Matching Car Audio Equipment

There are many brands and ranges within brands in car audio. Car amplifiers and car speakers are specifically designed to work together. They may have been designed in conjunction with each other and electronically matched to squeeze the best performance from each other. The resultant sound however, is not necessarily going to suit everyone.

Specific attributes of an amplifier or speaker that a consumer wants, may dictate a tailored mix of brands and ranges as more desirable.

Audison Voce AV K6 2-way component speaker

Being more specific and as an example, Audison Voce speakers have a fairly relaxed sound. High frequencies are rounded and luscious while the mids blend into them without any drama at the crossover point. Those who listen to acoustic music including Jazz and orchestral music tend to really like the roundness of the Voce sound. Audison Voce amplifiers are a perfect match but as with most class AB amplifiers, come with a large footprint. If you are looking to hide equipment from view then the Voce amplifiers may offer a physical challenge to your installer.

Hertz ML Power 4. Four-Channel Class D Amplifier

The Mille range from Hertz, includes class D amplifiers. These tend to be physically much smaller due to their ability to produce high volume levels without generating as much heat as class AB amplifiers. Mille speakers are less “laid back” than Audison Voce speakers and suit the precision and attack required for accurate rendering of electronic music where there tends to be a lot more information in the upper mid and high frequency ranges. There is a resulting “hard edge” at higher frequencies which may not suit acoustic music quite so well.

Creating the perfect car audio system is very much a matter of compromise. Consumer choice is extremely important and a good installer will spend quite a while asking questions. Experience coupled with customer information will inform the installer what equipment will best suit regardless of brand and range. It is common these days to mix and match depending on a combination of sound, size and electronic compatibility.

Attempting to explain electronic matching in this short blog could be very dangerous and in any case, your installer will place such factors at the front of their equipment matching decisions.

Getting bogged down in electronic specifications when matching is not always a great idea. Many consumers will look exclusively at power rating but, putting a 100 watt amplifier with a 100 watt speaker is not necessarily imperative. Installers will often match a speaker with an amplifier having a power rating beyond the peak rating of a speaker. Believe it or not, this is far less dangerous than using an amplifier that is under powered and that may well run into distortion before the speakers are being driven properly. Distortion can damage speakers more quickly than applying a clean signal over the rated power of the speaker.

In all cases we always recommend that you let your installer and your ears, guide you to the perfect equipment choices for your needs.