Rap, reggae, rock, or Rachmaninoff -- if you yearn for sound in your car that will make your friends drool, this book has your answers. Whether you want to pulsate the pavement or simply enjoy top-level clarity and music reproduction, this book will show you how to plan your design, choose your components, install them optimally and save a lot of money! Unlike books that cover only specific systems, the Cookbook shows you how to customize. With the Cookbook, your system will fit your tastes, your budget, and your car or truck. Organized by component type, the Cookbook clearly shows you how to achieve good imaging; upgrade premium factory sound systems such as Delco/Bose and Ford/JBL; get more amp power for your money; properly set amplifier gains; install and set up an equalizer with or without a real-time analyzer; interface a CD changer; pick the right power line capacitors, speaker wire, patch cables, and sound-deadening devices; avoid common automotive noise problems; and a lot more! Featuring guidance on the right specialty tools and step-by-step instructions for difficult procedures, The Car Stereo Cookbook makes sure that the special sound you've imagined in your head becomes the sound you hear in your car!