There is nothing like a drive listening to your favorite music, it’s one of life’s under-appreciated pleasures. For those who listen to bass-heavy music like myself, at higher volumes, it’s possible for your speakers to rattle and ruin the listening experience.
Have you ever had this experience? It can be so annoying to not know how to solve this tricky problem. However, this is why bass blockers exist, to help with the overall listening experience by stopping unnecessary distortion between the rattling of the speakers.
However, it can lead to a bit of confusion, what are Bass Blockers? How do I install Bass Blockers into my car? Worry not! We’ll take you through the process step by step to get your listening experience as crisp as possible.
It requires a foundational knowledge of electronics for this installation. Please make sure you are using suitable protective equipment while working with any electric components. Working with any form of electricity is always dangerous and should treat seriously. You’re always better being safe than sorry. If you are ever concerned about your electrical knowledge, it’s worth considering base blockers that require no crimping or exposure of wires.
Otherwise, some tools you’ll need are:
Your Cars manual
Male and Female spade connectors
How to install bass blockers
Check your manual and find where the battery is and disconnect it
Using the manual check which components are around the speaker and disconnect them to access the speaker
Identify the positive speaker wire connection
Measure about 6 inches of the factory wire
Cut this wire using your wire cutters
Using your stripping tool strip 9mm or 3/8 inches of insulation from both ends of the positive speaker wire
Identify the male connector
Using a wire crimper, crimp the male connector to the positive speaker wire.
Crimp the female connector to the speaker side connector.
Connect the female connector and the positive speaker wire to the Bass Blocker
Connect the male connector the speaker side connector
Using electrical tape, liberally wrap the electrical tape around the Bass Blocker connection points in order to secure them into place.
Reconnect any components around the speaker that you had to dismantle in step 2
Reconnect your battery
What Bass Blocker should I buy?
What base blocker you need to buy depends on the size of your stereo and what power it takes. Low-powered stereos will use 600 hertz, while high-powered stereos will require 800 hertz. Here we have a list of best bass blockers currently on the market.
What are Bass Blockers?
Bass Blockers are small wire filters that process lower frequencies of sound that might cause the shaking and rattling in your speakers. These sounds are inaudible by nature, so their removal has no impact on your listening experience. All the while it protects your speakers from those rattles and shakes. It is a win-win all round!
They are a cheaper and easier alternative to other methods of canceling out the sound like using equalizers and installing other machines to tweak the sound. While this is a perfect solution for those who have the audio knowledge about frequencies and who are happy to do audio tuning and configuration, for a lot of us (certainly including me!) it’s over budget and knowledge. Bass Blockers provide a great opportunity for those of us who aren’t audiophiles to get a better listening experience at the fraction of the cost.
For those of us who prefer video tutorials, the wonderful folks over at PriceRightSales have a tutorial on how to install bass blockers on their channel
What are your thoughts? Is there anything that I missed? What’s your process for running a new installation? Let me know in the comments down below and we will answer your questions!