Car Audio has always intrigued me and my dream is to one day own my very own Car Audio store but I dont know how to get started with it all, what should i study to learn this all and what should i do? im only 19 so i dont think im too bad off.
If you keep tabs on this forum you will learn a whole lot of stuff. Some other people will have suggestions on books and web site. But you will learn just like i have about the good and bad companies and what to do right. Here is a web site that has so much info its ridiculous. Also, promise me this... When you open up your shop (i know you will someday) Dont, i repeat dont carry Audiobahn products. Also dont carry anything Sony except for Head Units, because some of them are pretty good. http://www.bcae1.com/
i think you have to be Chaldean with a lexus to have a car audio store, or thats how it is here in michigan. and the sorry thing is, they carry ever worst brand name product and says its the best. i hate it, the only good for wire and maybe box carpet!
yeah good audio stores are hard to find thats why i want to learn this stuff, what would be the easiest way to know everything? by trying to work at an audio store or studying it at school, any ideas from all you car people?
I dont plan on owning a shop, but Im taking a lot of materials mechanics classes with my major, and i have a couple electronics classes coming up soon. Then i'll understand those damn ohm's and sh1t inside out.
Theres a lot of good info out here on the net anyways.
Acoustics is something to get a minor understanding of as well. A lot of that ties in with Physics, though. Experience is the best teacher, if you can install for a shop or simply work for a shop, you'll get experiences that will teach you more than most books can offer, simply because you're applying it. Trial and error helps. Trusting your ears on an install is a big factor, of course equipment like oscilloscopes, RTAs, etc. help you to start, the most important thing about installing speakers is to play around with locations and ideas until you get the results you're after. Owning a shop you'll need more business experience than anything, very few shop owners do install work and repairs, owners usually manage payroll, keep track of expenses, hiring, etc. I'm not trying to be a downer, but it's not always as glamorous as it seems, also remember that there is a big difference between a hobby and a job. Once you add financial pressure, deadlines, etc., sometimes the fun part can get sucked straight out of it. Same as an installer, it'll be very rare that you're working on a competition style show car, more often than not you'll be replacing a couple of factory speakers for a guy that doesn't know what clipping is. If you're looking for more of an install and repair training, working as an installer and getting MECP certification is a big plus.
there ya go. automotive mechanics (WyoTech? heh) physics electrical engineering possibly mech eng too and of course, acoustic eng.
master all of those topics and you're in good shape! You can then proceed to a job with Sony, building cheap amplifiers that fail easily to get people to buy more of them.. oh wait, no then you need to study marketing, too.