Whether you are fitting four new speakers, or just adding an extra pair to your existing system, the choice is vast. Below are some old speakers and fader controls from Pioneer. A TS-VX700 is a surface-mounted wedge-type rear speaker. B TS-R800 mounts into the rear parcel shelf. C TS-X30 is a surface-mounted rear speaker. D TS-1612 flush-mounted speaker for use in front or rear locations. E AD-940 fader control. F UD-780A fader control.
The standard twin-speaker car stereo system has one obvious drawback. If you mount the speakers on the rear shelf, to hear the sound clearly you often have to turn up the volume to a level that is too loud for the rear seat passengers.
Conversely, if the speakers are fitted at the front of the car – and they are usually low down in the door panels – the sound in the back can be muffled by the seats.
The solution to this problem is to fit a four-speaker system, with two speakers mounted in the front and two in the rear.
For the front of the car you will probably find that the door panels are the best, if not the only, location available, though some cars have speaker positions built into each side of the dash.
In the rear of the car you can again mount the speakers in the doors (or the side panels on a two-door car), or on or under the parcel shelf.
There is a huge variety of speakers to choose from – in general you should buy the best quality speakers you can afford.
Make sure that the speakers you buy are capable of handling the power output of your radio-cassette or graphic equalizer – if you have a 30 watts per channel unit, the speakers must be capable of handling at least that amount and preferably a little more. But don’t put 100 watt speakers on a 10 watt radio-cassette – the amplifier won’t have the power to drive the speakers cleanly, and the sound will be muffled and distorted.
Finally, if your radio-cassette or graphic equalizer isn’t specially designed to run four speakers, you will need to fit a front-to-rear fader control.
This unit allows you to control the balance between the front and rear pairs of speakers.