In the custom car audio business, we have the ’70’s and ’80’s to thank for the movement that now allows us to make a living and feed our children by improving peoples’ power and sound. This decade led to the emergence of after-market products that owners could then install in their own cars (or pay a little extra and have a professional do it 😉 wink, wink ). People were no longer satisfied with factory sound. With the rise of cassette tapes, the steady phase-out of bulky vacuum-based amplifiers, and the exchange of single-speaker, monophonic systems for in-car stereo setups, a revolution in car audio was underway. New casette receivers, speakers, and drivers were now on the market…and people were taking notice.
“In-car systems became comparable with in-home sound systems with companies like Alpine, Kenwood, and Pioneer, well, pioneering the way.”
For the first time, the amplifier was paid more attention to in-car. This led to more power and better quality sound. In-car systems became comparable with in-home sound systems with companies like Alpine, Kenwood, and Pioneer, well, pioneering the way. As the illusion of “surround sound” was created, the industry never looked back…and audio lovers rejoiced.