Updated: Apr 28, 2022
Change Your Listening Experience with Sound Damping at Stereo Depot
Being behind the wheel of your car in California traffic is already stressful enough. The additional, unnecessary noise from the road can be distracting and get in the way of your car stereo listening experience. Luckily, auto accessories and car audio installation can help improve the performance of your car stereo system while minimizing sound clutter. Sound damping materials can diminish rattling, road noise, or any other unwanted sounds as you jam out to your favorite tunes, or savor the peace and quiet as you drive. Vibes are good; vibrations are not.
The Science Behind Vibrations and Sound Damping
Sound damping quiets the extra noise you hear as you drive, from the road or directly from your vehicle. Properly installed damping mats remove vibration energy by reducing the dynamic stresses connected to vibration - that is, they help stop it and absorb sound.
To truly recognize how beneficial sound damping materials are, it’s important to gain an understanding of how vibration works.
Vibration travels at various levels of intensity depending on the material - and in metal, it can be a lot. It then amplifies once the vibration frequency is equal to the frequency of the material. The frequency describes how many cycles a vibrating object makes within a second. When frequency increases, like when you achieve highway speeds, vibrations become louder, more noticeable, and can interrupt your music. Most vehicles have speakers installed within the car’s body panels. However, this isn’t the best way to achieve a high-quality sound. Because the panels are usually very thin, the vibration of them causes an uninvited rattling sound, which can really hinder your listening.
Adding damping materials to your vehicle can modify the resonating frequency, slowing it down, and reduce how the vibration influences your car stereo system. It turns a loud, rattling sound into one that you don’t even notice as you cruise around town.
Benefits of Using Sound Damping Material in Your Vehicle
Sound damping will not only make your music sound crystal clear, but also keep the interior of your vehicle quiet. There are several benefits of installing sound damping material in your car.
Better sound. Sound damping greatly improves the quality of your sound. Think of it as “sealing” your car and trapping the sound inside. It enhances the bass response and increases the output of your car stereo amplifier. The materials used in the process allow your car stereo system to perform at its best.
Reduces road noise. Unfortunately, road noise is everywhere and inevitable. Whether it’s from your tires, exhaust, or engine, it can make its way into your car cabin. It can also affect the sound of your car stereo system, causing you to turn up the volume in an attempt to conquer it. With sound damping, you hear your music in its purest form, without the added squeaks or rattles from your vehicle or roadway. This gives your car stereo amplifier an opportunity to work its magic without any interference.
Regulated insulation. Sound damping gives you a more comfortable ride with more efficient air conditioning and heating performance, too.
A sound damping mat is made with materials that double as thermal insulators, so it’s easier to maintain a comfortable temperature in your car cabin. On chilly days, the added insulation keeps you warm, and in the summer, the mat keeps heat out.
No vibration. The vibration of your car’s body panels can worsen when driving on a bumpy road or while blasting music with your car stereo amplifier. Not only is it annoying, but can be distracting, too. Vibration also can conceal noises your engine is making, which means you may miss a telltale sign something is wrong.
Easy installation. Fortunately, there is no preparation needed for sound damping. Our friendly and skilled installation techs at Stereo Depot can install it for you quickly and get you back on the road. After the material is measured and cut, it’s carefully applied to the inside of the body panels of your car and ready for use, without affecting the aesthetic of your car’s interior or exterior.
Car Audio Installation at Stereo Depot
If you’re looking to revamp your ride, Stereo Depot has you covered. Our professional car audio installation service and numerous auto accessories, like remote starts, wheels and rims, and more, can completely change your driving experience for the better.
When you upgrade your car stereo with us, you’ll get booming bass and the latest technological features, custom-installed in your vehicle so your new equipment looks seamless and natural. At Stereo Depot, we feature the most trusted brands on the market, like Alpine, Kenwood, and Pioneer. Don’t forget to add our MESA MAT damping products to your stereo purchase, so you’re in control of the sound in your ride.