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Damping Factor in Car Audio Systems

Damping Factor in Car Audio Systems Damping Factor DF is: DF=Zload/Zsource (Wikipedia) Many amplifiers carry a number for “Damping Factor” in their list of often unintelligible specifications. If you are of a mind to look at these when selecting an amplifier, how do you know what to go for? Is a high number better than […]

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Car Signal Processing – AudioControl’s Approach

Car Signal Processing – AudioControl’s Approach American innovator AudioControl has operated in all fields of audio excellence for over 40 years now. Consistently delivering in car solutions that help installers to establish good sound in a very tricky environment. A new range of digital signal processing products represents the pinnacle of their technological capabilities. The DM-810 and […]

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High Definition Digital Audio Signal Chains in the Car – From Source to Amplifier

Digital Audio in a car is a wonderful thing when rendered properly. Just like analogue audio, digital audio signals can be affected by system losses. The loss takes a slightly different form as it is bits that are dropped which can have a subtle but very real affect on the resulting sound. In the early […]

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The Problem With Beemers….

BMW Cars Deserve Beautiful Sound Systems Exhibit A above is a BMW original under seat 6.5inch woofer. It is designed to save space and produce as much bass as is possible from its position under the front seats of a BMW car. They also come in 8″ versions dependent on trim levels. They are clearly […]

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Stop That Noise! – Sound Deadening for Car Audio Applications

Stop That Noise! Sound Deadening For Car Audio Applications A car offers many challenges to the music lover. Apart from the rubbish equipment fitted as standard and passed off as “in car entertainment” there are challenges associated with the afterthought positioning of the speakers to contend with too. However, one of the most basic of […]

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Sub bass in the car – Is any better than none?

Sub bass in the car – Is any better than none? With many brands vying for your subwoofer budget, it would be easy to be overwhelmed and end up buying based on price alone. This would be a huge error as not all sub bass is good and in fact some is just dreadful. Here […]

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Making the MOST of your car

Media Oriented Transport Systems (MOST) allow high quality digital audio information to be acquired and used to improve your in car sound

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Strangled Power Kills Car Amplifiers!

Strangled Power Kills Car Amplifiers! – How? – Read on. In a previous blog (http://www.fourmasterscaraudio.co.uk/caraudio/what-watt-is-what-for-car-audio/), we looked at the importance of power rating. We don’t have enough room here for a ground-up review but suffice to say, we were specifically focussing on matching like for like power ratings. We have also blogged about distortion and […]

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Car Speaker Cones

Car Speaker Cones Since the first moving coil speaker was developed in 1924, researchers have spent astounding amounts of time looking to improve its performance. The first principles of speaker design haven’t really changed that much since then; create a motor using a coil of wire sitting in a magnetic field, send electrical impulses through […]

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Distorted Car Audio Signals Aint What They Used To Be

Distorted Car Audio Signals Aint What They Used To Be   Audio distortion can be defined as any attribute which changes an input signal when it is passed through any form of processing, hence the lame joke in the title! If you consider this for a moment it suggests that not all distortion is bad […]

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