve a tickling noise that tends to increase as the vehicle accelerates. You’ll want to tune-up your car using shielded carbon core spark plug wires, distributor cap, as well as resistor-type spark plugs. 

However, if you can still hear the static noise, then check your car’s ignition system in terms of grounding. Poor grounding may tick to other parts of the car such as the hood, exhaust system, or even the air conditioner. Try to ground any of the under-the-hood components to check whether the noise disappears. 

Step 6: Install a Noise Filter

If the strange static sound is connected to the engine, chances are you’ll hear a whining or clicking noise emanating from the speakers. Also, if you realize that the noise comes only when the car engine is running and increases as you increase the speed of your vehicle while driving, then possibly the issue is stemming from the alternator. 

Normally, the level of noise will vary depending on how fast the engine is running. Additionally, static noise could be due to poor grounding, hence you want to check that your ground wire is securely connected when you hear any static noise. 

In some cases, static noise in car speakers may be removed using a noise filter. Consider isolating the amp from the chassis by mounting one on the dashboard. If nothing changes, try using different kinds of patch cables. All in all, you need to track down the source of the noise to find the appropriate solution. Applying sound deadening materials can also be used as a way to dampen unwanted noise. 

Conclusion

Don’t allow static noise in your car speakers to take the joy out of your driving sessions. Various things may cause static noise, but with the right diagnosis, you can find a lasting solution for this. Use the step-by-step guide above to go about eliminating static noise in your car audio speakers


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


How to connect your Ipod to car radio

How to connect your Ipod to car radio

How to Connect your iPod to Car Stereo

You don’t have to spend a fortune on upgrading your car’s factory stereo just to enjoy listening to your iPod’s playlist. 

There are various methods you can use to connect your iPod to the car stereo system, although these will differ depending on the make and model of your vehicle.

The good thing is that you don’t need professional help to get this done; you can go about it all by yourself. This post looks at the different tips and tricks on how to connect your iPod to a car stereo.

Connecting via a 3.5mm Fm Transmitter

This is one of the easiest ways to listen to your iPod’s playlist through your car’s stereo. The first thing you want to do is plug the car stereo’s FM transmitter into your iPod’s headphone socket. 

Tune the car stereo into a different frequency from the one that is playing on the radio station then set the car transmitter to this very frequency. 

At this point, your music will be transmitted to the stereo. 

Transmitters typically come with programmable slots that allow you to save clear stations. This way, the music comes out clearly regardless of the location you’re in. 

Connecting via Bluetooth

If you’re driving a relatively new car model, it may come with wireless audio streaming capabilities. This allows you to connect to your iPod via Bluetooth without having to deal with the clutter of wires.

The first step is to activate your car stereo’s Bluetooth so that it’s discoverable on other Bluetooth devices. Your car user manual should provide you with all the specifics regarding this procedure. Usually, you should access the system “Menu” to find the Bluetooth option before moving to the “Wireless” or “iPod Options”

On the home screen of your iPod, open the folder named “Settings” then under “General”, select “Bluetooth” and click on the switch beside it. 

Select your stereo device when it shows under “Devices” and clicking on it should establish the connection between your car stereo and your iPod. 

At this point, you should be able to play your favorite songs and use your vehicle’s factory radio controls to adjust your iPod. 

Connecting via USB Input Jack

The newer car models in the market are fitted with a USB jack in the factory radio system. If your car falls under this category, you’ll be in a position to plug your iPod directly into the car’s factory radio USB input. 

Begin by connecting the USB cable. Use a USB charging cord (lightning cable) to connect your iPod to the vehicle’s factory USB input. 

Normally, the method enables information from your iPod to be visible on the car’s factory radio display. If you want, you can even charge the device directly via the USB input. 

One thing to note is that you should turn the iPod volume to maximum to allow for total control through the car’s interface.

How to connect your Ipod to car radio

Video credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZOd9lqmaZo

Connecting via Cassette Player Adapters

If your car has a cassette player, it might seem like the stereo system is out of date. However, you can still make a connection to your iPod with the help of a cassette player adapter. 

For this, you will need to get a cassette player adapter with a 3.5mm auxiliary plug. 

First, insert the adapter into the cassette player slot, the same way you would an actual cassette.

Plug the cable into the iPod to establish a connection, and you’ll be ready to start enjoying your music.

This method makes it possible for you to control the iPod through the radio panel; you want to turn the device volume to maximum!

Connecting via CD Changer/ Satellite Radio Adapters

This is a nice option if your car is equipped with a satellite radio antenna input or CD changer input. It can allow your iPod information to be displayed directly on the car’s radio display.

The first step is to purchase the adapter, but before you do this, remember to consult the car manual in advance to get the right kind of adapter. The stereo iPod adapter you buy should be determined by the model of your car, so be sure to look at the car manual for the best choice. 

The next thing is to install the iPod adapter. This is done by removing the car’s factory radio and replacing it with the iPod adapter. 

You should be able to access your iPod’s settings on the radio panel after a successful adapter installation. You’ll also be in a position to adjust the volume, as well as the settings via your car radio panel. 

Something to note is that these kinds of adapters need either a satellite radio antenna input or a CD changer input. 

Also, be sure to disconnect the car’s battery when uninstalling and installing the adapters to the car factory radio for your safety. Doing this with the cables still in your car when it’s running puts you at risk of electrocution. 

Connecting via CD Changer

Video credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jaCjQ4UALc

Connecting via 3.5mm Aux-in

This is probably the simplest way of establishing a connection between your iPod and the car stereo system. It is also compatible with all models of iPods in the market, which makes it suitable for most users. 

The only thing is that some cars have hidden AUX ports that you may not be able to make out easily. In some, the port is located in the center console, some in front of the system while others have it in the glove box. 

But older car models may not have this AUX port, especially those produced more than three to four years ago. Luckily, you can fit the car with an after-market stereo system to use this method of connection. 

The auxiliary, usually labeled “headphone jack” is a standard feature in most vehicle models today. Simply plug one end of the auxiliary cable into your iPod and the other end into your car’s AUX port to connect. 

Connecting via DVD A/V Cable Connection

If your car is fitted with a rear cabin DVD system connected to your factory radio, it is possible to buy an A/V cable set and use it to connect your iPod to the car’s stereo system. 

This also enables you to use the existing hardware in the car, and you will require a DVD A/V cable set with a 3.5mm plug to get started. 

Install the A/V connection by plugging the audio cables into the DVD entertainment system’s input jacks (A/V). 

Once connected, you can start enjoying listening to the songs on your iPod via the car stereo. 

If you’re not sure where to locate the manuals, refer to the car manual guide as these can vary between different models.

Conclusion

So, if you are dying to listen to the songs on your iPod while driving, any of the methods above will enable you to make the connection between your iPod and the car stereo system. 

This way, you can enjoy jamming to the hits on your playlist without the interruption of commercials as is the norm on FM stations.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


Coaxial vs Component Speakers: What Are the Differences

Coaxial vs Component Speakers: What Are the Differences

Coaxial vs Component Speakers: What Are the Differences

Car speaker makers supply the market with different models of speakers, intending to cater to different listening tastes and different user preferences. As such, getting the ideal speakers for your vehicle will depend on how precisely you can determine your expectations as a listener and match them to the car speaker you’re considering.

One of the major dilemmas that many car owners face while buying car speakers is the choice between coaxial speakers and component speakers. This is a decision that requires a great background in each of these speaker models to get it right. 

So, what are the differences between coaxial and component speakers?

Coaxial Speakers

Coaxial or full-range speakers simply refer to a 2-way speaker system that is built into a single unit. These usually comprise a woofer, tweeter, and a simple crossover assembled into one piece. Coaxial speakers are a perfect upgrade on older and lower-quality speakers and are designed to fit in the same hole for faster and easier installation. 

Generally, they deliver better sound quality compared to single cone speakers and offer more price options. You can think of them as a compromise between low-quality single cone speakers and more advanced component speaker systems. 

Coaxial Speakers

Component Speakers

Component speakers are a more advanced system with separately mounted speakers. They employ an advanced crossover and are engineered to offer the highest sound quality. Component speakers are the next level of speakers above coaxial and generally offer a better sound performance. 

One good reason behind this is that they use better woofer and dome tweeter materials, as well as a superior speaker crossover. You may also find features like options for tweeter volume reduction, extra wiring configurations, and tweeter fusing to guard against overload on offer. 

COMPONENT SPEAKERS

Coaxial vs Component Speakers: What Are the Differences?

Now that you have a little background of what coaxial speakers and component speakers entail, let us look at the major differences between the two based on various parameters:

Crossover Differences

Component speakers feature more advanced crossovers compared to coaxial speakers. They employ two stages of sound filtering as opposed to the single used in coaxial. The implication is that you get more effective filtering of low frequency and mid-range sounds from the tweeter while the high-range sound is kept away from the woofer. 

On the other hand, coaxial speakers use a cheap capacitor, which is connected to the tweeter but nothing for the woofer. They use a low-quality crossover design, which relies on the assumption that most woofers stop producing high-frequency sounds naturally. 

While this may get the job done, the eventual sound quality is compromised to an extent. Overall, component speakers use an external crossover that is built for the specific speaker used and are constructed using higher-quality capacitors and inductors. 

That is why they excel at preventing undesirable sound frequencies from reaching drivers that are not suited for them. The result here is that you get better stereo clarity and lower distortion, which allows you to listen to the music just as it was meant to be heard! 

Sound Quality

Component speakers are preferred by many users for their better sound reproduction, which is a credit to the separate driver configuration. This allows them to separate different sound frequencies accurately across the spectrum. As a result, you get to enjoy a more powerful and precise bass from the woofer while the tweeter produces great high-frequencies for superior sound imaging. 

Meanwhile, coaxial speakers are not the best when it comes to stereo imaging, which can be explained by the single unit configuration. As much as they can handle all the sound frequencies in the spectrum, there is a degree of frequency interference. This is because the woofer is placed too close to the tweeter. 

Customization Capabilities

Typically, component speakers are made up of 2 tweeters, 2 woofers, and 2 crossovers. However, you may get some models with extra drivers such as subwoofers while more advanced designs of component speakers will even incorporate super-tweeters for the best sound reproduction. 

Thanks to all these drivers, you can achieve off-axis and on-axis response. For on-axis response, all you have to do is position the speakers to the face the listener to get better high-frequency sounds. For those who prefer more bass in their music, speakers are set to face away from the listener for a more off-axis sound response. 

When it comes to coaxial speakers, you don’t have much wriggle room as far as determining how your stereo looks and performs after installation. While these will fit effortlessly in many car models, all you get is a good sound upgrade and nothing more! 

2 tweeters, 2 woofers, and 2 crossovers

Ease of Installation

If you want to make the most of the benefits offered by component speakers, then you need to possess great technical skills for proper installation. Otherwise, be ready to spend a few bucks on a professional to carry out the installation for you. You may come across component speakers that enable you to mount the tweeter at the center of the woofer, which generally simplifies the installation process. 

Installing

But if you intend to mount the different drivers at different areas inside your car, then a greater deal of installation skills will be needed. This might force you to contract a professional technician and incur some extra expenses. 

The great thing about coaxial speakers is that installing them is a simple and straightforward process. Practically anybody with basic skills can mount them in a matter of minutes when all the right tools are available. There is only one input connection to deal with, as opposed to the three connections involved in component speakers. 

Price

Coaxial speakers are typically less expensive than their component counterparts. If your budget is relatively limited, two good reasons make coaxial speakers the better option for you. Firstly, these speakers are designed to save on time, space, and even costs.

Their configuration combines everything into a single unit, which greatly reduces the cost, and this also applies when it comes to the quality of materials used. Aside from spending less when buying, you also get to limit your budget during installation since you don’t require professional experience. 

On the other hand, component speakers come with a more advanced design that requires more time and better materials. This extra cost involved is passed down to the buyer, hence the higher price tag of component speakers. 

The other reason is that coaxial speakers will work just okay without amplifiers, which is not true for component speakers. If you want to get the most out of component speakers, then you need to throw an amplifier into the mix to complete the sound upgrade. 

Vehicle Fit

Generally, coaxial speakers are designed to replace the outgoing factory speakers in a car. They fit almost perfectly in the spaces left behind and this is why you see more coaxial speakers in vehicles than component speakers. 

Fitting

Due to space and installation needs, component speakers might prove to be a difficult fit in some vehicles. You have to conduct a great deal of due diligence beforehand to be sure that the component speakers you want to buy will fit your car. 

Component Vs Coaxial Speakers: Which is Better?

The shortest answer to this is that component speakers will be more suitable if you’re looking for the best sound quality, higher power handling, better woofer and tweeter technology options, as well as installation creativity. 

Meanwhile, coaxial speakers are the better option for those who simply want a sound upgrade without caring about super-crisp stereo, especially when working with a limited budget.

Conclusion

So, if you were wondering which one between coaxial and component speakers to install inside your car, we hope the article above lays bare the differences between the two and the unique pros and cons that each one of them offers. 

The market has speakers for just about anyone, but finding what best suits you comes down to finding the ideal audio reproduction for your kind of listening pleasure!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


How To Use Computer Speakers With TV

How To Use Computer Speakers With TV

How To Use Computer Speakers With TV

The latest brands and designs of TVs in the market will tempt any buyer to buy a new TV without thinking twice! From the slim flat screens to the frameless or curved ones, there’s no better way to enjoy your Saturday Night Football. However, the compact design leaves manufacturers with little space to fit decent speakers, leaving you with low-quality audio that undermines the high-resolution pictures. 

The only way to resolve this issue is to enhance the audio quality. One great way to do this is by using computer speakers. So, if you have a pair of computer speakers lying around the house, you are almost there !

This post tells you how to use your computer speakers with your TV to enhance the audio quality. 

Hooking Up the Computer Speakers to the TV

All PC speakers come with a 1/8” male jack, which normally plugs into the computer’s 1/8” male jack. There are a couple of ways you can plug the computer speaker’s female jack to your TV, but this will depend on the design of your TV.

Your television may have either of the following:

  1. A 1/8” audio out or
  2. Right and left (red and white) audio out

If your TV has the 1/8” audio out, this will be the easiest way for you! This is because you only need to plug the male end of your PC speakers to the female 1/8” audio out. However, if your TV doesn’t come with the 1/8” audio out, the process is slightly more complicated.

Back of  the computer speakers

A TV without the 1/8” audio out

In case your TV doesn’t have the audio out, you might want to look for something that resembles the red and white out (those found on RCA cables for right and left audio). Now, there are two ways to get your 1/8” computer speaker jack hooked to the right/left audio out, but they are basically the same thing. 

The first option, which is also the easier one, is to get yourself a 3.5mm stereo female or two RCA stereo male Y-cable. From here, follow the steps below the get your speakers connected:

Step 1

  • Hook the 1/8” audio jack from your computer speakers to the female end of the Y-cable.

Step 2

  • Hook the red/white RCA cable ends to the red/white audio-out on your TV.

That is all it takes to get your computer speakers connected. The advantage of going with this setup is that it allows you to control the volume of the computer speakers using your TV’s remote. However, this is only possible on limited brands of the latest TV models.

You’ll also have to determine what the volume baseline of the speakers is. One way to do this is to set the TV volume in the middle then manually turn the PC speaker volume to preferably a medium sound setting. At this point, the two will be synced, allowing you to adjust the volume of your computer speakers using the TV remote. 

Computer workplace

The second option of connecting the speakers will apply if you have a Y-cable with a male end as opposed to a female end. This means you’re using a 1/8” male jack instead of the 1/8” hole. Remember to ensure that it matches the 1/8” jack from your computer speakers. 

In such a situation, you will need a cup-link to let you turn the male end of your Y-cable into a female end. Use the cup-link between the 1/8” PC speaker jack and Y-cable, and repeat the two steps above to connect your speakers to the TV.

Just as mentioned earlier, this method also allows you to manipulate the volume of your speakers using the remote control (it will, nevertheless, depend on the TV you’re using). From here, you can play something on your TV, whether music or a movie, to test your improved audio quality. 

Why Do the Newest TV Models Have Poor Audio Quality?

Lately, this is something that is at the top of the list of complaints for most TV buyers. The thing is, as manufacturers put more emphasis on the compactness/slimness of the TV and features that enable such, the speaker ends up being an afterthought in the overall design.

In essence, there is no way to fit a big speaker in the thin design of current television models, and the smaller the speaker, the lower the sound quality. The latest LCD and LED TV models tend to have speakers that can hardly rival the audio of a cheap laptop.

Another thing is that the speakers are usually positioned on the rear end of the TV, especially with the frameless TV designs. With the speakers facing backwards, it's hard to hear everything coming from the audio when you’re watching a movie or listening to music. 

At the end of the day, you have a slim and compact TV with a neat design, high-resolution pictures but the sound is pretty underwhelming. The only remedy for this is to boost the audio with external speakers, whether using soundbars or the computer speakers we’ve been discussing. 

Remember to Choose the Correct Computer Speakers

If you’re going to buy new speakers to connect with your TV, make sure you don’t settle for the first cheap computer speakers you come across. While many inexpensive models will do the job, you still have to check whether they’ll be the perfect fit for your requirements.

Additionally, be sure to position the speakers in front and not behind the built-in TV speakers for better sound production. You can opt for 5.1 speakers to enjoy the bass from the sub. This will also let you enjoy the surround sound when watching the latest action flicks! 

Android TV

Conclusion

So, the next time you buy a new TV and feel that the audio is not what you expected, be assured that you can still get the kind of audio quality you had in mind! The above post explains how to connect computer speakers to the TV for those who want to enhance the sound production of their TVs.


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


3-Way vs 2-Way car speakers – Which is better?

3-Way vs 2-Way car speakers - Which is better?

3-Way vs 2-Way car speakers - Which is better?  

Whether you’re an audiophile, a musician or simply a regular bloke who enjoys jamming to good music, a high-quality sound system is something to always look forward to when shopping for a car. Some people may not understand this but sometimes it’s just therapeutic to crank up the volume as you drive alone in your vehicle.

The speaker market offers you a wide variety of sound systems that can be installed in your car. Among the many decisions you’re likely going to make is whether to buy a 2-way or a 3-way car speaker system. But before we get to that, what does it even mean?

Which will be the better option.. a 3-way or 2-way speaker?

What is a 2-way Speaker?

A two-way speaker is made up of a tweeter and a woofer. The woofer accounts for low frequency sounds such as notes produced by a drum or a bass. This implies that in a 2-way speaker, the woofer also accounts for a part of the midrange recurrence spectrum. 

Meanwhile, the smaller tweeter handles the higher sound frequencies, such as those produced by a tambourine, a cymbal or a woodwind. Additionally, there is a crossover to subtract pieces of the incoming sound signal, sending them to the appropriate driver. Generally, two-way speakers produce much better sound than single-driver speakers. 

Advantages

Two-way speakers tend to be less expensive than their three-way counterparts. This is because they require less material to produce, as well as a crossover unit that separates the signal in two areas. However, these speakers can also get pretty costly when they involve high quality materials or required designing expertise. 

Many two-way car sound speakers come with a passive crossover. This type of circuit will isolate the signal into various extents but won’t intensify it. Therefore, two-way speaker systems can offer enhanced sound quality while maintaining simplicity to save on material costs.

Two-way speakers are just ideal for coaxial speaker frameworks. These simply refer to frameworks that contain more than one speaker in the same box. The speakers then create sound on a similar axis.  

Disadvantages

Two-way speakers produce a sound that is relatively of lower quality than three-way speakers. This is because both the mid-range and bass sound proliferation have been bundled into the woofer, which is unlike in three-way systems where they get isolated. 

The woofer featured in three-way speaker frameworks handles sound frequencies ranging between 20 Hz and 2,000Hz, which is a wide range and harder to cover when using a one speaker driver. As such, 3-way frameworks sift through the low frequency and high frequency sounds to result in an increasingly better sound in the woofer. 

What is a 3-way Speaker?

A three-way speaker framework uses three drivers inside the speaker to produce sound effects. Unlike in two-way speakers, the sound signal, in this case, is separated into three different territories. The first range is the tweeter, which handles sounds with a frequency above 2,000Hz.

The second, which is the mid-range, is responsible for sound between 200Hz and 2,000Hz. The third and final range is for the woofer and this is usually responsible for sounds with a frequency below 200Hz, which is typically the base scope. The three territories are frequently referred to as low, mid, and high.  

Advantages

Generally, three-way speakers ought to produce better-quality sound than two-way speakers. This is especially true when both speaker frameworks are made using the same materials. Given that the sound signal is separated and directed to drivers that best produce the different ranges, three-way speakers maintain a larger amount of purity. 

Naturally, the design of coaxial speakers makes it difficult to distinguish between two-way and three-way speaker frameworks. However, three-way speakers tend to outshine their counterparts and this is due to the isolating drivers that keep tweeters at a higher level near our ears than the mid-range and woofer. 

The bass sound produced in three-way speakers is more pronounced and of better quality than in 2-way speakers. You can credit this to the fact that the woofer is strictly committed to the lower frequency whereas the mid-range handles the mid-range sound. Bass is an essential element of good music that adds mood and drive to the overall sound quality. 

Another benefit of separating the bass from the mid-range in a three-way framework is that it enables the speaker system to handle substantially greater power without damage, compared to a two-way framework. 

Disadvantages

Three-way speakers will typically cost more than two-way speakers, both in the segment and coaxial versions. This is because of the additional materials used in the third mid-range driver, as well as the improved crossover circuit. 

Three-way speaker frameworks also require a well-assembled crossover, unlike two-way speakers, which can function comfortably with low-grade crossovers. When you consider that the advantage of 3-way speakers over 2-way speakers is merely only better sound quality ; most music lovers who are not audiophiles may not be able to notice it. 

2-way Vs. 3-way Speakers: The Difference

The two-way speaker framework consists of two drivers; a twitter to control the high frequencies and the woofer to control the mid-range and low frequencies. On the other hand, the three-way speaker frameworks constitute three drivers. A mid-range driver has been included in this case to handle the mid-range frequency and leave the woofer to only handle the low-frequency sounds.

This results in better sound contrast compared to two-way speaker frameworks. Furthermore, there are various components that impact the quality of sound. These different variables include things like the method for crossover setting, cabinet structure, and speaker arrangement. 

2-way Vs. 3-way Speakers: The Difference

Ultimately, it’s always wise to consider both the two-way and three-way options when shopping for a speaker system to avoid second thoughts once it has been installed in your car. Hence, it is recommended to consider speaker testing in your vehicle first before you decide to buy it. This will allow you to compare the sound quality, as well as other variables, to make an informed decision.

2-way VS 3-way Speakers: Which is Better?

2-way VS 3-way Speakers: Which is Better?

Now that you know the difference between 2-way and 3-way speakers, you might have to choose between the two speaker designs. All things considered; this is not a clear-cut answer since all comes down to the preference of the buyer. However, most people will end up opting for three-way speakers; guess our brains are generally conditioned to assume that more is better, which isn’t always true!

It goes without saying that having a designated driver for the high, mid-range and low frequencies, enhances the overall sound quality. However, this may not be as simple as it sounds given that there are more aspects that ought to be considered. 

For instance, the construction material of the speaker, your general speaker arrangement, your listening condition, as well as the genre of music you’re playing will all come into play. In full-extended speaker setups, you will barely notice the difference between 2-way and 3-way frameworks, assuming that both are made using similar materials.

If you are an audiophile who cares more about sound fidelity, then three-way speakers are the better choice. But for ordinary music listeners who may not be able to notice the difference, two-way speakers will do! This will also be true for buyers who are on a budget and cannot afford the additional components in 3-way frameworks. 

You’d also like to know that you will find 4 and even 5-way speaker frameworks in the market. The thing is, adding the number of drivers doesn’t necessarily improve the quality of audio; but it will definitely raise the cost of the speaker. 

What are the Best 3-way and 2-way Car Speakers?

Our recommended choice for the best 3-way car speaker is the Rockford Fosgate 3-Way Full-Range Coaxial Speaker.


The 4-Ohm 3-way speakers feature an integrated tweeter crossover that can handle up to 130 Watts RMS. They also come with polypropylene cones, grilles, and mounting hardware.


Overall, these speakers deliver clear and clean audio with great bass.

For the best 2-way car speaker, we recommend the JVC CS-J620 300W 2-Way Coaxial Car Speakers.


These come as a pair and feature Black ABS composite grills for protection. The 4-Ohm 2-way speaker can handle sound frequencies ranging between 35 and 22,000Hz and have a sensitivity of 92dB.


These speakers are quite cheap but will sound great in your car. 

Conclusion

A speaker system is among the first things that most vehicle enthusiasts look at before they decide to buy a car. This shows the amount of importance attached to the quality of sound that the music system in a car produces and how it increases the value of the car.

When it comes to choosing between a two-way and a three-way speaker, various factors will come into play, including your budget and the level of sound quality you expect. At the end of the day, the choice will mainly be influenced by your own preferences. This article ensures that you’ll make an informed decision when considering 2-way Vs, 3-way car speakers. 


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide! 


A beginner friendly guide on how to fix a blown subwoofer

A BEGINNER FRIENDLY GUIDE ON HOW TO FIX A BLOWN SUBWOOFER

A beginner friendly guide on how to fix a blown subwoofer 

When you realise that your subwoofer has blown shortly after you have purchased it,  it may feel like you got the short end of the stick! This is especially true for a brand new speaker that you just invested in and took the time and effort to set it up. Various factors may cause your speaker to blow and these can include inter alia too much volume or the amplifier clipping to underpowering.

Fortunately, a blown-up speaker does not render it obsolete! So, before you decide to dismantle or discard it, you might want to check whether your subwoofer can be fixed. Below is a simple guide on how to fix a subwoofer that beginners can follow.

How to Fix a Blown Subwoofer

Before you begin restoring your blown speaker, be sure to have the following tools at hand:

  • A screwdriver
  • Soldering iron
  • Air Compressor
  • Multimeter
  • Putty knife
  • Glue

Step 1- Assess the Voice Coil

Before you begin, you might want to examine every part of your subwoofer very carefully! You can start by checking the voice coil to see if it’s blown. The voice coil is a very important component that plays the role of amplifying the current running through the speaker. 

To assess the voice coil, you can use a very simple method which involves a multimeter. 

Step 1

Just connect the speaker terminals to the multimeter and see what happens. If the meter shows any resistance, it means the voice coil is still functioning; however, if there is no movement on the meter, then your coil is probably damaged. 

Step 2- Check the Speaker Cone

If it happens that the voice coil is still in good shape, you might want to move on to the next component, which is the speaker cone. The cone is usually built on a suspension system, so it will be easy for you to assess. 

Try pushing the cone gently along the sides, and do this across the circumference of the speaker. The cone is supposed to sink in and back into place. But if it remains rigid, this is a sure sign that your speaker cone is damaged.

Step 2- Check the Speaker Cone

Step 3- Detach the Speaker from its Frame

Depending on the results you obtained from assessing the voice coil and speaker cone, you’ll now have a good idea of where the problem is. From here it will be much easier to start the restoration process. The first thing you’ll need to do is to separate the speaker from its enclosure.

To do this you need to use the screwdriver from your repair kit. Unscrew the mounting screws that are holding the speaker in place. While doing this also remove all the attached wires but be sure to note where each wire is going for easy re-fit once you have repaired the speaker. 

Note that the wrong placement of the wires might cause the speaker to produce scratchy sound. Also, be sure to store the mounting screws in one place so that you don’t end up misplacing any. If you feel like this is too much work, here you can take a look at this brand new speaker

Step 4- Remove the Speaker Surround

With the speaker completely separated from the frame and its wires detached, you will have to remove the surround from the speaker enclosure. To do this look for a sharp blade, such as a putty knife or tester edge to get through the glue that is binding the surround to the speaker frame.

Remove the surround gently,including all the glue from the frame. Be sure to be extra careful when doing this to avoid puncturing the edges of the frame as these are quite fragile. You don’t want to damage the speaker before you’ve even had a chance to fix it.

Step 5- Remove the Voice Coil and Speaker Cone

The next order of business is to remove both the speaker cone and voice coil. For this, you will need a sharp object just like the putty knife or tester edge you used in the previous step. Remove the voice coil, as well as the speaker cone, slowly from the subwoofer. 

Remember to cut the terminal wires gently and carefully as you take out the coil, cone, and spider. Be sure to keep all other components separately in place.

Step 6- Replacing the Voice Coil

The voice coil is a very essential element in the subwoofer and that’s why it should be prioritized. This is where the actual fixing takes place and you’ll want to prepare a new coil to replace the old one. But before you do this, start by removing any dust particles, dirt, and other debris in the area of the voice coil gap. 

An air compressor should come in quite handy when cleaning the coil. Take the new voice coil and fix it inside the gap; place a fresh spider around it. Apply enough glue to the cone and carefully place it at the center of the new voice coil. 

Let the subwoofer stand for at least 24 hours so that the glue fully dries!

Step 7- Fix the Speaker Frame

Now that the new coil is in place, the next thing you’ll need to do is put back the speaker’s enclosure. To do this, carefully apply some glue around the edges of the surround that will be in contact with the speaker frame. Attach the surround to the edges of the cone and speaker frame.

Once again, you’ll have to allow another 24 hours for the glue to dry completely!

Step 8- Reassemble and Fix Other Parts

The last step is to put all the other components in place so that the speaker is ready to work! Remember the wires we detached in step 3 must now be put back in place. 

Simply take the terminal wires on the new voice coil and attach them to where the old terminals were. Use the soldering iron to ensure that they are held in position. 

Try pushing the cone gently along the sides, and do this across the circumference of the speaker. The cone is supposed to sink in and back into place. But if it remains rigid, this is a sure sign that your speaker cone is damaged.

Step 8- Reassemble and Fix Other Parts

NB: If the new coil doesn’t come with pre-attached wires, try using smaller wires to connect to the terminal wires and punch some tiny holes into the new cone. Push the wires through the holes you’ve created to the coil while using your soldering iron to hold them in place. 

Finally, reattach all the other components separated earlier to their initial position. Fit your subwoofer into its enclosure and tighten it firmly together with the mounting screws. 

Connect your newly fixed subwoofer to the radio and enjoy the high-quality audio!

Conclusion

A subwoofer ensures that you have enough bass in your sound to balance the high-frequency tweeters. However, this will only be possible if it’s in good shape. If you have a blown subwoofer, don’t be keen to throw it away or replace it, it may still be salvageable!

The above guide should help restore your damaged subwoofer and turn it into a functional speaker. Just follow the steps mentioned above to get your subwoofer functioning again. It will save you the money you would have spent on taking it to a technician and it will also improve your DIY skills !!

GOOD LUCK!


Barry Allen

About the author:

Barry Allen

I grew up to be a self-proclaimed stuck-up audiophile, and I – partially – blame Pinnacle Speakers for it.


The whole point of me starting this website was to keep the tradition going. Although the means have changed, the mission remains the same: Bringing „sterling sound“ as they once put it into home theaters and sound systems worldwide!