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Car Speaker Buying Guide

A comprehensive car speaker guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy new car speakers

Getting Started

Traveling in your car can be tedious at times. Spice up each and every road trip with incredible car speakers from Abt. Below, you will find a guide that will help you pick out the best speakers for your vehicle.


Full-Range Speakers

Full-range speakers contain all the speaker elements in one single package. It is designed in a way to make it as simple as possible: there is a woofer for your low audio and tweeter mounted to the woofer, giving you the audio highs. Some models will have additional drivers, like midrange or super tweeter, depending on which models you select. If you are replacing factory-installed speakers, you will want to select full-rang speakers for the best option. These come in a variety of sizes, and Abt Electronics can help you select the best ones that will fit your car's existing design.

Component Speakers

Component systems use a superior speaker design to give you the best possible sound. A typical component system includes separate woofers, tweeters, and external crossovers - all of which come designed to work in concert with one other.

In a component system, the tweeter comes separate from the woofer, and you can mount it in a location that provides the best imaging. Your music will sound more realistic, more "live," and have greater depth. The crossover network in a component system comes external to the woofer and tweeter, so higher quality internal components can be used to ensure a sharp delineation between the frequencies sent to the different drivers — that means more realistic sound for the listener. Component systems are generally made of better materials than their full-range counterparts, so they're capable of delivering exceptional dynamics and detailed sound.



Sensitivity measures how much sound a speaker yields from the power applied to it. If you have a low-powered car stereo, like most factory systems, speakers with high sensitivity ratings will make the best match. If you have a high-power system, like that provided by a brand-name receiver or external amplifier, then consider speakers with lower sensitivity ratings. Properly powered, they'll provide excellent sound quality.


Power-handling lets you know how much power (measured in watts) a speaker can handle. If you've got a low-powered system, your can save some money and get a speaker that doesn't handle a ton of power.. On the other hand, a system with powerful external amps will require speakers whose power-handling is close to the output of the amps. This is where you will really get that booming sound and incredible quality. Just make sure your car can handle it all!

Pivoting or Swiveling Tweeters

These types of speakers are a great selection, as it gives you full reign on where to point your speakers. typically, these speakers will be found at the bottom of your door and you can "Aim" the speakers towards you, or the back of your vehicle.

External Crossovers

Some higher-priced, full-range speakers employ external crossovers to achieve clean separation between the frequencies sent to the woofer and tweeter. The woofer and tweeter don't waste energy by trying to reproduce frequencies they're not intended to reproduce. You'll enjoy cleaner, more efficient sound reproduction.

Pivoting or Swiveling Tweeters

If you're replacing speakers low in your door, full-range speakers with pivoting tweeters can have a big effect on your sound. Tweeters produce very directional high-frequencies, so pivoting tweeters can be "aimed" towards the listener for a higher listening experience. Your music will sound more realistic with a greater sense of immersion.

External Crossovers

Some higher-priced, full-range speakers employ external crossovers to achieve clean separation between the frequencies sent to the woofer and tweeter. This means that the woofer and tweeter will not produce unnecessary sounds or distortions which leave you with crisper sounding audio.
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