Top 10 Car Audio Brands

6. February, 2012 Car Audio 1 comment

TOP 10 LIST: CAR AUDIO BRANDS- Here are the top 10 car audio brands.  These guys have a track record for excellent products that are highly consumer minded. In no particular order:

1: Kicker, Long held in high regard in the car audio world Kicker has been around since 1980 – when the original KICKER full range box was designed.  Since then the company has created high quality amplifiers – subwoofers (most iconic the square shaped L7) – signal processing (crossovers, etc) – accessories (wiring, etc) – and coaxial speakers/full range component systems. Kicker has even branched into home/marine/and portable markets.  Whatever Kicker puts its name on – you know it will be a quality product!

2: Sundown Audio, Making big waves in the competition circuit in recent years – Sundown Audio has a line of subwoofers and amplifiers that offer extreme performance in even the most demanding conditions. From the E to the NS series, Sundown fills the woofer needs of entry level to world champion. – the same goes for the amps – with the saz-3500d providing the greatest power output of the line @ a whopping 3500 watts @ 1 ohm mono.

3: Alpine, Offering a full line of car audio and marine solutions, Alpine may be most well known for its excellent Head Unit offerings.  As the OEM has offered more, Alpine has continuously stayed ahead of the curve in terms of features and functionality.  Before it was a dealer option, Alpine had navigation units built into its high end source units. Aside from all in one entertainment systems Alpine offers a full line of car audio products including the venerable Type R line of subwoofers.  Excellent amplification and crystal clear component sets are just a few of the things Alpine offers

4:  JL Audio, Another company that has now expanded from car audio into the marine and home audio arena is JL audio.  Gaining a strong following for its top notch build and sound quality – JL audio products are excellent. The benchmark w7 line of subwoofers, the innovative flagship HD line of amplifiers, and the “sounds like I’m at the concert” ZR series component speakers.  The name JL Audio speaks quality – it is absolutely one of the top 10 car audio brands.

5:  Digital Designs, While DD has branched into personal and home audio – they are most well known for the world class competition quality woofers and amps they produce.  Go to a world finals competition – you will be seeing Digital Designs woofers and amps in the SPL victory lanes.  One of the most (if not THE most) decorated car audio companies is DD.  This equipment sets world records, and will continue to set world records. The Z series woofers look like they came from the crashed alien spacecraft at Roswell – SERIOUS engineering!  The m4a amp is said to put out 7000+ watts.  When you see DD in the SPL lanes you better be ready!

6:  Pioneer, Another company known for its full line of car audio products – Pioneer has an expansive line of car, home, portable, pro, and computer audio.  Pioneer now has the APPRADIO 2 (App Radio) which connects to your Iphone/Android and allows you to control your apps from your in dash head unit!  Pioneer also offers the high end Stage 4 line of reference quality products. From the smallest budget to the “anything goes” budget, the Pioneer brand can fulfill your needs.

7:  Kenwood has everything a car audio enthusiast could desire.  From the integration convenience of the Carportal system to your basic cd player head unit with mp3/bluetooth to the full blown navigation and entertainment system.  Kenwood also offers a full line of Home Audio products. If you go Kenwood – go Excelon.  The products are well designed and offer great features for the buck.

8:  MTX THUNDER!,  MTX makes amps/subs/speakers/and enclosures for the car audio enthusiast.  You’ve got the beastly jackhammer – the 24″ version having a 56.25lb *magnet*!!!  All the way to the flat 1.75″ deep 12″ FPR woofer that can fit in all sorts of creative places (subs in your doors!?!?).  MTX amps are no slouch either, the big boy being the 4000W x 1 TE4001D. The line of speakers is top notch as well – headlined by the Thunder Axe series Component set.  They’ve got marine and home audio too if that’s what ya need.  Whatever it is, MTX stuff is good stuff.

9:  Rockford Fosgate, Starting to show up in the OEM (Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and even Tesla), Fosgate makes some seriously good equipment.  The enigmatic Punch line of subwoofers and amps has been rattling trunks since before everyone had a cell phone (a land before time, yes).  The newer prime line brings Fosgate quality to the value market. The power line has a home in the most demanding applications – be it pure bang or sweet SQ.  Fosgate stuff serves the entry and the top just as well.

10:  Any combination you so choose!!!! With so many brands available, its possible to find *precisely* what you are looking for.  Rarely does any one company serve “all” of your car audio needs – but there is no doubt a combination of this company’s X and that company’s Y will get that Z result your looking for. The best brand is really the one that *your ears* choose!  This list should help set you on your path – but ultimately you must choose what sounds best to you.  Each speaker has its own sonic signature – each head unit its own unique feature set.  This is true within the same brand just as well as between the various car audio companies. So go to your car audio shops and look for your AtrendUSA products – your car audio competitions – watch youtube – get informed and make the best decision you possibly can to fulfill your needs. –

Anthony Potts

Senior Editor-

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  1. 2 / 9 / 2012 8:52 pm

    Just curious on how Atrend was mentioned at the bottom. Thanks for mentioning us!

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