Sweet Sounds in Mankato has been adding subs and bass to factory stereo systems since our founding in 1993. If you have ever been at a live concert and felt like you were being immersed in the music, it was the bass. Real, accurate, tight bass makes music come alive. As you turn up your stereo system, you can feel it in your chest. We have found the bass to be the single biggest improvement you can make to the stereo system that came in your car, truck or SUV.
Unfortunately, many shops don’t know how to add bass to a factory stereo system properly or they offer inferior products that don’t perform well.
We Never Use the High-level Inputs on an Amplifier
First and foremost, many reasonably priced amplifiers come with a high-level input plug that is supposed to allow you to integrate directly with a stock stereo system without an adapter. Sadly, these “integrated” interfaces don’t work well, often injecting noise into the system. Even when they work without noise, some of the low-end bass is compromised, and isn’t solving that why you wanted an amplifier in the first place?
Line Output Converters
When we are building a reasonably priced subwoofer system, we often use what is known as a line output converter. We aren’t using a low-dollar product, since that would put our client right back with the same quality as the high-level input plugs mentioned above. Our products are the best-performing ones on the market, and are available in multiple configurations, including a model with a remote bass level control.
Bass Rolloff and Why It Matters
In recent years, more and more vehicle manufacturers have begun adding bass rolloff circuits to their audio systems. These are equalization curves that get added into the music as the volume increases and progressively lower the amount of bass in the stereo system. GM was one of the first companies to do it.
You may have noticed how you can turn up the volume on many of their stereo systems and never hear the music break up. Why do they do it? To lower their warranty claims, since it is harder to break anything in the stereo during your warranty period. When you add bass to your stock stereo system, the bass will start to increase with the volume and then start decreasing even as your front and rear speakers continue to get louder.
Fortunately, Sweet Sounds has the solution.
AudioControl to the Rescue for Subs and Bass
We are pleased to have AudioControl as our business partner, since their American-made products solve many problems for our clients. Their LC-2i model has a patented circuitry called “Accubass” that, when tuned properly, can add the bass back into your music that the factory is trying to eliminate. It also includes the best-sounding line output converter we have ever used. Should you want to upgrade your whole system, their LC-7i model can handle bass and your full range speakers.
Get an Audio Consultation
The next step in getting subs and bass for your factory system is a visit to Sweet Sounds. One of our team will look over your vehicle, get to know you better and offer you a complete solution tailored to your unique needs. Let us show you why more people choose us for their audio upgrades, year after year.
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