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Tips for Choosing a New Stereo For Your Car or Truck

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

Summer is in full swing which means it is a perfect time to upgrade that car or truck stereo system. Fortunately, the seasons do not determine the quality of sound coming from inside your vehicle, that is up to you and a quality installation job. At Mobile One Auto Sound in New Orleans, our team works year round to bring you the highest quality in products and service, guaranteed. Our three locations throughout Metairie, Covington, or Gretna will help you determine the best car or truck audio system for your budget. But first, you have to know what you want and what you are looking for in an audio upgrade.

Why do you want to upgrade your car or truck stereo system?

Knowing why you want a car or truck audio upgrade is an important step in knowing why you are visiting with our team at Mobile One Auto Sound. Think of it as creating a pro vs. con list, or a shopping list before heading out on a busy summer weekend. Making an informed decision is the best way to help you decide and pinpoint exactly what you are looking for in your next vehicle audio system upgrade. Whether you want an entire overhaul of the audio system, or maybe you are just looking to compliment your existing car or truck audio system with additional speakers, our New Orleans area audio shops are ready to assist every step of the way.

What exactly is the car stereo and its importance?

For many people, having access to music, radio, books, or anything audio while on the road is a huge part of their lives. Whether it is a road trip to a vacation destination or a daily commute to work, the ability to listen to something other than noises from the road can make or break any driving experience. That is where the stereo comes in. The stereo, in any vehicle, is the central point of the entire car or truck audio system. It is the command center, the controller of the auto universe, the entertainment display and so much more. They go by many names- radio, receiver, head unit, stereo- but they all refer to that central point in your dashboard that controls the various aspects of your vehicle’s audio system. A breakdown of this unit shows a complex array of features which control everything from the source- whether that is AM/FM radio, USB or Aux source, satellite radio, etc.- to the volume. The stereo is also the hub for the preamp of fades, tones and equalization of sound to the amp, the actual source of voltage and signal to reach the speakers.

Why should I upgrade to a new stereo system?

One word: Technology. Even as little as a few years ago, the technology for vehicles has improved and expanded tremendously. From the radio-only stereos, to the tape decks, to CDs, the car audio systems have made monumental strides in innovation. In today’s landscape of ever-changing sources for music and functionality, the car stereo systems are expanding to keep up with demands. From MP3 to satellite radio to Bluetooth capabilities, to GPS, the smartphone world has seamlessly integrated with the car or truck audio systems. Not only has this led to improved audio experiences, it has also led to improved safety as states and motor vehicle manufacturers continue to push for a hands-free experience.

How to pick the best stereo for your car or truck?

At Mobile One Auto Sound, customizing your car or truck’s audio system is simple. Our team is located throughout the greater New Orleans area with locations in locations in Covington, Metairie, and Gretna.

Step 1: Decide your price range

While car stereo systems can get ‘up there’ in price depending on the level of sophistication and function, you can easily find one at an accessible price point that suits your daily needs. The first step in finding a stereo is to determine your budget.

Step 2: Determine what you want a new stereo to do

The next step in finding a new car or truck stereo is to determine what you want in that unit. Are you looking to go ‘Mechless’- meaning, are you looking for a simple affordable solution that does away with things like a CD player, yet still integrates your smartphone or the latest technology? Or maybe you are installing more speakers and subwoofers which need to be controlled and provide more power?

Step 3: Forward thinking and expandability

For most people, they really do not want to upgrade their stereo unit every time some new piece of technology comes out. One way to avoid this is to look at the newest models for the latest technology trends and determine if the cost to benefit is aligned. Is there room in the stereo for easy expansion vs. an entire new installation?

Step 4: Functionality

Does the stereo do everything you want and more? And if it does, will that extra level of functionality be utilized and be beneficial to justify a potential greater cost? If you are looking to upgrade the stereo in your vehicle today, there are a few assets to make the upgrade worth your time and money. Those include a Bluetooth-capable system, hands-free friendly functions, HD, USB and Aux ports.

Step 5: Installation

Once you are ready to upgrade and install your new stereo system, we offer flexible purchase options and assistance through Progressive Leasing's lease-to-own program. And our installation team goes beyond offering peace of mind. Our trained experts treat your car like their own and each installation carries a lifetime guarantee that fixes any issues 100% free of charge.

For over 25 years, Mobile One Auto Sound has served audio installation services to the greater New Orleans area from our three locations in Covington, Metairie, and Gretna. Our mission is to get it done right the first time every time and we are committed to providing the best quality in service. Follow us on our Facebook page or over on Instagram to keep up with the latest and greatest in Louisiana audio service installation.

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