Component Speakers vs Coaxial Speakers.

Whether you are out with your family alone or are going for a road trip on your own, we can agree on the fact that music is one of the best companions you can have. Despite there being hundreds of brands out there, getting the best is no easy task which is why you are probably reading this right now.

If you are considering to get an upgrade to the current speaker system of your vehicle, a quick search on the internet will narrow down your options to getting either component or coaxial speakers.

In this section, we’ll be having a look at why or not you should go for either the component speaker system or the coaxial speaker system.

Let’s get to it then, shall we?

This is basically what everyone would go for if you want a quick upgrade or replacement. Coaxial speakers, whether aftermarket or factory installed have the woofer and the tweeters operated by one driver. This simply means that you get the sound coming out from one opening.

The main reason as to why you’d go for the coaxial speakers is that they are designed to perfectly replace the factory installed speakers. The most interesting part is that you can simply do this on your own since both the tweeter and the woofer are mounted on a single chassis.

Component speaker system

If you ask anyone who's an expert when it comes to the component speaker systems, one thing that they'll admit to is that it can be quite a hassle to have them in place at first. Once you do, however, the music experience you get from it is almost flawless.

You’ll be needing tweeters, crossover and the woofer. It can be quite hard to install them especially if you are doing it for the first time but once you get it right, the time will definitely be worth it.

Which is the better option?

What if you took the best set of coaxial speakers and rivaled them against a set of coaxial speakers? Well, the secret here lies in how much detail we’re going to take into account when it comes to both cases.

The component speaker systems work in such a way that the sound waves are isolated; the high frequencies simply go to the tweeters and the lows which will be the bass go to the woofer. Basically, the advantage component speakers have over the coaxial ones is that the sound isolation is the best.

Whereas the coaxial or rather the full range speakers can easily be set up in the doors in place of your stock installed speakers in a jiffy, the sound, unfortunately, won't be as good.

On the other hand, as much as the sound quality won't be as good, you need to take other factors into consideration such as your taste in music and the amount of money you are willing to spend on the speakers.

Which music genre do you prefer?

This is entirely a matter of personal taste. Whereas you may really love salsa and reggaeton, someone else may prefer rock or metal. Shining our spotlight on music genre, some music genres such as rock and blues may sound better coming from a set of full-range speakers that are carefully and perfectly engineered.

On the other hand, if you want that concert or lifelike experience, then you’d better get yourself a set of component speakers. It simply depends on how you set everything up. Most preferably, the tweeters should be within your ear range (neither too high nor too low).

If they are too high, then you’ll be hearing most of the lows and so little of the highs and the sound will be unidirectional. On the other hand, if the tweeters are too high, you’ll hear a lot of highs and they won’t blend with the lows perfectly hence you may end up with a headache.

The crossover, on the other hand, can simply be installed on your dashboard. You can simply be able to set it up from here.

How much are you willing to spend?

Besides the music genre, you need to consider how deep your pockets are. As much as you may assume that component speaker system will cost you more as compared to full range speakers, it is not always the case. It depends on the material construction and how many tweaks are made to either.

Full range speakers

Full range speakers may, for instance, have a mid-range driver added to the two tweeters and the woofer which gives a better sound quality than what we're used to. This, as a matter of fact, may be better than some component speakers. On the other hand, you’ll be spending more on them.

The material construction on the full range speakers does differ as well. Whereas some have a rubber surround, for instance, others have a foam surround. The difference goes for the cone, the basket, the coil, etc. as well as the tweeter material construction.

If you're all about making sure that your vehicle gets to its maximum potential, then you should be ready to spend more on it as well.

Coaxial speaker system.

Compared side to side with the full range speakers, coaxial speakers have a much better sound quality owing to the fact that the tweeters and woofer are handled by separate drivers. Other than this, there is also the crossover which makes the whole speaker system more expensive.

Just as it is the case in full range speakers, component speakers are also priced depending on the quality of the materials used in their construction.

Advantages of coaxial speakers

  • Easier to install.
  • They come at a low price

Disadvantages of coaxial speakers

  • The sound quality and clarity is compromised.

Advantages of component speakers

  • Better sound quality and experience.
  • There is easier customization with the crossover.

Disadvantages of component speakers

  • They are more expensive

Final Verdict

Having had a look at either case, all that can be said is that both the full range and the component speakers have their own ups and downs. Besides the quality of the materials used, this too should be taken into consideration when shopping for a speaker system for your car.

Before you take into account the brand or the price, first of all, pay attention to the little details- the only guaranteed way to get the best.


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