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If you want more from your ride's audio system, upgrading to an aftermarket car speaker is a good idea. With the right product, you'll be able to customize your audio system to optimize sound quality. But with so many options to choose, how do you know which product is right for you? To help you make the right choice, here are some things you need to consider when buying one:

Material

In order for speakers to perform at their best, all of their components should be made from the best material available. So before you grab the first item you see, check out the materials of the tweeter, woofer, and surround.

If you want a mellow and more refined sound, a tweeter made from soft materials such as silk or textile blends is a good choice. If, however, you prefer a louder and snappier sound whenever you listen to your favorite beats, invest in a loudspeaker that features a graphite, ceramic, or metal tweeter.

As for the woofer, it should be made from a stiff, lightweight material such as polypropylene combined with mica. Other good materials include synthetics or woven fabrics mixed with lightweight yet strong metals such as titanium or aluminum.

Because the surround lets the woofer produce a louder and deeper bass, it should be able to withstand extreme temperatures and humidity. This is why a loudspeaker with a rubber surround offers the best in terms of performance, sound quality, and durability. If you want a cheaper option, a surround made of cloth and foam also offers reliable performance.

Speaker type

Component

A component type offers a more superior performance because it includes crossovers, tweeters, and woofers that are installed separately from the main unit. These parts are designed to work together to offer you the best sound quality. If you want to fully upgrade your car's audio system, a component type is your best bet since the output from a component is a more realistic sound that has a greater depth.

Full range

If you simply want to replace an old or busted factory speaker, go for a full-range type. A single unit that contains the woofer and tweeter, it is easy to install but doesn't offer improved sound quality unlike its component countertype.

Power-handling capability

Power handling refers to how much wattage or power a loudspeaker can handle. So if you're thinking of replacing a factory speaker, a low-powered replacement is enough. However, if you want to upgrade the entire system with external amps, you'll need a high-power speaker. To know how much wattage a loudspeaker can handle, look at its RMS power handling and not its peak power handling. Remember, peak power handling measures the wattage a loudspeaker can handle for a short time, while RMS ratings measure the maximum power a loudspeaker can handle on a regular basis.

Extra features

Features worth a second look include removable tweeters which can be used on both component and full-range systems, external crossovers if you're thinking of buying a full-range type, and tweeters with adjustable pivots. Since many speaker systems include a list of fancy features, a tip to not get overwhelmed is to remember what features you will realistically use.