Mid Range & Mid Bass

Another intergral part of your car stereo system is your front stage.  After market speakers provide more clarity and power than stock. A quality car stereo system will have clarity in all ranges not just bass.

Depending on your ohm load and other factors such as space there are a variety of mid speakers including shallow mount, woofers and multiple ohm options such as 8ohm or 4ohm.  Different speakers are designed to play a specific bandwidth of frequencies.  

Thus the main difference between a mid range speaker versus a mid bass speaker will be the frenquency range they are designed to play.  This means some builds may include horns, tweeters, mid range, mid bass and subwoofers for optimal sound quality.

A mid-range speaker is a loudspeaker driver that reproduces sound in the frequency range from 250 to 2000 Hz. It is also known as a squawker. Mid-range drivers are usually cone types or, less commonly, dome types, or compression horn drivers. The radiating diaphragm of a cone mid-range unit is a truncated cone, with a voice coil attached at the neck, along with the spider portion of the suspension, and with the cone surround at the wide end. Cone mid-range drivers typically resemble small woofers. The most common material used for mid-range cones is paper, occasionally impregnated and/or surface-treated with polymers or resins in order to improve vibrational damping.

Other mid-range cone materials include plastics such as polypropylene, Cobex, Bextrene, woven Kevlar, fiberglass, carbon fiber, or light metal alloys based on aluminium, magnesium, titanium, or other alloys. The radiating surface of a dome mid-range is typically a 90-degree section of a sphere, made from cloth, metal, or plastic film, with its suspension and voice coil co-located at the outer edge of the dome. Most professional concert mid-range drivers are compression drivers coupled to horns. A very few mid-ranges are electrostatic drivers, planar magnetic drivers, or ribbon drivers.

A mid-range driver is called upon to handle the most significant part of the audible sound spectrum, the region where the most fundamentals emitted by musical instruments and, most importantly, the human voice, lie. This region contains most sounds which are the most familiar to the human ear, and where discrepancies from faithful reproduction are most easily observed. It is therefore paramount that a mid-range driver of good quality be capable of low-distortion reproduction.

For best results, add an amplifier such as 4 channel to your front stage of your car audio system, for highs and mids.  Just like subwoofers,  the output of your amp should not be too much or too little to drive your speakers.  There are also componant sets that include a built in crossovers for tuning.

Find the right balance between quality and budget.  Buying products that are cheap and not quality could result in replacement and expenses in the future.  Best Practice is to start right and not have to do anything twice.

For more on Mid bass check out this video from Sonic Electronics:

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