The needs of audiophiles are seriously neglected by the car industry. OEM stereo systems are notoriously low-quality because the manufacturer sacrifices audio to increase profits. Most people don’t notice the difference without a side-by-side comparison. Even the best “premium” factory-installed car audio systems underperform compared to a mid-range after-market option! Anyone, audiophiles included, can enjoy a better sound system with a few simple swaps.
The first step to crafting your ideal audio system is to determine how your current sound set-up performs. Sit in your car with the doors closed and windows up. Turn up the volume then adjust every knob, slider, and button available on your radio. Try changing the bass and tweaking the treble. Listen to your standard playlist (or podcast) to assess what areas can be improved.