What’s up internet!! we see you are searching for the best car audio brands and we can assure you before our guide you were not able to find a detailed guide like ours talking about some of the best car audio brands in 2017.
Something we need to demonstrate is that this guide is not by any way the ultimate guide. there is a lot of brands we didn’t highlight like Kenwood and Lanzar and the brands we picked are just our personal opinion and the brands.
so, if you have a brands that you see they should be on the list please don’t hesitate to contact us and alert us with these brands.
25 of the best car audio brands in 2017
1- Hertz Audio:
Hertz brand was launched at 1998 and since that they did not stop innovating and creating car audio products that people really enjoy.
the real competitor in our eye for Hertz is Focal because they both create premium audio parts and charge a premium price but the one advantage that Hertz has is that they do Audio products for just vehicles different from Focal who are now an empire to anything related to audio products.
the one thing we need to say is that you can’t go wrong with Hertz because they are amazing, care about details and sound experience and also they invent a lot of new stuff like RMA (Removable Moving Assembly), RHFC Rotary High-Frequency Contour, and V-CONE.
our rating for Hertz is 8/10
2- Rockford Fosgate
Rockford Fosgate was founded in 1973 and since that time they have started to develop PREMIUM products that everyone falls in love with. a word of truth we need to say is that Rockford Fosgate is the most premium-looking brand we have seen since we started reviewing car audio systems.
they develop products that are completely fascinating. when it comes to amps, man, you can’t ignore Rockford Fosgate, they rock there with their cute amplifiers beating most of the other amplifiers. Luckily, we found a thread in Caraudioforum.com talking about the history of Rockford Fosgate and how the changed a lot in the car sound system industry. check the forum out.
our rating for Rockford Fosgate is 8/10
3- Skar Audio
Skar audio was Founded in early 2012 so, they are not in the market since a lot of time, but don’t let this trick you because since they started they have done awesome job going out there and telling every other brand that they are younger and could be STRONGER. they have a variety of product in a lot of categories but we really love their Subwoofers and amplifiers. products like the Skar Audio EVL and the Skar Audio RP-1500.1D Monoblock amplifier were born so they get loved
our rating for Skar is 8/10
Alpine was founded in 1978, the company is known for their perfect stereos that support mobile compatibility and navigation. also, they are known for being the choice for a lot of car manufacturers to be their default head unit because of the high-quality products they provide. Alpine has a variety of car audio products like Coaxial Speakers, Amplifiers, Receivers and car satellite equipment. Alpine is a very reasonable company who develops good car audio products, they have remarkable audio products in each category like the Alpine CDE-164BT and Alpine SPR-60C. you can go with Alpine if you want OEM replacement for speakers or want a reliable head unit because they have a lot of experience with such products.
our rating for Alpine is going to be 7/10.
this is based on nothing but our preference and how Alpine perform in its category with other brands.
5- American Bass
Although they do not have a lot of presence online and you will search for some time to find info about any of their products they are so good.
American bass is another car audio brand who cares about making products that makes you loyal to them while loving the value you get from their car audio system products.
as a matter of fact, we did like how the subs from American bass perform we did not like their designs, nothing special or attractive in it. Some of the most remarkable American Bass products are their HD series and their XFL series for our rating,
we would give American bass 7/10
if you have good or bad experience with American Bass share it with us, please.
6- Boss Audio
Boss was founded in 1987 and they are close to having 400 car audio products selling in more than 130 countries.
we really love Boss with their variety and products integration, Boss has a remarkable product in every category in the car sound system atmosphere and they are working to assure that what you get is something worth buying.
Boss rocks in the head units niche with products like the BOSS 616UAB and also in the amplifiers niche with products like the BOSS AR1500M as a monoblock amplifier best seller in Amazon and the BOSS RGT600
our rating for Boss is 7.5/10
Bazooka is part of a company called Southern Audio Services “SAS” opened for business in November 1983 but they actually started developing Bazooka since 1985 and since then they did an awesome job with their Bass Tube.
SAS has been named one of America’s 500 fastest growing companies, primarily because of sales of the Bazooka subwoofer speaker system. when it comes to Bazooka and bass tubes you could find a variety of bass tubes for cars, boats and also for off-road vehicles.
our rating for Bazooka is 8/10 in its category
Clarion started as a Wireless Electric Company at 1940 and they developed the brand over the time to be one of the best car audio brands out there. Clarion works with a lot of brands like Suzuki and Subaru to provide their OEM.
Actually, we found Clarion as a very successful B2B company with some product that people like but not a company you could recommend for a specific category like shallow mount subwoofers or coaxial speakers.
we give Clarion a 6.5/10 rating because we didn’t find anything that is truly unique about them but don’t let this hold you back because Clarion has some top notch products like Clarion SRG6953R and Clarion EQS746
9- CT Sounds
CT sounds is one brand you can’t ignore once you know it exists. they are young and not so big but damn it they build beautiful car audio products. You know when you see a brand and another brand as their identical twin and when we saw CT sounds we actually remembered Sundown and if you read our reviews you know we are big fans of Sundown products.
CT sounds make very good speakers but it shines as a hero when it comes to Subwoofers and Amplifiers. they have a lot of popular car audio products like the CT Sounds Meso coaxial speaker and the CT Sounds AT-125.4 amplifier. our rating for CT Sounds would be 7.5/10, the fact that they are a new brand with this quality and passion for making ultimate speakers and subwoofers making them something big in a short time
10- Dayton Audio
Dayton Audio is a brand specializes in developing not just car audio parts but also home audio parts. they got a team of prolific designers out there and they are doing good business there. Actually, there is nothing unique we found about Dayton Audio but their pricing. they are so reasonable about their audio products.
if you are on a budget or trying to get a decent audio product without breaking your bank account go with Dayton.
our rating for Dayton Audio is 6/10, they are not bad and also they are not freaking good so 6 is decent for us.
11- Focal Audio
Focal is a French company that makes high-quality audio products. from home audio to car audio they rock. Focal, a brand you can’t do anything with it but to love it. we reviewed a lot of Focal speakers before and yea we know that they are pricey and charge a premium price for their audio products but boy, they are amazing.
you call something that makes an audio company a good company and you will find them doing it. Focal are creative with a lot of inventions like the Polyglass Cone, Aluminum / Magnesium Tweeter, “W” Composite Sandwich Cone and a lot of other inventions that take Focal from the crowd. a metaphor for Focal could be that they are Apple in the Audio Market.
Focal has a lot of Awesome products but we would like to highlight Focal K2 Power and Focal Access 165A1 our rating for Focal Audio is 8/10
12- Hertz Audio
Hertz brand was launched at 1998 and since that they did not stop innovating and creating car audio products that people really enjoy.
the real competitor in our eye for Hertz is Focal because they both create premium audio parts and charge a premium price but the one advantage that Hertz has is that they do Audio products for just vehicles different from Focal who are now an empire to anything related to audio products. the one thing we need to say is that you can’t go wrong with Hertz because they are amazing, care about details and sound experience and also they invent a lot of new stuff like RMA (Removable Moving Assembly), RHFC Rotary High-Frequency Contour, and V-CONE.
because we really like them. our rating for Hertz is 8/10
13- Image Dynamics
we searched the web to find interesting info about Image Dynamics but it seems like we can’t find any.
we will give Image Dynamics 7/10 rating.
Infinity Systems is an American manufacturer of loudspeakers founded in 1968 and since 1983, Infinity has been part of the Harman International Industries group which is Samsung company. we love Infinity, they do audio business since a lot of time and they operate in both home audio and car audio businesses.
the one thing we like about Infinity is their designs sure Besides the high-quality sound output you get from them because it is something every customer bought an infinity speaker said but we really like their designs.
Infinity rock within the speaker’s category when it comes to car audio system but they didn’t impress us in other categories. popular speakers from Infinity that we recommend you to check are the Infinity Kappa 60.11CS and the Infinity Primus 6 component speakers
our rating to Infinity audio is 7.5/10
JBL is truly an innovative company and it is part of Harman corporate. what is awesome about JBL is their variety of products. you go anywhere probably you will see a JBL product somewhere with someone.
we placed JBL somewhere between Infinity and Rockford Fosgate, we do not have an obvious reason for that but it seems like it competes directly with both of them. our rating for JBL is 7/10
The kicker is the most popular and decent brand on our list Today. they are just amazing, I mean look at them and what they have achieved since 1973 and you will find a lot of super successful mobile audio products and a lot of inventions and patents that made them truly pioneers (not the brand) in the mobile audio field.
You can’t go wrong with Kicker, whatever you pick it will give you decent value for the money. Kicker products we really love include: Kicker Hideaway (we got a phenomenal review for it) and Kicker DS693 speakers
our rating for Kicker is 8.5/10
MTX is probably the second famous car audio brand on our list. founded in 1979, MTX is making every kind of mobile audio you can ask for with a variety of options and variations.
one of the most iconic series for MTX is the MTX Terminator series. it actually rocks and they put in it a lot of effort to make it look the way it looks today.
our rating for MTX is 7/10
Orion is a car audio focused company that you can’t ignore their red colored subwoofers when you see them. they have a lot of product lines like HCCA, Wired, and Ztreet. they are a good brand but not as good as the competition.
our rating for Orion is 6.5/10
Pioneer is a multinational Japanese brand that was founded in 1938. Pioneer is one famous brand in the sound entertainment atmosphere that you can’t ignore and probably you have owned one of their home or car audio products before.
they have a lot of cool products in every line, in subwoofers, speakers, and head units you will find a product from pioneer competing in the category with a lot of popularity.
our rating for Pioneer is 7.5/10
Powerbass is a very reasonable company that makes reasonable car audio products since 2001 and they are pretty successful in doing so. moving from Amazon and Crutchfield to
moving from Amazon and Crutchfield to DIY mobile audio forum and car audio forum we didn’t find anything special about Powerbass. yup, they are decent brands with decent products.
our rating for Powerbass is 6.5/10
“Well built products designed to handle whatever you want to throw at them.” is what Sundown are saying on their site.
if you read any of our reviews you probably know that we love sundown, they are a very prolific brand out there, you can see who amazing they are within the design of their subwoofers and then hear their effort in developing their products once you turn on your car sound system.
our rating for Sundown is 8.5/10
Dynamat is a Sound Deadener company established in 1989 and since then they are one of the most successful Sound Deadener companies in the US.
they have a lot of products like Dynamat Extreme that found its way in solving noise problems in the cars.
our rating for Dynamat is 7/10
Mpow is one of these companies that have succeeded in developing gadgets and accessories with every new tech invention.
they are making Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth adapters and a variety of other products that depend on people going tech oriented. Mpow developed a lot of cool gadgets to work with modern head units like Streambot
our rating for Mpow is 7.5/10
Anker was founded in 2009 with the main focus on creating high-quality cables and other beautiful gadgets that last with you.
try to destroy Anker cables and believe me you gonna fail. Anker then created products related more to the mobility ecosystem like the SoundSync to make us understand more their philosophy. actually, their store is rocking on Amazon with a Direct competition with Ivanky and it is hard to pick between them but we actually preferred Anker
our rating for Anker is 8.5/10
Ivanky is a brand that rocks with its AUX cables and adapters.
when you buy a $10 product it’s quite time-consuming to give it an online review but with Ivanky people are throwing reviews like a charm with more than 2000 reviews for a lot of their products on Amazon.
there is not a lot to be said about Ivanky. they are just awesome.
our rating for Ivanky is 8/10
We knew about Jensen when we reviewed the Jensen VX7020 Double Din head unit. it is a touch screen one and it is awesome you can check the customer reviews on Amazon with more than 700 customers bought the Jensen VX7020.
Actually, Jensen has a little bit of history because it is a consumer electronics brand with a history that dates back to 1915 with Peter L. Jensen’s invention of the first loudspeaker. and they are growing ever since. Jensen has products in every category when it comes to car audio but we really like their line of head units and the other lines are also good but they don’t rock.
our rating for Jensen Mobile is 7/10