Music in the car has long become a common fact and a faithful companion of the driver on the road. As a rule, car owners tend to buy a branded car radio, forgetting that the sound quality is equally influenced by the installed speakers. The best car speakers are presented in our rating.

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Mentions:boss speakers, stock speakers, factory speakers, much better, front doors
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Mentions:sound quality, replacement, factory, loud, sounds great
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Mentions:make sure, sound quality, bang for your buck, sound good, good purchase

What is the best car speaker?

Car acoustics is a seriously different thing from any other area of sound. First of all, this is due to the fact that the volume of the cabin is extremely limited, and already has a very noticeable impact on the final result. The places for installation of speakers, available in cars, can drive into horror of any audiophile: according to all canons it simply cannot sound, and especially speakers in doors, because instead of calculated and correctly configured back volume we get a metal box with window lifters inside. The choice of materials is also limited: no matter how great unimpregnated (and especially not reinforced) high-end paper speakers sound at home, they will quickly fail in the car due to temperature and humidity fluctuations.

The simplest version of car speakers is wideband, in which a single cone is forced to play the entire frequency range. But it is also the worst option: in order to work out the high frequencies, the cone has to be made light and flimsy, and it will become noticeably hoarse and distorted, even at a small bass level.

There are two recipes to combat this. The first is coaxial acoustics: one or more additional speakers are mounted in the center of the main speaker. By making the main cone stronger, we will already provide acceptable bass and midrange, and the high frequencies will be played by the central cone, light and soft. But all parts of a coaxial speaker will play in one direction, and in a car it's first of all the driver's feet (front acoustics) and the rear window.

In component speakers, each band of the spectrum is responsible for its own speaker in a separate enclosure. The tweeter here is not limited by the cone of the main cone, and it will be possible to direct it in the most comfortable way for the ear during installation. The frequency separation itself is not a simple filter, as with coaxial speakers, but a serious crossover that allows the sound spectrum to be perfectly separated by the drivers that are supposed to handle it.

The simplest example of the difference in sound is budget and luxury cars. The first ones have cheap wide-band speakers, and even installation of coaxial acoustics in regular places already improves the sound - the "tops" become clearer, the "bottoms" become more vigorous and powerful. But now compare the sound with OEM component speakers in a high-class car, where the sound stage can be formed by more than a dozen speakers: you must admit that the difference is colossal. With a set of component speakers and a competent installer, you can achieve excellent sound in your car, even if it is not a Maybach. The main thing is to make the right choice. So, the winners of nominations in the rating of the best speakers in the car.

Choosing the "right" acoustics for your car is not an easy task: the final sound will depend even on small details, an excellent-sounding speaker in one car will be flat and inaudible in the other. That is why in today's top we were guided primarily by the characteristics of the speakers - a competent installer can make them open in full, although the price of competent installation, of course, will be not inconsiderable. We did not forget about the car speakers from "to make it work" range, which you can simply put in their original driver's seat.

What kind of speakers is better to choose in your car? Let's start with the layout. Let's remember that the human ear feels the sound best in the high frequencies, and the most comfortable for the person is the location of the sound stage in front of the face. Therefore, the location and quality of the front high-frequency acoustics play the "first fiddle" in the perception of music, and making coaxial speakers in the front doors sound good is very difficult.

There are two reasons for this. Firstly, your ears inevitably feel that the sound is coming from below, which is not very comfortable. Secondly, the directional pattern of the speaker is not perfect - when the ear is on the axis of the cone, the sound is much louder than when listening "at an angle". When you sit in the car, not only is the distance to the speakers in the doors different, but the angle between the line from your ear to the center of the speaker on the right is less than on the left. As a result, from the left speaker the driver hears the "tops" much worse than from the right one - the scene goes not only to the right, but also to the side.

Component acoustics allows you to adjust the tweeter sources so that listening to music brings real pleasure. The flip side of the coin is that the installation becomes much more complicated.

As for the cone material (which itself is the subject of holy forum wars), in the segment of inexpensive car speakers we inevitably have to choose between plastic and plastic. The difference will be only in cone rigidity and its tendency to "tanning" in a frost, but you will not feel the cardinal difference in sound.

But in more expensive speakers there is a lot to choose from: fiberglass fabric impregnated with resin, carbon, cellulose with and without reinforcement (here priorities of the author, a known "paperphile", are obvious), and all sorts of composites. All these materials provide good sound, but each with its own character: strong, but heavy fiberglass is good for a powerful bottom end, and such speakers are not bad if you do not have a subwoofer. A cellulose cone is better in the middle, but it will deform too much at the low end. However, no matter how you look at it, this is general reasoning - each particular speaker needs to be listened to.

As for tweeters, the universally recognized reference is silk. If titanium still competes with it in home audio, in a car, where the "tweeters" are much closer to the ears, the sound of silk cones is much more pleasant, without excessive rigidity and obvious resonance frequencies.

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