Gone are the days when radio-audio systems in your car were tinny-sounding contraptions—we’re talking about sound systems that can power your own little movie theater at home, but are packed into the tiny inner crevices of your car. The technology is so good, it’s like driving around in a magical bubble of your own world.
Fortunately, gone too are the days when high tech car audio systems were found exclusively in shops bearing some luxurious European-sounding company’s name, or in the high-end aisle of your local audio tech store.
No, these days you can get the best audio wholesale, if you’re adventurous enough.
Big name-branded car audio systems are expensive because you pay not only for the branding and quality, but for the numerous little manufacturer-suppliers the big branded company actually relies on to create the different components such as the speakers, console, radio, or clock of their finished product. Often, the big company concentrates its own manufacturing work only on the most central component such as the disc player, or even the old cassette tape player, then adds in the other components manufactured by their suppliers after they’ve passed the big company’s most stringent quality tests.
But what does this mean for a little consumer like yourself?
The little manufacturer-suppliers often make similar components for lesser clients. Sometimes, they sell such components to small-scale audio systems retail shops, who then piece together their own cheaper but nonetheless good car audio system, using a slightly cheaper (but again, still good) central component from a branded tech company.
Sometimes, the little manufacturer-suppliers even have their own retail outlets, selling the same components. Any ordinary consumer can walk in, buy them, purchase a central component somewhere else—then assemble an entire car audio system by himself, for nearly half the price of a similar system completed in-house. If you’ve got the skills to do this yourself and install the resulting audio system into your car, you can save yourself a lot of money by buying all components wholesale.
But what if you don’t have the time or skills for this?
You can still find cheaper car audio systems at wholesale or discounted prices if you hunt for them through the web. It just takes plenty of research and patience.
Look for online shopping or auction sites that offer slightly used or secondhand car audio systems. You can also look for local shops with websites; they often have special online shopping deals or discount sales advertised there, including some car sound systems they’ve assembled on their own. The nice thing about such shops is the deals frequently come with an installation service—come over their shop, and their guys can install the audio system into your car for you.