Long were the days when stopping at a red light was once an opportunity for people had to rifle through their old, cassette-stuffed shoebox, frantically searching for their favorite song(s) before the light turned green. Indeed, car sound system technology has come a very long way since the days of dusty tape decks and muffled speakers.
Like cell phones, car entertainment systems have undergone an evolutionary, if not revolutionary, change in size, sophistication and capabilities. In fact, you can say we are living in a golden age of car audio.
Car entertainment systems have progressed to the point where hands-free and voice-command capabilities have almost become ordinary features in most, if not all, new cars. Yup, rather than frantically search for your favorite cassette or CD, all you have to do is speak the name of the song and viola!
The latest in cutting-edge car audio trends include mobile phone connectivity, Internet connectivity for music streaming, and satellite radio. Worth pointing out, the ability to integrate your smartphone, tablets and other mobile devices with your car’s infotainment systems could take even the most simplistic setup to another level of driver convenience.
Bluetooth has become commonplace, and then there are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which literally let you access all your favorite files and apps (navigation, music, calls and text messages, etc.) via your car’s controls and in-dash display…
CarPlay and Android Auto are undoubtedly the top two trends right now.
Of course, we can’t talk about car audio without discussing speakers, which have become more compact and fidelitous. Surround sound is now mainstay in premium vehicles, with an increasing number of them offering over 20 speakers. You know, in case ten is not enough…
Considering that a vehicle is actually not an optimal environment for speakers to perform at their best, manufacturers have adopted several techniques and specialized tools to get the most out of them, techniques such as sound damping, equalization and time alignment.
Even old cars can benefit from many of the new innovations in audio technologies, which can be purchased from outlets like New Frog. Giving your car smartphone, Bluetooth, CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities can be as easy visiting your favorite Internet-based retailer.
With so many innovations in audio technology seemingly propping up every year, what does the future hold for car sound systems? All we can say is to stay tuned…