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A t CrutchReld, weve never settled for ho-hum car sound and speakers Rring at your knees leave a lot to be desired. However, component speaker systems allow you to lift your music to your dash by separating the woofers and the tweeters. Heres a look at component installation and why its worth the extra eort: BY ALEXANDER HRABE Your car was built to get you safely from point A to point B - not to be a listening room. So, factory speaker placement tends to be an afterthought. To overcome the sonic shortcomings of your car cabin's geography, we recommend installing a set of component speakers. You'll experience your audio the way it was meant to be heard, with vivid stereo imaging as if the musicians were staged across your dash. Most aftermarket component systems include four things: WOOFERS - these drivers handle the midrange frequencies where acoustic guitar, piano, and most instrumentation lives. Woofers are typically mounted in factory door locations. TWEETERS - these drivers handle the sparkling detail of high notes from female vocals, woodwinds, and snare drums, to name a few. Tweeters need to be custom-mounted if no factory location exists. CROSSOVER SYSTEMS - these small boxes ensure that the high frequencies are diverted to the tweeters and lows to the woofers. MOUNTING GEAR - since tweeters and crossovers often need to be adaptable to a variety of car interiors, you'll need options when it comes to mounting them. While component speaker installations can pose some challenges, careful planning and anticipating trouble spots will help you achieve success. Elevate your sound THE WHY & HOW OF COMPONENT CAR SPEAKERS Focal PS 130 V component speaker system #091PS130V $449.99 Price Break $279.99 The tweeters in a component system are separated from the woofers and elevated. Why do you want component speakers? 48 Get deeply discounted installation gear with most speaker and stereo orders. See

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