Car Stereo Component Appearance Vs. Quality, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the issues with relying on visuals when you purchase or install new car audio equipment. Apart from the more obvious reality that audio component decisions should not be based on visual factors alone, many such components are made to look sleek and modern, but may actually be limited in their true sound quality.

At Laketown Speed and Sound, this is an issue you’ll never run into during our comprehensive car audio installation services, which feature only truly high-quality products that will bring numerous upgrades to your system. In today’s part two, we’ll dig into a few other vital car audio upgrade areas where appearances might not necessarily be what they seem, plus the true qualities to value as you’re considering various such upgrades to your audio system.

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Once you’ve selected excellent speakers, which we went over in part one, it’s time to consider your amplifier. Even the best speakers will not provide the right sound if they aren’t powered correctly, and this is where the amp comes into play.

Once again, sadly, some unscrupulous individuals in the car audio world attempt to manufacture amplifiers that look modern and shiny from the outside, but in reality house a relatively low-quality amp. The amplifier might not be capable of meeting the power needs your speakers come with, which will leave you with distorted and limited sound quality.


For some looking to “show off” their new car audio systems, the subwoofer (or subwoofers) can be a big draw. Many want to be able to open up their trunk and reveal subs blasting away; it’s hard to look much cooler, after all.

And while we can certainly do our best to accommodate these needs, we’ll remind you again that the primary factors here should relate to your sound, not how the setup looks. If the proper placement for your subs for optimal bass and deep sound quality is under seats rather than in a visible area, we highly recommend going this route even if you might lose a bit of visual appeal.

Value of Professional Installation

Finally, this entire theme we’ve covered in this blog series is precisely why it’s vital to perform car audio upgrades through experienced, reputable professionals like ours at Laketown. Not only do we know the difference between car audio components that simply look good and those that are truly of high quality, we’re also experts on every wire connection, component placement need and sound dampening technique that might be required to bring your vehicle the optimal sound clarity and quality you desire.

For more on separating looks from true audio quality, or to learn about any of our car audio installations or other vehicle upgrades, speak to the staff at Laketown Speed and Sound today.