Whether you have a brand-new Toyota Tacoma or an older model, you may want to adjust its audio system. The quality of the sound system, speakers, and other audio components is crucial in any truck, especially when you take long road trips or overlanding adventures. Here are four tips for tuning your Toyota Tacoma’s audio system for optimal sound quality.
Start With Your Speakers
Check your truck’s speakers and speaker phase when tuning up your audio system, even if a professional installed the system. Speakers should move in the same direction at the same time for optimal sound quality, meaning they are in-phase. To check the phase of your speakers, you can play bass-heavy music and adjust the stereo’s balance control to one side. If you don’t hear any change in the levels, your speakers could be out of phase. You’ll need to swap the positive and negative speaker wires to adjust the phase.
Adjust the Audio Levels
When tuning your vehicle, play music you’re familiar with and adjust the audio levels until you hit the sweet spots you’re looking for. For example, set all your audio levels on your control panel or equalizer to zero. Then, turn up a familiar song and adjust the audio until you’re happy with how it sounds. Queue up a bass-heavy song that will test your subwoofer’s quality and determine if it meets your sound system preferences.
Install Custom Speakers
After adjusting your audio system, consider installing custom speakers if the sound or bass still seems dull. Speaker upgrades are easy to install from the comfort of your own home garage. Some factory-installed audio parts feature small speakers, which can make music sound weak or soft. If you’re looking for extra power at the front of your vehicle, install tweeters to provide more sound to the driver and passenger seats. You can also find speaker bundles to upgrade the sound system throughout your Tacoma.
Install an Amplifier
If you still have issues with weak audio or bass after various upgrades and adjustments, you can install an amplifier (or “amp”). The amp improves a stereo system by adding power to the subwoofer. Depending on the complexity of your audio system, you can choose how many channels you want for your amplifier. For example, a single-channel amp can power your subwoofer or a speaker, while two channels can power both.
Now that you know these four tips for tuning your Toyota Tacoma’s audio system, you can decide whether your vehicle needs upgrades. If you’re looking for a Tacoma shop to start sourcing your new audio upgrades, you’ve come to the right place! Trail Grid Pro provides plug-and-play speakers for Tacoma trucks and many other models.