Sooner or later, every car audio system experiences a malfunction of some kind. It could be the result of something fairly trivial like a loose ground wire. Or it could be something more serious like a blown car speaker. You have two options at this point. You could also have a look into upgrading your cars sound system and get a brand-new speaker. But why just do this? Why not go all the way and get a subwoofer too? It’s a great combination and it’ll give you the best audio sound! Check it out here for more information.

If you think you’ve got a blown car speaker on your hands, look for the following tell-tale signs when diagnosing the problem. a8e22c43a3c0df76136ed9b5ebfb8354faceec8c12a2ad409f224cdb6d13ba0f

Distortion at Moderate Volumes

The unmistakable hiss or “fuzz” that comes from a partially blown speaker is tough to miss once you know what to listen for. It should be fairly obvious that something is amiss if increasing volume leads to ever greater levels of distortion from your car speakers. Fuzzy speakers are usually the result of damaged or loose voice coils. Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 10.35.14 AM

System Range Is Incomplete

Bad speakers under-perform for a variety of reasons. Unless the voice coil has become detached from the cone, you’ll still get some audio though it will be incomplete. For instance, a lack of high frequencies or bass is a surefire sign that your speakers are at least partially blown and need to be looked at. DSC_0345_zps12e04551

There’s No Vibration

As we all know, speakers create sound through vibration. If you touch the front of your speakers and don’t feel any vibration, the cone isn’t receiving any power. This could be the result of a wiring problem or a malfunctioning component farther back. In either case, you’ll need to crack your speakers open to solve the problem. blown-speaker-voice-coil-300x225

Audible Rattling and Popping

Besides classic fuzz and distortion, there are other clear-cut audible signals that point to major problems. For instance, nothing but rattling coming from your woofers indicates a fully blown speaker. Likewise, a popping sound generally means that your tweeters are finished. Fortunately, these problems can be easily fixed if you know what you’re doing.

Impedance Is Infinite

One of the easiest ways to diagnose a speaker’s performance issues is by testing out it’s electrical response. With a standard multi-meter, you can quickly determine whether or not your voice coil or cone is busted. If your speaker is completely blown, observed impedance will be essentially infinite. 0004217303300_500X500

Blown Speaker Damage Control

When audio system problems occur, many automatically assume the worst. The truth is that these issues can be fixed rather easily. If you observe any of the mentioned symptoms, consult Joe’s Stereo for an assessment. We’ll quickly tell you what’s wrong with your speakers and how we can help.