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Tweeter Car Speakers

Updated on February 1, 2011

A while ago I discussed the basics of car subwoofer speakers and inevitably I came across speaker components and tweeters. Yes, tweeter—not that social media web giant that seems to be taking over everyone’s lives. In this hub we shall discuss the very basics of tweeter car speakers and how it relates to the whole car audio system. This is a hub with very basic concepts, and is aimed more at those wanting to upgrade their stock sound systems. There are also some excellent tweeter product deals at the end so you might want to check them out as well.

What are tweeters?

In the same manner as my previous hub, let us first answer the most basic question. A tweeter is a small or smaller speaker designed only to deliver high frequencies. As with a subwoofer, and any other separate speaker components, a tweeter will not sound good on its own. If you have a decent-enough home theater or audio speaker, you would realize that the whole unit is made from separate speaker components. The smallest speaker, usually located at the topmost, is the tweeter.

A factory tweeter location

A custon tweeter install

Do I need a tweeter in my car?

Most modern factory car systems have separate-style speaker systems. If you have a small speaker on your dashboard, beside your windshield or behind your side mirror (from the inside), chances are that tweeter is paired with another speaker on your door. If this is the case, you already have a tweeter car speaker, or at least, a tweeter location.

If you are simply planning to add a tweeter because your factory setup is not similar to what was described above, you will not end up with a good sound. Factory car speakers are full-range to begin with and adding an addition tweeter will simply double-up on high frequencies. You will end up with too much treble and a sound that is not pleasant or too shrill.

If you insist on adding a tweeter, you would need to consider buying a component speaker set. A speaker set, or separates, can either be two-way or three-way. Two or three-way separates will surely have tweeters in them. I suggest you go this route because tweeters need to be paired correctly with other components—in this case with the midrange and mid bass speaker, and in some cases, even with the subwoofer.

Adding a tweeter speaker in a car

If you have an existing factory tweeter, you at least already have a location and you can simply swap the new tweeter (may require minor modifications) in place of the old one. If you do not have a tweeter car speaker location yet, some fabrication may be required. Or, you opt for the old tweeter-on-dash install—it might not be the best-looking, but at least you can experience what it feels like to have better speaker components.

Apart from location, you would also eventually need to buy an additional amplifier. Although a car speaker component set can be hooked up directly to your radio, it will almost always sound better with an external amplifier. The reason for this is that aftermarket speaker systems usually require more power, and a stock radio is simply not enough.

This might all sound a little too complicated for beginners but bear in mind that a good car audio shop can do this all for you. A good shop owner should be able to recommend good speakers within your budget and something suited to the type of music you listen too. They can also suggest whether to add an amplifier, change your headunit (radio), or even add an additional subwoofer for better sound quality.

Anyway, good luck on your quest and below I have listed some popular car speaker components worth looking at even for advanced car audio enthusiasts.


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