Tip & How-To about Toyota Corolla

How to sound proof/increase the qualitly of the music in your car.

Most Car/Audio enthusiast have this problem: how to keep you music in your car while keeping the road noises out. And although it may seem like a complex problem, there are a few simple steps you can take to make your music sound better while keeping more of it in the car.

Now before we get started, I just want to say that every car is different. Each car will have different trouble spots that require different methods of treatment. Some of the accessories that i suggest can be expensive and alternatives that i talk about can be used for smaller price tag.

First, let us talk about sound quality. How would you define the quality of your sound? Most cars will have a standard speaker set that are made of low quality material that tends to distort at high powers. My first suggestion would be to replace your factory speakers. New sets of speakers can start at around $50 at Crutchfield.com and will greatly increase the sound quality of your car. Next, if you have basic upgrade speakers and use them in conjunction with a sub and amp, you may find that your cabin speakers may distort when the volume gets loud. You sub will sound great because it is designed to handle the power, but your cabin speakers may not have been. If you find they are distorting sound, try adding a pair of Bass Blockers. They sell for about $20 per pair. Make sure you find ones that match your speaker size as to provide the perfect bass cut off for best sound. If you want to start throwing out the big bucks and really start pumping the volume, invest in a nice head unit(CD player) and equalizer. A good head unit will have every thing you need to play great music. It will send the sounds to the right speakers so to limit distortion, etc. An equalizer will allow you to create the perfect sound for your taste by allowing you to adjust the decibel slopes for different frequencies.

Second, lets talk about vibrations. One of the worst things to have happen is to invest a large amount of hard earned money into a killer system, then when it is installed, the car rattles like no tomorrow and as a result all of the music is distorted. In cases like this, sound proofing material like Dynamat may be used. Dynamat is a thin rubber like material that bonds to the metal surfaces in your car so that they will not resonate/vibrate. Sound proofing the entire car with Dynamat would end nearly every vibration problem you may have. The only problem is that Dynamat cost on average $10 per square foot or $100 per 10 square feet. I would recommend using a different material. I used a roofing material call Quick Roof which was designed to seal holes in roofs. However, it does a comparable job to Dynamat and only cost about $15 per 10 square feet. That's $75 less than Dynamat. If you decide to sound proof your car, key starting places would be the doors and trunk. If you still have problems after this, try and seek them out by turning up you volume and standing out side of the car. To install Dynamat or Quick Roof, take off all panels until you see the bare metal of the car frame. Measure out the amount of material you will need, then cut peel and stick. Its that simple.

For Car/Audio Enthusiasts, sound quality is a key part in their everyday ride. You can invest hundreds of dollars into a nice system and not have perfect quality. If you have trouble with quality in your car, try some of the tips above. And although every part may not help out in your car, some parts might. Just remember what your goal is and remember that good sound quality is in your reach. Cheers to sick audio system. BrownyMan

Posted by on

Cars & Trucks Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Acceleration after a complete stop Traction engages giving me no power to pull onto the road or busy highway. Also, on the left side a hear a noise, sounds like a shock or spring or something gone bad. Its a horrible noise and seem to be worse in morning when condensation is on the car.

heres what you do..i did this and it worked first try. Take your car and drive it off a loading dock, and make sure your windows are open all the way so you don't break a window. Should do the trick. Keep us posted

Sep 15, 2010 | 2005 Cadillac SRX

1 Answer

volvo 240 dl 1987 .. fuel issue....driving down the road, car

Sounds like you need a fuel pump. There is an access panel in the floor of the car to get to the pump.

Mar 02, 2017 | 1987 Volvo 240

1 Answer

I have a 2005 Denali it rides very bumpy. I seem to feel every bump in the road. Also it has lots of wind noise on the highway. Are there any corrections for these problems.

if there is wind noise it's most like due to your door seals or window seals not fitting properly. your vehicle is only 3 years old so i don't think they are dry rotted so maybe they just aren't sealing good. a good way to take care of this is to wipe them down with mineral oil. this will keep them soft and that way they seal real good to the metal surface. as far as the bumpy ride it would seem that perhaps your shocks or struts are weak they keep the wheels on the road where springs keep the body off the frame and axles. hope this helps please rate this. thanks.

Sep 30, 2008 | GMC Envoy Cars & Trucks

Not finding what you are looking for?

2,024 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Toyota Experts


Level 3 Expert

76109 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22156 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8269 Answers

Are you a Toyota Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions