Whether going on a road trip or making your daily commute, listening to music, a podcast or an audio book can make the ride more pleasurable. Now, thanks to technology, it’s easy to create concert-quality sound in your car without having to shop around for new speakers. With some nifty plug-and-play gadgets and apps, there are several affordable ways to get a sound boost in the cabin.
Equalizer apps can sonically enhance audio files that are stored on smartphones, especially iOS and Android devices. Some allow you to manually adjust levels, while others can trigger an effect with a simple tap. If you have never used one before, you may be surprised by how much cleaner a song sounds. Popular apps include Radsone, EQ 10 and Music Volume EQ.
Using a DAC
A portable digital-to-analog converter, or DAC, takes the files that play off your smartphone (or any portable music player) and translate them into analog signals for improved audio quality and higher volume without sacrificing clarity, range or depth.
These now come in pocket-sized varieties, and while they have internal batteries that need to be recharged, they can be used with almost any device. Both ends will connect through standard 3.5mm jacks, like those used for headphones. This way, you can improve the sound in the car even if you don’t have a built-in USB port. It also doesn’t matter if the music is stored on the device or streaming from an app; a DAC treats all audio the same way.
Dampen those Doors
Speakers in doors can sometimes lead to vibrations that affect the resonance of the audio you’re playing, so dampening that effect can pay some big dividends. There are a number of manufacturers that make mats to cover the inside of your doors specifically for this purpose. They are designed for an easy DIY peel-and-stick installation, but if you’re not so inclined, you do have the option of going to a car audio installer and having the professionals there take care of it.
Got a rockin’ sound system in your car? Talk to a GEICO insurance agent at 1-800-947-AUTO (2886) to make sure these and any other customizations are included in your car insurance policy.
Need ideas for a road trip playlist? Check out Road Tunes: Your Ultimate Road Trip Soundtrack.
By Ted Kritsonis