Car Speaker Installation Parts at Crutchfield
How to shop for speaker installation parts
Installing new speakers in your car isn’t that hard, but it is a little scary if you’ve never done it before. That’s just one reason we want you to have everything you need.
We always ask you to tell us what you drive so that we can show you the speakers that fit in your car. Another reason we ask is so that we can find the extra gear you’ll need to properly install those speakers.
Below, we’ll explain all the stuff you can find in the speaker installation categories on this page. If you’d like to learn a bit more about how to install new speakers, check out our speaker installation guide. It’s a great how-to video followed by lots of extra information.
Car speaker wire
If you’re adding speakers to a location that doesn’t already have speakers, you’ll need to run wire. Same thing if you’re adding an external amplifier to power existing speakers. We carry a variety of sizes (thickness) and some all-in-one options to make it easier to install an amplifier.
Speaker wire connectors
Speaker wire isn’t any help if you don’t have a secure method to connect it to your speakers or amplifier.
Speaker mounting brackets
Vehicle manufacturers don’t always use a standard-sized opening or screw-hole pattern when installing the factory speakers. Vehicle-specific mounting brackets make it possible to fit aftermarket speakers into those factory locations. And if you buy your new speakers from Crutchfield, we’ll include the needed brackets at a very steep discount.
Speaker wiring harnesses
When you install new speakers, you’ll need a set of these wiring harnesses to plug the new speaker into your car’s factory wiring. This way you get a solid, secure connection without having to cut the vehicle’s wires. And like the mounting brackets, if you buy your new speakers from Crutchfield, we’ll include these harnesses at a very steep discount.
Kick panel enclosures
Replace your kick panels with these custom-fit speaker enclosures and you can position your new component speakers for much better sound. Or, use them to add a second set of speakers to the front of your car.
Jeep speaker pods
These custom enclosures let you install new speakers in optimal locations in your Jeep. They also help keep the speakers safe from the elements when you leave the top at home.
Enclosures & pods
This is where we store a variety of items that help you install new speakers in some cars. Most importantly, here is where you’ll find boxes for installing 6″x9″ speakers wherever you want them!
If you’re installing speakers in places where you don’t have factory grilles, then protect them with a set of these grilles.
A car is a noisy place filled with rattles and road noise. Adding sound deadening materials to your car’s body panels will quiet some of that rattling and noise, making it easier to hear your music. Adding some of this material to your car door when you install new speakers will make a big difference in how good your music sounds in the car.
Foam speaker baffles
Protect your speakers from dust and moisture by installing a set of these baffles behind them when you install the speakers. The foam also acts as a gasket between the speaker from and body panel, which helps to prevent noise and vibration.
In this category, you’ll find tools that’ll come in handy for installing speakers and lots of other things around the car and home.
Bass blockers make your smaller speakers sound better by filtering out the low bass that they can’t handle.
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How to shop for car speakers
If your existing factory stereo sounds muddy and muffled, a new set of speakers will provide that extra crispness and detail you’re missing.
Dollar for dollar, installing new speakers is the best way to improve your car stereo’s sound.
Crutchfield carries car speakers of nearly every size, shape, and type. With so many choices available, it can be hard to know which ones to buy. For more guidance on what to look for when shopping, read our car speakers buying guide.
Popular questions customers ask
It’s simple – you replace your car speakers because you want your music to sound better. Car makers cut corners when it comes to car speakers, and aftermarket speakers use better materials and superior construction to deliver improved sound. Replacing your old speakers is an inexpensive way to get better sound in your car.
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Replacing your car’s speakers usually involves removing interior panels (doors, dash, rear dash, etc.), unbolting the factory speakers, using a bracket and wiring harness to install replacement speakers, and then reinstalling your panels. As a Crutchfield customer, you’ll benefit from our free, vehicle-specific instructions, free wiring harnesses that eliminate splicing, and our friendly, toll-free technical support.
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No! Speakers are sold in pairs, and it’s common to replace your front speakers first, then later replace your rear speakers. It’s a good idea to choose the same brand speakers for front and back, if possible. That way, the tone settings that sound good in the front seat will sound good in the back seat too. Of course, you can replace all your speakers at one time for the most dramatic improvement.
Like we said above, it depends on the RMS power rating of the speakers. Speakers with an upper range of 50 watts RMS or higher will definitely sound better powered by an external amplifier. If you intend to power them with your factory radio, then speakers with a lower RMS power rating and higher efficiency rating will sound best.
Cone size isn’t the only factor in determining if a speaker fits your car. Sometimes speakers are too tall or too deep to fit your vehicle. In addition to measuring every speaker model we carry, we also measure thousands of vehicles. That’s how we know that we’re recommending the right stuff for your car or truck. If a speaker you’re interested in isn’t listed as fitting, give us a call. Sometimes minor modifications can make it work.
Acoustic screen in the car door
When buying a new car, sometimes you want to replace the speakers with better ones, as a budget speaker system is usually installed in a car from the factory. In this article, you will learn how to properly dampen doors and install speakers.
How to properly dampen car doors
Damping is an important and even necessary thing for a car, it is done to suppress extraneous noise in the cabin. For this process, both hard and soft materials are used. Damping is done using two layers of vibration and noise insulation.
It is necessary to cover the outer part of the door, which is located further from the driver, with vibration-proofing material. You also need to be careful not to seal the ventilation holes. Vibration isolation of the inner part of the door, which is located closer to the driver, depends on the selected speaker system. For example, if speakers with low power are built into the car, then it is possible to dampen the flat sections of the door, and with a powerful speaker system, it is better to close the door metal completely.
The installation of soundproofing can be divided into two stages. The first stage is soundproofing the door itself. The second stage is soundproofing the door skin. In the first option, the soundproofing is placed behind the speaker, its size should be 40–55% larger than the speaker hole itself. The purpose is to absorb acoustic waves.
The door panel is a source of various vibrations and squeaks, but it can also act as an acoustic shield. Vibration reduction is done using pieces of vibration-proof material, sticking them on the inside of the skin.
Acoustic baffle installation
The installation of an acoustic baffle in the doors is an essential part of the vehicle audio installation. The sound quality in the car depends on the door, especially low and medium frequencies, and if the screen is made incorrectly, then a bad sound will appear in the audio system. The front speakers should be at least 50Hz, if you don’t have that power then the bass quality will be poor.
There are two options for positioning the acoustic baffle in car doors. The first of them is internal – the screen is located under the door trim. The second is external, when the screen extends into the car interior. Each of them has its pros and cons.
Locating speakers with the right sound angle
For best sound in a car, the speakers should be placed at an angle of less than 60 degrees, if it is more, then the person will not perceive the sound quality from the speaker. For good sound, the speakers must be fixed firmly and securely, and the screen must also be made of solid materials.
It happens that the outer screen does not adhere well to the inner screen, or may simply be missing, and because of this the sound quality is lost. It is best to tighten the gaps between the screens with screws and cover with putty. Also, good sound quality gives the effect of connecting acoustic screens. When connecting acoustic baffles, the putty will be on the outside of the skin, so if desired, it will be easy to remove them.
If you need a professional installation of acoustics, door soundproofing, correct alignment of the acoustic screen in the door, installation of speaker beam angles – contact our installation studio!
How to install speakers in a car
The front speakers are installed in the doors – the most favorable place in the car. Consider how to install speakers, why you need an acoustic screen in the doors and how it affects the sound.
The steel wall of the door has an uneven surface. Therefore, its different parts resonate differently. This difference affects low notes and is one of the reasons why the sound deteriorates. The combination of soft and hard damping materials helps not only to reduce resonance, but also to get rid of the deafness in the sound.
Door Vibration Suppression Circuit
When knocking on a car door, the sound is clear in some areas and muffled in others. Where the sound is distinct, install a hard material, and where it is muffled, a soft material.
To do this, before installing the acoustics, you need to deal with the soundproofing of the car doors. If we dampen the steel wall well, the internal elements of the door will still resonate, echoing the dynamics. If the resonance of the internal structure of the door is significant, then the door itself will behave like a loudspeaker, and then we will have one loudspeaker built into another, of huge size, but with a quiet sound.
In this case, there will be no accurate music scene or imagery, and the sound quality will deteriorate. Therefore, damping the interior of the door has a positive effect.
You should be aware that if you overdo it with sound absorption, it will negatively affect the sound. The efficiency of the speakers will decrease and the sound will lose scale. Use sponge acoustic materials to eliminate standing waves inside doors.
Stick one sheet of acoustic material 30×40 cm behind the speaker and the second sheet as far away from it as possible. It is better to take a material that does not absorb water, as there is moisture inside the door. For a large car, take the material thicker, for a small car – thinner. It shouldn’t be much.
Acoustic screen in the door
The speakers in the car door are directly related to the bass, especially in the mid-low frequencies. If the door screen is bad, then no matter how wonderful the subwoofer is, the bass will not find grace.
The front speakers must be set to deliver at least 50 Hz, otherwise you will have trouble reproducing high quality bass. Therefore, the installation process of the system will be focused on achieving the best possible bass.
There are two options for the acoustic screen in the door: “internal”, when the screen is located under the door lining; and “outer” when the screen protrudes outward. Each of the options has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Internal acoustic baffle
- The baffle installed under the door cladding does not interfere with the original appearance of the door.
- If the screen is not visible, then it will be easier to make it, since you do not have to worry about the beauty of the design.
- Speakers are entirely inside the door, do not create additional interference and will work more reliably.
- If the loudspeaker is hidden under the casing, then in itself it looks unsightly.
- Since the screen cannot be enlarged, it will be light and the bass will not be firm enough.
- It is difficult to change the angle of the speaker, the sound may lose the uniformity of the frequency balance, and the localization of musical images is disturbed.
Outdoor Acoustic Screen
- Using the outdoor option, we can give the screen a unique design.
- The screen size can be increased. By properly attaching the speaker to a large screen, we can dampen the resonance of the speaker frame. This will help make the sound clearer.
- Acoustic baffle can be angled for better sound localization.
- Manufacture is complicated, requiring a lot of time and material.
- If we work without knowledge, insufficient speaker back pressure can lead to significant sound degradation or damage to the speaker.
Angle of sound emission. How to position the speakers
When we listen to music at an angle to the speaker, we perceive the high frequencies worse. If the speaker’s off-axis angle starts to exceed 60°, sound quality deteriorates rapidly. Therefore, the speaker installed on the driver’s side must be directed towards it at an angle of less than 60°.
Not all vehicles can comply with this rule. However, try to install an outdoor screen to hear the sound at an angle of less than 60°. The change in sound is noticeable.
The speaker gives the best sound quality when mounted as firmly and securely as possible. Therefore, it is better to make an external acoustic screen from a dense material. A normal screen should carry more than 7 kg.