Not patronising at all, if you want to know about a subject like hi fi ask someone who understands the physics of sound and has experience of what the various sound systems are capable of compared to the original recording or even better who has experience listening to or playing live music. A vehicle interior is just not set up to reproduce anything near a true hi fi sound..Im sorry there is no argument, ask any musician.
But you can improve on the crap that the car manufacturers purchased in bulk at the cheapest possible price to put into their cars, and don’t forget sound pressure levels and reproducing music accurately are the opposite ends of the scale, loudness does not always equate to good sound.
To get decent sound you need each of the components in the chain to be as neutral as possible, in true audio there are no bass and treble controls or equalizers, but because of the nature of a cars interior you will probably need to compromise and tailor the sound with these.
Buy a decent head unit, with highish voltage pre outs to a separate amp, and then replace the stock speakers with at least 2 way component speakers or 3 way if you have the space
from a proper speaker manufacturer like JBL, Infinity, Dynaudio, Focal.
I would concentrate on a CD based system because even though mp3 is convenient, as far as hi fi goes its just a compressed horror. These are just my opinions which I think are valid since ive been in the hi fi industry since 1988 and have installed both high end domestic and studio products along with quite a few custom car installs.
As I say best way to make a decision is listen to the music live in a decent venue and then judge for yourself if the hi fi is good or not, real audiophiles with money can spend telephone numbers trying to recreate this sound in purpose built listening rooms, so trying to do this in a car is really never going to work but you can get something pretty good with a bit of effort and research.
And I agree with r11co, people simply do not understand what true audio can be like, be this in a car or home, music should stir the sole and if you have the opportunity to sit down and really listen to a well designed setup you will never go back to that awful car system or that garbage masquerading as hi fi from comets or argos which is basically a big empty box with the cheapest switched mode power supply and one big chip, and if you think mp3 is the end all of audio please listen to the same track from a decent CD I guarantee you will stamp on your iplayer, and dont think it will cost you a lot of money, go on ebay pick up some seperate audio components from the 80's and 90's from companies like Arcam, Audiolab, Denon, Marantz, Orelle, Kef etc etc and it will destroy that Sony midi system you think is the end game. Sorry for my rant but I know people are spending their hard earned on total crap and it annoys the hell out of me.
Last edited by jossbay; 17-09-12 at 23:33.