In any hobby there are common mistakes that all newcomers make, what are five common mistakes in car audio? How can we better install our subwoofers, amplifier, radio, speakers and wiring? Avoid these five mistakes!

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    • CarAudioFabrication

      New here? Here's some of my latest project videos I think you will enjoy!

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      Here on this channel I have car audio reviews, tutorials and build log videos and I love to help you master car audio.

      I also love burritos.

      about 1 year ago
    • Derek Mealer
      Derek Mealer In reply to CarAudioFabrication

      We have a 2016 Dodge Ram. We purchased an Audio Control amp, ic6. And new upgraded 6 x 9 speakers for our truck. We kept the stock deck. We had a local audio store try to install everything. 10 hours later they still had no sound. Something about the stock deck not reading the amp. We dont want to purchase a newer deck. What answers do you have. Thx, frustrated

      about 6 months ago
    • Anime Racer
      Anime Racer In reply to CarAudioFabrication

      I would say Add a #6 Mark, never I mean never install an Android stereo(I had one... It never sounded right and always clipped past 5... Also half the touch screen stopped working)

      about 10 months ago
    • Dennis Elmore
      Dennis Elmore In reply to CarAudioFabrication

      CarAudioFabrication i see friends make mistakes when adding speakers and wiring them wrong. Not understand ohms direct effect on amps and speakers. ie: 100 watts @ 4ohms is rating of amp. Several speakers wired together making amp see speakers ohms @ 32. I find using water pressure and a hose as examples. Water pressure =watts and hose diameter =ohms. And make point on how much furthur water shoots out with more power from a half inch hose compared to a one inch diameter hose. Water dont go as far and power behind it is much more sluggish. That = sound!

      about 1 year ago
    • Wayne R
      Wayne R In reply to CarAudioFabrication

      CarAudioFabrication a friend of mine who made real good money doing installs at boomer mcloud told me that for the best sounds use the AC DELCO deck
      It’s 2Watts with nearly zero distortion
      Amplify that sound and it is smooooooth

      about 1 year ago
    • Schubox Productions
      Schubox Productions

      My poor buicks electrical system just couldn't provide the power I wanted. That poor battery gauge just bottoming out, my lights fading into non existence at night, the multiple factory alternators I threw at it... ugh it shames me to think about how cruel I was to that innocent vehicle with my noob experience. The day I got my first MECP book changed my car audio life

      about 1 day ago
    • Bolt in a bottle
      Bolt in a bottle

      I had an issue with "good enough" wiring. Lost an amp because the power wire came off and contacted the negative. Having a fuse in there didn't help. My advice is take the time and do it right once.
      Don't use electrical tape to terminate or connect any wires. Also check the fuses that come with the amp before you buy. Fuse amps x 12 = Max watts. My buddy bought a cheap amp and he thought it was 2000 watts while it only had one 30a fuse.

      about 1 day ago
    • chris brissel
      chris brissel

      Boss audio is the worst company for audio add their sister company ssl

      about 2 days ago
    • chris brissel
      chris brissel In reply to chris brissel

      Bolt in a bottle I’m doing a system in my Jeep and it comes with a stock infinity sound system and it sounds pretty damn good almost sad to see it go lol

      about 1 day ago
    • Bolt in a bottle
      Bolt in a bottle In reply to chris brissel

      My friend had a Boss 3000 watt mono amp. My Infinity Kappa K600 was louder and sounded way better.

      about 1 day ago
    • slightlyslow 67
      slightlyslow 67

      Never heard of anyone putting 15's or 18's under any seat. Just a thought

      about 2 days ago
    • DMS Keys
      DMS Keys

      Now im more of a general mechanic with the engines themselves. I am not the best with wiring or any of that at all. Im glad i just found this channel because im looking to install an audio system but i wanted to understand how everything works in the first place like the point of having an amplifier and why you cant just play it out of the normal stereo in the dash

      about 4 days ago
    • blob darkass
      blob darkass

      Some mistakes I see a lot is the owner or even the installer not understanding what the ohms spec is for which can cause a few issues if not properly considered. Of these issues they can cause problems such as too much or too little power compared to what you think you are getting which leads to it not being as loud as it can, to it sounding like crap due to distortion and of course really bad things like toasting subs and/or amplifiers or the amp shutting down all the time from going into protection mode.

      As well I often see people using the improper size wire gauge because by not understanding the final ohms load being presented to the amp have not considered the actual demands from the wire and as well can cause heat issues in the wire itself and/or the amp and cause things like blown fuses without knowing why or the amp getting too hot or even going into protection mode because of low voltage being it drops in the wire if too small.

      One way to tell if the person has no clue about ohms is if you ask the ohms of the sub and they say something like "500 watts".. yep they have no clue lol. Also if they ask something like "how do I change the ohms of my amp" you know they are clueless because it is the way the subs are wired to the amp the effects this, not anything you can change or adjust with the amplifier settings. And it gets more confusing if they do not understand a mono amp vs bridging a multi channel amp. There are also other factors depending on the circuitry of the particular amp to let you know how it effects power output and what is the min you can go before it causes havoc.

      Some of the Alpine PDX amplifiers I have dealt with for example have a unique circuitry where they put out the same power regardless if 2,4,6,8 ohms etc but go one tiny bit below 2 ohms and it snaps the case fuses as soon as you crank it up. So as always do the research and by research I don't mean ask your homie who changed a headlight once or installed a radio into his uncles 84 Impala and nothing burned out lol.

      about 5 days ago
    • Spencer PhilippineDream
      Spencer PhilippineDream

      biggest noob mistake for me was underestimating the ability of good door/rear deck speakers. after i dumped about $1600 into my system, my buddy wanted to show off his new pair of 6x9s in his rear deck. i was disappointed in myself when his $200 speakers (with no amp) sounded almost as good as the two 12s in my trunk.......oh, and he still had trunk space.

      about 6 days ago
    • patrick y
      patrick y

      As someone who's had systems in his car since the 80's....from trial and error this is what I've learned....Make sure your car's charging system is up to par...That means you're gonna have to pay just as much as the install costs( if you're not a DIY)..#1.Do a Big Three Upgrade..( Google it)..#2.Get a better battery aimed towards car audio ( XS, Kinetic, Optima etc) #3 Get a high output alternator ( at least 160a).I suggest this for systems at least 1000w.....I definitely suggest the first 2. I've just changed the battery and alternator and that has helped my systems....But to have peace of
      mind and definitely to prevent embarrassing moments do all three.Your system will sound it's loudest and cleanest when your charging system is up to par.Even if it takes you a few more months to save up for those items.You won't regret it.

      about 8 days ago
    • Charles Whitmill
      Charles Whitmill

      I have a KDC BT22, Kenwood door speakers and 2 12 inch Kenwood sub woofers in a in closed speaker box. What would be the best Kenwood amp should I get. I want something with nice crisp sounds and awesome bass

      about 9 days ago
    • Tom Green
      Tom Green

      what is the best speaker for sound and bass for a 2004 volkwagen jetta ?

      about 9 days ago
    • cucuy Eisenberg
      cucuy Eisenberg In reply to Tom Green

      A new car.

      about 8 days ago
    • k- fountain
      k- fountain

      This helped out a bit!

      about 10 days ago
    • Shazam

      Shuld I feel bad about having only 250-300 watts?:I don't

      about 11 days ago
    • JBMB

      1:55 funniest face :D

      about 11 days ago
    • Guil Sandoval
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      about 11 days ago
    • Chris-Edward Louis
      Chris-Edward Louis

      Definitely guilty of falling for the Max power rating with my first system. And I still haven't done a big 3 upgrade in any of the vehicles I've owned since then.

      about 11 days ago
    • First Last
      First Last

      My friend wanted to put 2 Amps on a 8 gauge wire, can't remember the fuse. He needed a bigger wire and I told him that and he still wanted to see what would happen. I expected the fuse to blow, it welded itself open and started smoking and burning the plastic off the wire.

      about 13 days ago
    • dave taylor
      dave taylor

      Mark not speak with forked tongue...FO SHO!!! Good stuff and loads of experience he has!!! My thoughts are very simple: want big car audio? Just buy a Corvette C7 or such and be done with it! Or I guess a Lexus?? Anyhoo...what do I know????!!!

      about 14 days ago
    • Mark Philpot
      Mark Philpot

      If you did all your sound deadening and the other improvements for the components in your system, electrical upgrades are the big thing. Digital files in a car above 320kBps is futile and will not yield an improvement. I know from experience. Clint said it best, a man’s got to know his limitations. That’s a fact Jack! Don’t beat yourself up, smarten up! 128kBps mp3 is like listening to a transistor radio!😑😬 Can we say yuck, I think so! That’s nasty redefined!

      about 16 days ago
    • Firstpo jkh
      Firstpo jkh

      my wallet said no to your electrical upgrades

      about 17 days ago
    • Chris T
      Chris T

      Just under 130 Db for under $500 all new gear and good sound no distortion and no electrical gremlins. Budget builds can work, but spend more time researching than installing - and take your time with the install, don't cut corners. I may not have huge numbers but any longer than 10 minutes in my car and your ears will be ringing. Plenty loud enough for a daily driver.

      about 17 days ago
    • Efrain Caraballo
      Efrain Caraballo

      I know that you video is to the beginner's give an advice!! But it's too tricky to say old that stuff knowing that most of people don't know what are you talking or at least someone who study about cars and stereo audio! The way i feel is tricked to buy all the equipment and spend a lot of money and someone who installs don't the me that kind of things

      about 20 days ago
    • n325aej
      n325aej In reply to Efrain Caraballo

      if you don't know, stick to the basics. head unit, front speakers, rear speakers. if you buy good ones this will sound great. if then you want it louder get a base box or tube with an amp built-in. it's a easy system then. £450 will get you a great set up.

      about 19 days ago
    • LivingxPrime

      Back in my 16 year old hayday I wasted so much money on amps based on their max power rating. Also wasted money focusing exclusively on getting non-mono amps thinking they are designed for 1 speaker/sub. The last big one was thinking I would address headlight dimming with a capacitor. That cap was borderline useless after a few seconds of play - an upgrade to the capacitor was the Golden ticket but did come with its own constraints. Never tried the redundant battery setup.

      about 20 days ago
    • Adam T
      Adam T

      I've seen alot of ppl run the rca cables along side the power wire to the trunk. Usually doesn't work out to well 😂

      about 21 day ago
    • blob darkass
      blob darkass In reply to Adam T

      Depends. With a sub amp it is not critical but with mids/highs it can pick up induced noise from the power wire into the RCA's and sounds like a high pitched turbo charger lol. That is because those frequencies are there but normally much higher then a sub systems ever gets. But there are other things that can cause that as well and RCA's can also pick up noise from other sources in the vehicle. A pita for installers sometimes if you took all the precautions but end up with noise anyhow. But yeah general rule of thumb was always running on opposite side or at least where they are 18" apart min and if they have to cross always shoot for a 90 degree angle.

      about 5 days ago
    • e smith
      e smith

      Powerful Clean sound is incredible

      about 21 day ago
    • DJ SON
      DJ SON

      Mini Cooper? Let's jam a 32" in the back

      about 21 day ago
    • ElectronicPleasure

      06:15 My entire collection was 96-320kbps VBR with an ABR of 160kbps. So it never really dropped bellow the 160kbps but peaked at 320 when needed. Downloading I ONLY download 320kbps MP3's. But YT has got better these days with audio clarity.

      about 26 days ago
    • zzZachZzz

      I have a speaker in my truck that I heard piping but just too try it I put it in my friends and it sounded just fine but I put it back in and it did the piping like before it’s a 5 1/2 inch kicker could it be the wiring in my trunk?

      about 27 days ago
    • Mustang_maya1

      Have questions on replacing OEM subs in a mustang

      about 27 days ago
    • Vesp3r1987

      i watched 1 video about "how to chose speakers" and youtube flooded me with your videos...
      No regrets though. You doing awesome job for people like me

      about 27 days ago